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tantilizin
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i was hoping someone could help me out.
Today is Sept 1st and I have missed my period for August. My boyfriend & I have been having sex periodically throughout the month of August, and we have always used condoms (i'm not on any other form of BC). Each time we always check the condom after to make sure everything is ok (meaning there is nothing leaking, it didn't rip etc) and everything has been ok, or so we thought.
I would like to take a pregnancy test, however I know there is a certain amount time in which a woman must wait in order to obtain the most accurate result. So I was wondering if anyone could help me figure out if sometime this week would be a good time.
I am 20 years old and I'm not very regular, I get my period every month (except for February, b/c its a short month) however it never falls on the same day or the same week. So i can never judge when it is coming, i just base it on the last month!
For the month of May i was on my period from the 10th - 14, June 12 - 17th and July 17 - 21st. I was thinking that my period would have arrived by now considering it is Sept 1st. However, I am not feeling any of my usual symptoms (except for the moodiness -- but i think that is from the preg. scare!). Based on the information I have provided you, If I went out and bought a Pregnancy test on Tuesday and used on that day, would my reading be accurate? Also, I don't know which day would have been my possible pregnancy risk day, because I assumed the condom worked each time.
Thank you kindly for your time.

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Periods generally will not occur on the same day of the month, because regular cycles are in a number of days, and the number of days in our calendar months aren't regular.

So, for instance, someone with an average 28-day cycle who had their period on Friday the 1st of this month would have it again on Thursday the 38th of this same month, then on Wednesday, the 25th of October, then on Tuesday, November 21st. See?

You can start to get a better idea of your cycles by charting, and then just counting the number of days in between each period's start day. After a few months, you'll start to see (you can already by what you've done here) how often to expect it, generally.

So, right now, looks like you're about two weeks late. You can go ahead and take a test now: for future reference, you can take a test at your first late/missed period, or at least ten days after your last intercourse risk, whichever comes first.

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