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Pregnancy or Stress?

By Anonymous October 21, 2011 - 7:16am
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I found this site on Google; Everyone here seems really nice from what I've read, so I figured I'd share my dilema because I am really nervous.
My last Period began on Sept 21. My boyfriend and I had sex on the 24 (towards the end of my period.) and it ended around the 26. Towards the end of my period, I got a small head cold, nothing severe though. We also recently had sex on Oct. 15. I am not on the pill but both times we used Condoms; he did come inside me both times, but neither time did the condom break nor rip, there were no holes, nothing leaked at all (Believe me, we both doulbe checked)

My period was due on Oct 19. Normally I get it a couple days before, but now I am 2 days late. I am having some cramping like I'm going to get my period but there is no blood. My breasts don't feel very tender or sore (if I squeeze them I feel a little pain but I don't think that's out of the ordinary at least). I don't feel nauseous or overtired nor do I go to the bathroom alot. My stomach has felt a little off but I think that's because I'm a nervous wreck, and when I get nervous I feel kinda sick :/. I have been under some stress; this week is Tech Week for a show I'm participating in, along with other issues. The weather up where I am has been really weird for October: a few days of cold weather the next, it's sunny and 80 degrees, a few days later it was raining.
I know you must get this question alot, but I am never late so I'm feeling very scared that I might be pregnant. There was one time that I was a couple days late due to stress, but that was before I was sexually active. I know I can't completely rule out pregnancy and I should take a test but I guess I just want to know the odds of being pregnant over stressed (or vice versa) based on my situation.
Thank you. Hope you can help :)

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Hi Steph,

Welcome back, Glad to hear that.

Best of luck and feel free to come back with any questions,

October 24, 2011 - 7:57am
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Hi Steph,

Welcome to EmpowHER and thanks for your question. Glad to hear good things about us. I can imagine the stress you might be under of knowing if you are pregnant or not. But Stress itself can affect many things in our lives, including our periods. Sometimes we're so stressed out that our body decreases the amount of a hormone (GnRH), which causes us to not ovulate or menstruate. Also, the breast tenderness and cramping can be due to your Menstrual being delayed. You might want to wait a week before taking a pregnancy test. Once you have conceived, it will take about 10-14 days for hCG to show up in your urine. If your period doesn't come in a few days, it's important you see your doctor.

Best of luck and keep us posted,

October 21, 2011 - 7:48am
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

Thank you for the reply!
Good news; about an hour or so after I posted, Aunt Flo came! It was a very huge relief :)
Thank you again for the reply: it means alot to me that there are others in a similar position, and that someone really takes the time to listen. I will be visiting this site often!
Thank you again!

October 21, 2011 - 11:15am
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