The absence of or missing more than one period is termed amenorrhea. Primary amenorrhea is when the period does not start during puberty, and secondary amenorrhea is when a woman misses her period for a few months. The former is usually due to a family history of the delayed period, genetic conditions like Turner syndrome, hormonal problems, and problems with the reproductive organs. The latter is common to occur during pregnancy and parturition. But it can also be due to polycystic ovaries, hormone issues, nutritional deficiency, stress, ovarian tumors, etc.

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I suffer from delayed periods but I am not pregnant. What can be the other causes of delayed periods?

Query: Hello doctor, I am suffering from a delayed period for the past few months. I did not have sex. So, besides pregnancy, what are the other causes of delayed periods? Please help.   Read Full »

Dr. Sanap Sneha Umrao

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I went through your query and understood your concern. There are many reasons for amenorrhea (delayed periods) but among them, PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome) is very common these days, especially in the young population. Delayed periods, scanty menses, acne, and exc...  Read Full »

I had an extremely scanty period with a negative pregnancy test, 11 months ago. What could be the reason?

Query: Hello doctor, I missed my periods. And my last period was 11 months ago, which appeared as drops and lasted for five days. I also did a pregnancy test, but it came as negative. Why is it so? Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Uzma Arqam

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have read your query and understand your concern. There are many factors that can cause delayed periods other than pregnancy. Following strict diets, doing strenuous exercises, contraceptive pills, medications, and hormonal imbalances can all delay periods. A sudd...  Read Full »

I have been experiencing sexual headaches and have not been having periods for almost a year now. Why so?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 29-year-old healthy female. My height is 5 feet and my weight is 60 kg. Lately, I have been experiencing sexual headaches (orgasmic headaches after masturbation). I have not been experiencing this before these recent episodes. There is another issue in which I have not been hav...  Read Full »

Dr. Uzma Arqam

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have read your query and understand your concern. Hormonal imbalances are causing these symptoms for you. It is better to have detailed general physical and specific health work. Have a detailed check-up for any health issue and try to have regular and complete tr...  Read Full »

I have been prescribed birth control pills as I do not have normal menstrual cycle. Can I still get pregnant?

Query: Hello doctor, I have been prescribed birth control pills because my ovaries, despite my pituitary glands and other things, release the correct hormones (to the point the doctors assumed I was in menopause). I was 18 at the time. Birth control pills cause me to have my period. But if I wanted to h...  Read Full »

Dr. Muhammad Zohaib Siddiq

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I can understand your concern. If you want to avoid getting pregnant, you should continue to take your prescribed birth control pills as directed by your doctor, regardless of whether you have a natural menstrual cycle. Birth control pills work by preventing ovulati...  Read Full »

I have had heavy and painful bleeding after amenorrhea for three weeks since I started taking Levothyroxine. Is it because of Levothyroxine?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 19 years old female who is taking tablet Levothyroxine for hypothyroidism. But, I suddenly stopped taking it and had amenorrhea, which made me have no bleeding for weeks. Then I started taking tablet Levothyroxine again but now I have been bleeding for three weeks with a gap of thr...  Read Full »

Dr. Monica Mathur

Answer: Hi, Welcome to First of all, I would like to advise you to never stop any medicine on your own because these medications can have sudden withdrawal symptoms, which can be harmful. Always consult your treating doctor before starting or stopping any medicines, because these medicines ha...  Read Full »

I have missed my periods for two months. What treatment can be had?

Query: Hello doctor,I have been missing my periods for two months now. I am unable to understand the reason. I felt the pain on the expected date, but there was no period. I am sure there is no chance of pregnancy. Although I did not do anything unusual, I started to exercise for almost an hour on a daily ...  Read Full »

Dr. Ravinder Kaur Khurana

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I suggest you get on serum beta hCG done to rule out pregnancy and get a gynecological ultrasound to look for endometrial thickness. Check your thyroid profile, fasting blood sugar, fasting insulin, prolactin, complete hemogram, LFTs (liver function tests), FSH (fol...  Read Full »

Can I get advice in week 5 scan of IVF pregnancy ?

Query: Hello doctor, I need advice on the week five ultrasound for IVF pregnancy. hCG has been doubling appropriately.  Read Full »

Dr. Chitrangada Jitendra

Answer: Hello, Welcome to The scan (attachment removed to protect patient identity) shows a single intrauterine gestational sac of about four to five weeks. However, the sac is a bit irregular. It could indicate early failure. A follow-up with transvaginal ultrasound is recommended at one-wee...  Read Full »

I am worried about not having periods for two years. Kindly help

Query: Hi, I am around 18 years old and have not had a period for nearly two years. There is no specific reason for this, and I am questioning whether I need to consult a doctor. I have had no other symptoms other than frequently feeling tired. Kindly help.  Read Full »

Dr. Uzma Arqam

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Before two years, if you had periods, it is secondary amenorrhea, but if you have not, it is primary amenorrhea. In both cases, you need urgent investigations. Strictly observe for other abnormal symptoms. Discuss with the laboratory and with the gynecologist like chang...  Read Full »

I have never had menstruation, and my ultrasound suggests I do not have a uterus. What to do?

Query: Hello doctor, My friend consulted a specialist who said my uterus was not visible in the ultrasound. I have not experienced menstruation. Please help me.  Read Full »

Dr. Uzma Arqam

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I went through your query and understood your concern. It seems you are suffering from primary amenorrhea (absence of menstruation) with the absence of a uterus in the ultrasound. Mayer Rokitansky Kuster Hauser syndrome or Mullerian agenesis is a female condition wi...  Read Full »

What could be the reason my friend and I experienced different side effects after taking an I-Pill?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 24 year old female. I had my last period a month ago. It lasted for four days. On the fourth day, my fiance rubbed his genitals against mine. He did not ejaculate, still just to be sure, I took an I-pill within 12 hours. After a week, I noticed a brown discharge. On the next ...  Read Full »

Dr. Sameer Kumar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to As you were in the early proliferative phase of your cycle, hence the withdrawal bleeding following I-pill is scanty and less, but it ensures that you are not pregnant. The bleeding may last for three to five days, and the next menses shall be only after a month from ...  Read Full »

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