No Period and Not Pregnant?
on Nov 11, 2012
by Dr. Christine Lee, MD
No period and not pregnant? Find out why you may have a missed period but the pregnancy test is still coming back negative.
If your monthly period is two weeks late, it is natural to suspect pregnancy and take a pregnancy test. And if they turn out to be negative, you should find out the causes of the missing cycle. Many reasons can lie behind the missing period, including stress and excessive exercise. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here
The monthly egg, released by the ovaries, waits for fertilization and, if this doesn’t happen, it gets released when menstruation starts. So, if the ovaries don’t release eggs the way they should, the uterus will not know to start the period. There are cases in which women have to take birth control pills to assist the communication between the ovaries and the uterus to regulate their periods. If missing more than three periods in a row and still not pregnant, you should have a thorough evaluation to find out what’s wrong.
The thyroid gland is in charge of your body’s metabolism and if it isn’t working properly, it can affect your periods. If the lack of monthly cycles is associated with symptoms such as extreme tiredness, weight gain, hair loss and a constant feeling of coldness when everyone around is feeling comfortable, it is almost sure the thyroid gland is having some problems. Do a simple blood test to determine the thyroidal activity and adjust it with medication.
The hormone prolactin is produced by your brain, and if abnormally released it can affect women’s periods. Since woman’s body produces prolactin while breastfeeding and thus missing menstruation when she’s nursing, if it is the case, you will notice a slight milky discharge from the nipples. This disorder can be treated with medication.
Amenorrhea means the absence of regular periods. If you are aware you have it and have had unprotected intercourse, you should determine whether you are pregnant since there won’t be a missed period to help you figure it out. The easiest way of diagnosing a pregnancy is with the help of a pregnancy test, in urine or blood. A positive pregnancy test confirms the presence of the hormone hCG and that you are pregnant. A negative pregnancy test, after lacking periods, shows there is no hCG in your body and is usually certain that you are not pregnant.
Therefore, as you can see, there is the possibility to have absence of menstruation and not be pregnant, but luckily there are ways to identify and treat these problems when they occur.
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Dr. Christine Lee earned her Ph.D. in Developmental Biology and Master of Science in Biomolecular Organization. Dr. Lee is Lab Director for ConceiveEasy and is board certified as a High Complexity Laboratory Director (HCLD).