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Delayed periods could be due to various causes, most common being stress and pregnancy. Wait and watch for your next periods. If you do not get your periods within 10 days of expected period dates, or if you get abnormal periods, or if you develop symptoms suggestive of pregnancy, you should consider visiting your gynecologist for thorough examination (to confirm pregnancy related changes/signs in body) and blood/serum HCG level test (to confirm/rule out pregnancy accurately). Urine pregnancy tests (UPT) can at times show false negative results as, UPT kits usually start showing positive results after about 20 days post-conception (roughly corresponding to about a week after your missed periods), and hence are not reliable during early pregnancy (some women can keep getting false negative results). The UPT kits are calibrated ones, so unless the hormone levels in urine reach a certain level, they do not show positive results. Blood/serum HCG level estimation is accurate. Take adequate rest. Drink plenty of water. Maintain healthy diet.
If pregnancy gets ruled out, further valuation would be needed to look for the underlying cause for your absent periods. Treatment as appropriate (based on examination findings and investigation results) would be started to help you regulate your periods. Be in regular monitoring and follow-up with your treating doctor/gynecologist and report any unusual/abnormal/new symptoms immediately.
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