Someone asked us:
Q. I recently started exercising (running about three times a week) for the first time in my life. I’ve been having my period for about six years and I’ve never really been regular, but since I began running I haven’t had a period and I’m about a month late now. Both the pregnancy tests I’ve used have come back negative; is this normal, or should I be worried?
It might be normal, and it might not be. Your health can make a difference in how often you get your period. Too much exercise or very strict dieting, for example, can use up all your body fat. You might not have periods if that happens. Stress can make a difference, too.
When used correctly, home pregnancy tests are extremely accurate. But if you’re worried that you may be pregnant, you might want to contact a health care provider. Staff at your local Planned Parenthood health center can help you figure out why your period is irregular and tell you if you’re pregnant.
-Amy at PPFA