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Does A Late Period Mean I Am Pregnant?

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Sometimes women in their thirties may miss a period because of a redistribution of hormones. For example, if you are under a great deal of stress at work and training for a mini-marathon, you could easily miss a period.

Women who are breastfeeding may miss a period, or experience a lighter cycle. Your body is burning extra calories to keep up with milk production. After you stop breastfeeding, a normal period should return in one to three months.

A genetic issue like Turner syndrome can also cause you to miss periods.

Finally, if you have pituitary or thyroid issues, you may also miss your period.

It is important to keep track of your periods and monitor any differences in flow or symptoms. If you do not have a period within 30 to 45 days of your last cycle, contact your medical professional.

Sources:

"Missed Periods." Missed Periods. Palo Alton Medical Facility. Web. 11 Jan. 2016.
http://www.pamf.org/teen/health/femalehealth/periods/missedperiods.html

"Amenorrhea." National Institutes of Health. Web. 11 Jan. 2016.
https://www.nichd.nih.gov/health/topics/amenorrhea/conditioninfo/Pages/causes.aspx

Reviewed January 12, 2016
by Michele Blacksberg RN
Edited by Jody Smith

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