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Do you get your periods regularly? Having a regular menstruation cycle is a sign of good health but it can be quite complicated if you have fluctuating hormones and late or missed periods.

When your menstrual cycle is regular, it means that it is exactly the same length all the time. On the other hand, irregular or late periods mean that the cycle can vary by days in length.

If you have late  or irregular menstrual periods, you are likely to frequently question why you have late periods.

In order to clarify the doubts in your mind, here are a few of the most common reasons for late periods:

  1. Extreme stress: Emotional and physical stress can contribute equally to late or irregular periods. If you’ve experienced a lot of physical and emotional stress, you will probably experience a change in your menstrual cycle.
  2. Overweight: If you are carrying more body pounds than required, your period may be delayed or irregular.
  3. Prescribed medications: Certain prescribed medications including birth control pills (birth control pills side effects)can affect your menstrual cycle.
  4. Pregnancy: Depending on your age and recent sexual intercourse, your period will be late if you are pregnant. This is the first thing to consider if your period is late.
  5. Chronic illness: If you have chronic illness or have been sick for an extended period, your periods can be temporarily delayed for a few days.