I’ll try to keep this short. Google gives a wide range of answers, so hopefully someone here can help

I’ve skipped one period, and right now it seems as if my next period (supposed to start this week) is also going to be late or absent as I have yet to have any pms symptoms. I’m currently on day 55 of this cycle, and before now, my longest cycle in the past year was 38 days long (that was a few months ago).

At what point do I see a doctor or assume something is wrong? I took a pregnancy test two weeks after my period was supposed to start, and it was negative. I’ll probably take another next week just to be safe, but my fianc? and I have never had a break, leak or slip when using condoms, so I’m doubtful that pregnancy is a possibility.

I haven’t been sick or stressed. No major weight, diet, or exercise change. My periods have been timed strangely the past half year or so, but nothing like this.

Thanks for any advice or information!

12 Responses to Missed period, when to see a doctor?

  1. Hteall says:

    What’s your financial situation?

    If you can see a doctor without a financial hardship, I’d be doing it about now, to look for things like thyroid (which I well know can play merry havoc with periods) and ovarian cysts. If you found neither, then you might want to try the hormone tests.

    If it would be a financial hardship, you might want to make a record of the various cycles you’ve had (if you haven’t already) and see about going for a third cycle to see if it’s wonky. (And, in the meantime, looking up the health clinics in your area to see if there are any low-cost ones.)


  2. OtiGirl says:

    Money isn’t an issue, but I do have anxiety when going to gynos, especially if they’re male (which seems to be the norm here in town). Everything below my waist tends to freeze as soon as anyone besides my fiance is down there which is one reason I haven’t gotten checked out yet.

    I’ve actually asked about hormone tests in the past, and the doctors were against giving them because I “didn’t look like I have a hormone problem” which really irked me. I do intend on seeing a doctor when can find a female that works on the weekends.

    Thanks for your advice. I’ll definitely keep cysts and thyroid problems on the list of possibilities… I’ll have to get off my butt and start calling around for offices that aren’t going to be weird about a foreigner wanting a female doctor.

  3. Hteall says:

    Don’t…look….like… *BETHRAGEARRRRRRRRRGH* Grr. Well. It’s just a blood test and it might be worth doing the, “Oh, gosh, doctor, I know I’m being a pushy patient, but it would just set my mind at rest to know what my numbers were and be able to rule things out.”

    Remember, regular doctors can actually do a lot of stuff — you don’t need a gyno. And to check for PCOS and thyroid… Really, all you need is a blood test, to look for levels of testosterone that are out of norms, and thyroid stuff. An ultrasound to check for cysts is also possible, but you don’t need to be palpated, and if you drink enough beforehand, they probably wouldn’t need to do a transvaginal ultrasound.

    Another specialist you might consider would be an endocrinologist, who would be much less likely to want to do a manual palpitation of your ovaries.

    (Although it sounds like you’re not in the US, and it might be tricky… Oh, well — keep those ideas in mind, maybe!)

    Good luck!

  4. Eneita says:

    I had this happen about three years ago to me. Out of the blue, 60 days and no period. Nothing. I wasn’t on HBC at the time and we were actively trying to conceive. Pregnancy test was negative, so we went to my gyno to have an ultrasound done. Apparently the lining had thickened (I also had horrible cramping, enough that I needed to take percocet at work, no less), but for some reason, it decided to skip an entire month. It might be worth going to the doctor if you can to see what’s going on.

  5. OtiGirl says:

    Wow, that sounds pretty awful D:

    I’m going to start looking around for female doctors that are open when I have work off. Thanks for your input.

  6. EroWo says:

    The medical professionals I have talked to say that they would only be concerned after 5-6 months without a period.

  7. OtiGirl says:

    Really? That’s reassuring. I’ll probably still get checked out sometime in the near future once I can find a place I’m comfortable with.

    Thanks for the information!

  8. Tccwoa says:

    As far as I know, missed periods are kind of common. I remember missing a period about a year ago. I was all like, “omgz am i pregnant?!” but not scared enough (or too scared to?) go get a pregnancy test. My period came the next cycle, and I was good again. I never talked to a doctor about it, but I’ve been okay since then, as far as I know!

  9. OtiGirl says:

    Alright, thanks. My period has almost never been what I consider regular, but within the past half year or so it’s gone kind of crazy compared to before. I feel calmer after hearing people’s advice here, but I’ll still probably ask a doctor once I can find one that I like 🙂

  10. YlfSmall says:

    I frequently go several months without a period and traditionally am quite irregular. My doctor told me that if I go for more than three cycles without one, that’s when it starts to be an issue. Whenever that happens (only twice so far) I fill a prescription for a 10 day regime of progesterone pills, which kicks starts everything back in business. Evidently there isn’t anything in particular that’s ~wrong~…my brain and my ovaries just don’t always connect and sometimes need a little encouragement. Might be something similar in your case.

  11. OtiGirl says:

    That could be it.

    I’d be all for something like progesterone, but I tried it a while back in high school… My body did not like it. I’ll have to bring up alternatives to a doctor once I can get an appointment (just to be safe). Thanks for your input 🙂

  12. Aixwoa says:

    I’d ask you:
    (1) how old you are – menstrual cycles take time to settle down, especially during the hormonally volatile stages of early adulthood 16-22.
    (2) how stressed you are – stress factors into hormonal release, which inadvertently affects your menses.
    (3) if you’re taking any drugs that might affect your hormonal levels (like contraceptives) – this will also affect your menses significantly, depending on what kind of drug it is & how it functions.
    (4) if you are insured – go ahead and see a doctor, get tested, ask questions, get answers. Best to always be safe than sorry!

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