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I've been off the pill for almost a year, been having regular menstrual cycles since quitting the pill. My last cycle lasted irregularly long. My new cycle has not started on the normal day, I'm 5 days late. Should I take a pregnancy test or is my cycle late because my last cycle ran long?


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replied May 14th, 2010
Menstruation Answer A12110
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Welcome to the ehealthforum and I am really glad to help you out. Your concern is regarding the absence of periods or amenorrhea that you are having. Since you have stopped taking the oral contraceptive pills, so chances of pregnancy are there. I would suggest you to get your 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 your 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. Smoking is a concerning cause in your case. So my suggestion would be to consult a gynecologist 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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