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I have not had sex, but I am late for my period. Why?

I have not had sex, but I am late for my period. Why?

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Dr. K. Shobana

Published At April 22, 2017
Reviewed AtFebruary 20, 2024

Patient's Query

Hi doctor,

I had sex last month after ovulation because I track it on my app and I am pretty regular. But this month, I have not had sex at all. I worked out twice, and each time when I worked out, I had spotting. Now, I am due for a period, and I am late. Why am I late? The first episode of spotting lasted for about four days and the second episode for two days. I recently had a cold. I am just confused because I have not had sex since last month. But, last month I had heavy periods and passed blood clots that are larger than a quarter.


Welcome to icliniq.com.

First, I would like you to undergo sonography of pelvis. This kind of spotting and delay could be due to hormonal imbalance, which is likely to happen when you gain excess weight. I am glad to read that you are already working on your weight. Keep it up. Also, I would like to know your hormonal levels serum FSH (follicle-stimulating hormone), serum LH (luteinizing hormone), serum TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone) and serum prolactin did on the second or third day of the period. It will help us in knowing any hormonal imbalance present and treat it accordingly. If all reports are normal, then the main focus should be weight reduction.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Joshi Shalaka Kishor
Dr. Joshi Shalaka Kishor

Obstetrics and Gynecology

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