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how long can periods be delayed from stress?

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tingling feeling in the chest. chest pains every now and then. lower back pain. missed periods by 2 days. irregular headaches. growchiness and depression. the girl is still a virgin, but we were fooling around and i ejected above her vagina by mistake, this happened on the 27th of may. do you think these are symptoms of pregnancy.. if periods are delayed by stress, how long can they be delayed for? please guide me

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replied June 7th, 2010
Early Pregnancy Signs and Symptoms Answer A12949
Welcome to the ehealthforum. I am really glad to help you out. The possibility of pregnancy definitely needs to be ruled out. I would suggest you to get her serum HCG levels estimated since this is more specific than urine for pregnancy tests. The HCG (it is a hormone) levels rise only in pregnancy and its presence will confirm the status of her pregnancy.

If pregnancy is ruled out, then other causes of delayed periods need to be looked into. It can happen because of hormonal imbalance, increased stress, eating disorder, increased smoking, alcohol or caffeine use and medical conditions like PCOS, fibroid, polyps and endometriosis.

It is very difficult to comment on the extent of the delay in the periods due to stress. It can vary a lot from individual to individual.
So my suggestion would be to consult a gynaecologist and get serum HCG levels done. Confirmation can be done by an ultrasound uterus. Not only it clears the status of pregnancy but also can help in diagnosing medical conditions causing delayed periods.

It is very difficult to precisely confirm a diagnosis without examination and investigations and the answer is based on the medical information provided. For exact diagnosis, you are requested to consult your doctor. I sincerely hope that helps. Take care.

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