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My menses was suppose to come on 22nd August but yet still is not in and am not pregnant too.so pls what's de problem

By Anonymous September 5, 2017 - 5:58am
 
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Hi. My period was due to come according to a period tracker app, on the 28th of August. My last period was on the 27th of July. It is now the 5th of September. I've taken a pregnancy test 2 days ago which was negative, and have had no symptoms of a pregnancy or menstruation whatsoever when I usually experience cramping, sore breasts and an aching back up to a week before I am due my period. My cervical mucus has been dry for over a week, cervix is always firm and slightly open. My cycles are very regular, on average 32 days in length and I've never had a period come this late. I've had unprotected sex once, very briefly on the 16th of August and he pulled out way before ejaculation. Is there a possibility of being pregnant?

September 5, 2017 - 7:38am
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Hello Anon

Thank you for writing.

There are many reasons for a delayed period or a change in cycles that is not connected to pregnancy. Some of these may be a factor in your life, others may not but I will give you a run down of many reasons.

Stress
When you are under stress, your brain may go into alert mode, which can change your hormone levels, as well as affecting when you ovulate.
Ovulation is the time when your ovaries release a mature egg that is ready to be fertilized. If the egg is not fertilized, and does not implant in the wall of your uterus, your hormone levels change, and your uterus cleans itself out to get ready for a new cycle for the next month. That cleansing process is your period.
If you are stressed, you may ovulate later than normal, or not at all one month, which can delay or cancel your period for that month.

Hormone issues
Hormones are chemical messengers sent out by your brain to regulate many different functions in your body, including your period. Hormones need to be in proper balance for your body to function correctly.
Polycystic ovary syndrome is a condition that causes your body to produce too much of the male hormone androgen. PCOS can cause cysts to form on your ovaries, which can prevent ovulation and keep you from having your period on time, or at all.
Problems with your thyroid can cause the gland to release too much or too little thyroid hormone. Thyroid imbalance can also affect when you have your period. In this case, medicine to help your body have the right amount of thyroid hormone can get your periods back to normal.

Weight issues
If your weight is either significantly lower than normal for your height, or if you are very overweight or obese, you may not have normal periods, as well.
Eating disorders, such as bulimia and anorexia, can also keep your periods from being regular. If you have an eating disorder, or are concerned about your weight, talk to your health care provider.
If you recently made a big change to your exercise routine so you are exercising more, that can make your period irregular. Endurance athletes often miss periods when they are in training.

Birth Control
Some types of birth control pills control your ovulation cycle to make you skip periods for several months or even a year. Birth control devices that are implanted in your uterus, and birth control that is injected, can also make you miss periods.
Even if you stopped using birth control medication, your periods may be irregular for up to six months after you stop taking the pill.

Medical conditions
Some medical conditions can also affect your period. Diabetes that is poorly controlled can make your period irregular. Celiac disease, which causes inflammation in the intestine, can affect your nutrition and can also make your period late.
Other diseases such as irritable bowel syndrome, tuberculosis and liver disease can affect your period.

Medications
Some medications can make your period late or cause you to miss periods entirely. These include antidepressants, antipsychotics, oral corticosteroids and chemotherapy cancer treatments.

Traveling
A significant change in your routine, such as taking a big trip, can disrupt your body’s normal functions. Traveling can cause significant stress. It can also lead to changes in your exercise and diet routine. And if you travel very far, you may end up with jet lag as your body tries to catch up with changes in your sleep cycle. All of these things can result in irregular or late periods.
If you are concerned because your period is late, try to stay calm and reduce your stress.
Since you are not pregnant, evaluate other changes in your life and talk to your health care provider to determine the reason. However, if this is just a once-off thing, consider it a hormonal blip.

Best,
Susan

September 5, 2017 - 6:22am
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