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Fleurette
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So, I had protected sex with my boyfriend last month. We used condoms correctly and for every encounter over the course of two days. My period was supposed to come last week, on the 28th, I rarely freak out about it being late, since it's not unusual for it to take 1 to 3 extra days to come. It's been four days and my period still has not come. I took a digital pregnancy test on the 30th (21 days after the last sexual activity I had) and it came out negative. I know there are several factors that influence the delay of a period, but it has never taken this long for me and I'm very worried. I'm planning to take another hpt tomorrow, buy my question is, should I just get a blood test instead? Will the result be accurate at this point (either with the blood or hpt)? I don't know what to do. Thanks in advance for any information or help.
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A test will be accurate at at least 14 days after the risk, or the first day of a missed period. Since at this point it has been more than two weeks AND your period late, you can be sure that you waited long enough to test.

There are plenty of reasons why a period may be late. Check it out: M.I.A or, Dude, Where's My Period?

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Thank you for replying, first of all. I did read the article beforehand, it's just that I've been through major stress before and yet my period always comes. If I do take a blood test, how much longer should I wait? Or will it be accurate regardless?
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You could go to a doctor and ask for a blood test. However, if you had protected sex and you have tested negatively since, there is really no reason to suspect pregnancy.

And even the most regular period can sometimes be a bit late, so I don't see a cause for concern.

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Guess all I can do is wait. Thank you so much for your reply and the info [Smile]
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You're welcome. And you said you were planning on retesting tomorrow, so maybe a second negative result will also help put your mind at ease!

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