If pregnancy is a possibility, a pregnancy test is the first step to take when a period is six days late, according to Summit Medical Group. A menstrual period is considered late any time it is more than five days overdue, based on the usual menstrual cycle of a woman. The length of the menstrual cycle varies considerably from woman to woman and can be anywhere from 21 to 35 days.Know More
Only when pregnancy is ruled out should other reasons for the late period be examined, according to Summit Medical Group. One reason that a period can be late is excessive stress, which can include both emotional stress and physical stress. Emotional stress includes relationship problems, family problems and depression, while physical stress includes weight loss, severe illness and excessive exercising.
In rare cases, hormonal imbalance due to problems with the thyroid gland, pituitary gland, adrenal glands or ovaries causes late periods. Call a doctor during regular office hours to schedule an appointment for a late period any time after five days late when there is a chance of pregnancy or if a period does not return for six weeks and there is no chance of pregnancy. Keep track of periods and bring this record to the doctor's office to help take a history and determine the cause of late periods, notes Summit Medical Group.Learn More
Pregnancy tests can give false negative results for women who are actually pregnant when taken five days before a not-yet-missed period. Most home pregnancy tests are designed to be taken three or four days before an expected period, according to Dr. Laurence Cole in Parents.Full Answer >
Women should wait at least two weeks after IVF before taking a pregnancy test. Tests taken before two weeks have passed can deliver false results, according to Shady Grove Fertility.Full Answer >
The most common complication with using an expired pregnancy test is receiving a false negative reading, according to WebMD. Any pregnancy test that is past its expiration date can return a false positive or false negative reading, but the latter is far more likely.Full Answer >
The answer to this is determined by the number of days in a woman?s cycle, according to the American Pregnancy Association. If a woman has a 21-day cycle and bleeds for seven days, then she could ovulate and become pregnant.Full Answer >