Can stress really delay a period?

posted 2 months ago in TTC
Post # 16
2090 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

It can delay ovulation and thus your period 

Post # 17
691 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2017 - historical mansion

happytobemrsg :  Definitely yes. When I was living in PA with my ex-BF, I got fired from my job and then he and I broke up and I had to move back in with my parents. My period was MIA, and that made me even more stressed. I took a pregnancy test in the bathroom of a dive bar so my parents’ wouldn’t find it in the trash. I was 34-years-old at the time. Not a high point in my life. Thanksfully, the test was negative. And then I met my husband about a month later.

Good luck! 

Post # 18
9122 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

Yes, it can delay it because it can delay ovulation (once you’ve ovulated, your period comes regardless of stress levels).  I traveled once right around the time I was supposed to O and I O’d 3 days later that cycle and I didn’t feel particularly stressed but we had been traveling.  Stress, sickness, travel, etc. could all delay O.

Post # 19
506 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

Absolutely, which makes me stress even more 🙄

Post # 20
1356 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

I suffer from anxiety to the point that I’m physically ill sometimes. It’s gotten a lot better as my life has become less stressful.  I was even hospitalised as a teen for it after an interstate move and a family death threw me over the edge. For about 6 months I threw up almost everyday from the anxiety and at my lowest I weighed 40kg! 

But it’s never affected my cycle. I’m not everyone though. 🙂 

Post # 21
220 posts
Helper bee

Definitely – and also exercise delays mine. If I’m going through a particularly hard training week, it’ll get delayed. 

Post # 22
204 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2017

This has literally just happened to me for the first time ever. Stress is the only thing I can put it down to, but it’s odd because I guarantee I’ve been more stressed than I currently am. Hopefully it’s not something that continues to happen often… For now I’ll just enjoy a month off, lol!

Post # 23
763 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2016

Stress cannot delay a period – stress can delay ovulation and delayed ovulation can delay your period.


Your luteal phase is consistent. Your period signifies the end of the luteal phase and the luteal phase begins after ovulation. If you have an eleven day luteal phase, your period will follow this pattern.


However, your body can hold off on ovulation due to stress which will drag your cycle out.  I recommend you pick up a copy of Taking Charge of Your Fertility – so much great info that women are never taught about our bodies and our cycles.

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