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Spotted 6 days before period and now I am 16 days late.

By February 18, 2013 - 5:14pm
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My first day of my last period was January 10th, 2013 for 7 days (Normal) and my cycle is normally every 24-26 days. I started spotting on January 28th but only when I wiped and not every time (only did this a few times in a 2 day span). I thought this was the start of my period but it never stated up. Now I am a total of 16 days late with my period being a no show. I have take a urine test the first week and it was negative, took one again tonight and negative again. My period is never late like this...ever. Since they are negative should I assume I'm not pregnant and why so late? I'm not stressed so I'm unsure what is going on. Any advice?

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I can appreciate your confusion and anxiety. You are wise to wait until Monday and plan to schedule an appointment if you do not start your period.


February 19, 2013 - 6:22pm
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Good Morning Maryann, I took another test this morning and again it came out negative. I'm so confused because I'm only 36 so I wouldn't think menopause would be something that would be an issue for my age as of yet. My next period is due next Monday and if I di not start by then ill need to set an appointmen because it'll be 2 periods missed. This has never happened to me before. I'm very confused and worried something is wrong.

February 19, 2013 - 6:49am

Hello Tashalynn,

I am concerned about the accuracy of the urine pregnancy test results, particularly the last one. A urine pregnancy test must be done on the first urine of the day. I suggest your repeat the test one more time; follow the directions carefully; test first urine upon waking up.

Next reason for a missed period to explore is your age. Irregular periods are one symptom of perimenopause. Some women can experience perimenopause as early as during their 40s. Perimenopause is the interval in a woman's body makes a natural shift from more or less regular cycles of ovulation and menstruation toward permanent infertility or menopause.

Lastly, emotional stress can further delay the start of your period. But, if the repeated pregnancy test is negative, and you are too young for perimenopause, consult your physician.


February 18, 2013 - 6:31pm
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