My period is late, but my pregnancy tests are negative. What could be happening?
If for any reason you continue to get a negative result on your home pregnancy tests for more than two weeks after missing your period, it's very much unlikely that you are pregnant – but it is not impossible, so make sure you check with your doctor to be certain. Your ovaries usually release one egg every month or so, and if for any reason it is not fertilized, menstruation would start approximately 14 days after the egg is released.
If you miss more than two to three menstrual periods in a row and all pregnancy tests are negative, you should see your doctor for a thorough medical evaluation. Women can stop having regular menstrual periods for many reasons, including eating disorders, diabetes, excessive exercise, or some medications. In this article, we will discuss some of the most common reason.
Too Much Prolactin
You might miss a menstrual period or two if you are producing abnormally high levels of the prolactin hormone. Your body is conditioned to make prolactin when you are breastfeeding, which is the reason menstruation generally stops during this period. If this is happening to you and you are not breastfeeding, you will sometimes notice a milky discharge from your nipples. This condition can be treated with the right medication. Make sure you talk to your doctor about this.
Your body’s metabolism is controlled by your thyroid gland. It could interfere with your period if it is not working properly. Some other symptoms of thyroid gland problem include hair loss, weight gain, extreme fatigue and a constant feeling of being cold, even in a moderate temperature. A simple blood test can help you determine the state of your thyroid and if it is working properly. It can also be corrected with medication.
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)
This is a condition that affects the hormones that release mature eggs. If you have Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, egg would remain in the ovary, where fertilization is impossible. Symptoms of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome usually start with irregularities in your menstrual cycle.
If your period is still late, you should see your doctor to determine whether you are pregnant – and also figure out what is going on if you are not.
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