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Teendrama
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I have genuinely read all the FAQs and articles on this site and am still stressing. I had sex on 29th and there was a condom but first he rubbed his penis on my vulva. I also had some anal on 3rd January. Admittedly I don't know when my ovulation is.

I got my 'period' a day early but am stressing about whether it was implantation bleeding instead because it started with brown discharge. I have been having rib pains for the past week and have been bloating for the same length.

I took a test (every few days after period was due) and my last test (first response early result) was on 18th January. Why am I still stressing?

I keep reading horror stories on the internet about hpt not detecting hcg even 20weeks into pregnancy.

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Heather
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Well, you say you keep reading horror stories, which is undoubtedly part of why you are freaking out. Scary movies usually scare us. Same goes with scary stories. So, your first step is a really easy one: stop reading that stuff. [Smile]

If you followed the directions on your pregnancy tests, you can rest assured they are accurate. If you have been having things like pain in your ribs and unexplained bloating, then you want to see a healthcare provider about those to find out what they ARE from. (While you are there, if these kinds of sex have been unprotected and you are not current with STI testing, it would also be a good idea to get that done, too, as you will have had STI risks from those activities.)

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Sam W
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Hi teendrama,

If you took the most recent test according to the directions, than you can trust the result.
Plus, you've had a period, which means you can't be pregnanr
I know you said you've read most of the articles, but this one might help answer your question about why you still feel stressed
You're Not Pregnant. Why Do You think You Are?

I would recommend resisting the urge to feed this anxiety with googleing horror stories. Those accounts are usually either grossly inaccurate or just flat out false. If you do go looking for sex ed info, this is a good resource:
Legit or Unfit? Finding Safe, Sound Sex Educators & Support Online

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Teendrama
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Ok thank you. It's just difficult sometimes when you're hyper-stressed about things like this.
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Sam W
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You're quite welcome.

You're right that staying calm can be rough if you're feeling really stressed. It might help to use some techniques from this article:
Self-Care a La Carte

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