(Closed) Why is this happening??

posted 8 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
9824 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

I’m late every few months or so. There can be a lot of factors that go into a late period, like weight loss or stress. TTC and constantly monitoring your body can cause stress and trick it into being late.

Have you taken a home test yet?

Post # 4
2871 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

poas girl!

Post # 5
1835 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

My friend was TTC and was 18 days late. She was POSITIVE she was pregnant. She went to the doctor, had blood tests, urine tests, all coming back no. A week later her period showed up. She was devastated. 

Post # 6
858 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Take a test now. And stop stressing. Good luck!! 🙂

Post # 7
2767 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

i’m always late.  Stress is the factor.  i’m not ttc though.

Post # 8
567 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2010 - MacLean Park

@karmalkween: It may take a few days for your HCG levels to get high enough to detect. Have you been BBT charting? That’s a good resource to help you know when your period will hit. If your temp is still pretty high first thing in the morning (before you get out of bed or move around) then it’s pretty likely that you’re pregnant!

And unless your period runs like clockwork, you can expect a little variation. Mine can give or take about a week, so I wasn’t sure when I finally got pregnant if I had been late or not (I technically wasn’t, though it was a week longer than my last cycle). It’s not always stress either, sometimes it’s just your body’s varying cycles

Post # 9
152 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

You may have ovulated later than usual, which in turn will delay your period.

The time in your cycle before you ovulate is called the follicular phase, and the time after you ovulate is called your luteal phase.  Generally speaking, the luteal phase will always be the same length give or take a day.   But many things can cause a delay in ovulation (stress, travel, illness, medication etc) which means the follicular phase can vary in length.

Variation in the follicular phase can cause great frustration and disappointment when actually trying to conceive (or great anxiety when trying to prevent) mainly because most woman won’t know the exact day they ovulate and therefor only consider themselves “late” based on their regular cycle length. 

But it could be that she is late simply because she experienced something that caused a delay in ovulation by a few days (even as much as a week or more in some cases) and thus an extension of the follicular phase of her cycle.  So her normal length cycle ends up being longer than usual.  If she doesn’t know that her ovulation date was delayed – she will assume she is “late” when the date of her expected period comes and goes.  Which leads to great disappointment when her period unexpectedly shows up a few days later. 

It could also be an anovulatory cycle (meaning no ovulation happens at all – and the period that eventually arrives is just breakthrough bleeding signalling the start of the next cycle).   These can happen randomly every once in a while as well – even in woman who normally ovulate. 

The only way to really know what’s going on is to try and figure out when you ovulate during your cycle, which can be done by charting your basal body temps.  But even then, sometimes it’s not always easy to figure out!!

karmalkween: maybe you ovulated a bit later than usual, and thus you aren’t as far past ovulation as expected…if that’s the case, you could still be pregnant – but just not far along enough for the HCG to show on a HPT yet.  Hopefully you get a positive test soon 🙂



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