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A 23-year-old member asked:

i am usually late with my period, a week late at this point, but i am showing no signs of it coming. could it be because i am sick or stressed?

3 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Martin Tesher
Family Medicine 59 years experience
Yes: Periods can fluctuate with fatige, time travel, stress, pregnancy (check it a few times), age(menopausal?), medications, illness.
Dr. Kitturah Schomberg-Klaiss
Family Medicine 28 years experience
Yes, but: Your cycle being late could be due to stress; it could also be due to pregnancy, so it's a smart idea to do a pregnancy test, just to be sure.
Dr. Colin Kerr
Family Medicine 44 years experience
Late period: While, of course, you have to consider the possibility of pregnancy, as you guessed, both stress and significant illness can throw your hormones out of balance and result in delayed or missed periods. In these cases you often end up with irregular, unpredictable, intermittent bleeding, that can be treated with hormones.

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A 29-year-old member asked:

If I missed a period, does that mean I am pregnant?

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No: It is certainly the first possibility we think of, particularly in someone who was previously on a predictable cycle pattern. A simple urine pregnancy test is the first step. If it is negative other avenues should be explored. Other possibilities for delayed menses are hormonal contraceptives that suppress menses or anovulation. Your physician can help sort out the cause.
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A 20-year-old female asked:

I had UTI and while I was getting treated I was bleeding a lot, like a normal period, but is that normal? I had my period a week before I had uti.

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Dr. Annette Fineberg
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A member asked:

Having abdomnal pain often my period has been late for tha last 4 mons one time I was a whole 16 days late.My period is only last 2 days is this a pro

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Pain and bleeding: Pain and abnormal cycles signal a gynecological problem. Get checked promptly.
A 37-year-old member asked:

Can you have bowel movements like 2 or 3 times a day at the start of your period?

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Dr. Alan Patterson
Obstetrics and Gynecology 42 years experience
Possible: Can be form the incrased prostagladin production, but if they are nor normal in consistency or color or any blood then u need an exavulation , or if u do not wantthem that often then your doc may be able to get you on a med for that.

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