A Young Woman’s Guide to Missed Periods

Today, most young women are not interested in becoming pregnant. After all, “according to the Guttmacher Institute, unintended pregnancy is higher in the 18-24 age group than any other age range,” (Don 2017). More than ever before, young women are more focused on pursing degrees of higher education or starting their careers than starting a family. According to Rae Ellen Bichell, “in the last 45 years, the mean age of first-time moms has gone up by five years — from 21.4 years old to 26.3,” (Bichell 2016). This statistic shows that young women’s goals are elsewhere. Therefore, for those who are not interested in starting a family just yet, a missed period can be very overwhelming. Unwanted pregnancy is extremely stressful for the soon-to-be mother if they are not ready to bring a child into the world. From a young age, young women are taught that a missed period is clear indicator of pregnancy. However, most women are never educated about the other factors in life that can delay your period just as easily as pregnancy can. This causes unnecessary stress to a young woman when she is faced with an irregular period- especially, if she is sexually active.  While it is essential to contact your doctor if you experience a missed period over a few months, this website provides you with information about several other circumstances that can delay your period.

         Understanding your body is important. As a young woman who is not interested in becoming pregnant, learning what can be causing your period to be irregular can put your mind at ease and allow you to focus on your goals. When you’re focusing on acing your next test or landing that promotion, worrying about your period should be the last thing distracting you. Here are some facts about irregular periods that might surprise you:

  1. They’re Usually Normal

I know this may sound surprising, but your high school health class may have steered you wrong. Yes- the average length of the menstrual cycle is around 28-35 days, but your period can show up earlier, later or not at all depending on what’s happening in your life (Rubycup 2018). The following tabs can lead you to specific information about what can be causing your irregular or delayed period. Click on the one that best fits your situation to learn more.

“I want to be a person who feels great in her body and can say she loves it and doesn’t want anything to change,” – Emma Watson