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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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I am perimenopausal and have not got periods. Am I pregnant?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 46-year-old female and my periods have become increasingly irregular. They used to be around 24 days in length but my current cycle is 36 days. My basal body temperature indicated that I may have ovulated on day 10. But I have not menstruated at all this cycle - not even spottin...  Read Full »

Dr. Deepika Joshi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to No, you have not ovulated on day 10 because if it would have been so you would have had your period by now. Menstruation usually occurs 14 days after ovulation and the duration between ovulation and menstruation is always fixed. Ovulation occurs only once in one cycl...  Read Full »

Am i pregnant if the pregnancy test is negative?

Query: Hello doctor, I had my last period on the 1st of last month. I did not have sex until the 33rd day (it was protected sex) of my cycle. Now, I have not yet had my periods. It is the 39th day and I took a pregnancy test on the 38th day and it came out to be negative. I do not know what to do. I did ha...  Read Full »

Dr. Deepika Joshi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to If you had sex on the 33rd day, then the test will not come positive so early even if you have conceived. It takes around two weeks to come positive.Although the chances are very less, you should rule out pregnancy. Do a test around 47th day. Amenorrhea can be becaus...  Read Full »

My periods are late this month by seven days. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, My periods are late this month by seven days, and I am not sexually active, so what other reasons might have caused this? I have never experienced a delayed period. I have been dealing with stress and some weight gain at the moment. In the last month, I have gained around 5 kg due to e...  Read Full »

Dr. Deepika Joshi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I thoroughly read your query and understand your concern. First of all, stop stressing about it. If you are not sexually active, then you do not need to do anything. The menstrual cycle can vary because of a variety of factors and the most important being stress and we...  Read Full »

I have signs of pregnancy with low beta-hCG value. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, I had an intimate moment with my friend. But there was no full penetration. This happened two months back and now my period is delayed by 53 days. I have nausea, soft tender, and itchy breasts, headache, vaginal discharge, and lower abdominal cramps along with lower back pain. I took a B...  Read Full »

Dr. Deepika Joshi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and can understand your concern. I need a few more details like your last menstrual period, your normal cycle duration, and the date you got your hCG (human chorionic gonadotropin) done. Beta hCG is the most sensitive test to detect pregnancy. It ...  Read Full »

Why are my periods late despite a negative pregnancy test?

Query: Hello doctor,I had intercourse one month back. So my period usually comes in the first week of every month, but my period did not come yet. I had also done a pregnancy test at my home last week and it came negative I was also under stress.Kindly help.  Read Full »

Dr. Deepika Joshi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Thank you for your query. I understand your concern. Just repeat a home pregnancy test today or tomorrow and if that is negative then it is not because of pregnancy. If this is for the first time that your periods are delayed then we can just wait for your periods. ...  Read Full »

What is the reason for my partner's delayed period?

Query: Hello doctor, My partner has a menstrual cycle of 26 to 28 days. She had her periods on the 5th, two months ago. After that, she had an I-pill on the 14th. Then she again had her periods on the 28th. Accordingly, she had her periods due on the 24th of last month. But, till now she is still waiting f...  Read Full »

Dr. Deepika Joshi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I-pill (emergency contraceptive pill) is one of the causes of irregular and delayed periods. Ask her to wait for her periods for a week. If she does not get her periods then repeat a test. I would advise both of you to take proper contraception in the future. It is b...  Read Full »

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