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what other reasons of having a delayed menstruation besides being pregnant are there?

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Dr. Barbara Toppin
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
See your MD: There are many different reasons for missing a period ranging from hormonal imbalance to early pregnancy. It is important to ask your M.D. Who will likely want to obtain more history , perform an examination and obtain lab tests like a pituitary tests, thyroid functions and pregnancy test if needed. She may prescribe medications to help with the problem.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Delayed period: Reasons for missed/late periods: low body weight, obesity, marked weight ^ or v, over-exercise, endurance athletics, breast-feeding, ^ stress, illness, eating disorders (bulimia or anorexia), anovulatory cycle (no egg released), travel, hormone irregularities, drug use, meds (i.e., birth control) or medical problems (polycystic ovary syndrome or asherman’s syndrome). #1 reason is pregnancy.

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