Delayed Period

A menstrual cycle usually lasts between 21 to 35 days on an average for women. But, if the period has not arrived beyond 35 days, it is called delayed period. Pregnancy is not the only reason for a delay in period. Birth control pills, PCOD, stress, thyroid problems or other hormonal causes could be responsible.

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What is the possibility of pregnancy with unprotected intercourse on safe days with i-pill?

Query: Hello doctor, My last period was on the 3rd of last month. Immediately, the next day, I had unprotected sex but I took a pill the next day. Later after one week (i .e, on the 11th) I experienced spotting. I am worried about whether I am pregnant. Now I am expecting my regular cycle but I am late for...  Read Full »

Dr. Sravanthi Nuthalapati

Obstetrician And Gynaecologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Based on the details you provided, if you had your periods started on 3rd, then effectively 4th is usually a safe period. So chances of pregnancy are usually less for any intercourse during your menstrual cycle, but very rarely it can happen too. I would also like to...  Read Full »

Is it possible to get pregnant with non-penetrative sex?

Query: Hello doctor, Three months ago, I had intimate contact with a boy and I was dry humping him on top. I felt his penis inside me, but I stopped immediately. Our clothes were on the entire time. I got my period in that month and the next. But, I am late for this month by 13 days. I have taken multiple...  Read Full »

Dr. Ashaq Hussain Parrey

General Medicine Physician, Internal Medicine Physician, Rheumatologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I went through your post. You had sex, although non-penetrative three months ago, followed by two periods. So, the possibility of pregnancy due to this encounter is nil, which means that you cannot be pregnant because of that episode. The pregnancy kit test is to be ob...  Read Full »

Why is my period late?

Query: Hi doctor, My last period was 44 days back. My menstrual cycle is roughly 30 days, but I had protected sex last month. My period is already 14 days late. I have done two home pregnancy tests (around 37th day), and both were negative. I do have slight abdominal cramps. I have been having frequent he...  Read Full »

Dr. Sanjay Kumar Bhattacharyya

Obstetrician And Gynaecologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to If you have protected sex, how could you be pregnant? Moreover, the urine tests are negative, which tells about your nonpregnant status. Are you stressed or anxious? Yes, this might be a reason for the delayed cycle. There are 100 other causes of a delayed cycle apart f...  Read Full »

My period is 13 days late after taking Unwanted 72. Is this normal?

Query: Hello doctor, My period is already late by this time (13 days late). My last period was on 27th June and I usually have delayed periods, sometimes by two months. My partner and I had unprotected sex on 5th August but no ejaculation. I still took the pill within 48 hours and had a small...  Read Full »

Dr. Reetika Joshi

Obstetrician And Gynaecologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to See, although any kind of unprotected intercourse irrespective of complete ejaculation inside or not can result in pregnancy. However, you have taken the intelligent decision of taking the emergency contraceptive pill Unwanted 72. So you will not get pregnant (99.99%...  Read Full »

What is the failure rate of Unwanted 72?

Query: Hello doctor, I had taken Unwanted 72 within 42 hours and then in 12 hours and did not get the periods yet. Is there a chance of failure? I am have heaviness in the lower abdomen, lower back pain, and my lower legs have got numb. I am having cramps also. Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Reetika Joshi

Obstetrician And Gynaecologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I fully understand your concern and will surely help you. See emergency contraceptive pills like Unwanted 72 pills are hormone-based and they have this known side effect of changing the menstrual cycle pattern in some females, especially the cycle in which they are ...  Read Full »

How to confirm whether my delayed period is due to PCOD or pregnancy?

Query: Hello doctor,I am 27 years old. I am missing my periods, and I am 38 days late. Three years back, I was diagnosed with mild PCOS and was under medication but not currently. Also, I have not consulted any doctor for PCOS for the last two years. I usually have heavy cramps while I am on my periods and...  Read Full »

Dr. Sangeeta Milap

Obstetrician And Gynaecologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Do a urine pregnancy test with a proper test kit. You might be pregnant though chances of this are less.  Read Full »

Is it normal to have a delay in periods after Unwanted 72?

Query: Hello doctor, I used unwanted 72 five days after my last month periods and spotted five days after that. Now my month due date is the same, but I did not get my periods. I checked my pregnancy with Prega news, but the result is negative. Please tell me the cause of the delay and how much can it de...  Read Full »

Dr. Priyadarshini Tripathy

Obstetrician And Gynaecologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to A change in menstrual cycle pattern is very common after taking Unwanted 72 up to two to three cycles. I assume you had taken the tablets within 72 hours of unprotected sex. The period might get delayed from the expected date. If it gets delayed by seven days, it is imp...  Read Full »

Can previous IVF treatment cause change in menstrual cycle?

Query: Hello doctor, I did an IVF treatment just after I turned 41, to preserve my fertility (I am not diagnosed infertile). My first period was on seven days after the retrieval. The IVF failed, so I decided to try on my own with my husband for a couple of months. I did ovulation tracking, last month sta...  Read Full »

Dr. Sugreev Singh

Internal Medicine Physician, General Medicine Physician

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Actually, it can be delayed by one week approximately due to hormone fluctuations and sometimes more, but as you mentioned, you tried to conceive between your ovulation days, but then you did the test, and they were negative. So, in such a case, when urine pregnancy ...  Read Full »

Can a tampon being inside the body for a long time cause delay in periods?

Query: Hello doctor, I had sex with a tampon in and did not realize that it was still in my body until a week later, when I found it. When I had sex, we used a condom but I did not started my period tyet. Do you think the tampon being in my body for so long could delay my period? I am currently on Lexapro...  Read Full »

Dr. Sravanthi Nuthalapati

Obstetrician And Gynaecologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Tampon will not cause any delay in the menstrual cycle or periods. Forgetting tampon for a long time may make you prone to genital infections though. Delay in menstrual cycle is more of a hormonal function. Even though you used a condom the chances of pregnancy cann...  Read Full »

I am late on periods for three days this month. Could I be pregnant?

Query: Hello doctor,I have regular periods (27 to 28 days). But I am late for three days this month. I am trying to conceive, could I be pregnant? I did a test on the day my periods were due, it was negative. I repeated one today, it is negative (although I did not do it with the first pee). I do not have ...  Read Full »

Dr. Uzma Arqam

Obstetrician And Gynaecologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to It is nice to hear that you are overdue and have been trying to conceive. Symptoms of pregnancy are different person to person. It is better to have serum beta hCG (blood pregnancy test) that will clearly describe your present status of pregnancy. Urine pregnancy test n...  Read Full »

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