"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.
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.
I had a great question asked on the other day, so I thought I'd write a post to more fully explain it here.
"I don't take my temperature because it's really rare for me to sleep through the night without waking up at least once, and it's usually between 2 and 4 AM. What do you do in this case?"
In order to answer the question, it's important to first explain why that would impact your temperature. For your temperature to be as accurate as possible, it's recommended that you get at least three consecutive hours of sleep prior to taking your temperature in the morning. If your sleep is disturbed or too short, your temperature could be inaccurate and lead to inaccuracy in your chart. Of course, this can make it hard for women who have trouble sleeping through the night or need to get up at odd hours.