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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I had abdominal pain, cramps, thick brown discharge, and a delayed period after unprotected sex. Why?

Query: Hi doctor, I had unprotected sex last month-end. My period was due to this month beginning, but it was delayed for five days now, and I am having a lot of abdominal pain and cramps. Also, two days before morning, I got a slight thick brown discharge and heavy pain in the lower abdomen. I took table...  Read Full »

Dr. Monica Mathur

Answer: Hi,Welcome to understand your concern.The i-Pill is a very good emergency contraception with a nearly 98 percent success rate. As we have already taken hormones in the previous cycle, and even i-Pill is a hormonal preparation, the date of the next cycle has changed, and the chances of ...  Read Full »

I got my periods last month, and I have not got my periods to date. Is this due to hormonal pills?

Query: Hello doctor, I got my periods in the first week of the last month. And we had unprotected sex later that week, but my partner used a pull-out method to be on the safer side. I took the Unwanted-72 pill that day. I experienced scanty bleeding after five days. We had unprotected sex again in the fir...  Read Full »

Dr. Monica Mathur

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Thanks for writing in, and I understand your concern. In my opinion, Unwanted 72 is a hormonal preparation that changes the hormonal milieu of your body. I suggest you get a pregnancy test done to rule out pregnancy. Thank you.  Read Full »

Will I get pregnant if I had intercourse two days before the due date for my periods?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 37-year-old female. I took a Primolut tablet before 11 days for one week to postpone my periods (periods were due before seven days). I took my last Primolut before 11 days. We had unprotected sex before nine days. Because of fear, I took I-pill before six days. I have not got my ...  Read Full »

Dr. Monica Mathur

Answer: Hello, Welcome to As you have taken I-pill (Levonorgestrel IP) during the same month of Primolut (Norethisterone acetate), it has changed your body's hormonal milieu, so the next period is unexpected. You will get your periods within ten to fifteen days and revert in case of any queri...  Read Full »

I have not got periods for three years. Can I have PCOD?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 25-year-old female with two kids. The first child is seven years old and the second child is four years old. I was getting an injection for three months after my second child was born. I got it for a year and stopped it because it made me feel sick. Then I started noticing that I ...  Read Full »

Dr. Monica Mathur

Answer: Hi, Welcome to According to the medicines and the description of your symptoms, it appears that you have a polycystic ovarian disease. In this small cysts are formed in the ovaries resulting in hormonal imbalance. This causes delayed periods and even absence of periods for some time. ...  Read Full »

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