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 protected sex on the expected day of my next period and took Unwanted-72 after three days, but now my period is delayed. Why?

Query: Hello doctor,I had protected sex on the expected day of my next period. Since my period did not come till late at night, we had sex. I waited the next day for my periods, and they did not come. The condom did not slip or tear. I took Unwanted-72 after three days. My cycle’s typical length is 29 da...  Read Full »

Dr. Sameer Kumar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to It is usually seen that if intercourse is undertaken on the day of the expected period, the menstruation tends to get delayed by a few days. But as you have taken an emergency contraceptive pill, a withdrawal should be expected only after 5 to 7 days post-pill intak...  Read Full »

Longer cycles and constant spotting. Should I be afraid that I am not fertile?

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 ...  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 ...  Read Full »

Does vomiting sensation after unprotected intercourse mean pregnancy?

Query: Hi, I had unprotected intercourse with my partner a month back. I did not ejaculate inside her. Later, to be sure, she did a home pregnancy test after 21 days, and it came negative. Since yesterday, she had a vomiting sensation, has not been able to eat anything, and has light stomach cramps and a l...  Read Full »

Dr. Sameer Kumar

Answer: Hello,Welcome to best way to rule out pregnancy conclusively is a serum beta HCG (human chorionic gonadotropin) test if she has not had her menses yet. If the HCG levels are less than 3mIU/ml, then she is not pregnant for sure. The delay in menses is then likely to be due to PCOD (po...  Read Full »

Partner is yet to have her periods after Unwanted 72. Please suggest course of action.

Query: Hello doctor, My partner took an Unwanted 72 tablet on 15th last month and had bleeding from the 26th to 31st. Her expected date for the period was 6th this month but a doctor suggested she should wait till 15th. She started with an odorless vaginal discharge and has reduced since but is yet to have...  Read Full »

Dr. Sameer Kumar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to The bleeding that she had from 26th to the 31st, post Unwanted-72 intake, was the withdrawal bleed or her menses which got initiated as per the schedule of emergency pill intake. So, now her next bleeding or menses would only be after a month post 31st, that is, by t...  Read Full »

Why do I have delayed periods every time after a protected intercourse?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 23 years old. I had sexual intercourse with my partner a few months back, and my last menstrual cycle was two weeks before that. I was on oral contraceptive pills and took the pill on the day of the intercourse as well. However, every time after intercourse, my periods get delaye...  Read Full »

Dr. Sameer Kumar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. Did you take an emergency or a normal contraceptive pill after intercourse? The urine pregnancy test comes negative till you miss your periods. However, a beta-hCG blood test can detect pregnancy early. Pregnancy is confirmed if the beta-h...  Read Full »

Pregnancy test shows negative, shall I take medicine to induce periods?

Query: Hi doctor,I got my last period before three months. I have not gotten my periods ever since. I had protected intercourse twice before two months. However, I have no symptom and all the pregnancy tests are negative. Also, I have missed my period the same way, even before once and my cycle is gener...  Read Full »

Dr. Sameer Kumar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to In your case, if pregnancy test has been negative, even till date, then you are surely not pregnant. The delay and irregularity need to be evaluated and investigated to rule out PCOS (polycystic ovarian disease), hypothyroidism or hyperprolactinemia, which are t...  Read Full »

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 »

What is the reason for yellowish-white discharge in my fiancee after unprotected sex?

Query: Hello doctor,I had unprotected sex with my fiancee on the 27th of this month. Her period was due on the 29th. She has a yellowish-white discharge for the past few days. Does it means she is pregnant? When will she get her periods?  Read Full »

Dr. Sameer Kumar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to This really does not mean that she is pregnant. It is possibly due to PMS (premenstrual syndrome), which is indicative of forthcoming menses. But, as the sex was unprotected and considering the possibility that she may have had a delayed ovulation, an emergency co...  Read Full »

Does Primolut-N and I-pill, when taken together, delay periods?

Query: Hi doctor,I took Primolut-N for six days as I was going out for the vacation. My boyfriend fingered me and before that he touched his penis. So, we got tensed regarding pregnant. I took an I-pill also within 72 hours. But, I did not get my regular period this time. Am I pregnant?  Read Full »

Dr. Sameer Kumar

Answer: Hello, Welcome back to By taking an I-pill (emergency contraceptive pill - a high dose progesterone), you have further delayed your menses. Otherwise, it would have started within five to eight days after finishing Primolut-N (Norethisterone). Now, you may have to wait another 7 to 10 d...  Read Full »

Does sex during the date of period result in ectopic pregnancy?

Query: Hi doctor, I have a query about my period. My actual due date for my period was 28th of last month. I had unprotected sex on the 27th. I waited two days for my period and I took emergency contraceptive on the last minute to 72 hour. My period got delayed for eight days and got it on the 5th of thi...  Read Full »

Dr. Sameer Kumar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Firstly, as you had bleeding after eight days post Unwanted 72 intake, it ensures that you are not pregnant. Your fresh menstrual date would now be the date of the bleeding started after the ECP (emergency contraceptive pill). There is a likelihood that next menses ma...  Read Full »

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