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Could I be pregnant?

By Anonymous October 12, 2009 - 8:27am
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Hi. I am 30 years old and trying to determine if I could be pregnant. I missed a period this month and I think it could be from stress, but I'm not sure. My average cycle is 23 days and I am almost always on time. My last normal period started on 9/11/09. My husand and I had unprotected sex (withdrawal method) on 9/27/09. I took a First Response Early Detection test on 10/8/09 (at night) and another on 10/12/09 (first specimen in AM). Both were CLEARLY NEGATIVE - NO 2ND LINE AT ALL. It doesn't seem like I could be pregnant but since I'm normally so regular the missed period has thrown me for a loop. Should I be confident that I am not pregnant with 2 negative tests well after my period should have started? I should add that I have been under more stress than usual and had some very, very light spotting on 9/24/09 and 10/2/09. Any thoughts or advice would be appreciated!!

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Thank you susanc! So I took another HPT (different brand) yesterday (10/19) and it said negative as well. I really don't feel like I'm pregnant so I will try and stop worrying about it. It seems like I would have some sort of symptoms by now. Any idea when my period should start? Would my cycle stay the same even though I missed a period? Assuming everything was normal, my period would be due next week sometime. Thank you so much for your help! Nicole

October 20, 2009 - 8:02am
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Hi Nicole,
Some women have late periods, or even miss an entire period, for no "apparent" reason, or can be due to other factors (stress, as you mentioned above).

It is difficult to say when you would get your next period...and you may even get this period and it may just be late. You are at about "day 40" of your cycle (if you were to get your period late), and some women do have periods this late, although it is rare when you are "regular" as you are.

You may want to call your doctor in 2-3 weeks, if your period does not begin and you are not having any symptoms. Again, this is fairly common for women to have late or a missed period, and the medical term "amenorrhea" (absence of menstrual period) does not even technically start until you've missed three of more with no pregnancy.

October 20, 2009 - 12:36pm
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Dear Anon

Thanks so much for your question and welcome!

I must say it IS unusual to skip a period out of the blue like this, especially since you are usually so regular but you are right - stress is definitely a factor in our monthly cycles and this may be the case with you. The withdrawal method does work well for some women but should not be considered a reliable method of birth control so if you are trying to avoid pregnancy, there are more reliable options out there.

Home pregnancy tests are about 99% accurate when taken correctly so it would appear that you are not pregnant. I think your option right now is to hold out for your next period and take it from there. If it doesn't come, retest or get a blood draw done. That spotting you had may have been a very light period but there is also a chance that it could have been implantation bleeding due to pregnancy and for some very odd reason the tests are not detecting the pregnancy hormone (hCG).

Hold out for another couple of weeks and retest; you are probably not pregnant and did not get your period due to the amount of stress you have been under. It sounds like you are taking the tests correctly; but the body works in mysterious ways so right now, only time will tell - unless you elect a blood draw, these are even more accurate than an EPT.

Please keep us updated and we wish you the best! If there is anything more we can help you with (including helping you out with that stress) please let us know.

October 12, 2009 - 12:18pm
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