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Question: Can Laxatives Cause Missed period?

 giggles4u557 - Tue Jan 20, 2009 7:36 pm

My friend has been taking Ducolax for about 1.5 months, can this cause a late or missed period? She is not engaging in intercourse but does do other things with her boyfriend, is it liking that sperm somehow traveled? How likely is pregnancy? When should she see a doctor or take a pregnancy test, she is 3-4 days late on her period. She has lost about 27 lbs since September and has about 14% body fat. She has been under some stress lately too.
 Debbie Miller, RN - Sun Feb 01, 2009 12:17 am

User avatar Hello,
Yes, this can happen because of the body mass index/fat reduction. The body knows if it cannot sustain a pregnancy due to inadequate nutrient stores and self-imposes infertility (suppressed ovulation). Also, when the body is stressed, it conserves what energy and resources it has to the more vital organs. Reproduction is considered expendable by comparison.

If your friend did not have intercourse with the boyfriend's penis inside her vagina, chances of pregnancy are practically nonexistent. Of course she may not have disclosed all activity. If she is worried, a pregnancy test can be reliable as early as 10 days after conception. If she had intercourse at one time, she could pretty much assume that as her approximate conception date since it was a rare event. Count from then since she has not had a period if she wants to do a pregnancy test (because she had sexual intercourse). If there was no intercourse, sperm does not travel through clothing. It actually takes a pretty favorable environment for sperm to travel up the vaginal canal and on up for fertilization, assuming she ovulated at that time.

Good luck.

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