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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Can I take hormonal tablet for delayed period?

Query: Hello doctor, I am having a delay in my periods. My age is 43 to 44 years and having issues for the past 2 to 3 years. The doctor says have hormones but I am not taking it. I am not having periods for the last 8 to 9 months. The doctor told me to take Clime, a hormone. I am afraid of there side eff...  Read Full »

Dr. Uzma Arqam

Answer: Hi, Welcome to It seems you have a hormonal imbalance or premature menopause. It is better to have investigations and then discuss here or with your local doctor. Your symptoms are more towards premature menopause like loss of libido, depression, mood variations, anxiety, etc. Have FS...  Read Full »

I am late on periods for three days this month. Could I be pregnant?

Query: Hello doctor,I have regular periods (27 to 28 days). But I am late for three days this month. I am trying to conceive, could I be pregnant? I did a test on the day my periods were due, it was negative. I repeated one today, it is negative (although I did not do it with the first pee). I do not have ...  Read Full »

Dr. Uzma Arqam

Answer: Hi, Welcome to It is nice to hear that you are overdue and have been trying to conceive. Symptoms of pregnancy are different person to person. It is better to have serum beta hCG (blood pregnancy test) that will clearly describe your present status of pregnancy. Urine pregnancy test n...  Read Full »

I have been taking Primolut irregularly and my period is delayed. Why?

Query: Hi doctor,I am 28 years. I had my period on the 24th of last month and I had unprotected sex on 2nd of the next month. I took Primolut on the same day and I had been bleeding again on 5th to 7th. It was not like usual bleeding. After that bleeding, I sometimes take Primolut on my own, like, when I t...  Read Full »

Dr. Uzma Arqam

Answer: Hi, Welcome to It would be better if you would send me a detailed history. Primolute N is actually used for delaying periods. It leads to withdrawal bleed but you have taken it as an emergency contraceptive pill actually. You got a withdrawal bleed as well although medicine was not ta...  Read Full »

Though I am not involved in sexual activity, my period is late for ten days. Why?

Query: Hi doctor, I have not involved in any sexual activity, but my period is late for ten days. What is the reason? Please help me.  Read Full »

Dr. Uzma Arqam

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Please send your gynecology, and obstetrics report, drug history and medical history. Strict diet, strenuous exercise, anxiety, stress, illness, contraceptives, medications, and hormonal imbalance can cause delayed periods. If you are not involved in sexual activity and...  Read Full »

Why have I not got my periods post surgical abprtion even after taking Cytomis?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 21 years old and I had a surgical abortion when I was two months pregnant. I bled for about two weeks. On the third week, my doctor prescribed me Cytomis 200 mg to induce my period. Still no sign of period. Also, I had unprotected sex three days back but I used an emergency contrace...  Read Full »

Dr. Uzma Arqam

Answer: Hello, Welcome to It is a very short history for too many events and drugs you have taken and a very short time period. Second, you have not mentioned your detailed medical, drug, menstrual, gynecological, and obstetric history. First of all, you had a miscarriage (surgical) and bled ...  Read Full »

I am two days late after I took Plan B. Is this normal?

Query: Hello doctor,I track my cycles. About five days after I was supposed to be finished ovulating, I had unprotected sex and took Plan-B the day after. I got my period when expected, but it only lasted four days (usually it lasts seven). Now my next period was supposed to come but I am two days late. Is...  Read Full »

Dr. Uzma Arqam

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Your body clock has been really timed and punctual. Sometimes, due to few reasons like stress, anxiety, hormonal imbalance, strenuous exercise, strict dieting, etc., periods can be delayed. As I mentioned, the hormones affect the periods. As for delaying periods, an...  Read Full »

Does delayed period and white line in pregnancy test mean pregnancy?

Query: Hello doctor, I am five days delayed now and feel light to moderate cramping for almost one week and sometimes nausea. I took the pregnancy test, the cheapest one and the result is weird because instead of a pink or red line, it shows a white line. And also I have a UTI. Is it possible that I am pr...  Read Full »

Dr. Uzma Arqam

Answer: Hi, Welcome to You are right. Urine pregnancy test and transvaginal scan are unable to detect very early pregnancy. So, for that, we can use a blood pregnancy test (serum beta hCG). It is clearly detecting pregnancy status. For urine infection, you can have a urinalysis and urine cult...  Read Full »

I am not getting periods from last three months. Is it due to high prolactin levels?

Query: Hello doctor, I am not getting periods for the last three months. I have with me some blood tests and USG pelvis scan. The report of that scan is normal but in the blood test, I found my free testosterone level has increased to 1.04 nq/dL and prolactin is 33.2 ng/ml. Please tell me if this is a ser...  Read Full »

Dr. Uzma Arqam

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have seen your reports (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Free testosterone is very slightly increased but serum prolactin is remarkably increased and that can reduce or disturb cycles and even stop these. Are you on any treatment or hormonal intake...  Read Full »

Is there a possibility of being pregnant despite having one cycle of normal periods?

Query: Hello doctor, My last periods were 12 days late. I did yoga, exercise and all and then got it after 12 days of my usual date. This has happened for the first time. I have never experienced any issue with my periods. Now the following month, again my periods are delayed by three days. I have been ha...  Read Full »

Dr. Uzma Arqam

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Sometimes, stress, excessive or newly started exercise, overload of work, anxiety, sleeping and eating wrong habits also cause a delay in periods. I suggest you do serum beta hCG test. That can give you a clear picture of the pregnancy status as you are feeling cram...  Read Full »

I am 10 days late on menstrual cycle but negative for pregnancy. Please advise.

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 23 year old female. I have bloated sore breasts, 10 days late on the menstrual cycle, negative pregnancy test, appendectomy on the 20th.  Read Full »

Dr. Uzma Arqam

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Near menses or missed periods can give signs of bloated breasts, the fullness of abdomen, mood variations due to hormones. Have serum beta hCG (blood pregnancy test) to clear the status of pregnancy. If pregnancy test comes negative, you can have menstrual induction by...  Read Full »

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