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I missed my period. What’s going on?

It is not unusual for girls to experience irregular periods when they first start menstruating. A girl might skip a period and then have a longer or shorter period. Then she might go back to a regular period. Also, some may have irregular periods throughout their lives.

There are several reasons why a girl might miss a period, including some of the following:

  • Her period hasn’t become regular yet
  • Stress
  • Strict dieting, over-exercising or being a competitive athlete
  • Medication
  • Gaining or losing a lot of weight over a short period of time

A missed period can also be the first sign of a pregnancy. If a girl has had unprotected vaginal intercourse with a guy, then it is important to find out whether she is pregnant as soon as possible. She can get a home pregnancy test from a drugstore or grocery store or, better yet, make an appointment with her doctor or clinician.

Learn more about the menstrual cycle or find a clinic near you.

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