Q. Does a continuous delay in periods increase the chances of getting pregnant?

Answered by
Dr. Priyadarshini Tripathy
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Dec 18, 2022 and last reviewed on: Dec 22, 2022

Hello doctor,

I am a 29-year-old female. My periods keep getting delayed every month. I am not currently under any medications. Does the chance of pregnancy increase when your periods get delayed every month?

Kindly help.



Welcome to

Thank you for your query.

I understand your concern. Late periods can happen for many reasons other than pregnancy. The causes can range from hormonal imbalances to medical conditions like polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), uterine fibroids, and adenomyotic uterus. Too much androgen or male hormones and an imbalance in thyroid and prolactin levels can affect your regular monthly cycle. This hormonal imbalance prevents the egg from developing or releasing properly. As a result, women with PCOS often miss their periods or have delayed or irregular periods.

It is important to get a proper diagnosis for your delayed periods. I suggest you to follow a few instructions mentioned below.

  1. Get blood work done - complete blood count (CBC), thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH), prolactin, and anti-mullerian hormone (AMH).
  2. Get an ultrasound pelvis done to rule out PCOS.
  3. Follow up with the reports.

I hope this has helped you. Thank you.

Hello doctor,

Thank you for your reply.

My periods get delayed by a day or two since my wedding. We are planning to conceive, and we have been trying every alternate day during ovulation for the past three months. Why have I not conceived yet? Does body heat prevent pregnancy? When should we have intercourse to get pregnant?

Kindly help.



Welcome back to

Body heat does not prevent pregnancy. I suggest you to follow a few instructions mentioned below.

  1. Have intercourse regularly during the ovulation period. The ideal time for intercourse to become pregnant is between day 11 to day 18 of your cycle. You can try on alternate days. The ovum stays for 24 hours, and the sperm stays for three days.
  2. You and your husband must consume green vegetables and fruits.
  3. Regularly exercise every day for at least 15 minutes.
  4. Adopt a healthy lifestyle.
  5. Decrease your stress level.
  6. Quit alcohol and smoking, if any.

I hope this has helped you. Thank you.

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