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Missed period - am i pregnant or just stressed ?

By October 14, 2010 - 6:08am
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Me and my boyfriend used the withdrawal method last month on the 10th and or 11th of september, and my period came on the 17th september, but a week later i took a pregnancy test to be on the safe side of things. Then, this month me and my boyfriend use the same method again, and we did it on the late saturday night which was the 2nd of october and then the morning of the 3rd of october which was the sunday, everything was fine until a few days to a week before my period, and i started to feel bloated, a few pains like period pains, headaches every so often, moodswings and the urge to eat more but then my period hasnt actually come, ive heard the chances are higher of getting preganant if you are young - which i am. Ive been watching my periods since August and if you count from the 1st day of my period to the day before my next period that happened its 24 days. So i was due on the 11th of this month, which is October, but it hasnt come, so im now round about 2 days late, and i took a pregnancy test on what will be the 3rd day,which says on the instructions that you can take the test the day you miss your period and there on after and the test came up with a negative. Now, i have also been quite emotional, now people say there can be several reasons why you dont have your period, but ive never missed one due to stress or anything else, so this is my first missed period. And im not sure if maybe i took the test too early, or if i am pregnant, or if i have missed my period due to my boyfriend being on holiday abroad for a week, without much contact - causing stress, and worrying. Please can you help, with the chances if i am or not ?

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Hi worriedgirl,
The home pregnancy tests are about 99% accurate at detecting any "pregnancy" hormones once you have missed a period, so assuming you took it as directed, your results should be correct.

You are right that many women have missed or late periods, and there is a first time for everything! It is worrisome, I know, but if you are not having any other symptoms, it really could be stress-related. Women's bodies are not like clock-work; our cycles are regulated by hormones that are constantly reacting and interacting with our environment, and changes to our environment can lead to small changes in our cycles.

The withdrawal method is not very reliable as a birth control, and if you are really not ready for a pregnancy at this time in your life, you may want to reconsider your choice of birth control. The withdrawal method is only 70-80% effective at preventing pregnancy, compared to condoms at up to 98% and pills at 99% effectiveness. You could combine condoms with withdrawal method, for great prevention!!

Try to wait another week; I bet your period will begin! If not, take another pregnancy test just to rule out this possibility, and let us know how you're doing!

October 14, 2010 - 12:18pm
(reply to Alison Beaver)

I think ive come on today

October 15, 2010 - 2:41pm
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