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What causes delayed periods?

Why has my period not come? I ve been having little cramps the past few days but no period. I don t think I m pregnant because I ve not experienced morning sickness, no change in skin colour and my breasts are only a little tender but that can come along with mestruation. I m really confused as to why I haven t gotten it. Please help
Mon, 25 May 2015
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OBGYN, Maternal and Fetal Medicine 's  Response
Hi,
Yes, it is true that there can be cramps and breast tenderness before the onset of a period. However, absence of morning sickness and other mentioned signs do not rule out the presence of pregnancy. Do you have nipple discharge? Pregnancy that does not have a baby or at times a live baby may give a similar picture. If the period is delayed only by a few days, you can wait for a few days or have a progesterone therapy to obtain withdrawal bleeding. In case you are in a hurry to confirm or rule out pregnancy, ultrasonogram and urine pregnancy test are essential. You may need blood tests for hormones if your Doctor suggests.
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