A period is a segment of the menstrual cycle where a woman bleeds from the vagina for a few days. Periods usually start around 12 years of age, but some girls will start a bit earlier or later. A regular period will develop from the age of 16 to 18.

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I skipped the last four pills left in my birth control pack to have my periods. Will this affect the effectiveness of contraceptive pills?

Query: Hello doctor, I have four pills left in my birth control pack, and I want to have my periods as early as possible. However, I stopped taking the pills for a few days. Will it affect contraceptive protection? I am planning to restart the pills on the fourth day of my menstrual cycle. Is it fine? Wha...  Read Full »

Dr. Priyadarshini Tripathy

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and understand your concern. I assume you have been taking pills for 21 days. If you stop taking the pill from the 16th to the 17th day, your withdrawal bleeding will be affected. So it is advisable to continue the pills until 20th to 21st d...  Read Full »

I get my cycles regularly. But I want to delay them this time. How do I do that?

Query: Hello doctor, I got my periods last week of the previous month, and I have my next period in the last week of this month. It is my birthday, and I want to travel this time. Is there any possibility of delaying periods for three to four days so that I do not get my periods at the end of this month? P...  Read Full »

Dr. Reetika Joshi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Thanks for writing in, and I understand your concern. There are various tablets to delay periods. These tablets prevent the shedding of the uterus lining. If you have no other health issues and no blood or artery-related problems, I suggest taking tablet Deviry (Medr...  Read Full »

I have a regular menstrual cycle, and every time I try to conceive, I get my periods. Why is this happening?

Query: Hello doctor, I have been married for three months and have a regular menstrual cycle of 28 days. And every time I try to conceive, I get my periods. Could you please tell me what the problem must be? Thank you.  Read Full »

Dr. Reetika Joshi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Thanks for writing in, and I understand your concern. In my opinion, for getting pregnant, the sperms have to be released inside the vagina of the female. These sperms then need to fertilize an egg that is generally available around the female's ovulation period, whi...  Read Full »

I want to delay my periods for around two weeks since I am traveling at that time. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, I want to delay my periods for around two weeks since I am traveling at that time. How would I be able to do that?  Read Full »

Dr. Priyadarshini Tripathy

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. You can take the following tablet for the required time you want to delay your periods. Tablet Meperate 5 mg, one tablet twice daily after food for 16 to 17 days starting from the day before the journey and continuing for two weeks. If you fe...  Read Full »

How to prepone the menstrual cycle by taking medications, and what are its side effects?

Query: Hi doctor, My periods usually come between the end of the month and the beginning of the following month. I have a few relatives coming at the beginning of the following month. So I need to either delay or advance my periods. So advancing the period would be preferable. On the other hand, I already ...  Read Full »

Dr. Natasha Bansal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I went through your query and understood your concern. To delay the periods, you must take the medication two days before your expected date and take it continuously without missing any dose for a maximum of seven to ten days. And when you stop the medicine, you wil...  Read Full »

I am a breastfeeding mother to my baby of 4 months and have not gotten my periods yet. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a breastfeeding mother to my four months old second baby. My partner and I had sex, and after one month, I checked for pregnancy, but the test was negative. My concern is I have not got my periods yet. What could be the reason? Kindly help.  Read Full »

Dr. Reetika Joshi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Thank you for your query. I understand your concern. A hormone called prolactin causes the breast to produce milk, and this hormone prevents the release of eggs from the ovary. So as far as the return of the period is concerned, your baby is entirely dependent on br...  Read Full »

Why are my periods delayed by five days, which is otherwise normal?

Query: Hello doctor, My period is late by five days this month which is otherwise regular. What could be the reason? Kindly help.  Read Full »

Dr. Natasha Bansal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I would like to know whether you are sexually active or not. If yes, get a urine pregnancy test done, and according to the result, only we can manage further. If negative, I would suggest some medicines to induce periods. As this is the first time you face this pro...  Read Full »

Can I be pregnant as my periods are delayed even though the urine pregnancy test shows negative?

Query: Hi doctor, I had an I-pill 2 months back, after which I got my periods. However, I did not get my periods this month, and I had sexual intercourse last month. I took a urine pregnancy test twice recently, and it was negative both times. Kindly help.  Read Full »

Dr. Monica Mathur

Answer: Hello, Welcome to The causes of delayed periods may be due to stress, anemia, or thyroid dysfunction. As your urine pregnancy test is negative, you should get investigated for a complete blood count and thyroid profile. As you had intercourse last month, you have not mentioned whether y...  Read Full »

Has weight loss and age got anything to do with my shorter and scanty periods?

Query: Hello doctor,Since I turned 30, my periods have been shorter or lighter, lasting one to two days when they used to be five. However, they are regular, arriving almost the same day every month. I do not have any other symptoms, and my periods are generally the same every month, although they were sli...  Read Full »

Dr. Reetika Joshi

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I fully understand your concern and will surely help you. Exercise, breastfeeding, stress, etc. can be cause for lighter periods. Please, tell me, since how many months are you observing lighter periods than earlier? Is it only in the last two months or a few more month...  Read Full »

My periods have lasted for 17 days. Should I be concerned?

Query: Hello doctor, My period has lasted for 17 days. I was wondering if this is something I should be concerned about or if I will be fine. I am not feeling any physical pain, nor am I on any medication. The periods started early for me and are still going on.  Read Full »

Dr. Gulati Ranjitsingh Awtarsingh

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Your problem is not without any reason. You cannot have periods going on for 17 days. This can lead to you developing iron-deficiency anemia. I advise tablet Evoral (Ethinyl Estradiol and Levonorgestrel) one tablet daily for 21 days starting from the fourth day of yo...  Read Full »

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