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Okay: I had protected (condom) sex with my boyfriend on May 18th, about 3 weeks ago. He didn't ejaculate inside me. I THINK the condom was OKAY (I checked for leaks and such). I've been feeling queasy for about a week, and HAD A PREGNANCY TEST TWO DAYS BEFORE my period was due.

It was NEGATIVE. However, a basic Google search only gives me forums where excited women post about how they got a positive after seven negatives or something. I also read that you should test AFTER your period was due, which I didn't (I did test more than 15 days after sex, which I understand is an okay amount of time). My period was due two days ago, but it hasn't come yet. This isn't uncommon, as I have thyroid problems that once made me miss three months worth of bleeding (it was heaven), and I am a chronic stress ex-patient.

I was reasonably calm after the negative test, but those forums made me feel like I could sprout out triplets any minute no matter what the test says. Should I retest? Should I stop freaking?


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Robin Lee
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HI Machucha,

When condoms break, they really break. They shred or split, so since you didn't see visible damage, you can be sure that your condom worked as it was meant to.

There is, of course, even with the most effective, perfectly used birth control a risk of pregnancy when engaging in the kinds of sexual activity that can lead to pregnancy.

I'd say that you certainly can trust that negative test result. As to when to test, you can test two weeks or more after the risk, *or* if a period is late. So you did test at a good time. Since you don't know when you will get your period, it probably is a good idea to test again in a few days, both to be sure, and for your peace of mind.


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