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What causes a female to skip her period (other than being pregnant)?

What causes a female to skip her period (other than being pregnant)?

Skipped 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. ...Read more

Dr. Linda Callaghan
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Pregnancy (Definition)

When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more


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What causes period to skip if not pregnant?

What causes period to skip if not pregnant?

Ovulation problem: Irregular ovulation or stress; the forer is much more common beginning in the mid-forties. ...Read more

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If you skip your period but are not pregnant what happened?

If you skip your period but are not pregnant what happened?

Multiple things: Late cycles are not unusual, excluding pregnancy. Changes in stress, birth control, certain medications, even strenuous exercise may alter cycles. It's always best to keep a menstual calender to follow the pattern. If you are concerned about pregnancy, you may retake the test after 48-72 hrs. Sometimes, cycles change due to changed in your hormones. Irregular cycles for more than 6 mos need eval. ...Read more

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I have always had regular periods lasting 3 days. About 7 months ago, that changed to 5 days and heavier flow. Now, I've skipped a period. Definitely not pregnant. Never on BC. Possible causes?

I have always had regular periods lasting 3 days. About 7 months ago, that changed to 5 days and heavier flow. Now, I've skipped a period. Definitely not pregnant. Never on BC. Possible causes?

Higher hormones.: Without an actual examination, I cannot give specific medical advice on your particular health, and, this is following a particular pattern of increasing hormone levels which will produce heavier, longer, and more irregular periods. https://www.womenshealth.gov/publications/our-publications/fact-sheet/polycystic-ovary-syndrome.html ...Read more

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I haven't been pooped in 3 days, skipped period and breaking out? NOT pregnant. what could cause this??

I haven't been pooped in 3 days, skipped period and breaking out? NOT pregnant. what could cause this??

Uncertain: 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 (i.e. PCOS). #1 reason is pregnancy. ...Read more

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If I skip a period can I still get pregnant?

If I skip a period can I still get pregnant?

Yes: Unprotected inercourse can lead to a pregnancy at any time. Missing or irregular periods are no protection against a pregnancy. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get pregnant if you skip a period?

Yes: At 45 years of age, it's much less likely, but theoretically still possible. Even if you did get pregnant, your chances of miscarriage would be high. The 40's are a hard time for contraception because one's motivation typically isn't as vigilant as it was in the 20's and 30's, but theoretically still possible. Best of luck! ...Read more

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How is it that that you might skip a period besides pregnancy?

How is it that that you might skip a period besides pregnancy?

Some reasons: 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. ...Read more

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What can it mean if you skip a period, besides the obvious one, pregnancy?

Other reasons: 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. ...Read more

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Can you skip a period than have a period but still have possibility of been pregnant ?

Can you skip a period than have a period but still have possibility of been pregnant ?

Yes: This is possible. Many women have miscarriages and don't realize it. Also some women have bleeding in early pregnancy that is mistaken for a period. If you;re not sure about what is going on, run a home urine pregnancy test. They are very accurate. ...Read more

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Can you let me know how many months is it possible for your period to skip, not including being pregnant?

Many: If you don't ovulate normally, you may not have periods for very long periods of time. If you are not having periods on a monthly basis you should see your gynecologist for some tests. ...Read more

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If i messed around on day 16-17 of my cycle, is it possible to still get a period this time around, but skip the next one, and be pregnant?

If i messed around on day 16-17 of my cycle, is it possible to still get a period this time around, but skip the next one, and be pregnant?

Can I get pregnant: That is likely the time you were ovulating, but without you telling us when you ovulate in your cycle it is all just a big guess. This is vital information. You are 24 years old. Knowing the simple facts of menstruation and ovulation is empowering. If you have sex when you are ovulating but have a normal period on time and of normal duration then you are not pregnant. ...Read more

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If u had period Nov and if u miss next month could u be pregnant?

If u had period Nov and if u miss next month could u be pregnant?

When in doubt: just check pregnancy test. And if you are late and first pregnancy test was negative, check it again in 1 week. If you have two negatives then you can rest assured. Then see if your periods will return to normal. If it does not in 3-4 months, you may need to visit GYN or family physician to consider other methods of regulating your periods. ...Read more

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What are other reason that you might skip a period! what are some early but sure signs of pregnancy?

What are other reason that you might skip a period! what are some early but sure signs of pregnancy?

Only sure sign of : Pregnancy is a + pregnancy test. 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 syn. Or asherman’s syn.). ...Read more

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Is it OK to skip a period for a month. Previous two months also it was late. I am not pregnant I checked?

Is it OK to skip a period for a month. Previous two months also it was late. I am not pregnant I checked?

"skipped period": At 23, missing a period is generally because of stress or a strenuous exercise program, or pregnancy. If you "checked", and it was a urine test, obtain a serum test from your healthcare professional: much more accurate. If negative, consult an OB/GYN if your usual cycles are 30- 45 day apart, but if longer and this is not "normal" for you, see a healthcare professional for advice and tests. ...Read more