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Period 7 days late, negative pregnancy test

By Anonymous May 14, 2015 - 7:08am
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My period is now 7 days late and I took a pregnancy test yesterday and it was negative. I am confused as to what is going on because other than the rare times I was ill or on a new med my periods always come on time. I am having more discharge than usual and a few times this week I have had some really gross snot like discharge. I have no other symptoms. Can you please tell me what is happening?

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Hello Anonymous,

Welcome to EmpowHER and thank you for reaching out to us with your concern regarding a late period.

The menstrual cycle is regulated by a precise balance of four hormones. Any disruption in this balance causes irregularities.

In addition to pregnancy, perimenopause, which is marked by fluctuations in hormone levels, causes late or missed periods. Cortisol levels rise during times of high stress and cause a late or missed period. Extreme exercising, excessive weight loss or weight gain, problems with the thyroid gland and issues involving the ovaries can all cause menstrual cycle irregularities.

If you do not get a period at all for the month, I suggest you repeat the pregnancy test. Be sure to test in the morning and use the first urine of the day. If the result is negative, consult your gynecologist.


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