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Should I take a pregnancy test?

By September 5, 2013 - 1:08pm
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My period is late, but this is nothing unusual as I'm very irregular. This past week (the second week where my period should have came but didn't) I've been experiencing: hot flashes, nausea, queasiness when eating, I've been feeling confused and have found simple tasks difficult, severe mood swings, last night I became very lightheaded out of nowhere for about a minute and my fiance has been marveling that my boobs have gotten bigger but I'm not so sure. I'm just tired of wasting money on pregnancy tests since my period is so irregular, I have pregnancy scares often, but I never had physical symptoms like this. Also somethings to consider: I've been under a lot of stress as I recently lost my job and I recently visited a friend in the hospital who had viral meningitis, although I entered the room with a facemask and i washed my hands before and after entering the room. My fiance and I have been using condoms only. Should I get a pregnancy test?

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Hello Girly K,

Experiencing a lot of stress, especially at the time of ovulation, can cause a delay in the start of your period.

I answered your question regarding your irregular periods since you stopped taking birth control pills,

All things considered, you might be late because of stress and your irregular menstrual cycles.

Condoms are not 100% effective in preventing pregnancy.

I understand your reservations about wasting money on another home pregnancy test. But, hCG hormone levels can be detected in urine about 12 to 14 days following conception. If you had sexual intercourse any time within two weeks before you expected your period to start, you may want to test for pregnancy. With an answer you will have some peace of mind.



September 5, 2013 - 4:52pm
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