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Alright so I'm seeing a common trend in this area but I have a similar concern.

I was supposed to get my period on about August 19th, but I didn't. So obviously I'm a bit concerned. My boyfriend bought me a pregnancy test about 5 days ago and I took it, it was negative but I still haven't had my period.

However, remember back I seem to have a similar problem almost every single August. At least in 2009 and 2010 I remember very distinctly not having one. Although I wasn't sexually active in 2009 so it wasn't a huge concern at that time.

So, I'm still frightened that I might be pregnant but I'm not sure what I should do. I read lots of stories about people who the pregnancy tests don't work for and it isn't until they are 4 months pregnant that the found out.

Another point is that I have had practically no symptoms. I've had an upset stomach but thats usually just from eating food too late at night. I haven't thrown up at all. Of course I have had a few headaches but I always have headaches.

I'm just wondering what I should do, should I wait, take another test? Is there a possibility that it is something else entirely?

Alright, thats all. Thanks for your help in advance.

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There are many, many other possible reasons for a late or missed period. Check this out:
M.I.A or, Dude, Where's My Period?

If you took the test according to the instructions, you can trust that result. But by all means, if it would make you feel better, you can take a second one.

If you wind up missing two periods in a row, it's time to talk to a doctor about it, just to be safe. But one late or missed period isn't usually a big deal.

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Well I did miss my second one, and I took another pregnancy test just to be sure but it also said I wasn't pregnant.

Its weird cuz I have no pregnancy symptoms but also no pre-menstrual symptoms either.

Anyway I need to know what I should do. I'm 20 but I still live with my parents and, although they know I'm have sex with my boyfriend, I wouldn't want them to know if I was pregnant because I would want to get an abortion and I doubt they'd be cool with that.

Anyway, what should be my next step after missing two periods and taking two pregnancy tests (negative both)? Is there a place to get a more extensive pregnancy test without having to go through insurance?

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Another pregnancy test really isn't necessary at this point, given that you've already taken two so far after a missed period and gotten a negative result, but you can always ask a doctor to do another one if you'd like. Whether or not that is covered by your insurance depends on where you go; many clinics such as Planned Parenthood offer their services on a sliding scale, or if you have a family doctor or a GYN that you see, you can ask if they'll let you pay out of pocket.

Since you have now missed two periods, checking in with a doctor would be the next move: there are lots of reasons periods can go missing, but it's always smart to get checked out when it does happen.

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