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  I have been having sex lately, protected, and this is the first time my period has been off a week. I am not pregnant, but should this be something to worry me?

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Dear Starry,

If you have been worrying about the possibility of being pregnant, then you may have caused your period to be late. When a female is under more than usual stress or worry, it can throw off her period/menstrual cycle.

However, you did not mention what type of contraception you were using. As long as your contraceptive method is reliable, then your worry/stress is probably the most likely culprit. If you still don't have your period in two weeks, take a pregnancy test. Often times, once you finally believe that you're not pregnant, your cycle kicks in and you have your period.
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