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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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My period is delayed by two weeks even after taking a contraceptive pill after having intercourse. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 25-year-old female. I had sex during the second day of the period and took tablet I-pill the next day. My period is delayed by two weeks this month. I have taken two pregnancy tests at home and found them to be negative. Can you advise on what should I do next?  Read Full »

Dr. Sameer Kumar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to As you took tablet I-pill on the third day of your cycle, ideally there should have been a withdrawal bleeding in the next five to seven days in form of spotting. However, now even after two weeks of missed periods, if your pregnancy test is negative, then you ar...  Read Full »

How will OCP taken before 3 months be responsible for delayed period?

Query: Hello doctor, I had unprotected sex last March but took emergency contraceptive afterward. Six days after, I had the bleeding associated with the emergency contraceptive. Two weeks after that, in the first week of April, I had my period for six days (my usual period lasts five to seven days). In May...  Read Full »

Dr. Sameer Kumar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Firstly, as you had three episodes of menstrual bleed including the withdrawal bleed post-emergency contraceptive after you had intercourse in March, so it is unlikely that you would be pregnant due to your sexual encounter in March. As you have missed your menses no...  Read Full »

I have long menstrual cycles and heavy periods. Please help

Query: Hi doctor, I am trying to conceive for the past six months. So, I keep tracking my period on my phone. My usual cycles were around 30 days. Before two months, my cycle lasted for 43 days and I thought I was pregnant. But, I was not and had a period that was heavy and passed several clots. After it w...  Read Full »

Dr. Sameer Kumar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to You seem to be experiencing periods irregularity since last two months where I believe your stress levels have been high, which could have delayed your menses. The presence of continued spotting from the mid cycle to till date in this cycle is possibly due to serum p...  Read Full »

I had spotting and cramps, but my periods are delayed. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 24 year old female. My weight is 170lbs and my height is 5'8". I am currently on Advair and Albuterol inhaler. After urinating and wiping (last Wednesday morning, April 1st) I had a spot of blood on the toilet paper. I thought it was my period, so I just put on a tampon and wen...  Read Full »

Dr. Sameer Kumar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to It is assumed from the history that you normally have a regular period and this has been the first time that your periods had been delayed. The spotting which you experienced on April 1st was probably scanty menses in the form of spotting and it was associated with ...  Read Full »

I did not get my period despite taking pills after having sex and a negative pregnancy test. What should I do?

Query: Hello doctor, Two weeks back I had sex and took a pill on the second day. But till now I did not get my period. My period date was last week. Last month I got my period twice. Today morning I did a pregnancy test and it was negative. What should I do now? Kindly help.   Read Full »

Dr. Sameer Kumar

Answer: Hi, Thank you for stopping by! I am here to provide expert opinions on your medical issues. Ideally after taking an emergency contraceptive pill, withdrawal bleeding is expected in the next three to seven days. If not, then a serum beta hCG (human chorionic gonadotropin) test should be done, whic...  Read Full »

I had protected sex on 14th day of cycle. Can this cause delayed period?

Query: Hi doctor, I have an average cycle length of 29 days with the longest being 31 days. I have never missed a period before and always got a brown discharge before my periods. I last had my periods 31 days back, then had protected sex once (with my partner wearing a condom) on the 14th day of the cycl...  Read Full »

Dr. Sameer Kumar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to As you said that the sex was protected and that there was no condom misadventure, so chances of pregnancy are minimal and the symptoms are more of premenstrual rather than pregnancy. However, considering that both symptoms overlap, the best way to rule out any pregna...  Read Full »

My pregnancy test is negative but my period is delayed after unprotected sex. Am I pregnant?

Query: Hello doctor, I am an 18-year-old girl. I recently started my sexual life (about a month ago), and I have used protection every time. I had sex four days ago. But at the beginning of the intercourse, we did not use a condom. He did not ejaculate, and my period should have started on the twelfth day ...  Read Full »

Dr. Sameer Kumar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have read your query and understand your concern. If you wish to rule out pregnancy conclusively, then you may get a serum beta hCG ((human chorionic gonadotropin) test done. You are surely not pregnant if the hCG levels are less than 3 mIU/mL. As you have already ...  Read Full »

I took a contraceptive pill after sex. Can I be pregnant?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 21 years old and my menstrual cycle is generally of 30 days. Last month I had sex with my boyfriend after 2 days of my periods. Though we used condoms but I felt as if it was leaking, so to be double sure I took one Unwanted 72 in 23 hours. Now, I am 13 days late for my periods. I am...  Read Full »

Dr. Sameer Kumar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to As you had taken one Unwanted 72 within 24 hours after the intercourse, you must have received a withdrawal bleed after 5-7 days. If yes, then the date of the withdrawal bleed would form your fresh LMP (last menstrual period) and you should be starting your count for...  Read Full »

Why is my wife experiencing white discharge and delayed periods?

Query: Hello doctor, We had unprotected intercourse 13 days back. Her menses has been delayed for six days now. There is some white discharge from the vagina since 12 days and she is not having her periods still. We have checked for pregnancy yesterday through a strip test and it showed negative. Also, sh...  Read Full »

Dr. Sameer Kumar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to It is evident that she was on day 21 or day 23 of her cycle when you had unprotected intercourse. As her menses have been regular consider that ovulation would have occurred by day 14. In that case ovulation would have dissoluted 13 days back and chances of pregnancy ...  Read Full »

Does delayed period with white discharge indicate pregnancy?

Query: Hello doctor, I and my partner had safe sex before three months, after that we never had sex. She had regular periods till now, but this month she did not get her periods on the expected date and till now no periods. She is saying that there is some white discharge. Is this any symptom of pregnancy...  Read Full »

Dr. Sameer Kumar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to If your partner has regular periods and you have not been sexually involved, then she is unlikely to be pregnant. It is not necessary that she should get her menses on that very date itself. If pregnancy is ruled out with a urine pregnancy test, then the most common ...  Read Full »

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