U.S. doctors online nowAsk doctors free
Nigeria
A 26-year-old female asked:

My period has been delayed for 4days now and it's happened like this before. i'm not married so please what could be the cause and what do i do?thanks

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Alvin Lin
Geriatrics 31 years experience
Marriage vs menses: Just because someone isn't married doesn't mean that her menstrual cycle will be regular. Many women have irregular menses. However, unprotected sexual relations can lead to pregnancy which can then delay one's periods for upwards of 9 months! if you don't want to have children now and need a regular cycle, ask about oral contraception or birth control pills. However, these won't prevent infection.
Dr. Alvin Lin
Dr. Alvin Lin commented
Geriatrics 31 years experience
Provided original answer
Irregular menses is very common in young women. Check out http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anovulatory_cycle for info re anovulatory cycle as cause of irregular menses. Hormonal birth control pills can be used to regular menses but they don't prevent sexually transmitted diseases. You'll need to make your partners wear condoms each & every time to lower infection risk
Apr 12, 2014

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Educational text
Free
Talk to a doctor
24/7 visits - just $39!
50% off with $15/month membership
Last updated Apr 12, 2014

Disclaimer:

Content on HealthTap (including answers) should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and interactions on HealthTap do not create a doctor-patient relationship. Never disregard or delay professional medical advice in person because of anything on HealthTap. Call your doctor or 911 if you think you may have a medical emergency.