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Diabetic. Done tubectomy. Delay in periods. Recurrent breast abscess. Cause?

I'm a 37yr old type 2 diabetic. I've had my tubes tied for 12yrs. I never been late for my period since, I've had my tubal. If anything I always came on my period early like within 3 to 4 days before my expected date. I was due to come on my period. April 6th it is now the 12th. I'm getting worried. I am sexually active with my fiance. I also been getting recurrent breast abscess for the past 3yrs but it never delayed my period. What can be the cause of my delayed period?
Asked On : Mon, 15 Apr 2013
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General & Family Physician 's  Response
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Delayed menstruation can be due to a number of different causes.
Some of these are: (1) pregnancy- it would be necessary to rule this out first. This can be done via a home pregnancy test which are usually accurate
(2) emotional stress
(3) physical stress such as illness can result in a delay of the period
(4) elevated prolactin levels- these are hormones secreted by a part of the brain. Increased levels can have an effect on menstruation
(5)abnormal levels of thyroid hormone can also impact on the menstrual cycle
(6) excess physical activity
(7)inadequate diet
(8) polycystic ovarian syndrome which is a condition diagnosed when two of the following are present: a) cysts on the ovaries -seen on ultrasound (b) delayed or irregular periods (c ) signs or symptoms of increase in the normal levels of male hormones- hair on chest/face/ abdomen., acne

You should consider doing the pregnancy test first. If this is normal then you may want to wait another week to 10 days to see if your period comes, if it does not then you can visit your doctor for an evaluation.

I hope this helps
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General & Family Physician Dr. Pavan Kumar Gupta's  Response

The most common cause for delay in periods in a sexually active female is pregnancy.

You must get your urine test of pregnancy done and if negative,then repeat the test after a week.

Once you are confirmed that there is no pregnancy then other causes can be looked into.

These causes could be ..

Stress,anemia,some infection,uncontrolled diabetes,hypothyroidism,excessive exercises,hormonal disturbance etc can result in delay of periods.Your history of repeated breast abscesses suggest uncontrolled diabetes and a regular source of infection.

You would have to consult your doctor for finding the cause by getting the relevant investigations done.

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