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Hi my name is  Brittany I'm 19 and I'm 23 days late on my cycle. My last period was Dec 12-18 of 2012. Recently i have been nauseous and having lower back pains. there are times i think I'm going to start i go check and nothing is there. I have taken 3 home pregnancy tests and they were all negative. I don't know if I'm really pregnant or if my body is playing with me.

Hello Brittany from the U.S.,

Pregnancy is not the only reason that women miss their periods.  There can be an hormonal disorder or a persistent ovarian cyst.  In any case, I would recommend that you see a gynecologist and have a blood pregnancy test done.  If that is negative, then you can be sure that you are not pregnant.  You should then undergo an evaluation to determine why you don't have a period.

Good Luck,

Dr. Edward J. Ramirez, M.D., FACOG
Executive Medical Director
The Fertility and Gynecology Center
Monterey Bay IVF Program

Monterey, California, U.S.A.

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Edward Joseph Ramirez, MD, FACOG


I am a specialist in infertility and advanced gynecological care. I can answer questions about infertility, gynecology related ills, menopause...virtually anything that affects women's health. PLEASE tell me where you are writing from as I am always interested.


I have been practicing as an Ob/Gyn and Infertility Specialist for over 23 years. Gynecology, advanced laparoscopic surgery, basic infertility, IUI's, IVF, reproductive surgery, and ovulation induction are all areas of my expertise. I am Board Certified. I have been doing In Vitro Fertilization in my clinic for 19 years.

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