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missempathy
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How reliable are pregnancy tests from the drugstore?

I took one last week, because I felt like my period was late and I was getting nervous, and it was negative. However, I still haven't gotten my period. I've been PMS-y, with cramps and fatigue. Am I just being a little too anxious? Should I go purchase another test? My boyfriend and I always have sex with condoms and spermicide, and we're both really nervous. I'm trying to relax, because I read stress can make your period late.

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ErinK
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Drugstore tests are accurate either after a missed period or 10-14 days after the LAST time a woman has a risk for pregnancy. So if you took a test before your period was late, or before two weeks were up, it might not have been accurate. So if your period is now definitely late, or if it's been 10-14 days, a test will definitely be accurate for you.

However, if you've been using condoms for all genital contact, and they haven't broken or slipped off (and you'd be able to tell), your risk for pregnancy is pretty low. Stress certainly can delay a period, as can other factors.

Hope that helps!


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