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#PeriodMail: Why is my period 3 days late?

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Lexi asks: “My period came three days late this month and is usually on time 28 days after my last one. I was wondering what the cause of this could be or if it will be heavier or lighter than usual? This is only the first day so I can’t tell yet. I have not been sexually active or exercising more.”
Lexi asks: "My period came three days late this month and is usually on time 28 days after my last one. I was wondering what the cause of this could be or if it will be heavier or lighter than usual? This is only the first day so I can't tell yet. I have not been sexually active or exercising more."

Lexi asks: “My period came three days late this month and is usually on time 28 days after my last one. I was wondering what the cause of this could be or if it will be heavier or lighter than usual? This is only the first day so I can’t tell yet. I have not been sexually active or exercising more.”

The Period Blog answers:

Hi Lexi,

Great question! Nearly all girls will experience a late period at least once so this is a very common question.

Our menstrual cycle is driven by hormones that tell our body what to do like to ovulate or to start your period. Since our menstrual cycle is regulated automatically by our bodies, this process is virtually invisible to us. To make things harder, our uterus and vagina are inside our bodies so when it comes to questions like what’s happening with my period – sometimes it is a guessing game!

Thankfully, we have clues that can give us a better idea of what’s happening inside our bodies like why your period could be late.

You’ve listed several reasons why your period could be late and since you have ruled out pregnancy and physical stress, you may want to consider mental stress as a possible reason why your period is late.

Like physical stress, mental stress can delay your period as well. When your body detects that you are going through a period of stress, your body thinks that you are not well enough to bear a child and become pregnant. So to protect you, your body can delay ovulation until a later time when you are more healthy and less stressed out. This later time can be weeks or months later or even 3 days later.

Mental stress can include emotional stress or other mental stress like when you are stressed out about exams.

There could be many reasons as to why your period was late and this is just one possible reason.

It’s hard to say whether your late period will affect how heavy your period is. There is no general guideline or rule that saids your period will be heavier or lighter if it is late.

I hope that helps Lexi! Good job keeping track of your period!

Your friend,
-Dedy
The Period Blog

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#PeriodMail: I’m 13 and I haven’t gotten my period yet. Is there something wrong with me?

Welcome to #PeriodMail where we answer your most commonly asked period questions (previously known as Thursday Mail).

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Isabel asks: “My mom and sister got their period at age 11 but I haven’t gotten mine test and I’m thirteen. Is there something wrong with me?”
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Isabel asks “I’m 13 and I haven’t gotten my period yet. Is there something wrong with me?” #PeriodMail

The Period Blog answers:

Hey Isabel,

Good question Isabel! You may have already noticed that the girls in your grade have already started puberty at different times with some girls growing faster than others.

Some girls started growing taller while some girls have not grown very much. Some girls may have already started developing breasts while some will start developing breasts in their late teens. The fact is – your body will start developing when it is ready.

This is the same for periods. Some girls get their first period as early as 8 and some girls get their first period as late as 16 or 17. And whether you get it at 8 or 16 – it is all normal :)!

While the age your mom and sister got their periods may give you a general idea of when you may get yours, it doesn’t necessarily mean you will get it when you turn 11.

A better indicator of when you expect your first period is:
  • Around 2 years after your breasts start to develop
  • Around 6 months to 1 year after you start noticing vaginal discharge

I hope this helps Isabel! Check out our Beginner’s Guide to Periods and FAQ to learn more!

Your friend,
-Dedy
The Period Blog

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#PeriodMail: I have a lot of vaginal discharge and I have to wear heavy duty pantyliners everyday. Is this normal?

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Ceilia asks: “Hey! I just found your blog and its absolutely amazing! I have a lot of vaginal discharge and I don’t know if it’s normal. I tried to look things up but I can’t find anything. I have to wear heavy duty pantyliners everyday. Is this normal? (P.S. I’m 13 years old.)
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Ceilia asks: “Hey! I just found your blog and its absolutely amazing! I have a lot of vaginal discharge and I don’t know if it’s normal. I tried to look things up but I can’t find anything. I have to wear heavy duty pantyliners everyday. Is this normal? (P.S. I’m 13 years old.) #PeriodMail

The Period Blog answers:

Hi Ceilia,

Good question! You’re right, it is very hard to find information on on how much vaginal discharge is actually normal which is why I plan to make more information about vaginal discharge available to young girls.

You may have noticed that your vaginal discharge changes in both colour and texture depending on where you are in your menstrual cycle.

For example, when you are about 2 weeks away from your period, you may have noticed that your vaginal discharge is jelly-like or watery. Sometimes you can feel the watery discharge come out much like when you can feel your period. Vaginal discharge can even make your panties feel wet.

Pantyliners can be worn to absorb vaginal discharge so you can feel more fresh. Like pads, they come in different absorbencies from light to heavy – just like the kind you mentioned.

So is it normal to have so much vaginal discharge that you need to wear a heavy absorbency pantyliner? The answer is yes! It’s one of the reasons many women choose to wear heavy absorbency panty liners.

If your vaginal discharge very heavy and it concerns you, I would suggest you see your doctor so s/he can check it out. Most likely, it will be okay and considered normal but it never hurts to ask your doctor too as every case is different.

However if you notice anything off about your discharge when it comes to the color, texture, or even smell – you should see your doctor. It could be a sign of infection and can usually be treated easily.

I hope that helps Ceilia!

Your friend,
-Dedy
The Period Blog

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