A delayed period is not always a sign of pregnancy, as other situations such as excessive stress, very strong emotions, hormonal changes or even excessive consumption of caffeine or alcohol can lead to a delayed period.
Generally, this delay can last from 1, 2, 3 or 5 days to 1 to 2 months, and it is recommended to see your doctor if your period continues to be delayed for more than 3 months and you are not pregnant, so that the cause can be identified and treated.
However, if there has been unprotected intercourse a few days before, there is a probability of being pregnant, and it is recommended you do a home pregnancy test that can be bought at pharmacies to find out if you really are pregnant.
Causes for a Late period
If your period is late and you have performed at least 2 pregnancy tests in the last month, with a 7-day interval between testing, you are very likely not pregnant and the delay may be due to other situations such as :
- Excessive physical activity, which is frequent in athletes or people in preparation for some sporting competition;
- Very restrictive diets;
- Poor diet or eating disorders such as anorexia or bulimia;
- Excessive stress;
- Ovarian changes;
- Diseases affecting the hypothalamus or pituitary gland;
- Hormonal changes caused by polycystic ovarian syndrome, endometriosis, fibroid or even by the morning-after pill;
- Continuous use pill that leads to an absent period;
- Recent curettage or surgery in the pelvic region;
- Proximity of menopause, or possibility of early menopause;
- Postpartum phase, because menstruation should only return after the woman stops breastfeeding, although it is necessary to use contraceptive methods during breastfeeding;
- Prolonged use of the contraceptive: There may be no period for 6 months, or 1 year after the use of the quarterly contraceptive injection.
These situations can lead to the absence of your menstrual cycle for more than 3 months (amenorrhea) and it is recommended that you see your doctor if this happens.
Menstruation can also be considered delayed when a girl, who has reached the age of 16, has not yet menstruated for the first time, in which case it is called primary amenorrhea and should be investigated by a gynecologist. This delayed period may be related to problems such as head trauma, prematurity or defects in the reproductive system such as imperforate hymen, vaginal septum, and also absence of a uterus.
What to do if your period is delayed
If your period has not appeared for more than 3 months and you can not identify the cause, you should go to a gynecologist so that he can identify the cause and treat the problem, and in some cases the use of medication is recommended so that your period appears.
The doctor may order tests such as the serum progesterone test and the serum prolactin levels to be able to identify the reason for this delay and indicate the most appropriate treatment.
Also, depending on what is causing your period delay, you may need to reduce the intensity of physical exercise, take it easy, avoid stress and maintain a varied and balanced diet rich in vitamins and minerals because this will help to regulate your menstrual cycle.
It is also recommended that you see your doctor regularly to identify possible health problems or diseases such as polycystic ovaries, endometriosis, anorexia, bulimia, hyperthyroidism or hypothyroidism that can cause changes to your menstrual cycle.
Remedies to make your period appear
There are some natural remedies that might help your period to appear. Although, these should only be taken when you do not suspect you are pregnant.
1. Cinnamon tea
Cinnamon tea can help to accelerate your period in 1 or 2 days and to prepare it you need:
- 2 cinnamon sticks;
- 1 cup of boiling water.
Put the cinnamon sticks into the boiling water, cover and let it rest for 10 to 15 minutes. After that time take the sticks out of the water and drink it while it's still warm.
This tea should be drunk 1 to 2 times a day until your period appears. If you feel the need you can sweeten the tea with a little honey or sugar.
2. Jasmine mango tea
Jasmine mango tea helps to accelerate and provoke your period, To do this tea you need:
- 5 g of dried jasmine mango flowers;
- 500 ml of boiling water.
Add the jasmine mango flowers to the boiling water and let the mixture rest for 10 to 15 minutes, then strain and drink. You should drink this tea 2 to 3 times a day until your period appears.
These teas are natural choices for when menstruation is delayed for a few days and should only be taken for 5 to 10 days. It is recommended you see a doctor if menstruation does not come during this time, since these teas only accelerate the descent of menstruation, not regulating the menstrual cycle. In addition, there is no scientific evidence they work.
How to regulate your menstrual cycle
In addition to drinking teas that may help menstruation appear. There are some measures that can help avoid these situations where the menstrual cycle is not regular, such as:
- A healthy lifestyle, with regular physical exercise and a healthy and varied diet, rich in fruits, vegetables and greens;
- Take the contraceptive pill, as it can help to regulate the menstrual cycle;
- Avoid crazy or restrictive diets, as well as doing harm to your health, they end up making your menstrual cycle irregular;
- Follow the indicated treatment to control Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome or thyroid disorders;
- Maintain your ideal weight.
These measures help to keep menstruation regulated, but it is always recommended you see a doctor to identify the cause responsible for your cycle being irregular.
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