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What causes delayed periods?

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Posted on Mon, 21 Jul 2014
Question: Hello I am 11 days late on my period and I have never missed a period in my life or been irregular. I took a pee test and blood test both came back negative. I have also been experiencing a little pain when peein and had a full blood work up done this week my labs came back im severly anemic. Could that be why my period has not come.g
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Answered by Dr. Aarti Abraham (1 hour later)
Brief Answer:
ANEMIA NOT A POSSIBLE REASON, OTHERS LISTED.

Detailed Answer:
Hello
Thanks for writing to us with your health concern.
Apart from pregnancy, there could be various reasons for a delayed period.
Stress, anxiety, fever, lack of sleep, irregular eating habits, travelling, ingestion of hormonal medications, alcohol, smoking, unaccustomed exercise, weight changes - all could be possible reasons.
As such, anemia is not a reason for delaying periods, can you please upload the blood work reports that have been done so far ?
Once in a while, a period might be delayed without reason, due to mild hormonal imbalance within the body.
You should wait for a week more, and then consult a gynecologist to rule out conditions like polycystic ovaries, hypothyroidism etc.
Get an internal evaluation - per vaginum and per speculum plus a pelvic ultrasound scan and hormonal levels - FSH, LH, TSH, Prolactin, OGTT, DHEAS, Free testosterone etc.
Also, what is your height and weight ?
Do write back with more details.
Take care.
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What causes delayed periods?

Brief Answer: ANEMIA NOT A POSSIBLE REASON, OTHERS LISTED. Detailed Answer: Hello Thanks for writing to us with your health concern. Apart from pregnancy, there could be various reasons for a delayed period. Stress, anxiety, fever, lack of sleep, irregular eating habits, travelling, ingestion of hormonal medications, alcohol, smoking, unaccustomed exercise, weight changes - all could be possible reasons. As such, anemia is not a reason for delaying periods, can you please upload the blood work reports that have been done so far ? Once in a while, a period might be delayed without reason, due to mild hormonal imbalance within the body. You should wait for a week more, and then consult a gynecologist to rule out conditions like polycystic ovaries, hypothyroidism etc. Get an internal evaluation - per vaginum and per speculum plus a pelvic ultrasound scan and hormonal levels - FSH, LH, TSH, Prolactin, OGTT, DHEAS, Free testosterone etc. Also, what is your height and weight ? Do write back with more details. Take care.