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A 26-year-old female asked:

My breast are tender and quite full so i took a pregnancy test before the day of my periods and it came out negative. i am now 6 days late and took another pregnancy test and came out negative. what other reasons can cause late periods?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Pregnancy unlikely: In a woman with regular periods, some causes of a late period include: excessive weight loss or weight gain, increased exercising, emotional stress, having an illness, traveling, medicines (like birth control pills), hormonal imbalances, etc… Seeing a doctor is a good idea if symptoms are persistent, recurring, or worrisome. Home pregnancy tests are very accurate 3 weeks after sex.

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Last updated Jun 4, 2020

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