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Delayed Periods

By Anonymous June 3, 2016 - 12:51am
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Hi. I just wanted to know what could be the reason for my delayed periods?
I got my last period on the 12th of April, and usually do not have very regular periods. It's a few days late, and has even been around 21 days late.
I haven't had sex, but have had dry sex. Around over a month back. Somewhere around 24th April.

I am very paranoid, and so I decided to do hpts. They were negative, but being paranoid, I did a beta hgc, around 3 days back (which is about 5 weeks since dry sex), which was 0.05. I know this is negative, but isn't this hormone present in blood only when you're pregnant?

I just want to know what is happening. Quite worried. Can't be pregnant.

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Hello Anonymous,

Welcome to EmpowHER. Thank you for coming to us with your concern.

Have you seen a gynecologist about your irregular menstrual cycles? Did your physician order the beta hCG test? Have you spoken about the result?

Irregular periods are sometimes the result of a hormonal imbalance. How do you know if you have a hormonal imbalance? The best way, of course, is to be evaluated by your doctor. If you continue to have irregular periods for longer than three months, you should probably make an appointment with your gynecologist. You may have one of two types of hormonal problems. The first type happens when you have too much of a certain kind of male hormone. This hormone usually comes from the ovary and occasionally comes from the adrenal gland, which sits in the kidney.

The second type of hormonal problem occurs when your body literally gets its signals crossed in coordinating the menstrual cycle. This confusion takes place in the brain. there are three places inside of you where your hormones can be disrupted. These are the hypothalamus, the pituitary gland, (both in the brain) and the ovaries (you remember those, they’re in the lower abdomen.) What happens is that the hypothalamus sends signals to the pituitary gland, which in turn sends signals to the ovary. These signals are sent from the brain in very specific pulses every 60 to 90 minutes. Well, things are just as complicated inside your body. So it’s not all that surprising that circuits misfire from time to time.

Anonymous, speak with your gynecologist about this low but present hCG level. You are correct. This hormone is produced by the cells that will form the placenta. A level of 0.05 may mean something, or not.

Keep in touch,

June 3, 2016 - 8:27am
(reply to Maryann Gromisch RN)

All the above mentioned events, no penetration, undergarments on, etc, cannot lead to pregnancy right?
Also I've read that it's possible to have low levels of hgc in blood below 5?

June 3, 2016 - 10:21pm
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Hello sanchitakhanna,

That is correct. Without vaginal intercourse, penetration with ejaculation, and wearing clothes, pregnancy is not possible.

I am not a gynecologist and do not have the knowledge to say what low levels of hCG indicate. Always check the credibility of the sources you get your information from. If you have low hCG levels in the absence of pregnancy, check with your physician for an explanation.


June 6, 2016 - 9:27am
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