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By May 15, 2009 - 9:44am
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I am 5 days late for my period this month. My last period was 4/12 and lasted 6-7 days. So, if you count the days I should have started 5 days ago, but if you go by the date it would be 5/12. The last time I had intercourse was near the end of March and it was unprotected. I am very busy and I work two jobs. I have been worried because my period is never late. Last night I took a pregnancy test and it was negative. I do drink a lot of water throughout the day and I ahve heard that can affect the results. I have not had any sickness or nausea. I am tired throughout the day, but I get up at 5am and go to sleep at 11pm so that could be the reason for being tired. Is there a possibilty I could be pregnant? I looked up symptoms and I dont have any signs, to my knowledge, of early pregnancy. Thank you so much!

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Andy, I'm really glad the information was helpful. Missing a period is such a cause for stress! And often that stress keeps our hormones even a little more out of whack.

It's even fairly common for some women to miss a period once in a while. I would say that if your period doesn't come by the time your NEXT period would be expected, then you might call your ob/gyn and at least talk to the nurse to put your mind at ease. But I'm guessing your period will start here in the next several days.

Take care, and thanks for the update!

May 18, 2009 - 8:37am

Hi Diane

Just wanted to let you know that I have taken two more tests and both were negative. I took one in the morning like you suggested. I still have not started my period, but I am not so worried about being pregnant now that three tests were negative (one was digital). Thank you for your help!

May 18, 2009 - 4:07am

oh and yes it is very helpful!

May 15, 2009 - 11:01am

No I did mean the end of March was the last time I had unprotected sex. I have just never been late before and I have so much going on that I am really worried about it.

May 15, 2009 - 11:00am

Also, I assumed in your message that you meant "end of April" for the last time you had unprotected sex, and not "end of March." But if you were correct and it was the end of March, then I understand that what you're concerned about is whether you can have a period and yet still be pregnant?

The answer is it's very rare. It's possible, but rare. It would be more plausible if you had just spotted a little then, but to have a full period and to now not have any symptoms six weeks later -- and a negative pregnancy test -- pretty much rules it out, from what I can tell.

Does this help?

May 15, 2009 - 10:32am

Welcome to EmpowHer, Andy, and thanks for your question!

From what you say, I might guess that you are not pregnant, simply because pregnancy tests are very accurate these days, and while drinking lots and lots of water might dilute the amount of HGC (the pregnancy hormone) in your urine, I would think that all of the home pregnancy tests on the market are very reliable by the time you're five days past your period due date.

I would guess, from what you say, that you're just pretty late this month, partly due to your busy life and (maybe) stress?

Let's work the dates a little bit more. You don't say how long your cycles are. But let's say they are 28 days long. If your last period began 4/12, your most fertile days -- the days around when you ovulated -- would have been 4/22 to 5/02. If your periods are usually 30 days apart, your most fertile days would have been 4/24 to 5/04. So since you had unprotected sex at the end of April you were definitely in your most fertile time.

When did you take your pregnancy tests? If I were you, I might stop drinking water one evening around 6 or 7, and then take another home pregnancy test with your first morning urine. If that one comes up negative, you might be more sure. (Especially since you have no early signs.)

Please be sure to come back and update us, especially if we can be of any more help to you.

May 15, 2009 - 10:30am
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