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why has my period come 8 days late?

By Anonymous August 16, 2009 - 3:20am
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Hi, i was due on my period on the 7th of sept i did three preg tests all came back negative, on the 15th i started getting period pains and back ache and i came on that night why has it come 8 days late, i have checked my diary countless times to see if i had miss calculated but i definately was due on on the 7th. is this normal? thanks x

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Thankyou, i will go to the doctor as it would of made my cycle 36 days x

August 16, 2009 - 7:06am
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Again, I just want to point out the other part of what I said: "if it continues"; a one-time lengthy cycle may not be anything to worry about. Fluctuations are normal, but a quick call to your doctor would definitely put your mind at ease.

August 16, 2009 - 7:12am

Yes, it is normal to have fluctuations in your menstrual cycle. It's actually rare for women to be exactly 28 days (or fill-in your number) every-single cycle.

Our bodies are continuously changing and reacting to environmental influences. Stress, medications and illnesses are some of the more common reasons that a period may be late (when not pregnant), but sometimes it is an unknown reason and just the normal fluctuations in our bodies.

The normal length for a cycle ranges from 21-35 days (from counting the beginning on one period as "day 1"). If the 8-days you were late put you outside of this range, and it continues, you may want to ask your doctor. You can also read How To Know If Your Period is Normal.

August 16, 2009 - 6:09am
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