Late Period While Traveling: Don’t Panic!

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Late period while traveling? You’re not alone!

Travel affects loads of things in your life, but one thing you might not expect is your period.

Many women travelers find their usual menstrual cycle changes or even stops while they’re on the road. Just scroll down to the comments on this post (or add your own) if you don’t believe us!

There’s little way to know exactly how travel might affect your period. But first and foremost, you can avoid panic or worry just by knowing that there might be some anomalies.

The trick here is being well-armed with a little info and a lot of awareness.

Why would travel change your cycle?

The broad answer is that your body and its regular rhythms and functions are all involved with, or dependent on, your situation and environment. When you’re in a new place or on the go, there’s bound to be some noticeable affects.

Here are a few things that often change when you travel, which can certainly cause or affect a late period:

  • Diet

Whether you’re eating your way around the world, or suddenly you’re forgetting breakfast because there are too many places to explore in a day, your eating habits will probably change quite a bit while traveling.

And it’s not just a flux in calorie quantity that could affect your period. You’ll be in new places with new menus and ingredients. You’re switching up the nutrients you usually eat, so it’s not surprising that this changes how your body feels and functions.

  • Exercise

Physical activity is another thing that often changes when you travel. Many people have set routines for exercise at home, but being on the road doesn’t always allow for regularly scheduled runs or reps.

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On the other hand, now that you’re outward bound, climbing those mountains and walking for hours through unfamiliar streets will be a jumpstart to your system.

Increased exercise and weight loss often causes women’s periods to stop or skip cycles. Weight gain can do the same.

  • Stress

Just like at home, you may find that sometimes you feel worried or anxious while on a trip. And stress can put a different spin on your menstrual cycle, bringing you the dreaded late period.

But remember: Stress doesn’t only come from bad situations.

New sights, sounds, smells, experiences, and people swirl around you with an overwhelming frequency when you’re on a trip. While your mind may be thinking “Woohoo, this is great!” your body may be a little overtaxed coping with all the stimulation.

  • Schedule

Jetlag, new sleep schedules, or the lack of 9 to 5 routine can affect your body’s clockwork. And in fact, the schedule shake-up can be one more stressor that puts a little strain on your body.

When you’re not on a regular schedule, sometimes your period isn’t either.

All of these factors affect different women in different ways – you might find traveling is a whirlwind of ups, downs, and other surprises but that your period remains constant. Just travel prepared.

Taking care of yourself on the road isn’t that different from taking care of yourself at home.

It might feel harder, but give a little attention to getting healthy food, good doses of exercise, relaxation and plenty of sleep. While this won’t guarantee your period will stay the course, it’ll make you feel better and less prone to PMS symptoms that are harder to predict on an irregular cycle.

Ultimately, in order to take care of your body, you have to be mindful of how you’re treating it and how you’re feeling.

A few final tips:

#1. Be responsible!

If you’re on the road and utterly perplexed as to why your period might be erratic, know that it could just be the effect of traveling.

But if you’re really worried about the changes, or they persist, try to plan for a trip to get it checked up on by a doctor. This will banish fears and ensure your changes aren’t linked with any other health problems or changes.

#2. Be safe!

A late period or an erratic period that starts and stops doesn’t mean you’re off the hook for considering the consequences of sexual activity. Even when you’re not getting your period, you can still become pregnant. Use protection while traveling if you’re not trying to become pregnant.

#3. Be prepared!

Travel with the usual period-supplies you’re used to. These could include things like menstrual cups (we like Lunette) or tampons brought from home (they can be hard to find in some places).

If you use them with a different frequency on the road, no worries, it’s just nice to have things on hand when you need them. If your cycle is irregular while traveling, it’s more than worth investing in a few pairs of leakproof period panties like these, or those you can find from Thinx.

If you need to restock on the road but don’t know where to go, don’t forget, hey, there are loads of women who live here. Don’t be shy to ask for advice on where to get things like tampons, cramp-relief meds or heating pads or just a nice dose of something sweet to knock off those PMS cravings.

Happy travels, ladies!

Had some experience with late periods on the road? Do you have other health-related queries or qualms? Talking it through and asking for as much info as you can is the quickest step to healthy, happy travels: let us know what’s on your mind about your body!

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    • Hi Em, thanks for the question. I don’t have the medical expertise to tell you precisely how the pill might prevent changes or influence the diet/exercise/schedule advice, but I can say from experience that these kind of fluctuations can happen even while taking a b.c. like the pill that ordinarily regulates cycles. It’s possible that if you’re on the pill, you’ll be less likely to experience changes. But I think it again it comes down to individual differences of how any one person’s body responds to travel, stress, change in routine, etc: some women may find the pill keeps hormone cycles regular enough not to see changes while traveling, others might still have irregular periods. One thing I do know about travel – if you’re changing time zones frequently, it can be tough to remember to take the pill at the same time everyday, which in itself could contribute to some changes. Definitely ask your doctor if you have any big questions or concerns!

    • I traveled from U.S to Africa , for a month and when i came back , my period is 5 days late , but i have pms symptoms. I did not have sex but Still took 2 pregnency tests and they were negative. What could be wrong help me please?

  1. I am totally a victim to a Period-Less-Traveler.
    Yep, this is totally a problem for many women who travel. I have been on the road for the past 16 months and only once I had a regular cycle. The first few months I didn’t have my period at all, after 5 months I went to a doc he put me on pills, which worked, but after 4 months I decided to see if my normal cycle will return. Nope, once again for the next 5 months I was period-less. Kind of sweet when you are traveling but it is a mind bothering and constant waiting. I have no advice as I am still period-less, but know that you are not alone!

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      Im a trans man and i get my cycle still because i havent started testosterone yet. do you have any advice on naturally slowing or delaying your period? i have to be careful with working out because i finally have a masculine figure. although my hips are the worse thing ever. but do you have any other ideas?

  2. i came from the caribbean to asia to study…and my first month here my period was 4 days late…the next month now its about 7 to 10 days early…this has never happened before

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  6. I just took an hour flight from my home town to visit family in another state. My period was supposed to start the friday that I left, and now it’s Tuesday, and still no sign. I do have a yellow discharge, though. Should I be concerned?

    • Hi Kristen,

      While I can’t give you a qualified opinion on this one, I would say don’t worry but take take proper steps that you might take if your period was late at any other time. While pre-trip stress or just the change in routine might have affected your cycle, it’s always important to monitor the situation and be aware that something else might be causing the change, too. As is the case with any mysterious period behavior – don’t stress! If things don’t start as usual, it’s best if you can see a doctor who can give you a check up and make sure everything’s A-oK!

    • about what the move did to Julie’s commute, the next scnees show her crowded trip to lower Manhattan. One of Eric’s roles seemed to be rescuer when Julie had melt downs. On the other hand, Julie apparently dove into this enormous, all encompassing project without much discussion with Eric about how it would impact their lives over the year. What would women say about a man who did that?

  7. Hello
    I recently got back to the US from Europe
    I have missed my period , late 3 weeks now.
    I travel over seas one time a year, have missed my
    Period before (just few days) ..but I also wasn’t taking
    Birth control like I’m taking now.
    I have took a pregnancy test two times ..two
    differebt days and it showed negative
    I know I have been stresses and travel, time change
    and atmosphere with dfrnt food..
    Please respond w a good news

    Thank you
    Sil 🙂

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  9. I have made two trips across the country for work within two months. I was three days late the first month and now this month I am a week. I have no sign of it coming. I took a pregnancy test and its negative. This site has made me feel better. Thanks Ladies!

  10. Ok my period is always on time and I was suppose to get it the 27th this month. I got here in Thailand from NJ the 11th it was a 19hr flight. I’m a lil concerned because I’m never late and I was very careful with my husband. Is this normal? also in thailand I’m 12hrs ahead.

    • Your body goes through strange changes when you travel, so don’t stress Alissa. If your period still hasn’t come in a week or so, after your body adjusts, you may want to consider seeing a doctor. We hope this post helped!

  11. I’m in Thailand too. My period is two days late when it’s NEVER late.
    I really think it’s due to jet lag, stress, less exercise & “strange” food. This site helped me not to worry.

  12. I just got back from a 9 day trip to China with a 15 hour flight to and from New Jersey! I was supposed to get my period during the trip (I got it on the 21st in February so I was assuming the 19th in March) but China is 12 hours ahead of the US so my body clock is still off even after returning! Should I be worried? This is a great site!

  13. Went to Hawaii 3 weeks ago. Got back to Australia and my period is 2 weeks late. But I have all the symptoms of pms very moody and hungry. But no period.

    • Hi Tamika, this is what I’m experiencing right now and I am so concerned about possibly due to other reasons such as pregnancy but I’ve tested it this morning it was a Negative. I’m on my second week still has no sigh coming. Very worried.

  14. After I moved to a different town, my period never started. It’s now over a week late. Took one test, was negative. I’m assuming this change and stress just threw my body off?

  15. I have recently returned from a 2 week vacation in Europe and I am 10 days late on my period! I have taken two pregnancy tests in the past two days and both came up negative. I am freaking out a little, but seeing how everyone is kind of going through the same thing makes me feel a little better. Now to play the waiting game. :/

  16. My girlfriend is traveling through Europe right now and just had a hectic few weeks/days, traveling Japan –> London –> Brussels –> Amersterdam –> Brussels –> Paris –> Brussels –> Madrid –> Pamplona –> Madrid –> London.
    She called me frantically at 5AM this morning (thanks baby girl ;p) crying that her period hadn’t started and she was running out of her b.c. pill (no thanks to a luggage handler strike in Brussels who still have her suitcase 2 weeks later with her medications in), and she was apologizing for possibly being pregnant!
    I gave her a big smile and told her not to worry, that a) If she is pregnant I’m not going anywhere! and b) it is likely to be just a timezone/stress/diet/traveling type-thing.
    Did some research on her situation and found your site. Hoping she’ll see this later and realise it’s a common occurrence.
    And just in case she does read this: Marika, I love you baby and am proud of you! x

  17. I traveled for work from the east coast to taiwain, soeul and japan for 1 week. I got my period on the third day I was there (I was 2 days late – 30 day count instead of 28 days) I then was 8 days late on my next period which I have never been more than 3 in my life and run anywhere between 25 and 29/30 days. I thought I was pregnant but every test including a blood test was negative. I am currently trying to have a baby with my husband and this really threw us in for a loop! I wish I had thought of this potentially happening so we could have planned much better last month. At least I know for next time!!!

  18. My period has always been on time for the past several years, give or take a day. Recently, I traveled from the US to Europe for 1 week. When I returned home I got my period an entire WEEK early, which is unheard of for me. I assumed it must be implantation bleeding and I thought for sure I must be pregnant but apparently that one week of traveling was enough to drastically alter my cycle!

  19. Hey! Recently travelled to Cambodia and according to an app I use to keep track I was supposed to get my period the day I was travelling but still haven’t got it 8 days later :/ now on my 42 day of my cycle… but my usual cycles range from 32 to 40 days so technically could just be 2 days late… So confused! I had sex on the 14th June but used a condom but he did stay inside me for a while after he came… A little advice would be great! Thanks!

  20. I consistantly used to get my period on the 6th of every month. About a month and a half ago I flew to europe was up their for two weeks. While there I got my period on the first and as usual it lasted 7 days. I came home july 9th and have not gotten my period since july first. It is august 7th now and I’m a little worried. Could the two week trip, fhe flight, being in a hotel with the same two girls (i.e. period sync), eating habits. have something to do with it? I’m not used to this and any answers would be a major relief, thanks.

  21. This is actually a GOOD news story for anyone freaking out over the possibility of being an incubator for the next 40 weeks. I had been traveling in Europe for approximately three weeks vacationing, shopping, eating amazing food and plain ole’ galavanting– when, as predicted, the first cycle my period came and went. A few day after the last day of my period, a night of alcohol infused celebration led to…er… bed room show down with a guy I’ve been getting to know. Half way into having sex, the condom breaks—and luckily, he was sober enough to notify me and we quickly changed into a fresh one. After the deed was done, we said our goodbyes and that was that. It didn’t occur to me that there could have been a good chance his pre-ejaculatory fluids could have easily slipped in during the breakage. I get back to the states a couple of weeks later and two more weeks go by and I’m waiting and waiting and nothing. Even my little Iphone App was telling me I was late and to take a test quickly. So you can imagine all the shit running in my mind with the “what if’s”, the “OMG’s”, the “WTF had I done, etc etc. The worst thought was the scenario of actually contacting the guy to tell him and the shitty response he may give me. What made it even more worst was the fact my boobs were getting out-of-control large, and I was craving all kinds of shit and I was gaining weight rapidly. And I became ill with a nasty head cold just to finish me off! After the 6th DAY of being late, I knew I had to make myself take the test. And that night I found out I WAS NOT pregnant. The very next morning, my period came. Sigh of relief!!!! Looking back on it, I had a very stressful trip traveling from country to country, coupled with drinking every night and not sleeping enough. This could have easily delayed ovulation, and it turns out my time abroad led to a full three week delay. For sure, this can and will affect any woman’s cycle. So rest assured ladies, all will be well. Just take a breath, relax and just wait for Aunt Flo’s arrival.

    • I totally know the “period starts right after negative pregnancy test” syndrome! Might be Murphy’s law but might also be a great ol’ stress relief for the body to see it confirmed, so it goes back to its old self and releases the period. That’s my own non-scientific theory 🙂

  22. I moved cities and went on 3 different trips this month after having a very constant routine of work this entire year. I went camping the first weekend of the month, then towards the end of the month, I camped again in a different place. I returned for just 2 days and then went on another trip with my family for 4 nights. I was eating a lot of rich foods every day which I am not used to doing.

    On my last day of my trip, I was supposed to get my period but didn’t. It’s been a week and I still havent’t gotten it. I’m on the birth control pill & my periods have always been VERY Regular. This month I was being particularly safe and using condoms as well, and never missed a pill by even a minute.

    I’m glad that I found this article- because I think my traveling around this month may well be the reason for it!

  23. Oh my gosh this is so true! I live in Honduras, a small country in central america. I decided to visit europe (more especifically The Netherlands) for the summer(july 5 till oct 3). My periods are usually every 30-33 days, so I expected three periods during my stay here. I got the first one on the day it was supposed to arrive(july 18) when I got I was in Ireland with a Honduran family. Now back in the netherlands I was supposed to get it on aug. 16 but I didn’t. I kinda freaked out, but I’m not sexually active, so pregnancy was outruled. My period decided to arrive eleven days late, and it’s lighter than usual. I figured it might have been the travelling, so I researched and I found this article which helped a lot! 🙂 thanks!!

  24. I am currently on a study abroad for a year and I’ve been abroad for over a month now and I missed my period. I NEVER miss a period and I am not active. I freaked out so I searched for articles and asked my friends and family back home and they said it could be because of the new environment. My body is probably adjusting to the new situation. After reading this article I felt better. I have to agree with everything in this article. I have done so many things in just one month! So many experiences especially new ones! It’s crazy! I do hope I get back to my normal schedule soon. Thanks for the helpful article!

  25. Thank you so much for this helpful article!
    Two years ago, I spent a semester in France and although my first period was regular, it took 70 days for the next one to come (and even then it was really light). Now I am studying abroad again and I (mentally) feel much more relaxed than last time, so I expected that it wouldn’t affect my period that much. However, it is a week late already… I felt really frustrated about this, but your article made me realize that your body can also get ‘upset’ by things that are not negative, but just different and new. When going abroad, people often warn you for ‘culture shock’, but this kind of ‘physical chock’ is never mentioned. So thanks again for publishing this informative article!

  26. Hi:D
    Thank you so much for the article. I’ve been worried that my body was falling apart or something was totally wrong with me. I moved to China to teach in, my period was 5 weeks late, lasted TWO whole days rather than 7, and am now on 10 days late, …. again. Thanks for the advice too;)

  27. Hi! So I traveled from Iowa to California by car, which is 28 or so hours and there is a 2 hour time difference here. My boyfriend and I had sexbefore I left. He used a condom EVERYTIME and we checked to see if their were any holes when we were done EVERYTIME. (There was none) I am now 6 days late on my period! Any advice? Could it be because of travel? And stress? Or am I pg?

    • Hey Sarah, you’re probably okay. Bodies do weird things when we travel! But if you still don’t get your period in another week, grab a test and put that worrying mind to rest!

  28. Hey! I read the article and a bunch of the comments but just wanted to throw one out there myself. Could moving back home after being abroad for awhile affect it too? I spent 3.5 months in South America (I am from the U.S.) and while there, it was pretty regular. I am usually not on a strict schedule, seeing as it comes late often, but thats just normal for me. While I was away, it was nothing too out of the ordinary, but now that I am home again it is extra weird. I had it while traveling back and then got it again about a month later. Now, I missed a month completely and am going into my second month period-less. Since I was abroad for awhile, I am just wondering if coming back home might be screwing with my cycle as well. Thanks!

  29. Hello,

    Thanks for the article.

    My LDR girlfriend just left yesterday she lives an hour and a half away by plane.

    Her period is 2 days late now and she (and I) were getting worried, she took a preg test yesterday and it came back negative..

    She was here for a week and I also took her to the mountains for a romantic cabin get away…

    Is it possible the traveling, eating more, and general change in schedule can cause her to be a few days late?

    I love her a lot so I’m just trying to do some research as well…

    Cheers

    • Hi Rae,

      Yes even the change in elevations can cause it to arrive late and be different in schedule. The mountains probably had something to do with it since you mentioned it. It’s normal to be late a few days as you described when traveling.

  30. I am victim of this too! My husband is from India and during both of my trips to India with him my period was late or non-exsistent for a month or so. All whacky. I’m on BC pills, but my lat trip to India was for 1 year and the first month was late almost a week and didn’t become regular until almost 3 months in.
    Now that we have returned to the US after a year of being there, I am all out of whack again. Usually about the time that I start thinking I should get an HPT, thats the time it suddenly appears. My body’s way of saying “haha! No worries! We’re back to normal!” 🙂

    • I just got back from living in Thailand for a few years, where my husband is from. Im usually very regular and I expected to get AF on the departure day but now back in the states and my period is 5 days late. I’m not worried since bc was followed and I have zero symptoms, and it seems some people miss it for much longer. This is the best place I’ve found on this topic keep sharing!

      • So I just got back from living in Thailand for a few years, where my husband is from. Im usually very regular and I expected to get AF on the departure day but now back in the states and my period is 5 days late. I’m not worried since bc was followed and I have zero symptoms, and it seems some people miss it for much longer. This is the best place I’ve found on this topic keep sharing!

        Update: Six days late, took test but negative, the next day Aunt Flo shows up. *eyeroll* coulda saved me the $$. this is not the first time I’ve traveled long stretches but it as the first time I experienced period lag. It was the first time I’ve departed the exact day AF was supposed to arrive tho and apparently I’m not the only one that’s had that experience.

  31. Sorry but this is going to be a long comment haha

    This site has really helped me relax after reading all these comments. Here’s my situation. My last period was April 6th and based on my period tracker, this month it was to come May 9th based on a 33 day cycle. But because I didn’t get my period for Feb, my cycle length based on the past 4 months became 35days which would make my new expected period date May 11th. Today is May 13 and still no period. During the week of my ovulation (April 21-26, 24-29), I traveled by bus from DC to NY (5hrs..april 20) where I did a lot of site seeing the moment I arrived then came back to DC the next day (5hrs..april 21). Three days later, I traveled by bus from DC to Philly (2.5hrs..april 24) and left philly april 28th. While in philly, I experienced some stress from the possibility of not getting urgent package from the mail and also misplacing my phone and losing my mind during that time (you know how crazy it is to realize you can’t find your phone…luckily my friend found it!)..

    Okay let’s get back on track…in philly, I had protected sex on April 27th and there was no sign of breaking. I’m not on the pill but plan on getting it for extra peace of mind. Few days later I got the expected acne that I get in anticipation of my period which was normal. So now the day before my period based on my tracker, I got news that I didn’t get the job I was hoping to get so that got me stressed because I was back to square one in the job hunting game.

    So now I’m 4days late based on my period tracker and 2days late based on the webmd period tracker which takes into account the past 3month to calculate your cycle length. I hope I get my period by the end of today or by early morning 2moro because I just need that period to come ALREADY!

    I hope to update with good news!

    • Hey Sarah! Don’t worry, I’m sure your body is just adjusting to the stress & the travel. Keep us posted and in the meantime, don’t sweat it! Glad we could help give you some peace of mind!

    • Update…I got my period today! Yay! 🙂 …anyone who is currently worried as they wait on theirpperiod please try to do something that will distract you in addition to keeping yourself informed about other causes of a late period. Wishing you the answers you hope for. As they say in Korean dramas..fighting! – which means good luck or “do your best” in other context 🙂

  32. Hey there. I was hoping for some input on my situation PLEASE!! I have been abroad for this semester and took the month of April to travel Europe. I had a short period from April 5-7. But now it is May 17 and I have not had another period. My cycle is generally 30 days. I also had the flu and a sinus infection, so I was on antibiotics. And am studying for finals so have been really stressed out. Do you think that this is why my period is so late? Or should I be worried about pregnancy. I have no signs/symptoms associated with pregnancy, but also no period.

    • Hey Sally, don’t stress! Sometimes stress contributes to our body withholding our period, and mentally, it will make you crazy! Ok sure you’re fine, and that it will come in a few days, but if in 7 days still nothing, pop in for a visit to your doctor. Don’t worry! I hope this post helps you ease the stress– we’ve all been there! Be sure to update us!

      • Got my period this morning! Thank the Lord! Thanks for the support. It definitely was the travelling and sickness. 🙂

  33. Thank you so much for your quick response! I’ve just been abroad so long and feeling a bit lonely! Missing the family and friends. I will definitely keep you updated. And in 7 days if no period, I will go to the doctor. Thanks again!

  34. Hi there,
    I’m also slightly worried I’m from New Zealand and have just recently returned from a 2.5 month trip to Australia, when we (my husband and I) arrived in Australia I got my period a week early then the following month it was 4 days late then arrive on time the next month, we have been back in New Zealand for a month now and my period is late, I’m so stressing out as I don’t want to be pregnant!! I feel all the symptoms cramps etc but this time I’m sore on just one side or cramping on one side of my lower abdominal area, I’m not sure what that is but I’m 4 days late. Is this still from traveling or should my period now be on time since we have been back a month?

    Freaking out!!!

    • Hey Anita,

      It sounds like it’s still form traveling, 1 month is sometimes too short to get it all together. Mine did the same thing when I flew from NY to DR. The cramping might be a sign it’s coming soon or it’s the ovulation period – not sure but try to remain calm 🙂

  35. Hey there,

    I’m a bit concerned about my late period. I’m a teenager and I’m not sexually active so there is no way that I am pregnant. I usually have an irregular period and I am the worst at tracking my cycle.

    I recently returned from what is basically a 6 week trip. My period ended just before the trip started, where i traveled around the country for 8 days. I then had a week off before traveling to Europe. Here I ate very differently to normal and slept a lot less due to daylight savings. I had my period while I was touring Germany and France. Roughly 10 days later, I returned home (around the 17th of May)

    If I counted correctly, a 36-day cycle would have brought my period roughly the 9th of June. It is the 11th already and no Red Ferrari.

    Since I have returned home, I have also increased my exercise (not by a lot though), been sick, started exams (stress!), eaten differently and slept less.. Can all of these along with the travel contribute to my period being late or is there something wrong with me? Is it possible that my body is still trying to recover from the trip despite having my period while I was overseas?

    ADVICE FROM ANYONE, I’m very concerned and I;m not sure whether I have reason to be or not!

    • Hey!

      I think all of the changes are definitely factors in the timing of when it’s returning or why it hasn’t come yet. You’re doing so many different things and stress from exams could be the kicker too. That’s what did it to me once during finals – delayed it so bad and then thinking and worrying about it made it even more late. The travel always is an added too especially if you’re not on the pill. It sucks but the best thing you can do to is see a doctor if that will help you worry less. Sometimes hearing it from a professional is what will give you peace about it. Some girls go months with periods disappearing. My friend didn’t have hers for about 7 months one time (no she was not pregnant either). It just decided to leave because of different things going on in her life. Hope it comes back soon!

  36. Is there a time limit that this should be limited to? I’ve been studying in Australia for 4 months.. I’ve had my period fully once (3 weeks after i last had protected sex) and spotting once but with 2 hpts was concerned. I took the tests after 16 weeks, and have never had unprotected sex. With stress and weight loss I have enough reason to believe I’m not pregnant, but it’s worrisome nonetheless!

  37. I’m 16 and just came back from vacation but in about 2 weeks I’m leaving for Chicago for choir and I’m super stressed. My period is 3 days late and I’m
    Not pregnant sooo. Could it be from stress?

    • Hey Chelsea, yes it definitely could be that. Try not to think about it (even though it’s hard to do that) and don’t set a timeline on it. For some women, it may come even over 1 week late, you can never really tell with our bodies when they’re stressed or after changing elevations.

  38. I fell victim to the traveling late period! Went on a trip from California to Hawaii with my husband. We flew in the date I was supposed to start my period. Instead of starting, I had light spotting for 5 days. Had 2 negative HPT’s and then AF showed up, full force, with severe cramping on day 6! So yes, a little vacation and only a 3 hour time difference can definitely have an impact!

  39. Hi,
    I am very worried. I had my perio on 10 th june. I travelled to Uk from India on 15 th june. So I was expecting my period on 10th july. My cycle is usually 28-30 days. I did pregnancy test twice after 10th july and it was negative. I am still waiting for period 🙁 pls advise.

    • Hey Kate, I’d advise you to keep waiting and try to get your mind on other things, which I know is hard to do, but try 🙂 You took the test already so that should bring some relief and it may just be one of those times that the period decides to disappear. Some of my friends had it gone for months for no reason, just irregulatity, and hope yours comes back sooner than later.

  40. Okay,

    So I have a different issue. I moved from NC to Hawaii (6 hour time difference, Hawaii is 6 hours BEHIND NC). My issue is that since I’ve moved here, I have had my period 3 times in 1 month. 🙁 I normally get my period once a month. When I flew to Hawaii, I was on my period. Then about 2 weeks after I started my period and it last about 5 days. Now, today, I noticed spotting again and it’s only been about 1 week since my last one (which was the 2nd one). Today is Aug 15 and when I flew here it was July 20. I don’t have a PCP yet nor health insurance.

    Is this normal????

    • It could be, even though it is coming more often than not at all. It is annoying but if it continues this way for another 1 month, then I recommend you ask the doc. It should be slowing down soon.

    • Don’t worry Leah! It’s totally normal. Different climate, different temperatures, travel, stress. All of these things play a part! I’m sure your body will adjust as you do to your new home (and congrats, by the way, Hawaii is where I’m from and it’s awesome!) Keep us posted!

  41. hey there!i am so worried.i live in russia and i was in london for 2 weeks’ holiday to visit my boyfriend.i get my period every 28 days(regular).m already few days late.so i took my pregnancy test.it was negative.m really scared and worried.i could really use some advice

    • Don’t worry Anya! You can see from the comments on this post that a lot of women go through this stress! Wait a few more days, and if you go over the date that you’re supposed to start your period by more than a week, take another pregnancy test or see your doctor. But in the meantime, don’t stress! Sometimes our bodies are just weird! Keep us posted!

      • i got my period today!!thanks a lot for your support n advice when i needed the most!m very grateful for helping me out..thank you very much for helping this poor girl!!

  42. Hi,

    I took a 23 hour flight from RSA to Australia and I noticed I was suppose to be on my period during my stay of which was a week when I came back I started my periods two days later but everything was pinkish and it did not last even for more than two days.

  43. Hey,

    I am 24yrs old. And have never missed a period or its never been later than a month after coming off the pill before. I have just been travelling Europe and Asia for the last 4 Months, i went off my pill about a month before leaving and had my period a week before i left. I didnt get my period once while i was away and didnt have any of the PMS symptoms. I know this is probably normal in my case, with being in many different timezones, very little sleep, drinking quite abit of alcohol and eating alot of different food and no sexual activity. Just wanted some extra insight.

    Thanx 🙂

  44. Hi there, i moved in to europe from africa, my periods used to really hurt , i had my first period in Europe few days from africa and it hurt really very bad i had never experienced it before in my life. now my second periods in Europe are totally harmless, i feel no pain at all, no headaches no any thing, i don’t know if i should get excited or be concerned. is this normal??

  45. Hi all, just wanted to share my bizarre experience of the strange tricks your body can play due to the stress of travelling. I travelled around australia and south east Asia for 11 months and did not have a period the whole time.

    Obviously this was a bit disconcerting and did several pregnancy tests throughout this time which were all negative. When we flew home we had a stopover in a hotel in Kuala Lumpur for one night and my period started then! From then on they have been regular as clockwork so can only assume was down to stress of travelling which I had no idea I was under.

    Don’t stress ladies

  46. I travelled to the US from India on the 1st of October. Just before leaving I had sex with my boyfriend where we both finished “by hand” (and wore a condom). Returned back from the US on 17th of October. That’s 40 hours of total flying plus 24 hours waiting in airports skipping 12.5 time zones. My LMP was on the 14 of September. It is now two months since I’ve had a period and I haven’t had sex since. I hope I’m not pregnant!
    I am also extremely stressed about this + I’ve just changed my job, moved to another country and haven’t been hydrating properly.

    • I’m sure it’s all good jjj! You’ve been traveling a lot and under stress, and that has major effects on your body. I say wait a week and then go see your doctor, since 2 months is a bit worrisome. In the meantime, don’t stress! Let us know how everything turns out!

  47. Hi
    I am currently travelling around europe for 6 weeks and got my period after 7 days about 4 days early however was only light spotting for the first 2 weeks and have had a heavier normal period for the last 5 days I took a 30 hour travel time to get to Europe and have gone to 17 countries in 4 and 1/2 weeks all on train over 6 days straight of train time is that normal?
    Thanks

  48. Thanks for the great article! And so many useful comments too. I recently took a three month trip to India. I had no period the whole time (which was kind of nice), and as I have been celibate for the whole time I wasn’t worried about pregnancy. However I’ve been back home for half a month and was starting to worry a bit about when exactly I should consider no-period a problem. After reading your post, I am feeling much more relaxed and understand better WHY travel can cause this. Thank you!

  49. Hi,
    So about 11 days ago, I went on week trip to Disney with my school. We made the 22 hour bus ride there and back and over all had a fun time. We returned Friday night, and I was suppose to get my period the following Monday, but now it is Thursday night, and nothing. Could this trip cause it to be late? Or what else, I usually regular and not pregnant… but reading these comment have helped calm me, now I guess its time to play the waiting game…

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  51. I have been home for two weeks after a 3-week trip to Japan. I live in MST time zone, so changing 15 hours both ways was no small struggle. However I have been home for two weeks already and my period was supposed to come the end of last week. Should I be worried yet, or should I give it a little more time? I have always been regular and never missed a period, so this is really scary to me…

  52. Hi! I’ve been really stressing out lately. I recently just moved to UK and I’m still adjusting to the cold weather. I had unprotected sex for about 1-2 mins on 16th of Aug. My last period finished around 12th Aug. He didn’t release in me, he pulled out (he peed before having intercourse) but I’m very paranoid. I was sick for one week and took ibuprofen for about two weeks. I tested 4 times and came back negative. I took an ovulation test on the 22nd and it was a very faint positive so I just started ovulating. I read that sperms live up only up to 3-5 days so it should have passed before my ovulation and I was probably not fertile(hopefully). However, I had a large amount of discharge around early September and I’m afraid its because of early pregnancy but now I have normal discharge.

    My expected period was supposed to be 10th Sept but its currently 5 days late.

    I flew off to UK on 12th Sept. And on the 14th, my grandfather died so I was very stressed. I dont have any symptoms of both pregnancy or PMS. I’m starting to get worried. I know my chances are pretty small but I am very anxious cause people always say that they only had sex once and ended up pregnant. Please help.

    Your article did make me feel calmer. Thank you for your post. Its very helpful.

    Ps. My country doesn’t sell the after pill so I couldn’t exactly take it and I only had sex once in my life which was on the 16th Aug.

    • Hey Alisa,

      Don’t stress! It’s probably your body adjusting to the stress of losing your grandfather and also the travel. You are going to be just fine– the chances of you actually becoming pregnant are pretty low and in all likelihood you’ll be just fine. 🙂

  53. Pavithra Rajeev on

    Hi,
    I am Pavithra Rajeev from India. Usually my period cycles is normal, but I travelled to USA by June and didn’t get my period for almost 50 days and again I travelled back to india, I have not got my periods yet since from July….. Took a pregnancy test and it is negative, absolutely no problem with me as per my scanning reports. Can anyone suggest what may be the problem causing irregular periods.
    Thanks in advance.

  54. My period has come on the 14th of month for the past few months because I’ve been on the pill. I got a new prescription about a week into my cycle, so I decided to wait until my next period to start it. But it hasn’t come, and it’s the 26th. Here’s what’s happened in that time:
    I had sex with a guy and we used a condom and it didn’t break, but it still makes me nervous
    I traveled Boston-Denver-Seoul-Taiwan-Vietnam, and am currently traveling up Vietnam.
    Anyone have any advice? 12 days late is a crazy long time.

    • 12 days late is a long time, but don’t panic quite yet— you used protection, for one, and look at all that travel! You’ve been all over the place. I’m sure your body will catch up soon– keep us posted!

  55. So … I moved from Europe to Japan in September. The first day I arrived I was supposed to have my period, didn’t start for another week. Had a bad smell instead. Then in October, had 3 days late period. November 7 days late …. now 7 days again. Having a real bad gas, and usual PMS symptoms …. Should I be worried? What to do next?

  56. Hey so i am an exchange student and i came to The US for the yeAr It’s 7hours differenve frim my country I’ve been here 5months once i arrived i got my period which i am not supposed to and it was messed up and know it’s january and the last time i got my period was in the 26th of november i am bit worried there has been signs that i am getting my period for two weeks but i didn’t get yet i am little concerned

  57. Ugh, I left my home country a month ago to travel to Australia so the last time I was intimate was five weeks ago. My period is six days late now. Although I noticed some typical signs like increased sex drive theres no blood flow or pain. I had a bad Jetlag when I came here plus my diet changed soo much. As a girl you always think you’re pregnant when you’re period is late, but I have a copper coil in my uterus so it would be like the biggest unbelievable coincidence ever I got pregnant despite having a functioning copper coil plus getting pregnant right before I left my country to spend time abroad. A friend told me that her mum also lost her peroid when she was travelling for three months. It still makes me kinda nervous because I feel like my body is not working the right way and also what if I never get my period back? 🙁

  58. I was supposed to start my period about four days ago, but it hasn’t come yet. I do get period pains and stuff, but miss red hasn’t come. I had a feeling it was due to the atmosphere of where I’m traveling. Hopefully when I get back from traveling tomorrow, I’ll be able to get my period in no time!

  59. I am on tour with my school gospel choir and I was suppose to start my period two days ago. I am sexually active and had sex a week before I was supposed to leave. Should I be worried??

  60. I traveled out the country for two weeks and I returned home. My cycle was suppose to come on a week ago and still nothing. Is that normal?

  61. Hi, I’ve just been hiking and camping for 3 weeks before getting ready to move a week later. My periods about a week late, I haven’t had any sex since my last period, which was also 4 days late. I have the copper IUD and my periods have been regular up till the past two times. Is it just because of stress and getting out of my routine?

      • Okay update time! I finally started my period today, about a week after moving and after dropping a few extra pounds to get back to my normal weight range. 🙂 fingers crossed my cycle goes back to normal after this ha

  62. Hey everyone!! I have a good news story here!
    I wanted to post on this website because it helped me so much to not panic! So here is the story, I have a regular cycle of 29 days and had unprotected sex right before and after my periods on the 1st and 7th of July (I got my period between the 2nd of July and the 6th). Then I travelled to Africa. I was expecting my period on the 31st of July and it never came. So I was freaking out and even took 2 pregnancy tests which were both negative. AF came a week later today on the 7th of August!!!! Don’t panic girls, everything will be alright 🙂

  63. was traveling last month (July) from the 10th till the 17th. I didnt menstruate at all. now is the 13th of August and still nothing… I burp and fart a lot, my breast were very sore last month but now they are cooling down still sore though but not like last month. sometimes I feel like vomiting, I feel tired… last week I went to town I came back with swore legs….. my question is if I missed a period because of traveling when will be my next period? or am I pregnant? confused????

  64. I found this article after asking Google if traveling can delay or stop your period, since my period had been delayed since my travels. I have been traveling for 6 months now and 2 months ago my period stopped. I freaked out and took a pregnancy test. Thankfully I am not pregnant. This article helped me a lot!! Thanks

  65. SO on August 1st I was intimate with a guy, he was wearing a condom but he only got halfway in. We decided not to do too much and he took it off, but then we just ended up messing around again and he was unprotected and around my lady parts but did not penetrate. At most there was precum around the area but not sure. My last period ended July 15 and was 6 days long. Fast forward to August 7 when I leave for Mexico for vacation from the US. Should have started my period on the 10th, but I havent. I’m now 12 days late and I’m always early and sometimes on time. Should i be worried…? :/

  66. Hey everyone, I have a little story that might help those getting through this. My girlfriend and I are sexually active and have unprotected sex on a regular basis. She usually has her period on the same day each month, so regular cycle. We went on a huge trip to another continent and crossed at least 8 time zones. The day she was supposed to have her period came, and she didn’t get it. We had gotten back from the trip, still nothing. We thought about getting a pregnancy test over and over, and decided to pick one up on the 6th week. 4 days and a negative test later, she got it. A total of seven weeks passed until she got it. I believe it was from the stress of traveling and getting used to the surroundings.

  67. I got my period July 19, a week before I traveled from California to Guadalajara which is almost a 3 hour flight and a 2 hour time difference. I was there for 3 weeks. i had sex the day i was supposed to get my period. I didnt get my period for August so I’m hoping I get it this month, Im really worried that I won’t. I took a home test and a blood test a week and a half after my missed period and both came out negative. Should i be worried? Was it too soon to take the tests? Im stressing out.

  68. I forgot to mention on my comment up there ^^^ that I am regular on my periods, which is why I am so worried. This is the first time I’ve missed my period. Its been 3 weeks that I am now home and still no period. We didnt use protection nor he ejaculated inside me. I’ve got a negative home pregnancyvtest and a negative blood test. Is it possible that my body is still trying to come back to normal?

  69. I got my period July 19, a week before I traveled from USA to Mexico which is almost a 3 hour flight and a 2 hour time difference. I was there for 3 weeks. I came back home August 19 and my period was already 3 days late. ( i did not have any sex overthere) But I did have Unprotected sex once i got home but no ejaculation inside me. Indidnt have any period in August at all. I’m hoping it does come around this month, but I’m really worried I wont. I am regular on my period and this is the first time I’ve missed one. I feel little cramps here and there but no signs of period. I’ve take a home and a blood test 2 weeks after my missed period and both came out negative. Should i be worried? Was it too soon to take the tests? Im stressing out. Or could the traveling and different food make a difference in my menstruation?

    • Hi Vanessa, don’t panic! As you can see from the comments on this post, everyone feels nervous when their period doesn’t arrive after traveling. Having taken a few negative tests though, I’m sure you’re fine. Now it’s just the waiting game. Try not to stress!

  70. For the past year, after getting off of the depo shot, my period has been irregular. Finally a few months ago it started to go back to its normal routine. Now I have moved from the US to Spain, seven hours time difference. I got my period two days after landing in Spain, it only lasted three days. It has now been one month and two weeks latter, still no period…. I already took two pregnancy test, which were both negative, but online I have read that at home pregnancy test are not always accurate. I don’t even know where to go to get a blood test to put my mind at ease. And I have been sleeping with a lot of men out here, always protected, from what I can remember. Reading that other women are enduring the same issue helps a lot.

  71. So I had my period Oct.14 and went on a hike the next day while on my period and I nearly passed out on the hike. Could be heat exhaustion or dehydration, possibly both. Anyways, took my body about 2 weeks to get back on track and not feel dizzy or bloated. I traveled to California from Canada (same time zone and 3 hr flight) at the time I would be getting it Nov 14. I did have unprotected sex but no ejaculation but pre ejaculation is a worry. I still haven’t gotten it. Probably 2 weeks later now. I haven’t taken a test either. A little background, I use to get a month each year of not getting my period. When I became sexually active, I seemed to get it every month. I’m just thinking maybe it’s the travel and the stress my body we t through when I went on the hike?

  72. I traveled around Africa for the last 7 months. My first 2 weeks in Kenya I got my period as usual. Then absolutely nothing for the next 6 1/2 months of the trip…Had monthly cramps and other symptoms, but nothing else..Took about 30 pregnancy tests (all negative) which is quite terrifying in a place where abortions are 100% illegal… I’ve been home for two weeks now in the states and it finally came!!! Wish I had came across this site while on the road! Best wishes to all!

  73. So I got my period on 29th Nov and I had protected sex on the 12th day of my cycle. I flew from the US to the UAE (19hour flight) time is 9 hours ahead of US. My cycle is usually 24-25 days. It’s 28th day of my cycle and I still haven’t got it :'( I’m really worried and panicking. I haven’t taken a pregnancy test yet.
    PLEASE HELP!

  74. Jazmin Gutierrez on

    I recently moved from Ohio to Denver Colorado my first period (november period) since I got here lasted three days and my december period hasn’t even came yet. It was supposed to come on the 15th its now the 26th and haven’t seen a drop I’ve taken two pregnancy tests and both negative. I’ve come to the conclusion that the move to a high altitude and a new stressful job are to blame

  75. Totally normal. Flew from Hong Kong to the US for 10 days and then back. I’m 11 days late -I’m NEVER late – but all negative pregnancy tests. Went to the doctor just in case and she told me it’s most definitely due to jet-lag (I do get major jet lag when flying that route) and my body should regulate itself by next month. So, try not to worry! It will cause even more stress on the body and possibly delay your period further.

  76. I travelled to a country thats 6hours behind mine for 6months and got my period regularly each month while I was there. I just came back a month ago, and was supposed to get my period 3days ago. it is 3 days late now (36 days) usually my cycle is 30-33days. Worried because it’s usually regular and it wasnt disrupted even when I travelled for 6months. I dont think my body Is sensitive to stress and such factors but i’m hoping the jet lag is the cause of this delay. maybe travelling from east to west causes more disruptions to the cycle. Will update when it comes (hopefully ><)

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