Why is your Period late? Here are 8 Reasons…


Every tampon-free trip to the bathroom that week was followed by disappointment, terror, and then panic. All I could think was, “Please don’t be pregnant, please don’t be pregnant.” The stress of potentially having an accidental baby took over every minute of my life.

Finally, a wonderful, much braver friend of mine hauled herself to a CVS at midnight and bought me a pregnancy test, since I was too embarrassed to do it myself. It was negative.
What I didn’t realize at the time is that a period can be late for a slew of reasons that have nothing to do with pregnancy, and my anxiety only exacerbated whatever was going on in my body. In fact, nearly everything—from what we eat to how we sleep to traveling abroad—can affect our menstrual cycles, which is why so many women, at some point, find themselves in the state of panic I did five years ago.

In hopes of quelling future fears, I spoke with women’s health experts about some of the most common things that can make our periods late. Here’s what you should know.

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