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Okay: I had protected (condom) sex with my boyfriend on May 18th, about 3 weeks ago. He didn't ejaculate inside me. I THINK the condom was OKAY (I checked for leaks and such). I've been feeling queasy for about a week, and HAD A PREGNANCY TEST TWO DAYS BEFORE my period.

It was NEGATIVE. However, a basic Google search only gives me forums where excited women post about how they got a positive after seven negatives or something. I also read that you should test AFTER your period was due, which I didn't (I did test more than 15 days after sex, which I understand is an okay amount of time). My period was due two days ago, but it hasn't come yet. This isn't uncommon, as I have thyroid problems that once made me miss three months worth of bleeding (it was heaven), and I am a chronic stress ex-patient.

I was reasonably calm after the negative test, but those forums made me feel like I could sprout out triplets any minute no matter what the test says. Should I retest? Should I stop freaking?


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Taking a pregnancy test (or another, if that's the case) is, in my mind anyway, pretty much always worth the stress relief. But to be honest, it doesn't sound like you've had a significant risk in the first place, and you waited long enough to test the first time. So, another test isn't strictly necessary, but if it would make you feel better, go for it.

(For the record, false results - whether negative or positive - are rare. False negatives are more common, and usually come from people testing too early and/or not following the directions of the test. It would be incredibly unusual for someone to have several negative results and actually be pregnant.)

Edited to add: I didn't see when I answered this that you'd already posted and received an answer from another volunteer in Emergencies and Crises. Please don't double post; it's against the guidelines you agreed to when you registered for the boards and won't get your question answered any faster. Thanks!

[ 06-12-2012, 11:54 PM: Message edited by: Karybu ]

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