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I used a condom, and my period is 4 days late should i be worried?

By Anonymous May 27, 2016 - 9:24am
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my partner and i had sex a few weeks ago and we used a condom and i did not see any signs of breakage but my period is 4 days late. i track my cycle on clue, if you are familiar with it, and it says that we had sex before my ovulation but i am still concerned, i have had a stressful month with job hunting, money issues, and my partner moving in temporarily, and i am looking after a cat which is new for me but stress never seemed to influence my cycle before. i am unsure if this is just something new or if i should be concerned, and i i should be what should i do?

side note i am not on birth control and i am 19

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Hello Anonymous,

Welcome to EmpowHER. Thank you for coming to our community for advice.

Stress, especially during ovulation, can cause a delay in the start of your period.

During periods of high stress, the body produces more cortisol, which is sometimes called the stress hormone. High cortisol levels trigger the body to shut down nonessential functions. The menstrual cycle is one such function.

Try to relax. Take a break to do something that calms you down, such as listening to music, meditate or take a walk.

If your period has not started in the next three or four days, test for pregnancy. For the most accurate result, test in the morning and use the first urine of the day. That would rule out pregnancy as the cause for a late period.

Keep in touch,

May 27, 2016 - 9:36am
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