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jp2323
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my period usually comes monday mornings and its now monday evening and it hasnt yet and there are no signs that it will (i am on bcp and have taken all the pills and always use condoms) i know i shouldnt worry but it always a bit scary when you dont get your period when you expect it

so my question is..if i were to take a test, but my last intercourse was three days ago but my period is missed today would a pregnancy test be accurate? i read on the website that it is accurate 10-14 days after intercourse but i also know it should be accurate the day of a missed period..so which one is it?

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It's accurate either 10-14 days after the risk or when a period is missed, whichever comes first. Though using two methods, if you're using them correctly and the condom hasn't failed (broken or slipped off) there's really no reason to be so worried here.

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so i dont have to wait 10-14 days from the intercourse that occured 3 days ago? a test would be accurate today?
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It would be accurate for prior contacts, but given that the last one was only 3 days ago, it *might* not indicate a pregnancy that occurred from that contact.

ETA: To be clear, based on your post about using 2 methods together without difficulty, it does not sound like you have a significant risk. Sometimes, even on BC, withdrawal bleeds can shift around. In general, a pregnancy would have barely begun a couple of days after sex. It takes time for implantation, etc. But if you're on BC and using condoms, there should not have been much risk.

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i took a test 12-13 days after intercourse.
it was 3 days after my period was supposed to come and the test was negative (used the test on tv that says 6 days before your missed period)

can i trust the results, (i know it may be unlikely to be pregnant given combo use of 2 methods) i just wanna be sure because i started my new pack of pills and i dont know how dangerous that is.

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If you waited until at least 10 days after the last time you had intercourse, you can be sure that the result of the test was accurate.

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