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can fever, stress, or cold, cause me to not have my period?

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Facts: I've had a cold/flu for four days, a fever blister on my nose, and I'm on birth control. Before I got sick, I had protected sex with my boyfriend (and he also pulled out before he finished with the condom still on). My birth control pack shows that I should have gotten my period two days ago, however I know that I'm usually late by one day. Now I'm worried. There is no sign of my period at all. I just wanted to know if the fever, stress, or cold, could have caused myself to not have my period?

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replied July 5th, 2012
Menstruation Answer A36779
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Stress of infection, emotional or physical stress can affect your hormonal pattern causing period pattern changes. If you are not pregnant, you should get your periods/withdrawal bleeding by the time you are done with taking the placebo pills (if on 28 day pill pack), or by the time you finish the pill free week (if on 21 day pill pack). You can consider getting started on next scheduled pill pack as recommended even if you do not have periods (if pregnancy chances are ruled out). Visit your doctor/gynecologist for further evaluation and assistance.
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