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missed period

By Anonymous July 25, 2011 - 9:10am
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if i had sex and am supposed to have my period 4 days after that, but its been 10 days and i didn't have it.
Could i take a Home Pregnancy Test at this point?

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Hi Anon,

Thank you for your question. You can test now but I'd wait another week (or at least 4 more days) before testing for pregnancy. Although you are already late, it is best to wait two weeks after having sex for a more accurate test result.

If you get your period before next week then it is not necessary to test for pregnancy.

Best Wishes,


July 25, 2011 - 9:18am
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Anonymous (reply to Rosa Cabrera RN)

I have another question, my cousin for example, she was pregnant but she didn't know about it because she was bleeding each month. She thought it is her period.
She knew that she is pregnant 3 months late when she felt pregnancy symptoms and not because she missed any periods.
isn't a missed period the first sign of pregnancy? I am actually seeing a lot of women bleed during pregnancy especially in their earlier months.

July 25, 2011 - 11:07am
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Hi Anon,

Uterine bleeding is different from period bleeding. Period bleeding will come when your period is supposed to come, lasts 3-7 days and returns again at its expected time the following month. Uterine bleeding, depending on the cause, can be painful, last only a few days or a few weeks, come at unexpected times, and can cause cramping that is different from period cramps.

If you'd like to read more about Uterine Bleeding, please visit:


July 26, 2011 - 7:58am
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