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Can you miss a period and not be pregnant?
Menstrual Period - Missed or Late
Many people who miss a period will take a test to check for pregnancy. If the pregnancy test is negative, a variety of conditions and factors may be responsible for the lack of menstruation. In this article, we explain how the menstrual cycle works and provide some possible causes of a missed period other than pregnancy. We also cover how to make a home pregnancy test as accurate as possible and when to see a doctor. The ovaries release an egg in a process called ovulation , which occurs approximately every 28 days.
How Late Can a Period Be? Plus, Why It’s Late
Missed periods aren't the most fun. Most of you will have been there; you notice your period is days late and immediately jump to the conclusion that you're pregnant. Even if you've not had sex in the last nine months and it literally would have had to happen by immaculate conception. From there it's mainly panic buying as many pregnancy tests as your hands can physically carry, costing you a whole lot of money and unnecessary stress in the process. But we've got news for you: a late or missed period doesn't necessarily equal pregnancy.
After six weeks without bleeding, you can consider your late period a missed period. Several things can delay your period, from basic lifestyle changes to chronic health conditions. While you may no longer be running from predators, your body is still hardwired to react as if you were. When your stress level peaks, your brain tells your endocrine system to flood your body with hormones that switch on your fight-or-flight mode.