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I stopped taking the pill after being on it for about 5 years. My last period (or withdrawal bleed) was February 23. I haven't had one since. I stopped taking the pill during the first week of my new pack because I couldn't take the side effects any more.
I've had protected sex several times, always with a condom. I've taken about 6 pregnancy tests in the last 3 months, and they've all been negative.
I have zero pregnancy symptoms, with the exception of my stomach seeming bigger (although that could completely be paranoia on my part.)
I guess my questions are 1. Could 6 tests be wrong? 2. Is it normal to be this late after going off the pill?

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There really isn't any way SIX tests could be wrong. I mean, the ones that were taken before a latest risk wouldn't tell you anything about whether you got pregnant after that risk. I'm assuming what you've been doing is taking a pregnancy test a couple of weeks after each time you've had sex, or something similar to that (rather than all 6 in a very short time)? If so, then the tests should definitely be accurate, and any tests taken after the most recent risk would be the most relevant.

When you stop taking the pill, your periods can definitely become really irregular for a few months after, and stopping part-way through a pack can sort of... emphasize those effects. So if it's only been a few months since you stopped taking the pill, then it shouldn't be anything to be concerned about. If after a couple more months you still haven't got your period, then that would be something to talk to your doctor about.

Talking to a doctor is always an option whenever you have concerns like this as well, so you can ask all your questions and get immediate answers and more personal help. Doctors aren't just there for emergencies, they're excellent resources for this kind of information too! [Smile]

If you're finding that only using the one method -- although condoms are a particularly effective method, they still are only one method and not everyone is comfortable with only one -- then it might be a good idea to look into using another method with the condoms, to improve effectiveness and give you more peace of mind. We have an excellent article about effective pairings:
The Buddy System: Effectiveness Rates for Backing Up Your Birth Control With a Second Method

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I guess 3 months just seemed like such a long time.
I've taken the 6 tests during the last 2 months, basically one every week. I don't see how I could be pregnant anyway, as I've been very careful, but its just freaky to go so long without a period.

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I would say that at three months, it's probably just a good idea to call into your healthcare provider and check in with them about it. If they think there is cause for concern, they will then likely look into that.

If not, I think you can trust that and not sweat this. [Smile]

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