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 about Pregnancy
It is possible to have a pregnancy test show a negative result 10 days after a missed period. This can occur because some pregnancy tests take up to 10 days after ovulation to show a positive result, according to Pregnancy Corner.Full Answer >
Most home pregnancy tests claim to provide 99 percent accurate results on the first day after a missed period. However, experts recommend waiting up to seven days to get the most accurate results, according to the Office on Women's Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' website.Full Answer >
Having unprotected sex at any time immediately prior to your period can result in conception and pregnancy. Your period is the point in your cycle when the uterine lining is flushed away at the completion of a fertility cycle that doesn't result in pregnancy. This cycle is the reason why, according to About.com, you are at your peak fertility during the ovulation phase immediately prior to your period.Full Answer >
The primary sign of pregnancy in humans is a missed period; however, there are often many other symptoms that accompany pregnancy, according to the National Institutes of Heath. Other symptoms include tender, swollen breasts, slight bleeding, fatigue, food aversions or cravings, headaches, nausea, vomiting, mood swings and frequent urination. Missing a period can be a sign of many conditions, but when combined with several pregnancy symptoms, pregnancy should be considered.Full Answer >