The average menstrual cycle is 28 days, but variations are normal (21 to 35 days). A general rule is considering a period late if it’s delayed by five days or more. Stress is a common cause, affecting the timing based on stress levels, coping, and individual cycles.
How Stress Delays Your Period
Excessive stress, mental or physical, raises cortisol (the stress hormone). This disrupts hormonal balance, impacting reproductive organs and delaying periods.
What to Do
Identify stress causes through journaling or therapy. Practices like meditation, yoga, and exercise help. Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) might be recommended.
Getting Back on Track
Eliminate stressors or adopt new coping strategies. Relaxation methods, reducing caffeine/alcohol, prioritizing quality sleep, and maintaining a sleep routine can help.
Understand your stressors, develop healthy coping mechanisms, and track changes. Stress isn’t the only cause of a late period; consider factors like pregnancy, hormonal birth control, or health issues.
If late periods are persistent with additional symptoms, consult a healthcare provider.
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