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Reasons for Missed Period When You’re Not Pregnant

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What are the reasons for a missed period when you’re not pregnant? For most women, a missed period is typically the first sign of pregnancy. But what can cause a missed period (or a late period) if you’re not pregnant? There are many reasons that cause your period to be late.

(You may also like to read about PMS or Pregnancy? A related article that compares PMS symptoms to the very first pregnancy signs.)

Normal Menstrual Cycles & Lengths

In general, a woman can expect to have 11 to 13 menstrual periods every year. That is, if you have a regular menstrual cycle that runs like clockwork, month after month. An average period can last anywhere from three to five days; it can be shorter or longer than this, but it’s typically no longer than 7 days or a week.

A textbook menstrual cycle is 28 days (from one period to the next; this is the average length of a period or menstrual cycle). However, it is very common for adult women to have menstrual cycles that range anywhere 21 to 35 days.

Teenagers – keep in mind that the first couple of years after your period starts, it’s normal to have long cycles (longer than 35 days). In adolescents and teenagers, a menstrual cycle can range anywhere between 21 and 45 days and still be considered normal.

Because there is variability for cycles, if you have a period that falls outside of the 35 day mark, don’t automatically assume the worse. Menstrual cycles can vary each month – a day or two late here, or a few days early there – for a number of reasons. As long as you have a period every month, you are probably fine. However, you will probably want to make an appointment with a gynecologist to get checked out if your cycle is over 40 days. My motto is that it’s always better to be safe than sorry!

Remember that what’s considered “normal” for one woman may be very different for another woman. If you ever have concerns, talk to your healthcare provider.

Causes for Missed Periods (Amenorrhea)

Most irregular periods and missed periods are typically benign and do not signal anything serious. They are often caused by a hormonal imbalance (your menstrual cycle works in conjunction to a delicate balance of hormones), and this imbalance is easily treated under the supervision and medical guidance of your doctor or healthcare provider.

So, it is normal to miss a period occasionally. A missed period should be examined in terms of what’s normal for your individual case.

Doctors and healthcare providers usually don’t worry about a missed period or two or three unless it becomes a pattern. It is highly recommended that you see a healthcare provider if you miss more than three periods – either consecutively (one right after the other) or three missed periods during the course of one calendar year. This might be a cause of concern.

A missed period, or an absence of a menstrual period is called amenorrhea in the medical world. Doctors have classified amenorrhea into two categories:

    • Primary Amenorrhea – You’re 15 years old, and your periods haven’t started yet.This can be caused by conditions you were born with but aren’t noticed until you hit puberty – such as genetic or chromosomal abnormalities and problems with your reproductive organs. These might include being born without a uterus, or a uterus that did not develop normally. In some cases, the causes of secondary amenorrhea can also cause you to have primary amenorrhea.
    • Secondary Amenorrhea – Your periods have suddenly stopped for more than three months, and you’ve had menstrual periods in the past.This is the most common form of missed periods, or amenorrhea.Secondary amenorrhea will be discussed in this article. Common causes for it include pregnancy, ovarian problems (like polycystic ovary syndrome and early menopause), pituitary tumors, stress and anxiety, having to little or too much body weight, and other reasons for missed periods.Usually, doctors will not diagnose you with secondary amenorrhea until you’ve skipped three periods in a row.

In addition to amenorrhea, there’s another medical term that you should be familiar with – Oligomenorrhea. This is a medical term for women who experience fewer than eight menstrual periods each year, or infrequent menstrual periods. The same causes for secondary amenorrhea can cause oligomenorrhea. However, most women with oligomenorrhea have polycystic ovary syndrome.

If you are ever worried about missing your period, take a home pregnancy test and make an appointment with your healthcare provider and seek answers!

Reasons for Missed Period When Not Pregnant

Pregnancy – The # 1 Reason for a Missed Period

So what are the common causes of a missed period?

In a majority of cases, if you have normal menstruation – you have your period without fail every single month – and you’ve missed your period, you are more than likely pregnant.

Here’s the reason – during your menstrual cycle, around the second week (day 7 to 14 before ovulation), your uterine lining grows thick with blood and nutrients in preparation to receive a fertilized egg. When there is no fertilized egg after ovulation, the blood-rich uterine lining, unfertilized egg, and all the tissues break down and gets shed from your body – this is your period.

So if you miss your period, and you’ve always had normal menstrual cycles and regular periods, you should get it checked out as you have a high chance of being pregnant. Having a missed period might mean that your thick uterine lining has received a fertilized egg, and a baby is growing inside your womb.

Despite popular misconception, there is absolutely no possibility of having your period during pregnancy. You can experience spotting, or light vaginal bleeding here and there when you’re pregnant, which can be confusing and trick you into thinking you are having a period, but it’s not a menstrual period. (Read my related article – Implantation Bleeding or Period?).

So if you’ve missed a period, always assume that you could be pregnant. Take a home pregnancy test and schedule an appointment with your doctor, gynecologist, or healthcare provider to confirm or deny that you are pregnant.

(Helpful Tip: Not all home pregnancy tests are created equal. Some are more sensitive than others. After researching HPTs and their sensitivities to hCG, the pregnancy hormone, I would recommend First Response Early Result Pregnancy Test. It’s one of the most sensitive home pregnancy tests you can find (hCG levels at 25mIU/ml), and may even detect pregnancy after the fertilized egg implants. The packaging on any over-the-counter pregnancy test will tell you how sensitive they are. The lower the number of mIU/ml, the more sensitive it is to the hCG hormone that detects pregnancy.)

Reasons for Missed Period if Negative Pregnancy Test

So you’ve tested for pregnancy and got a negative pregnancy test, what are the other reasons for a missed period when you’re not pregnant?

Your missed period may be a result of one of the following common reasons for a missed or late period:

1. Anovulation (You Don’t Ovulate) – Most Common Reason for Missed Period

Ovulation problems account for 30 percent of infertility cases, and they are one of the most common common reasons for a missed period. A majority of women who seek fertility help because they are not ovulating. A menstrual cycle in which your ovaries don’t release a mature egg and you don’t ovulate is called anovulation.

Anovulation (or not ovulating) can be caused by a wide range of problems – many of these causes are discussed later in this article. They include polycystic ovarian syndrome to thyroid problems to stress and anxiety. Long term use of hormonal birth control – which disrupt ovulation and prevent it from occurring – can also cause anovulation.

Polycystic ovarian syndrome accounts for 70 percent of anovulation cases.

2. Stress and Anxiety – Another Reason for Missed Periods

Being stressed is never good for your health or your body, and it can cause a variety of problems, everything from lowering your immune response to affecting your cardiovascular health. Stress is also one of the reasons for a missed period.

Because your menstrual cycle is regulated by a delicate and complex balance of hormones, anything that can alter the release of those hormones will also affect your periods. Stress interferes with the regular functioning of the hypothalamus in the brain; the “command center” of the brain that produces hormones that regular your menstrual cycle, sex drive, moods and emotions, and other functions.

When you are stressed, your body perceives danger (“fight or flight” response) and it sends a warning call to your hypothalamus – the command center of the brain that uses the autonomic nervous system to communicate with the rest of your body. So basically, the hypothalamus sets off a “Danger! Danger! Danger!” alarm in your body. The hypothalamus sends this alarm to your pituitary gland, which then secretes a hormone called adrenocorticotropic hormone, which in turn stimulates your adrenal glands to release cortisol (commonly referred to as the “stress hormone”) and adrenaline.

It is all a very complicated process, but the activation of the body’s stress response can disrupt your body’s normal processes – like the regulation of your menstrual cycle. Your body is so focused on handling the perceived danger that other normal bodily functions get put on the back burner.

So, for example, it is very commonly known that stress delays ovulation. The pituitary gland – which is very involved with how your body handles stress – releases the luteinizing hormone (LH) and the follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH), which are both crucial hormones during your menstrual cycle. FSH plays an important role in helping your egg mature in the ovary, and LH is the hormone that triggers the mature egg’s release from the ovary during ovulation. This process is super complicated, but when the pituitary gland is too preoccupied with handling your body’s stress, this can cause you to either have a delayed or late ovulation, or no ovulation that month at all. And when you have a later than normal ovulation, you will have a delayed period (or a menstrual period that occurs much later in the month than you expected). If you happen to not ovulate that month, due to stress levels, you will have a missed period, no period at all.

For all of these reasons, being stressed is a very common reason for missed periods, delayed or late periods, and more painful periods. In a nutshell, stress just screws up your periods.

3. Overweight, Underweight, and Weight Problems

If you have lost a substantial amount of weight recently, or on the other hand, you’ve gained some weight too fast, this is another common reason for a missed period when you’re not pregnant. Weight gain and weight loss are common causes for menstrual problems, such as a late period or a missed period.

For your body to have a healthy, normal menstrual cycle, you have to have a balance of body fat – not too much and not too little. Being overweight (too fat) and being underweight (too skinny) can cause you to have irregular periods. Your body’s fat cells are responsible for your estrogen production. Estrogen plays a crucial role, along with luteinizing hormone and the follicle-stimulating hormone, to help the eggs in your follicle mature and then get released from the ovaries.

So if you don’t have enough fat cells, you may not ovulate due to not enough estrogen production, and you may have missed periods and irregular menstrual cycles. Similarly, being overweight can also affect your menstrual cycle.

Overweight women have an excess of fat cells in their body, which causes too much estrogen to be produced. Unfortunately, with these high levels of this female hormone, your body might react to this overabundance of estrogen like it’s birth control. As a result, you may not ovulate every month, which means you will have missed periods on a regular basis, or you may have no periods at all. It is also possible that you go months without having your period.

Too many fat cells and too much estrogen can cause many obese and overweight women to suffer from polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) – a condition in which your body produces too much estrogen and too much androgens (male hormones). PCOS has a genetic component to it, so you are more likely to have the condition if other women in your family have suffered from it. Women with PCOS tend to either have no periods at all, or heavy, irregular periods that can be painful. PCOS can cause infertility and small cysts to grow on the ovaries.

4. Contraceptives and Hormonal Birth Control

If you are taking hormonal birth control pills, it is not uncommon for you to experience light periods or no period at all – a missed period. If you’ve been taking your pills religiously and you miss your period, you are probably not pregnant, but if you are worried, take a home pregnancy test.

Some of the newer birth control pills on the market today – such as Lybrel, Seasonale, Seasonique, Yasmin, Yaz – are combination birth control pills, which change your menstrual cycle regularity. Missed periods are common with these hormonal contraceptives.

Lybrel, for example, is one of the first extended-cycle oral contraceptives, which gives you an active dose of hormones every day, and this birth control pill will stop you from having a period indefinitely, as long as you take it, because it inhibits ovulation. It purposely causes missed period. No ovulation; no period. Lybrel, however, does come with the risk of breakthrough bleeding and spotting when you least expect it.

With the other extended cycle birth control pills, you will still have a period but not as often. For example, with Seasonique, you only have four periods each year, because each pack will last you three months, and you should experience your period the last week of the pack. Like with the other birth control pills, you will experience spotting and bleeding between periods – called breakthrough bleeding. Seasonale also only gives you four years each year.

You have a monthly period with Yaz, but it’s a shorter and lighter menstrual flow. Yasmin also gives you a lighter, monthly period.

Keep in mind, however, that when you stop using birth control pills, sometimes it can take some women anywhere from one to two months to up to half a year before you become fertile again, because their bodies have to re-adjust to being without the hormones. Some women are fertile right away, but for others, it can definitely take awhile before your body re-adjusts to its normal hormones and functions.

Ovulation and menstruation can sometimes take a few months (or longer) before they return to normal. So you can expect missed periods during this transition.

Other hormonal birth control methods, such as the birth control shot (Depo-Provera) and the birth control implant (Implanon and Nexplanon) can cause you to have irregular periods and missed periods.

The Depo-Provera birth control method can cause you to experience irregular menstrual bleeding. In fact, irregular menstrual periods and no periods at all (missed period) is a common side effect of the birth control shot. In addition, it is common in 50 percent of cases; women who get regular birth control injections will stop having their periods after a year of use. However, if you are planning to start a family in the near future, you should probably think about avoiding the Depo-Provera injection. Although some women can get pregnant three to four months after their last injection, it can take other women up to one or two years after they stop getting the injections before they can get pregnant.

5. Breastfeeding and Missed Periods

Breastfeeding is another common reason for missed periods. When you are breastfeeding exclusively – meaning your baby is not getting his or her food source from anything else but your breast milk – this will usually delay your periods from returning.

You may have heard that breastfeeding is considered a natural form of birth control; this is why.
Prolactin, the hormone that stimulates your milk production, decreases your level of estrogen, so you do not ovulate. This breastfeeding hormone also affects luteinizing hormone (LH) secretion in your body; a critical hormone that triggers ovulation. As a result, you will experience irregular and missed menstrual periods when you are exclusively breastfeeding.

An estimated 80 percent of women who choose to bottle feed their babies will get their periods back after 10 weeks of delivery. If you are breastfeeding, you will experience more of a delay in the return of your periods. It could be ten weeks or one year, depending on each woman. However, on average, it takes breastfeeding moms about six months to become fertile again. This doesn’t always mean that your period has returned; it just means you’re fertile.

Your menstrual periods will return sooner when you aren’t feeding your baby as much. Maybe your infant has started to eat solid foods, or you’re supplementing with formula instead of exclusively breast milk.

If you are worried about getting pregnant again, start using birth control. Pay attention to your cervical mucus. Get some hormone tests performed at your doctor’s office to see if you are ovulating, but just not having your period yet.

It’s common for you to have irregular cycles and missed periods for the first couple of months after your period returns, after having a baby.

6. Pituitary Tumors (Non-Cancerous Tumors)

Although the word “tumor” is pretty scary, pituitary tumors are non-cancerous and benign tumors that affect your pituitary gland – the area that produces the hormones FSH and LH around ovulation. These benign tumors can cause irregular periods and missed periods in pre-menopausal women.

The tumors are called prolactinomas, and they cause your pituitary gland to produce higher than normal levels of the hormone prolactin (the hormone that stimulates your breast milk production). Yes, non-pregnant women still produce prolactin and men do too. Scientists don’t know why, but everyone does produce this hormone.

High levels of prolactin in your blood can interfere with your ovary function and cause you to have a lower level of estrogen in your body. As a result, it’s common for you to have missed periods, irregular periods, and infertility. You may also produce breast milk, though you’re not breastfeeding.

If you have a prolactinoma, you may also start to experience menopausal symptoms, like hot flashes.

7. Eating disorders

Eating disorders are life-threatening, dangerous conditions that can affect not only your menstrual cycles, but also your overall health. Whether you have anorexia nervosa, and you are starving yourself because you think you are too “fat,” or you have bulimia nervosa, where you are vomiting to lose weight, you should know that this has disastrous effects on your reproductive health.

When you have excessively low body weight (i.e. you’re way too skinny), this can interfere with hormonal functions, which might stop ovulation. These abnormal hormonal changes are the reason that anorexics and bulimics often stop having periods.

When you’re too thin (due to anorexia or excessive weight loss), you don’t have enough fat cells in your body to produce enough estrogen for healthy ovulation. You don’t ovulate, and you will either have a missed period or irregular periods. (Or no periods at all).

Remember that your body needs a certain number of fat cells in order for ovulation and menstruation to take place. When you are way too skinny and have a very low body weight, because of anorexia, everything in your body slows down. Your reproductive organs will shut down, and you will not ovulate and you will not have your periods.

8. Rigorous Exercise

Women who participate in activities and sports that require them to undergo rigorous training often experience skipped periods or no periods at all. The high energy expenditure, stress, and low body fat can contribute to no ovulation and missed periods.

9. Medication

There are some medications that can disrupt menstrual cycles. For example, some chemotherapy drugs, anti-depressants, anti-psychotics, and oral corticosteroids can cause you to have missed periods, or no menstrual periods at all.

10. Hormonal Imbalance

As you read under “Stress and Anxiety,” your menstrual cycle is dependent on a fine orchestra of hormones. More specifically, it requires the hypothalamic-pituitary-ovarian axis to be functioning correctly. The hypothalamus in the brain produces gonadotrophin-releasing hormone, which send a message to the pituitary gland. The pituitary gland produces the most important hormones crucial to ovulation and your menstrual period – luteinizing hormone (LH) and the follicle-stimulating (FSH). In response to LH and FSH, the ovaries produce estrogen. All work together in a beautiful symphony to create ovulation and your period every month.

If anything goes wrong in this orchestra of hormones, and you have a hormonal imbalance, it will screw up your menstrual cycle. For example, if there isn’t a LH surge to help that mature egg erupt from the follicle, you will not ovulate and you will have a missed period that month. Similarly, you might have too much estrogen in your body, and this can also cause you to miss your period.

The common hormonal problem that causes missed periods is polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). It has been mentioned numerous times in this article, because it is one of the most common reasons for missed periods. With PCOS, your body produces high levels of estrogen and the male hormone, androgen (yes, women produce this hormone too). Missed periods are quite common with PCOS.

Perimenopause, in detail below, is also an example of a hormonal imbalance that can lead to missed periods.

11. Perimenopause & Early Menopause

Menopause is a normal event in every woman’s life and usually takes place sometime between age 45 and 55. When you hit menopause, this is considered the end of your reproductive life. You stop having periods, and you are no longer able to have children. Menopause is a gradual evolution – you don’t stop having periods overnight. It starts with perimenopause (also called menopause transition), which takes place a couple of years before you hit full-blown menopause.

For some women, their menopausal transition is only two or three years; others may go through perimenopause for ten years. The average length of menopausal transition is about four years, but this can vary. There is no exact time period for perimenopause and no official “start” and “stop” of perimenopause. Often it is even hard for doctors to tell whether or not you’re in your transition (unless they do extensive testing, and even with testing your hormones in your blood, you may not get a concrete answer).

Because your ovaries start to produce less estrogen during perimenopause, it is common to have irregular periods and you may also start to experience common menopausal symptoms – such as hot flashes and decreased sex drive. Your PMS symptoms may also get worse.

Perimenopause can cause your periods to become very wonky. Your cycle can change dramatically. You may have really heavy periods one month, and a lighter period the next. It is also common for your periods to get closer together. Missing your period is also common with perimenopause.

However, never assume that your missed period is related to perimenopause if you’re in your 40s. You can still get pregnant during this time, so take a home pregnancy test just to be sure.

If you are under age 40 and you are starting to miss your period, or your menstrual cycle is becoming irregular, early menopause might be to blame in some cases.

Early menopause – or menopause that occurs before you reach 40 years old – may be the result of certain medical treatments, such as a hysterectomy or bilateral oophorectomy (when both your ovaries are removed), or it can just occur on its own. When early menopause just happens, doctors diagnose you with a condition called primary ovarian insufficiency (also known as premature ovarian failure).

With primary ovarian insufficiency, your ovaries either stop releasing eggs (you stop having periods), or they release them intermittently; not on a regular basis (you’ll have missed periods and irregular menstrual cycles). You will have a period when an egg is released and you ovulate, but on the months that your ovaries don’t release any eggs, you will miss your period.

With early menopause, your body either stops producing the hormones needed for menstruation – such as estrogen and progesterone, or it only produces it intermittently on the months that an egg is released.

Because of these ovarian problems, it can be hard for you to conceive when you are in early menopause. It’s not impossible, but it is harder to conceive, because you just never know when you are ovulating. Only 5 to 10 percent of women with primary ovarian insufficiency are able to conceive normally. Other women have to go through in vitro fertilization using donor eggs in order to get pregnant.

12. Problems with your thyroid

– Hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid) can cause you to have missed periods and other menstrual irregularities. Thyroid disorders can alter the production of the hormone prolactin. This affects your hypothalamus and disrupts your regular menstrual cycle.

13. Uterine scarring

– If your uterus is scarred from disease or medical procedures, this can prevent the normal buildup and shedding of the uterine lining common to a regular menstrual cycle. As a result, you may have very light periods, or no menstrual periods at all. Your uterus can become scarred during a cesarean section, D & C procedure, treatment for uterine fibroids, or due to a health complication.

14. Traveling and Jetlag

–  Traveling and jet lag can easily throw the most predictable 28-day cycle into an unpredictable one.  Traveling is a lot of fun, but it can also come with a crazy ton of stress. From the frenzy of preparing for your trip to actually traveling, knowing exactly where to go and what to do on each day of your travels, this stress level can have a crazy influence on your menstrual cycle.

Not to mention, when you are traveling, you don’t have the same eating habits. If you are normally nutritionally conscious, that can go out the window as you indulge in the culinary fare of the area you’re in.

Your exercise and physical activity level also changes. If you work out regularly, you may not have time for this when you are traveling. And if you are usually a sloth at home, your travels may cause you to increase your exercise levels, and this rapid lifestyle change (albeit it’s temporary) can affect your periods.

Traveling also comes with jet lag. New sleep schedules can great affect your circadian rhythm, which affects your body’s regular systems. In fact, did you know that studies have shown that many flight attendants (who travel all the time) experience irregular menstrual cycles (late and missed periods) due to jet lag and their circadian rhythms being off?

How to Cope When You Miss a Period

If you have missed your period, but you’re only a week late, try not to stress out. There’s a possibility that your period is just late. Obviously, you should take a home pregnancy test (or two or three) to ensure that you’re not pregnant.

Contact your healthcare provider and make an appointment to see your doctor. You may be asked to undergo a variety of tests and examines to pinpoint why you’ve missed your period. I’d recommend you visit a gynecologist, who specializes in periods, menstrual cycles and women’s reproductive health. You may need to undergo a pelvic exam, pap smear, and possibly an ultrasound to pinpoint why you are having missed periods or have an irregular cycle.

Your treatment will depend on what’s causing you to miss your menstrual period. Your doctor may prescribe medication to help treat you, or he may recommend that you make certain lifestyle changes.

The bottom line is – don’t stress out if you have a missed period. Some women miss their periods now and then. Chances are your period will return next month.

About the author: DP Nguyen is founder and editor of Hip Chick’s Guide to PMS, Pregnancy and Babies. She’s an expert pregnancy and women’s health blogger. She is NOT a medical doctor and does NOT offer medical advice. Connect with her on Google+, Twitter and Facebook.

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  • sampada September 17, 2017, 5:50 pm

    Hie m sampada i had sex in july after dat i dint get my periods till today .. i took pregnancy test 3 times it is negetive .. its above 3 months i m not getting periods i m stressed .. i dont understand whether i should tel my mom about this .. m scared help me out plssss …

  • pri"ana September 11, 2017, 9:05 pm

    hi im 13 and i didnt have my period last month and i know im not pregant can someone tell me whats going on i dont know hat to do

  • Pia September 4, 2017, 1:55 am

    I missed my period for almost 3 months, I’m trying so maNY pills still I’m not getting my period. I’m really stressed about this. I really dono what else to do. Could you guse helplease me. I can feel I’m gaining weight because of this missed period. I want the period to come. Help me pls!!!

  • unknown August 30, 2017, 9:03 am

    i am 14 years old i started my period when i was 13 but they have never been regular i did take about two tranzamic acid tablets when i thought i had my period but that was about 3 weeks ago whats wrong with me and will i have my period back soon ?

  • Shikha Bhati August 12, 2017, 7:37 am

    Hi..I mshikha I missed my period and also had a check of pregnancy twice,I have hypothyroid and that’s also normal but yes during some days I m under stress is that the reason I’d missing/delaying of my periods.

  • Nelly.S August 3, 2017, 1:58 am

    Am 20 yrs old, I had the same problem.
    I have not had my period seen 4month and now on 28 july till then i got my period,Am not over weight But am loosing to much of blood.Am scarced if that may caused health problem . I thing i got my period more than 1 month.

  • Lucy August 2, 2017, 8:45 pm

    I miss my period for 3month now,and the pregnancy result shows negative,what will I do?

  • Kahlyn August 2, 2017, 1:59 am

    Hi ,I’m only 11 my last period was in may 2017 and i weigh 154 pounds…Im am really worried i dont know whats wrong with me

  • Breeyana July 31, 2017, 12:52 am

    Hi, I’m Breeyana and I’m 12 years old..
    I first got my period when I’m 11 years old.. and now I’m 12…
    But it’s been 3 monthsa since I had my last menstruation. ? Is it still normal??
    I’m so scared.. 🙁

  • Allex Snyder July 17, 2017, 9:23 am

    I am 23 years old, mother of A3 year old boy. My SO and I were trying for a baby before we broke up. I have not had a period since June 1st and now it’s July 17th. I have taken 3 pregnancy tests, all negitive. What should I do?

  • ky`ree stanley July 16, 2017, 10:56 pm

    Hi , my name is kyree i am 11 years old i know i am a little to young to have my period at 11 but i got my period at 10 and the last time i ha my peroid was 4 months ago because thats when i went to the doc but anyways im scared that im sick and i did notice i was one zero five and now im 92 pounds please HELPPPPPPP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Hannah July 28, 2017, 7:30 pm

      Hey Kyree, when you’re that young it takes a while for your body to adjust, there will be large delays between periods. I know it’s a touchy topic but maybe ask your mother if you can when her cycle is, I noticed I don’t get them often and it turns out it’s just my family’s cycle. If you are losing lots of weight for no apparent reason I would visit your doctor and just mention the lateness in your period. Hope I helped 🙂

  • Mary July 4, 2017, 9:07 am

    Hi, Im 20 years old. My period is typically regular. However it’s been a couple days after I was expected to have my period. I had unprotected sex with my boyfriend on June 28th and he did not ejaculate and my period was due July 2nd. Please help. I’ve been panicing.

    • Hannah July 28, 2017, 7:35 pm

      Even though he didn’t ejaculate he does produce precum that contains sperm. It’s a lot less than a normal ejaculation but still enough to impregnate. Get a pregnancy test ASAP and buy morning after pills as a precaution.

  • kay June 24, 2017, 10:33 pm

    hi. so i’m late for my period. i was supposed to have my period two weeks ago this coming Monday. I haven’t had sex since April and I’ve had my period since after. I have never missed a period or been this late. What’s going on?

  • shanon bennett June 21, 2017, 12:16 pm

    Information was helpful

  • E June 14, 2017, 7:02 pm

    Hi im 14 and I have not had my period in 6 months I am 150lb and I have juvenile fibromyalgia and ehlers-danlos could that have anything to do with it

  • Samantha June 4, 2017, 11:31 pm

    Hi my name is Samantha I’m about to turn 12 in July and I haven’t had my period since February. I am alittle overweight for my age, I weigh about 200 lbs. Should I be concerned.

  • Michelle June 3, 2017, 10:52 pm

    Hi, I’m Michelle, And I’m 14 and i missed my period for Two months, i have a lot of anxiety and stress so maybe that is it? i just don’t really know what to do..

  • Kristina Martone June 3, 2017, 10:21 pm

    hi i’m 14 years old and it’s now June 2 and the last time i got my period was April 1. i’m really concerned and not sure why i haven’t gotten it because i feel completely normal and have absolutely no pain what so ever. i haven’t had any major stress lately or have i gained or lost a lot of weight.

    • Violet June 17, 2017, 8:37 pm

      The exact same thing is happening to me, last time I got my period was 3 or 4 months ago and nothing changed in my life.

  • Alex June 2, 2017, 9:41 am

    Hi! I am 8 days late, I have usually regular periods, I have had protected sex 8 days before ovulation was supposed to take place. One or two days after ovulation I caught a cold, had fever on and off for a week, then took medicine for it for a few more days. All this month I’ve been pretty stressed over an internship and this week the stress only got worse. I already did a few pregnancy tests, they all came back negative. Do you think there would still be a chance that I am pregnant and I just did the tests too early?

    Thank you very much!

  • leslie May 31, 2017, 1:45 am

    hi im leslie im 2months delayed last time i had was march 19-24 2017 i have sex last april and until now may 31, 2017 my period still none, i do pregnancy test 3 times all NEGATIVE result, im so confused what the hell is happening to me. can i have an answer pls ?

  • leslie May 31, 2017, 1:39 am

    hi im leslie im 2months delayed last time i had was march 19-24 2017 and until now may 31, 2017 my period still none, i do pregnancy test 3 times all NEGATIVE result, im so confused what the hell is happening to me. can i have an answer pls ?

  • rukayya March 8, 2017, 11:03 am

    Hi,i am a little confused right now cos i had my baby since last year Oct and started my regular period on the 14th of Dec and now, since then i haven’t had my period for the past 2 months .I have taking 6-7 home pregnancy test within that time , all negative, am not pregnant clearly.my thing is i don’t want to get pregnant again, so please what should i do.help

    • DP Nguyen May 26, 2017, 10:12 pm

      I would go see your doctor and discuss your concerns and your period questions with him/her.

  • Olivia March 8, 2017, 5:08 am

    I am about to turn 17 and have had my period since I was 12/13 It has been relatively regular for the most part but now I have been getting my period 2 weeks apart, the 5, then 2 and 2 again, then now I’m up to 7 weeks and counting since last having my period. I have suffered from intense cramps since I was 14 and was put on medications at times but nothing helped. I have also only now started getting really bad acne that just won’t clear up, I have always had clear skin until now and I have no idea what is going on with my body. I randomly get super bloated, I feel congested in the chest and stomach, and sometimes I will get cramps when I do not have my period.
    Oh and sometimes I will finish my period and the a day or 2 later I will randomly have it again just for the day?

    I just got a blood test and I am about to get an ultrasound to see what the heck is going on but I’m worried that if they put me on the pill I will gain or hold onto weight and I am worried that my acne will get even worse?

    Any Suggestions or ideas???

  • Claudia March 6, 2017, 2:59 pm

    I am 17 years old. I am 6 days late and I am sexually active, we did not use protection we use the pull out game and I took a home pregnant test and it came out negative, I am really worrying and I don’t know what to do because for the past few years my period has been regular and now it just hasn’t come. I do suffer from an anxiety disorder and I am on medication but I’ve been on this medicine for a long time and I’ve never been late, I really don’t know what to do please will you help me.

  • ellie March 5, 2017, 11:21 am

    So ive been hanging out with this chick for about four months now and me and her got on the same period schedule…. i guess since we been hanging around each other so much, January we both stopped and started around the same time, February came we both missed are period she found out she was pregnant. Im freaking out cuz i keep ceeling like i might be pregnant to wich i dpnt thimk i am cuz i took two test both were negitive…. could her getting pregnant mess with my hormones and make my period out of wake…..

  • kirstyh March 5, 2017, 7:09 am

    Hi i am 10 days late for my period usually on a 34 cycle give or take 2 days but never more, done 3 tests all negative the last 1 being today so im pretty sure im not pregnant which comes as no suprise as i have been trying for 8 years and nothing, but i am experincing lower back pain which i never get and its been constant for 2 days now! any ideas please?

    • Lillie yeoman May 27, 2017, 6:24 pm

      Hey I’m 17 about to be 18 and I’m also experiencing symptoms like this. I am sexually actively but always make sure to use a condom and even after I make him pull out before he cums. I also check to make aure it’s not broken. But my cycles have been abnormal. My last refusal cycle was 2 months ago. Last month I was exactly 10 days late. So the abnormality it started on April 25 and it’s May 26th and haven’t had my period yet, so I’m 11 days off my usual cycle. I have t told anyone. But my fiancé I’m worried I might let my family down. I have also been telling my doctor that it’s regular so she doesn’t tell my grandmother or my parents. Any help?

  • Jo March 2, 2017, 12:13 am

    hello. My mum missed her period for 1 month but she is irregular, she took up pregnancy test 2 times.
    the first try of pregnancy test it is positive but she said that maybe because she drink cola before taking up pregnancy test and the second try of pregnancy test she is positive. Is she pregnant? or what? Thank you.

    • Shannen March 5, 2017, 7:04 pm

      Cola has nothing to do with a positive pregnancy test. And if she got 2 positive testa then yes she is and she shkuld go see a dr

    • Yaz July 15, 2017, 8:53 pm

      Your mum thinks cola contains HCG ?? ….wow!

  • Hailer February 28, 2017, 10:42 am

    I’m 16 in 3 months and am 5 months late. I’m scared shirt of sex for past reasons and am starting to freak out. My mom wants to set up an OBGYN appointment and even siting with my legs open for a doctor freaks me out. I don’t know why I’ve missed it but I’m starting to panic.

  • rose February 26, 2017, 6:57 pm

    my boyfriend & i had sex on the day of my ovulation, (feb 5) on accident. we had sex again on feb 19, which is the day my period should have started. i did just start a new job & my grades are not great, but im freaking out. i took a pregnancy test on friday & it said i was not pregnant. my period is usually right on time. im so stressed & nervous & idk what to do!!

    • Ann February 26, 2017, 7:53 pm

      Same here, until now no sign of having menstruation.. no sign of being pregnant.. I tried PT but negative.. I have to wait for another one week to try PT..

      • Delie March 1, 2017, 7:11 am

        Am 24 ,I started menstration at 18 but since then I mostly do my period after 4 to 6 months , what might be the problem

  • Mary February 25, 2017, 12:41 am

    I am 21years l had my last period on the 22 of January, I had sex on the 12th of February my period was to start on the 19th of February but it yet to come no sign of pregnancy no sign of menstruation not even breast pain, I ve done the home pregnancy test and it negative but my period is 6days late pls I am scared. Am I pregnant or what pls help

  • aish February 16, 2017, 11:56 am

    I am 26 my doctor confirmed me I am not pregnant by doing the urine test,but I still did not get my periods its more than 15 days today. I started working out if that is a reason for my missed period ,how should i deal with it.
    Is there any way to my regular cycle back. And is it ok to miss the periods…. please help

  • Melody February 12, 2017, 4:22 pm

    Listen, I’ve had irregular periods but a couple years ago, I had it everyday for a year. Now I am not in any pain and plus never liked having them. Not sure if I should worry or not.

    • Kat February 21, 2017, 7:27 pm

      Well I think you should contact your doctor and get that checked out it can lead to problems in the future. 🙂

  • Soka February 11, 2017, 6:53 pm

    listen Mumtas I had the same problem before but now I have a normal cycle.My advice is to wait it out maybe wait it out and give it 1-2 months then see what happens. I did not get my period for 6 months! just wait it out and if it keeps going from there then go see a doctor or talk to a trusted adult like your mom or guardian.Good luck.

  • Mumtaz February 9, 2017, 5:09 am

    hy I am also missing my periods for many months and am not pregnant please help

  • Casey February 3, 2017, 11:17 pm

    Hey Doc . My girlfriend is 17 and she’s been missing her periods from the last time we had an intercourse “Unprotected one of course” like it’s been two months now and still she hasn’t gone to her periods yet . We tested for the possible outcomes that were to appeal but the tests got out negative . Is that normal or should I start to think otherwise

    • HP March 1, 2017, 2:28 pm

      We’re also having the same problem my Gf was delayed for 3 months we tried to have a medical on her 1st month but it was negative on the following 2 months we tried to used PT and still negative . what do you think guys ? what’s the problem . I really need an answer right now ! thanks !

  • Irma January 27, 2017, 6:24 am

    Hi I’m yesenia and I’m 18 years old and I had In course with my ex boyfriend last year march 2016 I haven’t had my period since then..I’ve gone to doctors as well because I’ve been missing my periods before even having incourse ..I’ve been stressing out lately to..had a lot of family problems and school homework.. I took also pregnancy test and also at the doctors and result are all negative..& I also been having breast pain their scored ..I need help,what’s going on with me..

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