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Can having a cold delay your period?

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Jin Packard
Emergency Medicine
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In brief: Maybe, but unlikely

A cold by itself may not delay one's menstrual period, but serious mental or physical stress can disrupt one's cycle.
Significant loss of appetite, which could happen during a bad cold, may also affect menstruation. If one is sexually active and usually has regular cycles, it is important to check a urine pregnancy test or contact a primary care doctor. Cycles of 21-35 days are considered normal.

In brief: Maybe, but unlikely

A cold by itself may not delay one's menstrual period, but serious mental or physical stress can disrupt one's cycle.
Significant loss of appetite, which could happen during a bad cold, may also affect menstruation. If one is sexually active and usually has regular cycles, it is important to check a urine pregnancy test or contact a primary care doctor. Cycles of 21-35 days are considered normal.
Jin Packard
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Dr. Ronda Alexander
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery

In brief: Shouldn't

Your menstrual cycle should not be affected by an everyday cold.
If you are late, consider taking a home pregnancy test or seeing a physician.

In brief: Shouldn't

Your menstrual cycle should not be affected by an everyday cold.
If you are late, consider taking a home pregnancy test or seeing a physician.
Dr. Ronda Alexander
Dr. Ronda Alexander
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