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The Top Reasons for Delay in Menstrual Cycle

written by: Heather Marie Kosur • edited by: DaniellaNicole • updated: 2/27/2010

A delay in menstrual cycle can be from the very obvious to other conditions you may not know about. Learn the reasons for delay in menstrual cycle and if you can prevent or treat them.

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    There are many reasons for delay in menstrual cycle. The menstrual cycle varies from woman to woman. The day they ovulate may range from the 8th day to the 20th day after their period. Although a woman may have an irregular period, she usually has some idea when she should start her menstrual cycle. In most cases, a woman with a regular or irregular period may notice that something is different. There may be something else going on in her body that she does not know about. In this article, you will read about several reasons for a delay in a woman’s menstrual cycle.

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    Reasons for Delay in Menstrual Cycles

    An obvious reason is that most of the time the first thing we think about is pregnancy, especially if you are sexually active. If your menstrual cycle does not come, a visit to your doctor for a check up is needed. Even if a person is on contraceptives, a check up is needed because there could be a chance that they have failed.

    If you have taken a pregnancy test and it has come out negative, there may be others reasons for delay in menstrual cycle. Polycystic ovarian disease can cause a person to have a late period. It is a hormonal imbalance that causes irregular ovulation. A doctor will perform several tests to diagnose the disease. If diagnosed, the disease it treatable and your menstrual cycle will return to normal.

    Women who are overweight can have a delay in their menstrual cycle. This is because too much weight can cause a shift in when a person has a menstrual cycle. This can also occur in a person who is underweight for the same reason. Women with eating disorders such as anorexia or bulimia can cause their periods to stop all together. If this is the case, an overweight women needs to lose weight and an underweight person needs to find help to gain weight.

    Menopause can cause a person to have delayed periods. This usually starts happening to women in the age group of 40 to 50. In this age group, women are considered to be in their menopausal stage. Also, women who are in the perimenstrual stage, a transition period between their reproductive and non-reproductive stage, will experience a delay in their menstrual cycles.

    Emotional stress and anxiety can cause a menstrual cycle delay. Women with hectic schedules and lifestyles experience this problem frequently. It is caused by a hormonal change in the body that stress or anxiety causes, which directly effects the menstrual cycle. If stress or anxiety is the known reason for a delayed menstrual cycle, there are medications available. Also, finding ways to relax can help reduce a woman’s stress or anxiety level.

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    References

    Healthy Person: The Causes of Delayed Menstrual Cycle - www.healthyperson.net/everyday-wellness/womens-health/179-the-causes-of-delayed-menstrual-cycle-symptoms

    About.com: 10 Reasons Your Period is Late - www.pregnancy.about.com/od/amipregnant/a/missedperiod.htm