Hi, I'm 17 now, with a boyfriend, and my period is now almost 2 weeks late, and I have no idea what is going on. I know that the slightest things can throw my period off because it has happened, but by two weeks? My mom won't take me to see an OBGYN because she says it's natural. This past month was difficult, my boyfriend and I have been fighting so there was definitely no sexual activity, I'm battling depression (non medicated) and I'm under a lot of stress with school and work. I've also been exercising more and eating better.
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Hi There Hi123,
It's really not unusual for periods to not come at the same time every time, particularly within the first few years of getting periods.
All of the things you've mentioned (the stress you're presumably feeling from fighting with your boyfriend, the feelings of depression, the changes in diet and exercise) can have an impact on the hormones that "run" the menstrual cycle, making things with your body behave differently.
From what you describe, too, your cycle tends to be more irregular than regular, which is something a lot of people experience. While many people's bodies do settle into a routine of getting their period after the same number of days (give or take a day or two), some people's bodies don't have that strict of a routine, and that's not necessarily a sign that something is wrong, if that is what is typical for their body.
Does this help at all?
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I hear you listing a few likely culprits for irregularity here: a lot of stress fighting with someone unmanaged depression changes in diet and exercise
There might be more factors than that, even, but how about working on managing some of THOSE things to see if they make a difference, especially since doing so will also probably improve your general quality of life and overall health?
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Hi Heather, I have been working on some of those things, I'm talking to my guidance counselor about my depression and the fights that my boyfriend and I have had, which in turn reduces my stress, and exercising reduces it as well, which is why I have started it.
I'm just wondering though, could a change in sexual activity also contribute to why my period is late? Because usually my boyfriend and I are active, not sex, but a couple of steps down from that, and we are always very careful, but where we have been fighting, well none of that happened... Could that also be a factor?
Sexual activity doesn't affect your menstrual cycle at all, no. But as Heather mentioned, there are a lot of other things going on in your life that probably have contributed!
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