What Can Delay Your Period?
Besides some specific medications, other factors can influence your menstrual cycle. Naturally, the most obvious one is pregnancy, which causes your periods to stop altogether. We also mentioned stress, which can be a big factor — even if it’s unrelated to a UTI on a period.
Sudden weight loss can also cause irregularities in your periods. Low caloric intakes are strongly related to the inhibition of specific hormones that are needed for menstruating. Similarly, being overweight can also cause hormonal imbalances that lead to delays in your menstrual cycle.
Other common causes of delays in periods include:
- Contraceptive pills
- Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
If you are going through a UTI and notice period irregularities, it might be a good idea to review these causes first. A doctor can easily tell if medications, lifestyle habits, conditions, or other factors are causing the delay.
Can a UTI Cause Bleeding Like a Period?
While UTI bleeding is a common symptom, it is significantly different from period bleeding. UTIs may cause blood in your urine (hematuria), but they won’t cause abnormal discharge whenever you aren’t urinating.
Period bleeding, instead, may happen at any time, whether you’re peeing or not. It will also usually be thicker and more noticeable than UTI bleeding, as it won’t be diluted in urine.
In any case, if you notice blood in your urine, it might be a good idea to check with a doctor. While it’s a common UTI symptom, it’s hard to tell on your own if there isn’t another condition causing the bleeding.
UTIs don’t have a direct link to menstrual irregularities. However, they can cause stress, which is a known factor that can cause delays in your period. Other variables may also change your cycle, so it’s best to check with a doctor if you notice anything out of the ordinary.