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Why is my period so late?

By July 31, 2009 - 8:30am
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I've heard many times that stress can really delay your period or in some cases make you skip it completely. But could that be the case for me? Usually my cycle is an average of 26-29 days inbetween my periods. I'm 16 and I've had my period for about 4 years now, and except for the first year my periods have been regular. Each month I'm able to track it pretty well when I should be starting. My last period I had started on June 28, making my next one due July 26 (For the av. 28 day cycle). Well, it's July 31st and still no period. I've never been late on a period before so that's what I can't understand.

My guess is that is HAS to be stress related. Someone I knew and was really close to had tried committing suicide and was really close to dying. (He's doing much better & out of the hospital now. So I don't need to worry over that much) And also this month I've had to deal with a lot of fighting my mom and her boyfriend have been doing around the house, Going to the dentist's office twice (I've got a huge fear of dentists) and the stresses of trying to STOP stressing out so much. If that makes sense.

I'm really worried about this. I don't know if it's because of pregnancy or not. I have never had sex before, but a few times this month my boyfriend has fingered me. I think the chances are slim to nothing that I could be pregnant but from what I know there was no semen involved touching me in any way. Even if there was, what are my chances? So far I've not had any pregnancy symptoms. No morning sickness, nausea, my breasts don't feel sore, I'm not eating/craving strange foods, Urination is normal and discharge is normal too. (I don't know if any of this has to do with anything)

I guess my problem is I tend to over-worry about a lot of things. But it's never effected my period before. If anyone could help me out here, give me some advice or anything in that manner I would greatly appreciate it. I would just like to know what's going on & if I'll ever get my period soon. I'm quite impatient and this is killing me!

- C

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Hey girls,
I'm having a similar problem. I've had acupuncture done for a while now to regulate my periods. I've slowed down on them now because they've been pretty spot on.

I was fingered by my boyfriend a few weeks ago and my period was due a week ago, we were both careful and both of us are 99% sure he didn't touch himself then me. During that week my period was due I had a fever (which kept me bed ridden for two days) and then I had a migraine a few days after (which has previously been associated with my irregular periods and my iron deficiency) and last time I was sick similar to this I skipped the period or it came a few weeks after. I also have a grandparent in hospital and school work which has caused stress. I've been to the doctors (didn't tell them of what happened with my boyfriend) and they believe it's normal concidering my sickness and my stress. But my boyfriend has reassured me he didn't touch himself and I believe it (I was cautious during it) but I'm still worried I could be pregnant? I've also been very acne prone with chocolate and junk food cravings. Someone please help!

Thankyou xx

April 23, 2017 - 6:37am
EmpowHER Guest

Hi I am 21. My boyfriend fingered me on Dec 25. But I had my periods 5 days later. Then in January I didn't have my periods and its Feb now, still no sign! I am really stressed these days and am overweight so that can be a reason. However I am still worried.. Am I pregnant?

February 7, 2017 - 8:55am
EmpowHER Guest

Hi! I am 16 and am almost a week late on my period. I am sexually active, but my boyfriend and I are EXTREMELY safe. One time when we were intimate the condom did break, but he imidiantly pulled out. I've also been exercising a lot lately and eating differently, and a lot of stress going on in my family and school right now. Can someone help me figure out what's going on?

November 21, 2015 - 11:58pm
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

I'm 16 too! I'm 6 days late on my period and I don't know what it could be. My boyfriend fingered me and I bled a little. I was 2 days late at the time but I haven't bled since then.

June 27, 2016 - 10:44am
EmpowHER Guest

I am 16 and my period is almost 15 days late. It is not possible that I could be pregnant bcoz I have never had sex of any kind. What could be the reason that it is delayed?

October 8, 2015 - 10:44am
EmpowHER Guest

can stress be a big reason for late periods.....am 8 days late...helpppp...didnt have sex till date..

October 7, 2015 - 11:14pm

if i finger myself with dried sperm am i pregg...am already a week late for periods...:( helppp...!! ASAP

October 7, 2015 - 2:19am
EmpowHER Guest

so heres my story...am 16 i did oral to him and swallowed....i am worried about pregnancy...my period is due on 30 and today its 5.....am i pregnant or just stress...i konw what i did is bad...:( am 5 days late...help!!!!!!

October 5, 2015 - 3:08am
EmpowHER Guest

A. Scott
I need help and advice,please.
Here's my problem:
I remember how much I used to know when my period was coming or not, but lately I haven't been able to predict it correctly. I usually get my period within the beginning, middle, or end of the week within the month. For example, my period began on October 22, 2010 and ended on October 31, 2010. That means that my period was suppose to come around in November, but it still haven't come yet. It's obvious means that it's late, but it's been two whole months now going on three. I know that I'm not pregnant because the last time I had sex was in May of 2009, and right now I'm not interested in having sex with my current boyfriend. I have no signs of pregnancy whatsoever. Furthermore, I've spoken about this problem with a friend of mine. She told me that late periods can be caused by extreme exercising, stress, depression, and poor iron in my body.
I do have a low blood count. I do have low iron in my body, which means I have iron deficiency anemia. I do have low blood pressure. There are times when I worry about things that I shouldn't worry about. And there are times when I overlook things, which causes me panic attacks.

What should I do?

January 4, 2011 - 7:51am
(reply to Anonymous)

You need to talk with your Gynecologist, to rule out medical conditions.

Your friend is right: a period may be delayed by environmental or lifestyle factors (excessive stress, illness, new medication), but if your last menstrual period was October 22nd, and you have not had a period since...this is not a "late" or "missed" period due to stress.

Please call your doctor for a check-up, as there is a condition called amenorrhea (loss of menstrual period for 3 consecutive months).

January 4, 2011 - 9:53am
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