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xcforever
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Hello,
I had sex with my boyfriend about a week ago, and we used a condom perfectly, except that we didn't check for leaks before/after with water (which I just read is something that people do). So I don't think there's a big risk for pregnancy, but as my period is a week late I would like to take a pregnancy test.

I'm confused because according to Scarleteen I can take a pregnancy test the day of a missed period or two weeks after the risk occurred. Normally my period happens every 3 weeks and it's been 4 weeks since my last period, but my last two periods happened within two weeks of each other and they were longer than usual, so because of this irregularity I'm not sure when my period was supposed to start. And honestly I think my normal cycle is 3 weeks but I don't keep track on a calendar so maybe it's not. So could I take a pregnancy test now, or should I wait until Saturday to take it?

Thanks so much!

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Haleigh H
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xcforever,

If your cycle has been irregular and you are unsure when it would have started, I would suggest waiting the two weeks. That way you'll be getting a more accurate result. What do you think?

I'm not sure if you've had a chance to check out these pages but they might be helpful.

Can I Get Pregnant or Pass an STI From That

Pregnancy Risk Assessment

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xcforever
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I was thinking the same thing, I just thought I would ask because if there was a possibility to take the pregnancy test earlier I would because I'm getting very nervous waiting [Razz]

Also I did look at those pages, because I used a condom the risk is small but I'm just kind of freaking out because I don't know where my period is.

Thanks for your help!

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Heather
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Also sounds like, moving forward, even if your periods are irregular, you'd be helped by charting them.

If you want an easy online tool to do that, we've really liked this one: http://www.monthlyinfo.com

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Haleigh H
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xcforever,

I totally get you being nervous and wanting to find out sooner. Wanting to put an end to the worrying is natural.

There are quite a few different reasons, other than pregnancy, why you period may be late. This page goes over them. MIA, or Dude, Where's My Period

Let me know what you think.

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Thank you guys! I will definitely chart my periods from now on. I also took a look at that page, the only reason I can think of for a missed period is stress, although I've been much more stressed before and still had regular periods. The only additional stress I have now, is of course stressing about my period being late...
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xcforever,

I'm glad we were helpful. Our bodies can be tricky to figure out. Besides charting your cycle, what are some other things that you can do to relax a bit and not feel so stressed? Focusing on things that make you feel good and make you happy might be a great distraction for the worrying.

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Well I'm going to yoga now, hopefully that will help [Smile]
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Sounds like a great idea [Big Grin]

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So I caved and bought Walgreens One Step pregnancy test, which came with 3 sticks in it. A representative at the Planned Parenthood hotline told me 10 days after sex would work, so I took one this morning and it was negative. According to Peeing on a Stick brand names aren't necessarily better than drugstore tests, but there are many extremely negative reviews online about this brand. Also I found out the hCG level is 100mIU/mL which doesn't seem to be sensitive at all.

Should I trust this result or should I buy a different brand? Also, I'm planning on taking another test at 2 weeks like you guys recommended, and then the last one at 3 weeks, and if that's still negative and I haven't gotten my period I'll make a doctor's appointment. Is that a good plan?

Thanks so much [Smile]

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Robin Lee
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There really is no reason that this test wouldn't be accurate, though 10 days after sex is a little early to test based on what we know about how reproduction works. I'm not sure what the negative reviews online were about, but the effectiveness rates for home pregnancy tests are high.

So, I wouldn't worry about the brand but instead, if your period doesn't arrive, test again in a week or two.

I also wanted to mention that checking condoms
for leaks is not necessary, and that actually doing so with water prior to using the condom is not effective condom use. effective condom use includes the condom coming right out of the package and onto the penis or toy it's going onto.

Condoms don't have small holes or leaks in them. They're manufactured under strict guidelines, and as long as the condoms you're using are not expired, the packaging was not damaged when you bought them, and you're storing them properly (away from heat sources and sharp objects) you can trust that when you open a packet and use the condom, it's not broken. If a condom breaks during use, it's a noticeable split or shredding.

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I got my period today! Possibly 3 weeks late... Anyway I just wanted to thank you guys for your help [Smile] I'm also starting birth control, and using Google only in moderation from now on...
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