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A 18-year-old male asked:

My girl missed her period, she has depression and has been stressed a lot. took a pregnacy test it was negative. was it missed because of depression?

2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Timothy Raichle
Obstetrics and Gynecology 23 years experience
No, but...: Stress can lead to irregularity in ovulation and thus irregularity in her period. She should talk to her ob/gyn about her medications and whether she would benefit from an increased dose.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Not really: Stress may have altered her pattern of egg release/menses. The test may also be a false negative. It takes time for the new fetal mass to generate the chemicals that turn a urine test positive. It is more likely to be false positive early in the timing than later. If there was unprotected exposure, pregnancy would be possible.If not, it is likely the stress.

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