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Missed Period - Am I pregnant?

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Updated May 29, 2014

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Definition:

The absence of your normal menstrual cycle. This can indicate a pregnancy or it may be related to an illness or stress. It is considered one of the major possible signs of pregnancy. Though in your lifetime you may have a missed period for a variety of reasons.  It may also simply be delayed and not missed at all.

Many women will go through various cycle abnormalities in their life. This is not necessarily a problem, but can make trying to get pregnant or diagnose pregnancy more difficult for some.

Also Known As: late period, skipping a cycle

Examples: Pregnancy tests usually require that you have missed a period prior to using them for the detection of pregnancy.

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