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nirvana7
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Hello everyone! I had sex with my boyfriend on the 12th of August, with no protection. However, I was on the second day of my period and he did not ejaculate inside of me or around me. I know the percentage of women who get pregnant on their period is low, but I went ahead and took a pregnancy test last Monday just to be safe, since I would have been 3 weeks since the risk. The results came back negative, but I went ahead and took another one today. I got another negative result, but I was just curious as to how reliable you think these results can be. I have an unusual 5 week cycle. It's regular, but just 5 weeks long. It's a genetic thing, I suppose because most women on my mothers' side of the familly are the same way. I just was wondering if you thought this might have any effect on the results, or if I should trust the two negatives?
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As long as you follow the instructions with the test and use it correctly, home pregnancy tests are incredibly accurate (and accurate as early as 10-14 days after a risk, which means when you took the first test, it was enough time to wait to get an accurate result), and false negatives are simply not common.

I'd say it's safe to assume you are not pregnant.

(How are you two on your STI screenings, by the way? The risk you had would have presented much higher STI transmission risks than pregnancy risks)

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nirvana7
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Oh everything's great on the STI spectrum...no worries at all there!
I'm not even supposed to get my period until a week from today, but I was afraid that if I didn't at least take one and give myself some peace of mind, my period would be later and make me even more nervous. Thanks so much for your help though! It really does put my mind at ease.

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I took a final test last Wednesday, and got another negative result...so my mind is pretty much at rest about the pregnancy scare. However, I'm still sorta concerned because my period never showed up this month.
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Stressing out about anything (including a pregnancy risk) can delay a period. For more info on that, check out MIA or Dude, Where's My Period?

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This Saturday will make 7 weeks since my last risk. I know pregnancy hormones peak between the 6th and 8th week of pregnancy, so would it probably be a good idea to take another test this weekend if my period still doesn't show up?
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With multiple negative tests, and a fairly low risk to begin with, another test really isn't necessary, but if you feel better taking one, by all means do so. There's definitely no harm in spending $10 for the peace of mind.

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I keep having these light reddish brown places show up in my underwear at different times during the day. I even noticed a slight bit of blood yesterday, but I think I may have a tear caused from another inicident about a week ago (with no risk whatsoever, so I'm not concerned about that aspect), so could that be what the spots are from? Or could it be pregnancy spotting?
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It could be just general old run of the mill irregularity or mid-cycle spotting (An abrasion from a week ago should not be bleeding now).

And based on when your risk was, I'm not sure what you mean by pregnancy spotting - you shouldn't be seeing unexplained bleeding when pregnant, and to top that, you've had multiple negative tests and a low risk, like has been said.

So, like Karybu said, if it would make you feel better, you can test again, but there's really nothing else we can tell you differently concerning your risk.

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You guys were right on target! I guess all the stress from my exams delayed my cycle a bit, but my period arrived earlier this weekend (with all the usual annoyances, but I was quite grateful this time!) Thanks so much for all your advice! It eased my mind so much to know that I could come and talk and get some comforting advice.
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