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Am I just stressed?

By Anonymous October 1, 2015 - 7:08am
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About 2 days before my period was due, I had protected sex but he did not withdraw. However, my period is now 9 days late. I'm 21 and I've had several things go on since my last period that stressed me out (moving to a new apartment, minor car accident, error in financial aid for school processing, etc), I even started going to the gym here and there. And my last period came way earlier than expected. I've been too afraid to take the test... I'm a bit overweight and my mother also has PCOS, but I don't think/know if I've developed it.
I just want an opinion before I go buy a test.

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I would like to hear your opinion. I've had sex 15th of september, my partner did withdrawal or pull out method, said he's sure about it. I browsed some sites in google and all of it says that 15th was likely a safe day for me, well it says infertile. I suppose to have my period on 21st or 23rd (this time i'm getting nervous) but i had it on the morning of the 29th. My period is 7days, always regular, never delayed. What I had is fresh red blood, sometimes with dark red clots on it. It is a bit lighter than my usual period. I am so stressed and very much confused. On my 4th day, October 2, the bleeding suddenly stopped in the afternoon. My bleeding usually stops on it's 5th day and will resume on the 6th day of my period. If the bleeding will resume, the last day of my period would be October 5. If I will take a home pregnancy test, can i do it a day after my last period, which is October 6? Just to make sure, I am so much depressed.

October 2, 2015 - 9:10pm
Guide (reply to Anonymous)

Hello Anonymous,

Having a menstrual flow that is red in color with clots that lasted four days makes me think you are not pregnant. It would be unnecessary to take a pregnancy test now.


October 5, 2015 - 9:24am
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Anonymous (reply to Maryann Gromisch RN)

Hi Maryann.
Thank you for the response. I just took hpt today, early in the morning just to make sure because delayed period is very unusual for me. How accurate do you think it is? Yesterday, October 5 was my last day of bleeding if it was my period. My first morning pee gave me a negative result. Still praying that it is correct though. I followed the instructions on the kit. I have another question if I may, I plan to have my blood tested this week, would it be accurate by this time?

October 5, 2015 - 7:58pm
Guide (reply to Anonymous)

Hi Anonymous,

I think you can trust the negative test result as accurate. Levels of hCG can be detected in urine about 11 days following conception. Any time now would be a good time to test.


October 6, 2015 - 9:47am

Hello Anonymous,

Welcome to EmpowHER. Thank you for reaching out to us with your concern about a late period.

Pregnancy is highly unlikely the reason for your period to be late by nine days, since you had protected intercourse.

High levels of stress is more likely the reason. Acute and chronic stress can fundamentally alter the body's hormone balance, which can lead to missed, late or irregular periods.

Considering you have a family history of PCOS, you should consider talking with your doctor about it. Women with a mother or sister having PCOS might have a greater chance of having it, too. Researchers also are looking into the possibility that certain genes are linked to PCOS.


October 1, 2015 - 8:42am
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