If your period is consistently late, you may
not have a reason to be concerned. If you regularly have a 28-day cycle and suddenly
miss a period completely or notice that you are three to five days late, you should consider
a pregnancy test. However, if your period is consistently late,
that is, late every month without fail, you may simply have a slightly longer than average
menstrual cycle. There are several reasons that this can happen.
If your period is consistently late, you may want to consider the following reasons: If you’re on the pill or using any type of
hormonal birth control, you may find that your periods are much lighter than normal,
or that you occasionally miss a period completely. This is far more common as you begin the birth
control, and often evens out the longer that you’re using your chosen method. Other birth control methods, such as the copper
device, can cause your periods to be heavier than usual. If you’re concerned about changes in your
menstrual cycle, ask your doctor if they are occurring as a result of your chosen birth
control method. Every woman is different, and the length of
the average menstrual cycle is just that – an average.
You may find that your cycle is slightly shorter or longer than 28 days. If this is the case, you’ll simply need to
adjust your tracking and calculations to reflect the actual length of your cycle, so that you’ll
know when you’re fertile and when your period will arrive. If your period is late on a regular basis,
you likely have nothing to worry about. However, if you typically have a regular cycle
and suddenly miss a period, you may want to consult your doctor.