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By January 29, 2010 - 4:22am
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I'm sure the moderators see questions like this all the time about possible pregnancy but I'm really not sure and while I'm trying not to be, I'm very worried.

Here's my situation:

My boyfriend and I have been dating for almost 2 years now and have been sexually active probably a year and a half. When we had intercourse for the second time, in 2008, the condom slipped off inside me after he had ejaculated. Long story short, I took Plan B (the two pill version) and had the normal side effects of light bleeding and whatnot that were described on the box and I didnt get pregnant. I had my period at my normal time, maybe a few days later than normal, but it was within the same week. This first story is here only for the sake that I compared my experience with the Plan B pills and I was hoping that by being thorough, it'd give some better clue as to what's going on with me.

Here's my current dilemma, I'm 2 weeks late (It's been almost 7 weeks since my last period ended) with no premenstrual cramps.

As usual, I had my premenstrual cramps of "impending doom" and my period Dec. 12-16 2009 which was a normal cycle for me. These are some pretty mean, double you over unless you take your prescribed naproxen cramps and they always have been so there's really no missing them (they're VERY consistent).

I've always lasted 4-5 days and it usually starts sometime in the 2nd week of the month every month. My boyfriend and I had intercourse 6 days after my period had ended, on Dec. 22nd, and after he ejaculated, the condom slipped and was almost entirely inside me again.
Similar to the first time, I freaked out and jumped into the shower and washed myself out as fast as I could.
Less than 6 hours after this happened, we went to Walgreens and got Plan B one step. I took it immediately.
About 3 days after I took it, I got extremely nauseous, but never vomited. I didn't get nauseous with the other plan b pill I took in the past. Unlike the Plan B (2 pills) I took in the past, I didn't spot the light blood with the One step pill. The nausea stopped 2 days later.
We had intercourse using condoms again on the 1st and 2nd of January but have not had intercourse since then. I had completely forgotten the incident until January 22nd when I realized that I didn't have premenstrual cramps and I had not had my period yet this month (I consulted my excel spreadsheet). To top it off, I have had a really nasty stomach flu, at least that's what I hope it is, that lasted for about a week with HORRIBLE nausea (I'm still a little nauseous at times and run a slight fever, but I'm over the worst).

On the 23rd of January, about a week late, I took a home pregnancy test and it was negative.
I asked my mom about this and the difference in feeling between a stomach flu and early pregnancy and she said they were about the same for her.
The thing that worries me is that I'm in college and I'm 5 months from my 20th birthday. My boyfriend and I have discussed children but we both agree that we don't want to have children until we're at least 30. We want to build our financial situation up a bit since neither of us have money nor come from it (we survive off of our student loans/grant money). If we're pregnant... we need to know now so we can find someway to save money.
Anyway, I know that being sick/stressed can postpone/skip your period, I know that I could have gotten a false negative on that pregnancy test, and I know that I was either sleeping or in the bathroom vomiting for a week last week because of that stomach flu.

Do you have any insight into my problem or suggestions? I do have insurance and my mom suggested going to the doctor to get another test, but I don't really want to pay $25 dollars for a negative. How long should I wait before going to the doctor?

At this point, I'm trying to take it easier and not worry, but I have noticed that I'm slightly bloated, similar to my situation during my period, but with no premenstrual cramps which means I know that I won't be having my period this next week.

Thanks for your help and for your time.

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Plan B One Step does not necessarily cause you to bleed after taking it. This is something that a lot of women have been concerned about but it does interfere or change your period for the most part. After taking the pill, if you missed a period it could very well be a side effect of the medication. To be clear, these are the side effects listed under Plan B One Step's site:
* Changes in your period
* Nausea
* Lower Abdominal Pain
* Fatigue
* Headache
* Dizziness
* Breast Tenderness

Now, as far as the flu-like symptoms and pregnancy-- every woman is different. One woman could have constant nausea and vomiting another could be completely fine. The one thing I can say about the difference between both of them is that fever is not a symptom of pregnancy.

Since you did already miss a period, urine pregnancy tests are highly accurate. You can get one either at a drug store or even the dollar store-- no need to spend $25 to get it done at a doctor's office. In all honesty, it seems as though what you had were side effects that were unexpected because of your previous experience. I would venture to say you are not pregnant, you had some of the side effects listed (change in period, nausea) and that you did in fact have the flu or some sort of virus.

Hope this helps! Good Luck :)

January 29, 2010 - 7:29am
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