Your period is the faithful guest that you expect monthly from puberty to menopause. Your period can be regular and recur at the same time, or it can be irregular. A late period can be a source of stress and worry for girls and women, especially when there is no pregnancy. In this article I will share the most common reasons for a delayed period, when is a period considered late, how serious a delayed period is, and how to treat it.
The monthly cycle lasts between 21 to 35 days, from the first day of the period to the first day of the next one. Your cycle is not just the bleeding during your period, it is a series of physical and mental changes that you go through every month. The period’s length varies from one woman to another. A period is considered delayed after a whole week.
This is when a teenage girl doesn’t get her period until the age of 15, or five years after the growing of her breasts. The period is also considered late when the girl has other puberty signs such as growing breasts, pubic hair, and an increase in height. About 0.1% of girls have this condition.
Causes for primary period delay
Genital tract defects such as malfunctioning ovaries.
Turner syndrome affects the chromosomes.
The most common cause is an undeveloped uterus, which affects 15% of girls having primary period delay.
This is when a period is absent for 3 to 6 months, after having a regular period for a while. This happens for 0.7% of girls and women.
The hormones produced in the ovary that affect the periods are paramount for growth during puberty and maintain reproductive health, bone, heart, and skin health during adulthood.
To treat a late period, we need to treat the cause. If it is a polycystic ovarian syndrome, we treat it. If the cause is any hormonal imbalance, we treat this with medication. If the cause is due to congenital reasons, we prescribe HRTs which can be effective sometimes.
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