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Missed periods, had sex. Why are periods irregular? Is this a sign of pregnancy?

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My girl friend missed her period the last month. She generally has it between 20th-24th. We have had physical relationship in between once. This month also it got delayed but the period did come. But the period was only for 1-2 days. Why is this happening. She sometimes takes a bit of stress. Now why is this irregularity. whats going on. Is this a sign of pregnancy or some other disorder
Posted Wed, 23 May 2012 in Pregnancy
Answered by Dr. Minoo Bhagia 16 minutes later

Thanks for writing to us.

You can do pregnancy test at home with the help of a kit.

Scanty periods can occur due to polycystic ovaries, hypothyroidism, anxiety, anemia and various other parameters. But as you were sexually involved in between it is necessary to rule out pregnancy, threatened or missed abortion.

You can plan for an ultrasound examination following urine pregnancy test. If these tests are normal thyoid function test and hemogram will clear the picture and guide us in planning the treatment.

Hope this answers your query. If you have any further queries, post your queries here; I will be glad to help you.

Best wishes
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Follow-up: Missed periods, had sex. Why are periods irregular? Is this a sign of pregnancy? 28 hours later

She has done the home pregnancy test and she was not pregnant according to that. Does it indicate other issues and cause like you mentioned such as anxiety e.t.c. She does get bit worried about day to day issues. Is it like implantation bleeding but we had gone physical on march 25th around.

Please help me out
Answered by Dr. Minoo Bhagia 23 hours later

Thanks for writing back.

Yes, there can be menstrual irregularities due to anxiety or hormonal disturbances like thyroid, estrogen, progesterone, FSH, LH etc.

Polycystic ovaries can also cause delayed periods.

Most important cause is anemia.

By treating the underlying cause she will have regular menses.

Best wishes.
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