"My period is x days late, but I just took a pregnancy test and it's negative. Why hasn't my period showed up yet?"
It's a great question, and frankly, one that more women should know the answer to. Let's talk about a couple of different scenarios that might be delaying the start of your next period other than pregnancy.
If you've ever watched , then you've probably heard of Ricki Lake & Abby Epstein. They produced a groundbreaking documentary on unmedicated childbirth that ignited a revolution in birth choices across America. Now, they are hoping to do the same thing with a new documentary on the birth control pill, and they making it happen. But before I get into why I think it's so crucial that we discuss hormonal birth control, I want to take a little detour and tell you about my journey learning about unmedicated ("natural") birth.
I had a great question from one of my followers on , and I thought it deserved a bit more explanation than a short post. Here's the question in full:
"If you have a spike in temperature showing that you [ovulated], is there a chance that you really didn't release an egg?"
Short answer: probably not. But in order to know the answer for sure, there are a couple of things to look at. Let's talk a little bit about the role of hormones during your cycle, and why you get a temperature shift in the first place.
That day, I was standing in the warm summer heat outside our holding my favorite flavor.
I had also just learned I was miscarrying. Again.
It's amazing how many women open up about their own miscarriages after you've had one. All of a sudden, you find out your aunt had one, your best friend had one, your sister-in-law, your neighbor, your co-worker. I knew miscarriage happened, I just never thought it would happen to me.