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Don't PanicFor the last week or so, I’ve been somewhat convinced that I’m pregnant. For the most part, this belief was paranoid, but also not entirely outside the realm of possibility. I had a proper French affair when I was in Paris a few weeks ago and at one point there was a broken condom situation, though we realized it was broken and replaced it with a fresh one prior to, ahem, any fluids reaching their apex, so to speak. But I know how babies are made and I’m a total hypochondriac, so when my period failed to arrive on the day it was supposed to, and the day after, and the day after that, and I started feeling gassier than usual, well, I began to panic. I started to type “gas sign of” into Google and the search engine, seemingly reading my mind, autofilled the rest with “early pregnancy.”

Oh god, I thought. It was all but confirmed.

“Everyone, I think I might be carrying the French waiter’s baby,” I announced dramatically to my coworkers.

“I really doubt that,” said Ami, “But why don’t you take a pregnancy test to be sure.”

As practical as that idea sounded, I wasn’t quite ready for confirmation of the status of my uterus just yet — mostly because I didn’t quite know how I felt about possibly being pregnant — so I decided to research all the possible reasons for why my normally prompt period might be late and I (and you, if you’re in a similar situation) shouldn’t be panicking. Here are the seven most likely reasons your period might be late besidespregnancy … and if you make it to the end, you’ll find out whether or not my panicking was all for naught.

1. A Change In Your Regular Routine: Did you start a new job? Change your wakeup time? Go on vacation? It can take your body a little time to adjust to a change in your regular routine and that can impact your regular cycle, especially if the change started at the time you would normally ovulate, causing a delay or even a skipped cycle.

Likelihood That This Is Impacting My Period: Moderate. I mean, I did just spend a week doing nothing but eating cheese and drinking wine in France. Usually my routine consists of working and then eating cheese and drinking wine, so…

2. Stress: Your emotions, particularly stress, can have a major impact on the regularity of your menstrual cycle. And if you’re stressing about why your period is late, that could actually delay its arrival even more. Mother Nature is a cruel mistress!

Likelihood That This Is Impacting My Period: High. Looking back over the last few months, I’ve been stresseda lot — about my dad’s death and dealing with his estate, about work, etcetera — and I might just be seeing the effects of that on my cycle now.

3. Illness: Being sick at the time you normally would ovulate can delay ovulation — and if you ovulate late, you’ll get your period late. So if your period hasn’t arrived on schedule, think back a few weeks — were you under the weather?

Likelihood That This Is Impacting My Period: Minor. I haven’t been sick recently, unless you count being hungover.

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  1. Regina

    I am 21yrs of age and trying to conceive. I’ve had a regular cycle since I’ve first started 10yrs ago. I did once have a missed period at age 13 but I knew it wasn’t from being pregnant because I was still innocent then. It was from the stress put on me by bullies for I’ve never beeen bullied before until my body started to develope. Anyway I still have a regular cycle. So far this year from March to June my period would start exactly on the 20th of each month. So when July 20th came and I didn’t start I was almost excited but then started on the 25th. I’ve never been late on my cycle before. And now this month of August, today is the 25th and I haven’t started yet. I’ve been really nauseous lately and my breast has been in a lot of pain. Could this be it?

  2. Raylin

    Im 24 and me n my fiance is trying to conceive. On the 30 june I took a pregnancy test and it was positive, toom another one in the 2nd July and it was alsi positive. I went to see my GP and they did not see anything. I did not have a normal period since 13th june. July I bleed for 1 day but spots only around the 26 July I gor excited because my period was late. Went to doc on 29 july still no signs of a fetus…. 13 august went to doc again still nothing. Today is the 27 august and still no period. I am worried. Am I pregnant or not!!!!!! Im so frustrated.

  3. Omg I’ve read everyone’s comments and I want to know the updates because
    I keep track of my periods and me and my fiancé want to have a baby and been trying for 8 months now.
    I missed the day of when my period is suppos to start and soon it will be my 2nd.
    I’m excited but I don’t want to get my hopes up Bcuz maybe it’s just an irregular period.
    Idk. Usually my periods are on time with my tracker so I’m going to give this 2 weeks then go to the doctor.

  4. Elizabeth

    I started seeing my period from I was ten yrs and now I have not seen it for three days now .

  5. Brooke

    I have not started my period for two months and have taken pregnancy tests and it came out negative, I don’t understand why I haven’t started yet??

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