Delay in menstural cycle

My friend has been having a delay in her menstrual cycle and lately she is scared of being pregnant. But as of now she doesn't have any symptoms of being pregnant. What can be the reason for delay in periods and wat can be done in for it to start.
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Harisha N L
3 yrs. of exp | Bangalore | General Physician

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Your menstrual cycle is under hormonal control. The ovary usually releases one egg (ovulation) each month, and about two weeks after, the uterine lining sheds, resulting in menstruation. If the egg is fertilized, it is implanted into the uterus and menstruation does not occur. However, if ovulation does not occur regularly, the body does not send signals to the uterus to regulate menstruation. Stress, jet lag, lack of sleep and too much exercise can disrupt your hormonal balance and cause a change in your usual menstrual cycle.
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