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I know the only sure-fire way of knowing whether or not I'm pregnant is to take a test, which I intend to do very soon, but I want a little advice...

My last period began on August 12th, and the last time I had sex was on August 19th... and there was unprotected genital contact involved. My periods have been consistent for about 3 years (I've had my period about 5 years now), usually 4 weeks apart and very heavy. Well, come the 9th, when I usually would've gotten my period, it was M.I.A., and I've been experiencing the regular bloating and cramping for almost a week now... and just this morning, my vaginal discharge began showing signs of blood, yet it's very light. Is this a sign of pregnancy, or am I just blowing the risk factor out of proportion?

Also, if it is a sign of pregnancy, how long do I have until it's too late to get an abortion?

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Your period is late, and you know you've had a potential risk, so I'd advise not waiting to take a test at this point: go ahead and take one.

That's especially important if you're considering abortion, because you are limited to the first trimester, and the sooner the better: that makes medical abortiona an option if you ilke, and as well, the earlier any abortion procedure is done, the less discomfort you may experience, during and afterwards. The sooner you know you're pregnant, the more time you also will have to think about your options and have the time to be as sure as you can in whatever choice you make.

None of the symptoms you're describing are specific to early pregnancy, so there's really little to say about those: either way, you need a test.

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