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My boyfriend and I had sex 3 and a half weeks ago. We used a condom and it didn't break. He also did not come inside me and took the condom off when i was a good distance away from him. I took an HPT a few days ago (around 3 weeks after we had sex) because I hadn't gotten my period yet. The test was negative (I used early morning urine and everything) and my period, which should have come 2-3 weeks ago has not come yet. I have only been late twice since beginning my period six years ago and each time, it has only been one week late.

I've been under a lot of stress since my last period...finals, moving back home, and traveling to 4 different places in 3 different time zones. I've also changed my diet (for the better) and increased my exercise (45 minutes 6 days a week). So my question is, is stress/change in routine/etc. a valid factor in missing my period or is pregnancy a more likely cause, even though my HPT was negative and I don't feel pregnant?

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Stress and other factors can delay a period. It recently caused a friend of mine to be 4 weeks late. A negative HPT 3 weeks after the event should be a good indicator. We do advise women to take a second test one week after the first if the initial result was negative. Many HPT's are sold as a kit of two tests for this reason.

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