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What could case a delayed menstrual period aside from pregnancy?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry
3 doctors agree

In brief: 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. #1 reason is pregnancy.

In brief: 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. #1 reason is pregnancy.
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Dr. Christopher Chong
Obstetrics & Gynecology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Not ovulating

Many are stress related and have a delayed menstruation.
If the problem persists, should see a gynecologist to have a proper evaluation. Chronic anovulation for a prolonged period of time is not a good thing and can increase risk of endometrial cancer. Some hereditory condition such as polycystic ovarian syndrome can have long history of chronic anovulation and irregular periods.

In brief: Not ovulating

Many are stress related and have a delayed menstruation.
If the problem persists, should see a gynecologist to have a proper evaluation. Chronic anovulation for a prolonged period of time is not a good thing and can increase risk of endometrial cancer. Some hereditory condition such as polycystic ovarian syndrome can have long history of chronic anovulation and irregular periods.
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Dr. Liuska Pesce
Also, may consider thyroid problems or high prolactin level
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