No one exactly looks forward to getting it, but a late or missed period can sometimes stress you out more even more than when it arrives on time.
And for good reason. Not only is a late period a possible sign of pregnancy (gulp), but it signals something — whether it’s stress, illness, or a medication — is affecting the natural balance of estrogen and progesterone in your body.
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“It’s a barometer of health,” explains Dr. Sherry A. Ross, an OB/GYN and author of She-ology: The Definitive Guide to Women’s Intimate Health. Period. “When your periods are regular and monthly, that speaks volumes to healthcare providers. When you come in and say, ‘Yeah, my period comes once a month,’ we know on a very limited basis your body is in tune.”