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31 Jan 2010

Late Period
My wife is 46 yrs old and not on any contraceptives. Her last period started on 27/12/09 which lasted +-5days. We had intercourse a day before the bleeding started i.e. 26/12/09. During the current cycle we didn'  t have sex except for mutual oral sex. Her period would have been due around 23/1/2010 (28 days) but its already 35 days and still no period.

In the past its been seldom for her period to be late - seldom more that 30-32 days. What is chances that she may be pregnant or could there be another explanation for the period being late, possible given her age - pre or menopause?

she has been displaying signs such as hot flushes, problems sleeping, irritability etc.
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01 Jan 0001


A regular cycle indicates that she is ovulating. Therefore, I suggest that she does a pregnancy test. If the pregnancy test is negative, she should consult a doctor to have a full hormonal profile done. This will indicate if there is any pathology or natural cause.


Dr Anrich Burger
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