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Pain like cramp and irregular period. STRESS?

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My period is late by 4 days, last month period was also abit late by 3 days but I did have a normal period flow. (27th).
I'm hoping it's just an irregular period and It's still on it's way as I'm getting my usual before period pains like cramps. Have had no signs of spotting or anything unusual.
I have had protected sex since then as always, as I'm not trying to get pregnant. I'm worried, could it now be stress holding it back due to me stressing that it's late?

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Category: HIV- AIDS Specialist
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Thank you for your query at
I understand your concern.
Whenever there is a delay in period apart from medical causes like PCOS or hormonal imbalance, the other factors that are contributory are stress, weight changes, and anxiety. In fact stress can delay periods even by a week.
Protected sex rules out chances of pregnancy, and hence it seems to be due to stress factor.
If it persists even next month, and the delay keeps increasing, without the stress factor, further investigations will be required to localise the cause.
Let me know if i can help you further,

Dr. Jaydeep Tripathy
Category: HIV- AIDS Specialist
MBBS from Sri Ramachandra University in December 2011
M.Med (Family Medicine) - TNMGR University, Chennai
MBA-MPH in Public Health in March 2016, SRM University
Finished AFIH in March 2016, SRM University
MRCP ( UK ), Internal Medicine, Royal College of Physicians, June 2016
Fellowship in Diabetology from Martin Luther University in January 2017

Currently Resident Physician, in MD Radiodiagnosis - Kamakshi Memorial Hospital, Chennai
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