This is a pretty elaborate situation, so please bear with me. Also, forgive me for sounding completely paranoid; I'm just a person who worries too much!
I am approximately 2-3 weeks late for my period. I am usually very regular; I've been late for a week or two before but I can generally count on my period coming at a certain time. The difference between then and now is that I have been sexually active, therefore increasing my chances of becoming pregnant. My partner ALWAYS uses a condom with spermicide and pulls out well before he finishes. So I became concerned after missing my period and started doing some research into whether I could be pregnant.
Although I do not track my ovulation, I do remember having some very light spotting around the middle of December at the time I was due to ovulate (which has happened before) and possible discharge that is associated with ovulation. I was stressed last month (final exams, traveling for the holidays, etc). I also did not have any sexual relations around the time period that I believed I was ovulating. I have also not experienced any of the pregnancy "symptoms", though I have heard of some women who were pregnant without having any of the signs. So, all the signs are pointing to NOT PREGNANT except for the fact that I am abnormally late on my period by my standards.
Since I believed I had ovulated, and my research pointed towards "If you ovulate and don't have your period within two weeks, the only plausible explanation is pregnancy", I believe I started psyching myself out. I even took a pregnancy test yesterday (which was 16 days after my period was due) and it came back negative. I wanted to breath a sigh of relief but then, like a dummy, I kept looking into the possibility of "false negatives" even after a woman's period has been missed and freaked myself out again (stories of women who never tested positive on a HPT, or even a blood test until very far into their pregnancy and not finding out they were pregnant until 3-4 months in!).
For me, what I want more than anything is to have a definitive YES or NO about whether I am pregnant, so that I can either relax, or start planning my next steps. I understand the next few steps on that path (retaking a pregnancy test in a week if my period still doesn't come, going to the doctor to get a urine/blood test there, etc). I figure the most definitive test would be an ultrasound, but how common is it for a doctor's office to perform that? Do you have to request it? If it comes to it, and I end up at the doctor's with negative urine and blood tests, I want to have a final definite answer that I am really NOT pregnant. Can I ask to have an ultrasound or something if that becomes the case? And I guess another question, how likely is it that I am pregnant?
Again, sorry for sounding so paranoid. I know that I am asking a lot of "what ifs" and worrying a lot about it, but that's just in my nature. Thanks for taking the time to read through this and for any help or insight you can give me.
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You can take another pregnancy test. If two say negative that is likely accurate. You can also schedule an appointment with a doctor and they can give you a test. Reading stories on the internet like that is probably not a good idea, you'll just worry yourself. And just because you read it on the internet doesn't make it true.
Also, I would imagine a blood test would be most accurate in early pregnancy. I don't think you can see anything on an ultrasound yet, but I could be mistaken. The best person to talk about this with would be a doctor.
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