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jasmine_101
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After having unprotected sex last month, although we used withdrawal, I took the emergency contraception within 36 hours. I now haven't had a period since the 3rd of December, meaning I'm around two weeks late this month.

I have taken 3 pregnancy tests and they have all shown to be negative, but I've been reading up things on the internet (which I know is a bad idea) but some people have said they've had situations where they have had a numerous number of negative pregnancy tests but have still been pregnant.

I know this is me probably being paranoid/over-reacting etc but each day that does by and my period doesn't appear, the more stressed it makes me. At the end of the day, the only way to know with certainty I'm not pregnant is to get a period.

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The most common side effect of taking EC is an irregular menstrual cycle. So, it is not at all unusual or a sign of concern that you have not a period yet.

If you took the tests according to the instructions, then you can be sure that the results are accurate. It would be extremely unlikely to have three false results in a row.

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So long as they're taken according to the instructions in the packet and at least 14 days after a possible risk, pregnancy tests are very accurate. With three negative results, you can be very sure that that's the correct result. You can find out more here: http://www.scarleteen.com/article/pregnancy_parenting/peeing_on_a_stick_all_about_pregnancy_tests

Taking emergency contraception can sometimes really change the cycle temporarily, so it's not a weird surprise that your period's late.

The internet is chock-full of mind-bogglingly wrong information about sex education. When you want to know something, our very best advice to you and all of our users is that you only read information in reputable places written by trained experts. We've got a piece on how to identify that, if you're interested: Legit or Unfit? Finding Safe, Sound Sex Educators & Support Online A lot of what's on the internet generally can be written by anyone at all, and you can't know why they're writing it or what they know. They may be lying, for whatever reason, or they may be very misinformed themselves.

For dealing with that stress you're feeling, I'd suggest 1) stopping reading inaccurate scare stories on the internet and 2) being kind to yourself with some good self-care. If you need some tips for that, have a look here: Self-Care a La Carte

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Heather
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I would add to this that some people also are dreadfully bad at reading or following the directions for things. Home pregnancy tests are over 99% effective when used according to the directions. That last bit there is awfully critical.

So, I have no doubt, and know full well, there are probably many people who are being truthful about taking tests for a while and getting wring results, but what most of those people are likely not accounting for, considering, or sharing when they know they did not, is that they either did not read or did not follow the directions for tests.

[ 01-14-2014, 10:52 AM: Message edited by: Heather ]

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jasmine_101
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Do you think if my period still hasn't come in another week I should go and seek advice from a nurse/doctor?

I have no idea how many weeks is normal to be late after taking EC!

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That is really up to you and about what you would feel best about.

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