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Why is my period late?

Asked by mambo (2731 points ) July 27th, 2014 from iPhone

I’m a few days late for my period and I’ve spent all morning googling things in order to feed my pregnancy paranoia.

Anyway, recently I switched from having to wake up at 8:30am to 3:30am (only getting 4–6 hours of sleep lately). I’m an amateur bodybuilder that participates in vigorous exercise 6 days a week for a total of 12 hours (my body fat % is still in a normal range, though). I smoke and consume approximately 900mg or so of caffeine a day. However, I have had unprotected sex this month using the pullout method and he did not ejaculate inside of me.

You would think that my lifestyle would make my body unfit to conceive, but is there a possibility? Or would it be best to blame my lifestyle choices and brutal schedule change for the late period?

I’m only a few days late but my body is usually like clockwork. I’m having symptoms such as intense constipation, swollen breasts, and moodiness, but giving that those are symptoms of both PMS and pregnancy, I can’t really differentiate.

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Mariah's avatar

Of course there’s a possibility. If you don’t want to get pregnant, don’t rely on the pull out method. Even here at Fluther we have a member who got pregnant from pre-cum.

Good luck.

zenvelo's avatar

The “pullout method” is a way to get pregnant, so don’t discount the possibility. Men have a pre-ejaculate emission of a possibly very fertile bit of liquid before they come, and in the general moisture of sex you wouldn’t notice.

Go get a home pregnancy test this morning and find out yes or no.

And this has nothing to do with your menstrual cycle, but quit smoking. You are a contradiction if you work out as a body builder yet still smoke.

Do you use any muscle building supplements? That can interfere with your timing. And get a good night’s sleep, that is necessary for long term health.

CWMcCall's avatar

Pregnancy tests from the drug store are cheap. Go get one. If you are negative, drastic schedule changes or new stress in your life will mess with your cycle.

Catt's avatar

1) Pregnancy test
2) Weight lifting or any exercise stops normal menstrual cycle and ovulation
3) See doctor
4) use reliable birth control; not pull out method.

XOIIO's avatar

“unfit to conceive”

oh man, here we go palm

You do know that even extremely young people, like, 12 years old can get pregnant right? And pulling out does not work.

livelaughlove21's avatar

News flash: the pull out method often results in unplanned pregnancy. Why on earth would your lifestyle keep you from conceiving? So you work out a lot and don’t sleep much – that’s not going to keep you from getting pregnant. If your BF% is in normal range, that’s not the culprit of your late period either. With all the other symptoms you’re having, I’d say pregnancy is a definite possibility. Go buy a pregnancy test instead of turning to complete strangers online for answers.

Next time you might want to consider taking an extra five seconds to put a condom on the guy’s dick if you don’t want a baby. If you’re old enough to have sex, you’re old enough to know that pulling out is not a reliable method of birth control. It also won’t prevent STDs, so you may want to be tested for those while you’re at it.

JLeslie's avatar

If you don’t get symptoms of PMS it doesn’t matter that those are symptoms of PMS for some people. I don’t get painful breasts before my period, but I do when I am pregnant.

Take a pregnancy test and get it over with and find out if you are pregnant.

As far as unfit to conceive, you said your body fat is still in nornal ranges and you said you cycle regularly usually. If you cycle you are ovulating. Not to mention, look at the half starving women in parts of Africa who do conceive.

@livelaughlove21 Pulling out almost never results in a pregnancy, but it is not impossible. The biggest problem is you can’t really rely on a man, especially a young man, to pull out. Certainly pulling out is not a birth control method for someone who really does not want to get pregnant, that I would agree with, even if the guy is reliable. Some men have more pre-ejaculate and more sperm in it than others, but typically the numbers are incredibly low. Some men don’t even have pre-ejaculate.

Dutchess_III's avatar

” Weight lifting or any exercise stops normal menstrual cycle and ovulation” No, it doesn’t.

You’re probably pregnant. Get a pregnancy test. And pleas let us know.

mambo's avatar

I have taken a pregnancy test and it came out negative.

Dutchess_III's avatar

Well, then you just wait. If you haven’t started in another week, take another test.

JLeslie's avatar

@mambo Yeah, either wait one week and test again or you can get a blood test.

dappled_leaves's avatar

If you had sex, you might be pregnant. There is no point in speculating, or counting probabilities. Wait a few days and take another pregnancy test, if you still haven’t had your period.

JLeslie's avatar

I should add weight lifting doesn’t stop periods, it has more to do with fat percentage. People can weight lift and still be fat. Lean athletes sometimes lose their periods. Still, you can’t count on that for birth control, and as I said you had zero indication you were not fertile, in fact just the opposite.

livelaughlove21's avatar

@JLeslie “Of every 100 women whose partners use withdrawal, 4 will become pregnant each year if they always do it correctly. Of every 100 women whose partners use withdrawal, 27 will become pregnant each year if they don’t always do it correctly.”

A 4–27% failure rate is enough to say it’s not a reliable method of birth control. Pregnancy occurs often enough for people to know it’s not reliable if you really don’t want a baby. Period. Nothing is 100%, but I know of way more pregnancies that occurred after using the pull out method than a condom, which is 85–97% effective, depending on correct usage, or contraceptives like pills, etc.

My husband and I use birth control and condoms, and have since we started having sex six years ago. I’m not saying everyone needs to use two methods, but it’s about being responsible. You do what you can to prevent pregnancy, and pulling out is a half-assed method.

AshLeigh's avatar

Is the exercise something you’ve started recently? If so, that could explain why your schedule would change.

JLeslie's avatar

@livelaughlove21 What’s your source?

Plus, I said for people who really don’t want a baby withdrawal is not the way to go. The only people I know who count on withdrawal are married people trying to space children they already are willing to have, or married people ok with a baby coming even if they lean more towards not having more children.

I personally don’t know any married adult who became pregnant using withdrawal. All of them became pregnant when they finally finished the act. But, who I know personally doesn’t really count obviously. There have been people on fluther sayingnthey got pregnant two and three times on birth control pills, I find that pretty hard to believe, and don’t understand why they relied on the pill again if it is true? As far as I am concerned stats for all birth control methods are a little skewed.

pleiades's avatar

Weeks and days shift around from month to month. If it’s only a few days, there’s nothing to worry about. Why not take a test? The end of all questions.

dappled_leaves's avatar

@pleiades No woman expects her cycle to match a calendar month. By the teen years, one knows how many days one’s personal cycle takes. “A few days late” is more meaningful in that context.

JLeslie's avatar

I want to add, it is worth stopping in the middle if some girl stupidly begins to have sex with no protection, that is my real point. No one should be thinking, oops we already have penis inside vagina so might as well finish the act it’s too late.

Dutchess_III's avatar

She took a test, @pleiades. She said it came back negative.

DrasticDreamer's avatar

If you’re only a few days late right now, but you still haven’t started your period in a week, you need to take another test at that point. Sometimes if you take pregnancy tests too early, the hormones that signal whether or not you’re pregnant can’t be detected this early on.

JLeslie's avatar

Just curious what is your clockwork? 28 days?

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