Menstrual cycle delays are common and usually have a benign cause. Those who normally have irregular cycles are teens, who just started getting their periods, and women in their late 40s and close to menopause. If you happen to be breastfeeding, expect the first period to come a few months later than expected.

However, if you are none of these, you should consider these factors that contribute to delayed menstrual periods and what you can expect on a visit to your doctor:

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(First published in
Good Housekeeping Magazine, Good Health section as "Health Check"; flashbox photo by modenadude via Flickr Creative Commons; adapted for use in Female Network)

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