Why Is My Period 7 Days Late?

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Last updated on July 27th, 2018 at 05:27 pm

Period 7 days late could be a good thing or a problem depending if you’re pregnant or not.

Did you have unprotected intercourse weeks ago with symptoms like breast swelling, fatigue, nausea and breast pain?

If your period is 7 days late, you’re likely pregnant. However, stress, eating problems and severe weight loss could very well hold off period when due.

This article points out factors that delay your period for seven days.


Reasons your period is 7 days late

The normal menstrual cycle occurs every 21 to 35 days in women. If your period is regular and yet to come after 7 days, these are the possible causes:

1.  Pregnancy

It’s possible you tend not to feel strange signs of pregnant at the moment. Nevertheless, seven days late period, in many women, is most likely pregnancy.

Symptoms of pregnancy 7 days after your period are

  • Bleeding or spotting before your missed period that lasted for few days
  • Cramps before and after missed period
  • Increase in breast size with pain
  • Increased white vaginal discharge
  • Feeling like vomiting
  • Nipple itching
  • Increased urination
  • Brest swelling and soreness
  • Easily getting tired
  • Mood change

If you have these symptoms 7 days after period, then it’s likely you are pregnant.

You should get a first response pregnancy test kit to confirm pregnancy. If your period is 7 days late, first response kit can certainly diagnose pregnancy.

However, if negative, it may be due to wrong date of next period or due to other causes.

2.  You are stressed

Very stressful weeks and months can affect your body hormones, blood pressure, weight, blood sugar and your period.

Hormones like cortisol and GnRH (gonadotropin releasing hormone) are affected due to stress. GnRH hormone is produced by the hypothalamus. It’s secretion is reduced due to emotional or physical stress.

Decreased GnRH may cause reduced secretions of other hormones that regulate period.

You should certainly cut down your level of stress, regularly exercise or see a therapist.

3.  You are on contraceptives pills

Contraceptive pills, when taken continuously for months, inhibits ovulation and stop your period from coming.

How does contraceptive pills work?

Contraceptive pills work by maintaining blood concentration of estrogen and progesterone, thereby inhibiting hormones that cause ovulation.

If you’re on continuous COC pills like seasonale and seasonique, which are taken non-stop for 84 days, your period could be delayed for months.

Regular pills are taken for 21 days then a free 7 days period. If you are on active pill on your free days, it will delay your period from coming.

Nevertheless, your seven days past due period may possibly be as a result of pregnancy. This happens if you had missed your medications for days to weeks with unprotected intercourse.

4.  You have PCOS or POF

PCOS is an acronym for polycystic ovarian syndrome and occurs due to hormone imbalance. Most women with PCOS have irregular menstruation with abnormal distribution of hair similar to male hair pattern.

Other symptoms of Polycystic ovaries are

  • Light or heavy period
  • Increased body mass or weight gain
  • Difficulty getting pregnant
  • Acne

POF or premature ovarian failure occurs when ovarian follicles gets exhausted early before the age of menopause.

Symptoms of premature menopause are

  • Age less than 40 years
  • Hot flashes
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Decreased fertility
  • Absent period for months
  • Skipped period or irregular periods

5.  Perimenopause

If you are above 40 years with 7 days late period, its a sign you’re close to menopause.

Do you have irregular or skipped periods? Are you having reduced desire for intercourse?

Perimenopause are signs women experience before period finally stops. This occurs due to depleted follicles and low body estrogen.

Other symptoms are

  • Hot flashes
  • Change in behavior
  • Vaginal dryness with less sexual interest

6.  You’ve lost too much weight

Weight loss more than 10 percent of total body weight can delay period by affecting hypothalamic, pituitary and ovarian secretions of hormones that control period.


Frequent common questions

Leave a comment below with your questions.

Period 7 days late negative pregnancy test?

Just like it’s expected, women gets confused and worried with negative test after days past period.

Causes of period 7 days late negative pregnancy test are

  • Stress
  • Loss of more than 10 percent of body weight due to severe exercise
  • You are on contraceptives
  • Polycystic ovaries
  • Eating disorders
  • Anxiety and emotional stress
  • You took emergency contraception to prevent pregnancy
  • Thyroid disorders
  • You recently had an abortion 4 weeks ago

Period 7 days late white discharge?

If your period is 7 days late with heavy white discharge, then its an early sign you’re with child.

Are you experiencing other pregnancy symptom like fatigue, abdominal cramps, breast swelling or pain?

In women, just before period, vagina dries out due to low levels of progesterone. Therefore, if you’re expecting with white discharge after missed period, it’s a good sign.

Not sure you’re pregnant? Take a pregnancy test.

7 days late period with cramps?

Cramping 7 days after you missed your period may be a sign of pregnancy. This usually happens due to increased blood circulation to the uterus.

You can confirm pregnancy by taking a test.

Period 7 days late no pregnancy symptoms, What does it mean?

If your period is late for 7 days with no pregnancy signs, it could possibly be caused by

  • Severe weight loss
  • Drug you are taking to prevent pregnancy (Plan B pills, Oral contraceptives)
  • Stress
  • Recently inserted intrauterine devices
  • Asherman syndrome
  • Polycystic ovaries
  • Perimenopause

Still not sure why your period is 7 days late without symptoms? take a pregnancy test to confirm. Some women may get worried due to wrong calculation of their next period date.

My period is 7 days late should i take a pregnancy test?

Yes. Pregnancy test after 7 days is most likely accurate. However, if negative, it could be due to low HCG hormones or other causes. Inform your doctor about your symptoms.

My period is 7 days late should i be worried?

Yes. 7 days late period is likely because you’re pregnant. You should buy a pregnancy strip and test for pregnancy.


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  • Bee Reply

    I had sex on the last day of my last menses and my ovulation day as well. However, my husband did not ejaculate inside me. I am 7days late today and still have a negative test. No signs of pregnancy only heavy breasts. Is it normal?? Wat do i do?? Please help

    • Dr Dunn A. Reply

      Dont panic yet..it’s very possible you’re not pregnant. However, the chance of getting pregnant on your ovulation day is high..
      Should you still test negative, wait a week after and test again. Dont forget wrong techniques may give wrong results. So test in the morning before urinating..read the instrutions in the strip..

      Are u trying to get your weight down fast with exercise? Any reason you got stressed out recently?

      Hope this helps

  • Tweety Reply

    It’s July 16 and I was suppose to come on July 10 I’m very late still have not tested because I don’t want to get my hopes up high I have no signs of pregnancy just I believe real thirsty I had a little cramp in lower back just for a night. Wat should I do

    • Dr Dunn A. Reply

      Hi Tweety, if you are already having cramps with back pain it’s a sign your period will start. Except you had an unprotected sexual intercourse, at your age (16), menstrual period can be irregular. You can wait an extra week and test if you are already seeing someone.

  • Mece Reply

    I’m 7 days late. I started my cycle last month on the 12 and it was over on the 17 and I was supposed to have my cycle this month on the 10 and it hasn’t came should I be pregnant

  • Warda Reply

    Hi ! This is warda here … I had never missed my period ever in my life and I actually got it earlier as my expected date but this time my date is 10 july and its 17 July still I haven’t got my periods? Although I didn’t have sexual intecourse? M very worried because of this 🙁

  • Ramila Reply

    Today I am 7 days delayed of my menses and got a very faint poistive result in Pregnancy kit but it showed up after an hour… is it just the evap line?

    • Dr. Dunn A. Reply

      Yes. it’s not an accurate result. Always follow your strip instructions. Usually, a faint line can show up after 10 minutes to hours.
      However, it’s most likely pregnancy if faint line showed up within the time instructed in your strips

      Hope this helps.

  • Jenny Reply

    I miss my period more than 7 days now and the only thing I feel is sometimes my breast is in pain..my stomach is getting big from my lower abdomen..I feel tired and lazy sometimes…and the pulse of my body are faster than the normal pulse…but I begun to do a blood check and it’s positive? I am confuse now..am I pregnant?

  • Shorty Reply

    I’m 7 days late and having massive headaches in the morning always sleepy and discharging white stuff everyday and have a little pressure on my pelvic how many chances that I could be pregnant

    • Dr. Dunn A. Reply

      Hi Shorty, there is a chance you are pregnant. Take a test

  • Thnnx Reply

    Hi i last saw my period on june25-29 2017 bt since then i hvnt seen my period me n my husband we hv been tryn ttc frm last year march and i havnt missed my period since. Only headache in the morning and night and my breast feels heavy,period pains from last week. can some1 help please

  • Stephanie Reply

    Hello, I last had my period July 12, 2017, am currently going on seven days late on my period I’ve been having a lot of cramps this past seven days but no signs of my period at all. Two weeks ago I spotted and had cramps for only one day and then it went away. I had unprotected intercourse two days before my last period on July 10, 2017, and he came inside of me. I don’t have any pregnancy symptoms like nausea or anything like that its just cramps and no period, I’ve never been this late before. I took a home pregnancy test during my fifth day and it came out negative. Could it still be that I am pregnant?

  • Anju Reply

    Hi, I last had my period July 10, 2017, am currently going on nine days late on my period I’ve been having a slight cramps and light spotting with discharge on 30th July to 11 August, 2017 and past days but no signs of my period at all.I had unprotected intercourse after my period on july 23rd and 25th july 2017, and he came inside of me.I have heart Burn on morning still night before sleep and i hve white and clear discharge in small amount.I don’t have any other pregnancy symptoms like nausea or anything like that i
    and no period, I never hve such spotting previously, july onward we try to conceive. I took a home pregnancy test during my fifth day of missed period and it came out negative. Could it still be that I am pregnant?

  • Ashli Reply

    I had intercourse two days after my cycle went off my husband enjectlated inside me not only that a week prior my cycle coming on my birth control was removed and now my cycle is 7days late

  • Maya Reply

    In August I got my period two times on 1st – 6th and then 17th – 24th. I had intercourse with my husband on 5th Sep and he ejaculate in but I took an emergency contraceptive pill. After that again on 9th Sep we had it but this time after that I had severe cramps and could not walk or sit. Now I am 7 days late. Can you please suggest me. Thanks.

  • Lita Reply

    Seven days late and still testing negative (and I’ve tried lots… dip test, clear blue, and first response. No way I am doing all of them wrong. Take first thing in the morning, follow all the instructions).

    I cramped on the day of expected period, again two days later, and now on days 6 and 7. It is day 36 of this cycle which typically ranges between 24-29 days. Boobs are sore, stomach feels grumbly, discharge minimal. Joints feel stiff. Everything seems to point to pregnancy except the test! I do have endometriosis so ectopic pregnancy came to mind, but not consistent pain on one side, it’s both and it comes and goes, and zero spotting. Any ideas?

  • Rach Reply

    Hello.. its been 7 days i missed my period and having backache from last 4 days . Today, on 8th day I am got few bleeding. Not regular as period. I haven’t got positive test yet, tested 4 days ago and I have cramps….Can I be pregnant ?

  • markey D anderson Reply

    I had s/x on my ovulation date which is Dec 25…i had a period on Jan 9 and ended Jan 17…i had implantation bleeding on Jan 23 and now I’m 7 days late….today I started a pinkish bleeding…..could I be pregnant???????I took two pregnant test and the came back negative on Feb 3

  • Lizbeth Reply

    I’m 7 days late on my period.. And I’m worried, because I took a test on january 26,which was 7 days after inter course.. And it was negative, so now that its February 27, I’m 7 days late.. Do y’all think I’m pregnant?

  • Sarah Reply

    My period is 7 days late. For the past couple of days I’ve been waking up with a very hot body temperature. I felt a little cramp on one of those days. I have taken a pregnancy test yesterday but it came out negative. Can I still be pregnant?

  • Jen Reply

    Hi- i am currently 7 days late, last period was 5/31-6/3. In the month of June I spotted twice after intercourse, had some discharge in that time. My period was due 6/31-7/1 and no signs of af. I spotted again today while wiping, haven’t had any spotting since. I took a cheap test and it was negative. Any ideas?

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