Question: Why is my period 2 days late?
A woman’s menstrual cycle is made up of 21 to 35 days. It’s possible that your period may fluctuate due to hormonal imbalance from stress, acute illness, eating problem or if you’re on contraceptives.
However, it could be due to pregnancy. Do you feel pregnant with symptoms like breast pain, breast swelling, nausea and body weakness? Are you worried your 2 days late period may be due to pregnancy?
This article explains why your period is late and the best time to take a pregnancy test.
Reasons why your period is 2 days late
If your period is two days late then its likely due to one of the following.
1. You are pregnant
If you had intercourse 3 weeks before your period, then its possible your 2 days late period may just be pregnancy.
Spotting before period is an early pregnancy sign and its due to implantation bleeding.
Implantation bleeding occurs as the embryo attaches to the endometrium. Some women may experience implantation bleeding as very light spotting that may be confused as period. However, implantation spotting is easy to detect because it occurs a week before you’re expecting your period.
Early spotting before period may not always mean pregnancy. There are other reasons why your period may come early. However, if you’ve had intercourse and feel pregnant before your period, then it is likely pregnancy.
Other signs of pregnancy are
- Implantation cramps
- Easily getting fatigued
- Increased desire for a specific type of food
- Avoiding some other types of food
- Increased urination
- Breast swelling and soreness
What to do?
If you have these symptoms, then its possible you’re pregnant. You will need to get a pregnancy test done to confirm. Pregnancy test before period may not be accurate.
2. Excessive stress
Did you miss your period after very stressful days, weeks and months? Severe stress can have negative effects on the hypothalamus, thereby preventing your period from coming out. In some women, it can delay period for weeks or months
How does stress affect period?
During stressful days or weeks, the hypothalamus either stops the secretion of GnRH or reduces it. This directly affects the FSH and LH hormones thereby prevent ovulation from taking place.
If ovulation does not occur, then its unlikely you will have period
What to do?
Try to have regular exercise and cut-down very stressful activities.
3. Excessive loss of weight
Are you trying to lose weight with very strenuous exercise? Severe weight loss can delay your period.
What to do?
Refrain from very stressful and severe weight loss plan.
4. Eating disorders
Are you eating too much without control or having no appetite to eat? An eating disorder can also affect the hypothalamic release of GnRH thereby delaying your period.
5. You are taking oral contraceptives
Are you on the pill and notice your period is 2 days late?
Oral contraceptives are pills taken by women to avoid pregnancy. There are different types of COC pill. The most common pills are taken for a 21 day period with a free 7 days period when you may have bleeding.
Newer types of pill, when taken for continuous 84 days, may prevent pregnancy and cause absent period for 4 months.
How do contraceptives work?
They block the effect of both LH and FSH thereby prevent ovulation and period.
What to do?
Inform your doctor for advice about the pills you are taking. If you are on the continuous pills without a free period, then there is no reason to worry.
6. You are close to menopause
Are you just over 40 years with irregular periods?
Peri-menopause, which means years around menopause, may cause women to have irregular periods, which can delay your period from coming.
If your period is 2 days late and you are more than 40 years, then it may be due to peri-menopause.
Other possible signs and symptoms of menopause are
- Dryness of the vagina
- Change of behavior and mood
- Hot flashes
- Lack of sexual interest
7. You have a Poly-cystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)
Polycystic ovaries can cause women to have a late period.
Symptoms and signs of polycystic ovarian disease are
- Weight gain or obesity
- Abnormal distribution of hair (male pattern)
- Difficulty conceiving
- Irregular period
- Absent period
- light period
- Persistent or recurrent miscarriages
- Increased blood androgen
- cystic ovaries on ultrasound
What to do?
Explain to a health professional about your body’s symptoms. Drugs like clomiphene and metformin are used to increase fertility chances in PCOS women. Also, weight reduction and exercise may also help.
8. You have thyroid dysfunction
Both hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism can delay your period for some days.
Other symptoms of thyroid problems are
- Feeling bloated
- Increased heartbeat
- Body ache and pain
- Hair loss
- Body weakness
9. You took emergency contraception
Did you have intercourse and took pills to avoid getting pregnant?
Emergency contraception or plan B pills can delay your period
FAQs about 2 days late period
These are common questions asked and answered that may concern you if your period is late.
Period 2 days late and white discharge
Two days late period and increased white discharge is a sign you’re likely pregnant.
During the menstrual cycle and just before you’re expecting period, your vaginal discharge becomes thick or you may have no discharge before period.
If your period is 2 days late with a lot of white discharge, then it’s likely pregnancy. Other causes of increased discharge 2 days after period are late ovulation, breastfeeding, and intercourse.
Period 2 days late negative pregnancy test, Should I worry?
If your period is 2 days late with a negative pregnancy test, these are the possible causes
- You are pregnant (It’s possible to have a negative test 2 days after period. This is due to low levels of Human chorionic gonadotropin which is detected in blood or urine test)
- Excessive exercise
- Excessive weight loss
- Eating disorders
- thyroid problems
- Emergency contraception
- Intrauterine devices
Period 2 days late and cramping, Is it pregnancy?
Should your period be two days late with stomach cramps, it is very likely you’re pregnant.
Do you experience other early pregnancy symptoms like brown mucus discharge before missed period, food aversion and fatigue? Then it is likely pregnancy.
However, it could also be a sign of your period coming or due to ovulation cramps.
My period is 2 days late should I worry?
Not yet. While its possible that you may be pregnant, it also possible you missed your period for 2 days due to stress, exercise or late ovulation.
You should take a pregnancy test a weeks after period.
My period is 2 days late no symptoms of pregnancy
If your period is 2 days late no symptoms, then it could be due to
- Strenuous exercise
- Postinor 2 (Emergency contraception)
- You started having period for the first time
- You are close to menopause
- Excessive weight loss
- And yes, pregnancy
My period is 2 days late, should I take a pregnancy test?
Its okay if you check for pregnancy 2 days after your period. However, if negative, it is best to hold out until a week after period and recheck.