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Hi all!

First things first: I seem to have lost my period. I was on the pill for a very long time (10 years straight!) and recently went off it in September. I heard that it was normal to have no period for a while, as your body processes all the hormones and realizes it needs to ovulate on its own.

I got my period after 3 months, December 31st. Lasted 5 days, very normal.

I have not had a period since. Now, I know that ammenorrhea is common after coming off the pill, but I guess I kind of assumed that once I got my period once, it would be regular after that? I looked around and couldn't seem to find anything about continuing irregularity, only that going off the pill can cause a delay.

The other reason I'm minorly concerned is because there was a condom snafu earlier in the month (about 3 weeks ago)...he didn't come, but the condom shredded. I don't think he had ejaculated previously, but I'm sure there was pre-cum. I read that pre-cum is relatively low risk, so I didn't take plan B (bad idea?).

Since my period is at least a week late, I took a pregnancy test and it said negative, so I'm not exactly panicking, but the other question is, how long would it take for a positive to show up?

Thanks for reading, any advice (or shared experiences) would be welcome!

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Hi Kas!

It's pretty normal to have your period not be regular after coming off of birth control. And no, one period does not equal being "regular" yet. But if you go another month with no period you might want to check in with your doctor and see what they say.

The test should be accurate after a missed period, but since you did have a condom break you can take another test in a week just to be sure.

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