Delayed Period

About "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.

Related Terms: I-pill, Unprotected Sex, Beta Hcg, Emergency Contraceptive Pill, Pregnancy Test, Urine Pregnancy Test, Withdrawal Bleeding

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Delayed Periods: When to Suspect Pregnancy?
Article Overview: This article discusses the possibility of unintended pregnancies in young sexually active women and suggests some hints on timing the intercourse to minimize the risk of unplanned pregnancies, and consequently their adverse effects on the female reproductive health.  Read Article »
Dr. Vasantha K S
Obstetrician And Gynaecologist

Being sexually active comes with its own set of risks, unwanted pregnancies being one of them. A delayed period could be a sign you are pregnant, but not always. Periods can be late due to various other factors such as stress, illness, exhaustion, contraceptive pills, obesity, thyroid disorders, and ...  Read Article »
On Gestin for delayed period. When should I expect my period?
Query: Hi doctor, I am suffering with delayed periods. Consulted a gynecologist and started Gestin since 1 week. But still have not got my periods. Home pregnancy tests done and turned out to be negative thrice. Please help.  Read Full »
Dr. Sabita Laskar
Obstetrician And Gynaecologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Tablet Gestin (Allylestrenol) contains natural progesterone, which is given for 5 days to bring about withdrawal bleeding. You have not mentioned how long you have taken the drug. Withdrawal bleeding usually occurs 48 hours after stopping the drug to up to 7 ...  Read Full »
Delayed period after abortion. Please help.
Query: Hello doctor, My wife is 23 years old. Two months back she had abortion. After abortion she is taking Folic acid and Ecosprin 75. Last month her period lasted for around 14 days and then doctor gave her Sandoz medication. This month her period date already has passed far off but still she is not hav...  Read Full »
Dr. Dattaprasad Balasaheb Inamdar
Obstetrician And Gynaecologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Please ask her to wait for a week for her period to start. If it does not start by then, she can repeat urine pregnancy test. If the test turns out to be negative, ask her to take tablet Medroxyprogesterone acetate 10 mg twice daily for five days. Period normally starts ...  Read Full »
Could delayed periods be a sign of early onset of menopause?
Query: Hi doctor, I am a 53 year old female. My periods have been delayed for two weeks. Till now they are normally regular. Could it be the early onset of menopause or they will eventually come?  Read Full »
Dr. Sameer Kumar
Family Physician, Obstetrician And Gynaecologist, Infertility Specialist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to If you have been regular with your menses these years and this is the first episode at 53 years of age when the menses have been delayed by two weeks, the causes can be a possible initiation of perimenopausal stage where menses are often delayed for a month or two an...  Read Full »
Missed or delayed periods after taking I-Pill? Is it due to pregnancy or amenorrhea?
Query: Hi doctor, I had unprotected sex with my girlfriend and she took I-pill within two hours. She had bleeding for three to six days after having sex and she missed her periods till now.I have heard about the disease amenorrhea, it might also be the side effect of I-pill in some cases. Is this a pregnan...  Read Full »
Dr. Seikhoo Bishnoi

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Amenorrhea is not a disease. Amenorrhea is simply absence of the menstrual cycle. A lot of females have missed periods for one or two cycles after taking I-pill and this is normal. In most cases cycle resumes after one or two missed periods. So, no need to worry. Within o...  Read Full »
Had taken Meprate for delayed period. Still, is there any chance of pregnancy?
Query: Hi doctor, My girlfriend is a virgin and we were intimate on two consecutive days last month. During that time, her periods were delayed by two weeks. I was careful not to ejaculate anywhere near her vagina nor was it knowingly in contact with my penis. She waited for another 10 days and since she d...  Read Full »
Dr. Sonal Prasad
Obstetrician And Gynaecologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Ideally, Meprate - Medroxyprogesterone should be taken only after confirming the absence of pregnancy as Meprate has a tendency of causing incomplete abortion. So, it would be wise to get a serum beta hCG done (human chorionic gonadotropin). It is a blood test that d...  Read Full »
I have delayed periods with hot flushes, dizziness and fever. Kindly advise.
Query: Hello doctor, I am 18 years old. My period is always regular and exactly on time (every 34 days x 7 days of bleeding each time) but this time it is two weeks late. I am getting hot flushes, fever, I am cold all the time, dizzy, lightheaded, very weak. My abdomen is cramping and hurting, been so for ...  Read Full »
Dr. Nadia Khan
Obstetrician And Gynaecologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to According to your history and symptoms, it seems that nothing is wrong with your body system. Sometimes, periods get disturbed. Your symptoms are pointing towards signs of PMS and I feel that you are panicked by the situation which is making the condition worse. I wo...  Read Full »
What is the reason for delayed periods if pregnancy test is negative?
Query: Hello doctor, I am 41.5 years old female. I always get periods on time. My cycle is of 24 to 25 days. But this time it is late by five days. I have not got my periods yet. I have checked pregnancy test today but it shown negative. What could be the reason for delayed periods? My tummy remains bloat...  Read Full »
Dr. Prabha Ranjan
Obstetrician And Gynaecologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have gone through your history and understand your concern. I will try my best to help you. Do a repeat pregnancy test with urine pregnancy kit, if its negative, wait for period for at least seven to 10 days. If period does not come repeat it again after one week. ...  Read Full »
Why have I not got my periods yet?
Query: Hello doctor, I have regular periods every month. I missed my period 10 months back and until now I have not received my period. I took two pregnancy tests a month later and both came out to be negative. I would sometimes get light cramps and discharge (clear). I want to know is this normal or is s...  Read Full »
Dr. Sameer Kumar
Family Physician, Obstetrician And Gynaecologist, Infertility Specialist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to If your prime concern is pregnancy alone, then you can get a serum beta hCG test done which is the gold standard and conclusive. If the hCG levels are less than 5 mIY then you are surely not pregnant and the delay of menses could be stress induced as in most women. Y...  Read Full »
Please suggest a treatment for delayed periods.
Query: Hello doctor, I am an 18 year old. My period is delayed by three days. This is not normal for me. I took two pregnancy tests and they both came back negative.  Read Full »
Dr. R Balakrishnan Menon
Obstetrician And Gynaecologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to How are you doing? I do not see any reason for you to worry. Having a cycle of 28 days plus or minus seven is considered alright. You do not need to worry about it. You can wait up to 14 days after the expected date of periods. Only by the age of 19 to 21 years...  Read Full »


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