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Dear Sugar
I have always had regular periods but all of a sudden I have been skipping months. I just started dating a new guy and I am not on the pill so I keep freaking myself out that I am pregnant. Is it normal to all of a sudden have sporadic periods? Concerned Kayla

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Dear Concerned Kayla
Although missing a period can be nerve wracking, most of the time it is completely normal. Woman typically have a menstrual cycle every 28 days, however, a cycle can range anywhere from every 23 days to 35 days --every woman is different.

There are many factors that cause women to miss their menstrual cycles including: hormonal problems, eating disorders, excessive exercise, physical illnesses, etc... Emotions play a big part in your body chemistry too, so feelings of unrest, stress or anxiety can affect your periods as well.

It is understandable for you to keep thinking you are pregnant. Stressing about the thought of pregnancy alone could be another reason why you are missing it, so take a home pregnancy test or see your gynecologist. If you miss two periods in a row, consult your doctor just to make sure everything is OK.

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Twitters Twitters 10 years
Oops, I didn't properly log out of my coworkers sign on name, so what is written under Canadian Willy above was actually me. Sorry! Oops...
Canadian-Willy Canadian-Willy 10 years
You're right Katie, I forget which kind it is that dries the rubber though, but it's the same reason you don't use vasaline at lubricant. but again, something important to ask your doctor.
ccsugar ccsugar 10 years
I would go to your doctor, I kept skipping periods too, and I went to my doctor and had a bunch of bloodwork and tests done... turns out I have polycystic ovarian syndrome. It's not fun! I have to be on meds in order to get a period every month. Go to the doctor!!
Luna13 Luna13 10 years
ive noticed with me that the slightest bit of stress and im late on my period every woman is different but i do know that your period reflects your health physically and emotionally i would go to the doctor and get it checked out but in the mean time sort out any problems that u may have so that your body can get back to itself
katie225 katie225 10 years
be careful about pairing condoms with a certain type of spermicide, however! i don't know which kind of spermicide, but it can make the condoms break.
Twitters Twitters 10 years
Use condoms. They are 99% effective if used properly. I'm hesitant though to recommend the pill. Talk to your doctor first and read up on it. I can't take the pill because it screws up my body, so it's not for everyone in the end. A good alternative is a diaphram (spelling?). It's 97% effective with spermicide and pair it up with a condom and the chances of you getting preggers are about the same as winning the lottery. And if by chance that does fail, go buy a lottery ticket. In the meantime, DearSugar is right, the added stress about thinking you may be pregnant is enough to delay your period. Go get one of those at home kits to see. Even if you aren't, make an appointment to see your doctor to discuss your options. Good luck!
katie225 katie225 10 years
uh, use some birth control and you won't freak out anymore. the pill regulates your period and protects against unwanted pregnancy. if i were you, i'd get on it asap! until then, use condoms religiously.
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