Delayed menstruation

Is your menstruation late? Absent menstruation can raise many questions and much anxiety. The most common questions are; am I pregnant or is there something wrong? Here are the usual reasons for an absent menstruation:

1. Pregnancy
Menstruation can sometimes be late, and one of the reasons is that you may be pregnant. However, it is not necessary that the absence of menstruation is due to pregnancy; there can be other reasons. But, if you have had unprotected sex, you should take a pregnancy test. If the test is negative and the menstruation remains absent, you should wait a week and take another test.

2. Stress and anxiety
Other common reasons for absent or late menstruations are stress and anxiety. Do you have a lot to do at work, or do you feel sick about something? There are many causes for putting the menstruation our of balance.

3. Dieting
Have you changed your diet or living habits? A strict diet or eating disturbance can cause you to stop menstruating.

4. New prevention methods
Absence of menstruation which is also irregular can be caused by a recent change or cessation of hormone-based preventative medications.

5. Gynecological conditions
In unusual situations, absence of menstruation may be caused by gynecological conditions. Examples of gynecological conditions are endometriosis, myoma and PCOS (Polycystic ovary syndrome).

Endometriosis is a chronic gynecological condition where the endometrium exists outside the uterus, which results in significant and very troublesome symptoms. The most common symptoms are menstrual pain (dysmenorrhea), pain during intercourse, menstrual disturbance and, in certain cases, infertility (involuntary childlessness).

Myoma is a condition where muscular knots are attached to the uterus wall or outside the uterus. With this condition, one often experiences the same kind of pain during menstruation as in endometriosis, but with added robust bleeding.

Certain women have liquid-filled blisters in one or both ovaries. These blisters are called cysts, and are made up of ovarian follicles extant in the ovaries. With this illness, you are said to have polycystic ovaries (PCO).

If you possess PCO as well as hormonal disturbance, you have probably been afflicted with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). This syndrome will cause you to experience very extended delays between menstruations, to be afflicted with diminishing menstruation, or to not experience menstruation at all.

Other symptoms of the condition are weight gain or difficulty in becoming pregnant. Without examination, it can be difficult for a woman to know if they have PCO or PCOS.

Conduct an investigation
If your menstruation has not returned within six months and pregnancy is totally out of the question, you should contact your doctor and/or gynaecologist in order to commence an investigation of the causes for the absent menstruation.