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lizzylala17
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I was supposed to get my period around this date, but I didn't. They're irregular, but not usually late. Most of the time they're actually early. I am sexually active with my boyfriend, and we use condoms and withdrawal as protection. I know those two aren't really recommended to go together, but he pulls out well in advance and always holds the base of the condom. We're super careful and have always checked the condoms and never had one slip, break, etc. I know that the chances of me getting pregnant are slim, but it's weird that I'm late. I did just start a new job so I could be stressed. Do you think I should buy a pregnancy test just for some peace of mind? My period will never come if I keep worrying about it.
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I'll often say that when what we're scared of is a potential pregnancy, and it may be possible, $10 for a test is way cheaper than therapy. [Smile]

So, by all means, if seeing that negative result will make you feel better, I say go for it.

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I just took a Walmart brand test and it said it was negative. Can I rely on that?
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As long as you followed the instructions and the test was not past its expiration date, then you can trust the result.

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So no period & two pregnancy tests taken correctly, both came out negative. What's the deal? [Frown]
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The only thing I can think of that would make it late is maybe I didn't ovulate when I usually do? Or maybe stress? But I really didn't think I was THAT stressed.
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There are a ton of reasons periods can be late: M.I.A or, Dude, Where's My Period?

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So is this normal? I hardly ever have late periods, especially since I started having vaginal sex. Can I rule out pregnancy?
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I'd say so, yes.

As well, I'd say that in a lifetime of menstrual cycles, you are going to have some be off now and then, even if most commonly, your cycles are very regular.

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