I have had an interesting relationship with my period, ever since I was 12 years old. When it comes regularly, I curse its existence and wish it would go away, but when it’s irregular, I literally panic. Somehow, I miss debilitating cramps when they don’t come on time. Of course, the first thing that comes to mind for me when my period is late is pregnancy. I blame Lil Wayne, who once said, “Safe sex is great sex, better wear a latex/'Cause you don't want that late text, that ‘I think I'm late’ text.”
I eventually stopped taking medical advice from rappers and learned (am still learning?) that a missed period, also called amenorrhea, isn’t always a sign of pregnancy. Everyone’s body is a little different. As such, our bodies react in different ways do different stimuli, and one of those ways is a missed period for folks who have a uterus.
Before you hightail it to CVS for a pregnancy test, know that there are other potential reasons your period has gone missing in action. If any of these — or none of these — sound like what you might be going through, consult with a medical professional to figure out what the potential source of your missing period is.