If you are a woman who usually has punctual and very regular periods, it is normal that if you have a delay, you worry a lot about what may be happening in your body to have this amenorrhea -absence of the period.
Normally the existence of amenorrhea is not usually considered as a health problem by itself, it usually means that there may be another health problem that should also be taken into account, although this is not always the case. Depending on the possible cause that is causing your amenorrhea, you should see a doctor to help you regulate your cycle and find the best vaginal solution for you. If your period is three times late and you are not pregnant, you should see your doctor.
Causes of late menstruation without being pregnant
- Stress. If you feel great stress due to an event, you may have hypothalamic amenorrhea, the hypothalamus is the part of the brain where the menstrual cycle is regulated and it would stop working properly. The hypothalamus is an area that is greatly affected by stress. So if you are facing the death of a family member, a breakup, an important event… it is possible that your delay is due to this.
- Excessive exercise or drastic weight loss. As with stress, exercising excessively or losing weight – or gaining weight – too quickly can also lead to hypothalamic amenorrhea and delayed or even complete periods. If your body is under stress, nature is wise and will protect your body from possible pregnancy.
- Irregularities in the thyroid gland. The thyroid gland is located in the neck and regulates metabolism and also helps the body function properly. If you have an imbalance in your thyroid – hypo or hyperthyroidism – you may have problems with your period.
- Contraceptive methods. Low-dose pills can sometimes cause missed periods as a side effect. The same goes for the IUD, birth control injections or patches. It can also happen when you stop taking birth control pills and will resume after a few months.
- Other possible causes. There may also be other causes that cause the period to be delayed without being pregnant, such as: breastfeeding, taking some medications, hormonal imbalance, a pituitary tumor, a uterine scar, primary ovarian failure, premature menopause, chronic diseases or polycystic ovary syndrome -PCOS-.