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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Can periods be delayed on taking emergency contraceptive pills?

Query: Hello doctor, I had unprotected sex on the 23rd day of her cycle with no ejaculation inside her. I gave her an Unwanted 72 within 12 hours. Despite all the protective measures (on 23rd-day i.e., safe period and no ejaculation and emergency contraception). Is there any chance of pregnancy? Also, sh...  Read Full »

Dr. Reetika Joshi

Obstetrician And Gynaecologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I fully understand your concern. To be very truthful to you, to help you in the future for staying safe, I have the following to tell you:- Out of the three things mentioned by you, the only emergency contraceptive pill is the one that is known to prevent unplann...  Read Full »

Can spotting occur during early pregnancy?

Query: Hi doctor,My period got delayed for 11 days and yesterday, I had some spotting. It is unusual for me as I have regular periods. I do not have any cramps and my flow is not heavy. Sometimes I have dizziness. I did a pregnancy test and it showed me a negative result. Is there any possibility for me to...  Read Full »

Dr. Vidyaprem

Obstetrician And Gynaecologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to As your pregnancy test was negative, you have a less likely chance to be pregnant. In view of false-negative results, you can do a blood test called serum beta-hCG (human chorionic gonadotrophin) to confirm it. Sometimes, your cycles can get delayed due to hormonal chan...  Read Full »

My doctor prescribed Folic acid, Glycomet, and Oosure for delayed periods. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 29 year old female. I am trying to conceive for the past one year. Four months back, my period was delayed for 12 days, and so I got a consultation. My doctor advised me to take Folic acid, Oosure and Glycomet without any medical test like an ultrasound, etc. She told to contin...  Read Full »

Dr. Kamalpreet Kaur Nagpal

Obstetrician And Gynaecologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Your doctor started medicine on the basis of your delayed periods and considering it as PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome). That is why Glycomet (Metformin) and Oosure. You must get yourself investigated and confirm the reason for delay. As for now since 13 days are over,...  Read Full »

Can periods be induced if they are late, and urine pregnancy test is negative?

Query: Hello doctor, I induced my period last month due to its delay after confirming no pregnancy. This month as well period is delayed by a week, but the urine pregnancy test says negative. Should I induce periods every month? I am trying to get pregnant after taking treatment for hypothyroidism. I have...  Read Full »

Dr. Jimesh H Mavani

General Practitioner, Obstetrician And Gynaecologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to If HSG (hysterosalpingography) is normal and you have irregular periods. Then have to try a different dose of medicines to induce ovulation and do an ovulation study. And if required, then injection for healing ovulation can be done. Intercourses after ovulation for fiv...  Read Full »

What to do when periods are late by a week?

Query: Hello doctor, I am not getting my periods. It is already a week from the date. Previously nothing happened like this.  Read Full »

Dr. Sravanthi Nuthalapati

Obstetrician And Gynaecologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Usually, 28 plus or minus seven days is considered a normal length of the menstrual cycle. If this is the first time you had skipped your periods, I would advise you to wait for another week. If you still do not get your periods, you can take the following medication me...  Read Full »

Why is there delay in periods after taking emergency contraceptive pills?

Query: Hello doctor, I had my periods on the fourth of last month. But last month, I had taken Unwanted 72 on 8th that is on my fifth day of the period. And around 18th, I had brown discharge and red streaks of blood coming out with mucus, and it stopped after three days. This month I did an USG, and I a...  Read Full »

Dr. Deepti Katarya

Obstetrician And Gynaecologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to As you have taken Unwanted 72, you are likely to experience vaginal discharge, spotting, or irregular bleeding, and your next cycle may get disturbed, which may occur earlier or later from the usual dates. However, the menstrual cycles will get normalized in one to two ...  Read Full »

After how many days will I get my periods regularly on stopping Meprate?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 25 years old, and I have had regular cycles throughout my life, but I missed my period last month. The doctor suggested Meprate for five days, and I have started getting brown spotting last night. Does this normally happen while consuming this tablet? After how many days will I...  Read Full »

Dr. Ridhi Narang

Obstetrician And Gynaecologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern, and let me help you with this. Usually, with Meprate, it takes 7 to 10 days after stopping medicines for your periods to come. Brownish discharge is fine initially, and you will get the flow also. As you are already having spotting while ta...  Read Full »

Could Unwanted 72 delay period?

Query: Hi doctor, We had unprotected sex three months back and took an Unwanted 72. My period came within ten days from the last menstrual cycle. In the next cycle, it got delayed by fifteen days. After this cycle, my next cycle got delayed by eighteen days. I do not have periods this month. I checked for...  Read Full »

Dr. Reetika Joshi

Obstetrician And Gynaecologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. Unwanted 72 (Levonorgestrel) is an emergency contraceptive pill that is hormone-based. It can cause some side effects of delayed periods or early periods in some females. Please mention whether you have a history of irregular periods, any ...  Read Full »

After marriage, I have delayed periods of eight to ten days every month. What is the cause?

Query: Hi doctor, I got married before five months. For the last two months, my period is delayed for eight to ten days. I took pregnancy tests and they showed negative results. In this month, I had some spotting for the past three days and after eight to ten days, I had some bleeding. I could not differe...  Read Full »

Dr. Manisha Auradkar Raghunath Auradkar

General Practitioner

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. You can have these symptoms due to hormonal problems or it can be associated with stress. Please mention whether you are taking any medications on regular basis. Irregular periods need careful evaluation. I suggest you consult a gynecologist s...  Read Full »

What is the cause of delayed periods?

Query: Hello doctor,I am an 18-year-old female. I weigh about 130 lbs, and my height is 5’6". My concern is about the late period. I have no pregnancy symptoms, and I am sexually active. But I use protection and have not taken a test yet.  Read Full »

Dr. Reetika Joshi

Obstetrician And Gynaecologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I fully understand your concern and will surely help you. See, a late period can be due to stress, polycystic ovaries, being overweight, pregnancy, extensive workout, breastfeeding, etc. In your case, breastfeeding and workout, we can rule out. If you are under stress,...  Read Full »

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