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Late and scanty periods.

By Anonymous February 23, 2016 - 7:31am
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I am 18 years old and last month I and my boyfriend just kissed and our bodies were really close to each other. After coming back I noticed a white substance in my underpants. Since then I think that I might be pregnant and that there's a chance. My periods were 4 days late which is normal but this time they were very light and lasted only for 3 days, which has never happened before. I feel like it may be because of stress and anxiety but I am not sure. Is there any possibility that I might be pregnant?

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Hello Anonymous,

Welcome to EmpowHER. I am glad you reached out to us with your concern that you might be pregnant and the stress it is causing you to experience.

If you have not engaged in unprotected sexual intercourse with vaginal penetration and ejaculation, there is no way that you could have become pregnant.

Kissing and close contact will not cause a pregnancy. Please take a few minutes to look at this slide show, "Am I Pregnant? Myths and Facts About Sex"

The white substance was your own vaginal lubrication, probably stimulated and increased by sexual arousal, if kissing did that to you. Nothing to worry about. Perfectly normal.

anonymous, stress can cause changes in your menstrual cycle.

Whenever the body is under excessive/constant stress, it will secrete stress hormones – cortisol and adrenaline. The adrenaline hormone will give you more energy, while the cortisol will increase brain function and stop or slow down the non-essential functions of the body. Some of these functions include the digestive process and cellular growth. Another factor would be to suppress the reproductive system.

Cortisol can send signals for the brain to halt or stop the release of reproductive hormones progesterone and estrogen. These hormones are needed to stimulate your menstrual cycle. Your period cannot occur without them.

Stress can have many effects which range from early bleeding before period to a reduction in blood flow.


February 23, 2016 - 9:26am
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