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Am I Pregnant or Is My Period Just Late?

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Marissa is the writer of "ThePracticalMommy" and owner of Mommy Knows What's Best. She's a former teacher and a stay-at-home mom to four.

Am I Pregnant? Is My Period Late? How to Tell the Difference

Am I Pregnant? Is My Period Late? How to Tell the Difference

I Think I Am Pregnant: Now What?

Do you feel as if you may be pregnant? You're not alone; hundreds of thousands of women every day contemplate the same question.

Anytime you have unprotected sex, there's a chance of pregnancy. Here you will learn about pregnancy symptoms, early signs of pregnancy, and taking a pregnancy test.

Before you read, take the quiz below to see how much you know about pregnancy symptoms.

Early Pregnancy Symptoms Quiz

For each question, choose the best answer. The answer key is below.

  1. Pregnancy symptoms happen immediately after unprotected sex.
    • True
    • False
  2. 'Feeling' like you're pregnant is a sure sign of pregnancy.
    • True
    • False
  3. A missed menstrual period may indicate a pregnancy.
    • True
    • False
  4. Headaches and cramping are not signs of pregnancy.
    • True
    • False
  5. Nausea and vomiting are definitely signs of pregnancy.
    • True
    • False

Answer Key

  1. False
  2. False
  3. True
  4. False
  5. False

What Are the Major Differences Between Early Pregnancy and Pre-Menstrual Symptoms?

"They certainly are similar!," says Mark P. Trolice, M.D., reproductive endocrinology and infertility specialist at Fertility CARE, The IVF Center, and Associate Professor of Ob/Gyn at University of Central Florida College of Medicine. "A pregnancy test at the time of expected menses can make the distinction."

  • Premenstrual symptoms include mood swings, increased appetite/cravings, abdominal bloatedness, fatigue, breast tenderness, headaches, and hot flashes.
  • Early pregnancy symptoms include nausea (with or without vomiting), breast tenderness, fatigue, frequent urination, mild uterine cramping, abdominal bloatedness, constipation, heartburn, food cravings, and mood changes.


When Do Pregnancy Symptoms Start?

"Usually 1-2 weeks following the missed period," says Dr. Trolice. "This is 5-6 weeks estimated gestational age."

Did you know that when you're pregnant, your first week is the first week of your last period?

It may seem confusing, but healthcare professionals have tracked pregnancies beginning with the first day of the last menstrual period. Forty weeks after that is when birth occurs on average. They did not and do not track from the moment of conception, simply because it is nearly impossible to determine the actual date and time of conception when the sperm meets the egg. Sperm can live from 3-5 days (sometimes a bit longer) inside of a woman's body after intercourse, so there's no way to know exactly the moment of conception.

In the time after your last period, your body is preparing itself for a pregnancy. In a 28 day cycle, an egg will be released from the ovaries around the 14th day of the cycle, in a process called ovulation. That time is considered your most fertile time when there's potential for sperm to fertilize an egg if you had intercourse. If they do meet and the egg becomes fertilized, it is considered conception.

Would you begin feeling pregnancy symptoms then? Not exactly. The fertilized egg, now a ball of developing cells, still needs to travel down to your uterus and implant itself in the uterine wall, releasing the hormone hCG (what is detected in pregnancy tests) as it completes implantation. That can take up to 6-10 days after conception. At that point in your cycle, you would be very close to expecting your next period.

For most women trying to have their first baby, the first noticeable sign then of a pregnancy would be the missed period. Others who are more in tune with their bodies or who have already experienced a pregnancy would notice other symptoms, like fatigue, a few days sooner, suspecting pregnancy before the missed period.

When Would Pregnancy Begin?

Example of a 28 day menstrual cycle.

Example of a 28 day menstrual cycle.

Example pregnancy calendar. Pregnancy is counted from the first day of the last period.

Example pregnancy calendar. Pregnancy is counted from the first day of the last period.

Is My Period Late or Am I Pregnant?

If it's been 5 weeks (or about 35 days) since your last period and you had intercourse three weeks ago, you might be wondering if you are pregnant or just experiencing pre-menstrual symptoms.

Signs of early pregnancy and pre-menstrual symptoms are very similar:

  • Mood swings
  • Cramps
  • Breast tenderness
  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Bleeding

Here are some early pregnancy symptoms that are different from signs of PMS:

  • Menstrual bleeding is heavier than pregnancy-related spotting.
  • Fatigue from PMS usually goes away, for the most part, once the bleeding starts.
  • Nausea is a common pregnancy symptom, but not so much with PMS.
  • Food cravings or aversions are more intense with pregnancy.
  • Cramps can be intense before menstruation but are milder in the early stages of pregnancy.

How Much Are Pregnancy Tests?

Buying a multitude of pregnancy tests can get expensive, especially if you are testing too early. There are tests at the dollar stores for (you guessed it) a dollar, or you could buy one test at a superstore or grocery store for $3-$4. Some tests come in packs of twos or threes and can range from $10-$15.

Pregnancy tests can also be found online. Testing strips can be as little as $0.32 each and are usually sold in bulk.

Clinics may give pregnancy tests for free. Health care professionals may also give blood tests, which should be covered by insurance.

Pregnancy Symptoms Before Missed Period

As stated above, some women can sense that they're pregnant before a missed period due to some early symptoms, usually 1-2 weeks following the missed period (or 5-6 weeks gestational age.) Those symptoms are usually pregnancy fatigue, constipation, increase in breast size and sensitivity, and frequent urination.

Some symptoms can actually be signs of an upcoming period, though. Many women experience breast changes before a period, along with some bloating of the stomach. On their own, they may not be signs of pregnancy but instead signs of impending menstruation.

Another very early sign of pregnancy may be implantation bleeding, which some may confuse with an early period. Implantation bleeding can occur when the fertilized egg burrows into the lining of the uterus, a week or so before the next expected period. It's usually light spotting and does not last long. Fewer than half of all pregnant women experience implantation bleeding.

If you are experiencing some of these early signs of pregnancy, it would be wise to wait until you miss your period to begin taking pregnancy tests. It will give your hCG levels a chance to build up in your system to be detected by the tests. Despite how early some pregnancy tests say they will detect pregnancy, it's best to wait so that you are not wasting money taking multiple tests.

First Trimester Pregnancy Symptoms

Symptoms of Pregnancy

frequent urination

fatigue

constipation

implantation bleeding

morning sickness

sore breasts

missed period

Home Pregnancy Test Accuracy

If used correctly and at the right time, home pregnancy tests are fairly accurate at detecting pregnancy. Used correctly means that you read the directions and follow them. Each test has slightly different directions, so if using different brands, it's important to read the directions. Also, using the test at the right time makes a difference in 'accuracy'. Women who test too early (and even sometimes too late) will get inaccurate results.

The absolute best time to take any pregnancy test is a few days after a missed period. This is when the hormone hCG, the pregnancy hormone produced by the growing balls of cells if there is indeed a pregnancy, is most easily detected by home pregnancy tests. Too soon before that and you may get a false negative as your body has not produced enough hCG.

Some tests do claim that they can get you early results, meaning results before your next expected period. If you truly read their statements, however, you'll find that the early results are only possible for a small percentage of women, not every woman. It's most likely a marketing ploy to encourage you to take more tests and hence spend more money.

I have had three different experiences with home pregnancy tests. With my first pregnancy, I saw a positive result on the day of my expected period. With my second pregnancy, I didn't get a positive result until almost my sixth week of pregnancy (two weeks after the expected period). With my third, I was able to test two days before my expected period and get a positive result.

I have used First Response home pregnancy tests and found them quite easy to use and accurate!

Bottom line, testing with a home pregnancy test is different for every woman and every pregnancy. If you can wait until your next expected period, do so and save your money. If you can't wait, contact your health care provider and ask when it would be possible to have a blood test.

Faint Line on Pregnancy Test

Did you see two lines on the pregnancy test, but one of them was faint? Guess what? That's a positive result. It's possible that your levels of hCG aren't strong enough yet to produce a stronger colored line. If you're concerned about it, take a second test in a few days or ask for a blood test to determine pregnancy.

I'm Pregnant. Now What?

If you get a positive result on the test(s), you're pregnant! Your next step is to contact your healthcare provider and set up your first prenatal appointment. It's so important to make sure that you and your baby get the best possible care during this pregnancy.

It's also important that you start taking prenatal vitamins to ensure that you and the baby will get the proper nutrients needed to sustain a healthy pregnancy. The most important vitamin to have right now is called folic acid, which is a B vitamin that helps to prevent neural tubal defects (i.e. brain and spinal cord defects) in the early development of the baby.

Having a healthy diet during pregnancy will help you gain the right amount of weight and help with ailments like pregnancy fatigue and pregnancy constipation.

For most normal-weight pregnant women, the right amount of calories about 1,800 calories per day during the first trimester, about 2,200 calories per day during the second trimester, and about 2,400 calories per day during the third trimester.

Make sure those extra calories are from healthy sources or you could gain too much weight during pregnancy.

Pregnancy Scare

Find out that you're not pregnant? Sometimes a pregnancy scare can be stressful, especially if you are not planning on having children anytime soon.

If this is the case, it would be wise for you to refrain from having unprotected sex, use protection, and find out about birth control options. Simple birth control options like the Pill or patch can be used on a monthly basis. Other methods of birth control like the shot Depo Provera or an IUD have longer lasting effects and are better for those who wish not to get pregnant for a long time or ever. Speak with a healthcare professional who can help you decide what is right for you.

How Do I Know if I Am Pregnant?

The only way to know for sure if you are pregnant would be to get a positive pregnancy test, whether it be a home pregnancy test or a blood test. Symptoms may show up prior to taking a test, but they could be a sign of impending menstruation, so it's best to wait and see if you miss your period.

Best of luck to you!

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

Questions & Answers

Question: I had unprotected sex two days before my period, but he pulled out. I am six days late yet nothing, and I still don't feel any symptoms. Am I pregnant?

Answer: The pull out method is not 100% foolproof. You can still get pregnant even if he pulls out. If your period is late, I suggest taking a pregnancy test. If you are pregnant, symptoms often do not show up for another few weeks.

Question: I had unprotected sex last month and my period came late and only lasted 3 days, which is not usual as my period lasts 4 or 5 days. So this month is February and my period is 11 days late. My breast is tender and I'm feeling tired. Also, I took 6 pregnancy tests on separate occasions including 2 from yesterday but they are all negative. I'm just looking for answers or if anyone has had similar experiences. Could I be pregnant?

Answer: Menstrual cycles can be delayed for a number of reasons. I suggest speaking with your doctor since it was different last month and didn't show up this month.

Question: I had unprotected sex a day before my period, till now I haven't had my period its been around 2 weeks. And I've been having cramps for a whole week. Can it be that my period is late or am I pregnant?

Answer: Has it only been two weeks since your last period or is your period two weeks late? If it's late, take a test to see if you are pregnant.

Question: I had protected sex, but I missed my periods. My periods aren't usually regular, but now I think I am pregnant; I missed my period for two months. Am I pregnant?

Answer: It's possible you're pregnant. Take a pregnancy test.

Question: I had sex during my ovulation period, and I have missed the first day of my period. Am I pregnant?

Answer: It's very possible. Time to take a test.

Question: I had unprotected sex two days before my period. I had cramps for the next two days but then my period has been late for three days. What does that mean?

Answer: If you were sexually active earlier in your cycle, like ten days or more ago, there's a potential of pregnancy. Sex right before a period usually does not cause pregnancy. It's possible you are dealing with an illness that is delaying your period.

Question: I had protected sex, but I am still worried. I have irregular periods, but I am not showing any symptom still. Should I be worried?

Answer: Being that you had protected sex, you are less likely to become pregnant. However, if your period does not show up after 45 days or more, I would take a test just in case.

Question: I had unprotected sex a week ago and I wasn’t fertile or ovulating. I haven’t gotten my period and I have pregnancy-like symptoms. Am I pregnant?

Answer: Did you take an ovulation test to know for sure that you are not ovulating? A week before your period is still technically pretty close to your fertility window, and if you ovulated late then pregnancy can be possible. Time to take a test.

Question: The day after I had sex I got my period, and it was a normal, heavy cycle. Does this mean I am not pregnant?

Answer: If you had a period after having sex, usually it means that you are not pregnant.

Question: He came inside of me, and I still got my period. How long should I wait to test?

Answer: If you got your period after you had sex, chances are slim that you are pregnant. You would need to wait until you miss your next period to test.

Question: I had protected sex with my boyfriend for the first time on February 16th. We used a condom, we also checked for breakage, slipping, or any malfunction; nothing happened to it. My breasts hurt a lot and sometimes I have abdominal pain where my uterus might be. My period should come on March 5th. Can there be a chance of pregnancy if the condom didn’t break or slip? Or is what am I feeling the signs of premenstrual syndrome?

Answer: Anytime you have sex there's a chance of pregnancy. As you had protected sex, your chance is less. The symptoms you are feeling could be still from ovulation, or they may be the beginning of premenstrual syndrome.

Question: I had protected sex, but I’m scared that the condom broke. My period is two days late. Am I pregnant?

Answer: The only way to know is to take a test.

Question: I am 2 weeks late and got a positive test but after that, I have had some spotting. Is it possible I'm not pregnant?

Answer: Since you're two weeks late with a positive test, I suggest speaking with your doctor.

Question: I had unprotected sex on day 27 of my cycle. I’m five days late, but experiencing very strong cramps that feel like the start of a period. Is it too early to take a test? Also, what’s the likelihood that I’m pregnant?

Answer: If you're late, you can test now. Any time you have sex there is a chance of pregnancy.

Question: I am having sex after a miscarriage four months ago. What should I do?

Answer: I'm sorry for your loss. Have sex during your fertility window. If you're not sure when that is, try using an ovulation prediction kit.

Question: I had unprotected sex on the 1st and 2nd of April. On the 9th, I started feeling nauseous and threw up at the smell of boiled chicken. I have never experienced this before, and for the week before I was feeling dizzy. My period is supposed to be due today. I took a pregnancy test this morning with a little pee, and it came out negative. Could I possibly still be pregnant?

Answer: It's possible that you tested too soon.

Question: I’m 23 days late. I’m not on birth control and I didn’t use protection. Should I be worried, or am I just late?

Answer: The only way to know is to take a test.

Question: I had unprotected sex a day after my period ended on October 26th. Now, I am one week late. No discharge has occured. Nor am I experiencing pregnancy symptoms. I am beginning to wonder and have anxiety about what's going on. Could I be pregnant?

Answer: Many women don't get pregnancy symptoms until a few weeks after they find out they are pregnant. Time to take a test.

Question: I'm 30 days in my cycle. I have been cramping for four days with no period and nausea. Could I be pregnant?

Answer: It's possible.

Question: How would I know? I had sex four weeks ago and my period is a week late. I don't know what to do because he pulled out in time.

Answer: Do you know what they call people who use the pull-out method? Parents. Joking aside, the pull out method is not 100% reliable. Pre-ejaculate can still be leaked. I suggest taking a test.

Question: I had unprotected sex after 4 days of finishing my periods. He did not ejaculate. I took 2 tests after that day and both of them were negative. It has been 24 days without having periods. I have gain weight from 46 kg to 51 kg as I ate a lot of food. Would I be pregnant?

Answer: It seems that you might have taken the pregnancy test too soon. Keep in mind that even though a man does not ejaculate, some semen can leak out. You can take another test to see if you are pregnant.

Question: I had protected sex around 8th November and my period came regularly about 2 weeks after that. I am now about 4 days late for my period this month and I'm rarely late. Could I be pregnant?

Answer: If you had intercourse since your last period, it's possible.

Question: I had unprotected sex with my boyfriend and he came inside me, but I’m on birth control (patch). I use it very well. But I got a water infection and had to take medication. They were strong. I had to take two pills for 5 days. On the fourth day, I had sex. My period was supposed to come on Friday. Should I be worried about pregnancy or are my hormones just messed up?

Answer: Sometimes other medications can affect the effectiveness of your birth control. Antibiotics especially have this ability. While your period may be delayed because of your illness, it wouldn't hurt to take a pregnancy test if your period is missed.

Question: I had unprotected sex the 10th day after the last day of my period. I have experienced symptoms like bloating, back pain, right abdomen pain. Am I pregnant?

Answer: If you have missed your next period or if you are still in the middle of your cycle, you may be experiencing symptoms from ovulation. Those symptoms can also be from an illness.

Question: I haven’t had a period for five weeks. I am eight days late, I sometimes have weird cravings, and I feel sick often, but I'm never actually sick. Could I be pregnant?

Answer: If you missed your period, then yes, you might be pregnant. It's time to take a pregnancy test.

Question: I had unprotected sex the day before my period ended. Could I be on my way to having a baby?

Answer: Any time you have unprotected sex, there's a chance of pregnancy. Conception usually happens around 10 to 14 days after your period. While it is uncommon for women to get pregnant around their period, it is not unheard of. If you are not interested in a pregnacy right now, I highly suggest using some sort of protection.

Question: My period is ten days late. I took a test five days ago and it was negative. I'm having sore breast, frequent visits to the bathroom, constipation, and fatigue. Could I be pregnant?

Answer: It's possible. I suggest speaking to your doctor about a blood test.

Question: The last time I had sex was on June 8th. My period arrived on time three weeks later at the end of June, beginning of July. It was a heavy period, but it was normal. It’s now the end of July, and I am again due for my period. As of today I am three days late. Should I take a pregnancy test? I’m also just getting over stomach ulcers. Could the medication I took affect my menstrual cycle?

Answer: It wouldn't hurt to take a pregnancy test, but chances are your illness or the medications messed with your cycle.

Question: My last period was June 12th. Could I be pregnant?

Answer: It's possible.

Question: My period is eleven days late. Can I take a pregnancy test now?

Answer: If you missed your period, then yes.

Question: Hi. It has been 34 days since I missed my period. How possible is it that I'm pregnant?

Answer: It's possible. Take a test.

Question: I missed my period and yesterday. I had light bleeding and today it stopped. Is it a sign of pregnancy?

Answer: If you were sexually active, then yes it could be a sign of pregnancy.

Question: I had sex in August, it is now December and I've had my period three times since August. My period is four days late. Am I pregnant?

Answer: The only way to know is to take a test.

Question: My last period was in January 2018 on the 21st-24th. I had unprotected sex on February 3rd, 16th, & 18th, 2018. My period for February 2018 was supposed to be the 16th-19th, 2018. I have been sick to my stomach lately, stomach cramps, sore tender breasts, & very fatigued. What is going on & am I possibly pregnant?

Answer: If you had unprotected sex, then yes there's a chance of pregnancy. I suggest taking a test.

Question: Almost every hour, I have a little white and watery discharge. Last month I got my period. The first three days I experienced a heavy flow. During the first day, I had a little brown discharge. My period last month lasted for six days. I had no intercourse after my period. I'm twelve days delayed now. The last time I had intercourse was before my period. Am I pregnant?

Answer: The only way to know is to take a test. Based on what you said, it seems that if you are not pregnant, then your hormones may be out of alignment at this time.

Question: My period is four days late, and I have not been having sex. What does this mean?

Answer: It could just be a shift in your cycles.

Question: I did not have sex but he cummed around me. After that, he washed his hands. What are the chances of me getting pregnant?

Answer: If the ejaculate was anywhere near your vagina, pregnancy is possible. I'm not sure what you mean by he washed his hands. If you are not interested in a pregnancy right now, I highly suggest a form of birth control.

Question: I had unprotected sex 3 days after my period and I’m 2 weeks late for my next period. I’ve done 2 pregnancy tests and they both came back negative. Could I still be pregnant?

Answer: It's unlikely, but it wouldn't hurt to contact your doctor about it.

Question: I have missed my period 9 days. Am I pregnant?

Answer: If you are sexually active, then yes there's a chance of pregnancy. The only way to know is to take a test.

Question: I had unprotected sex on the 8th of April. I got my period on the 20th, and it ended on the 25th. It was normal at first but as the days went on it was starting to look more brown and I didn't have to wear a pad or tampon for it. Now this month I am five days late. Could I be pregnant and when should I take a pregnancy test?

Answer: If you are late, you can take a pregnancy test now.

Question: I have unprotected sex twice on January 1st. I got a period a week later which only lasted 2 days and was different. I did a test 2 days after which was negative but I’m a week late and my breasts are sore. Should I take another one?

Answer: Yes, you should retest.

Question: Am I pregnant? My period is 4 days late. It was on the 31st day of my cycle. On the 5th day my period came but it was not heavy flow but now I have cramps. I normally have a 28 days regular cycle.

Answer: If your period came, you may not be pregnant. If you feel otherwise, take a test.

Question: I had sex the day after my period. It's now a whole different month and I'm three days late. Any chance of me being pregnant?

Answer: The chances of getting pregnant right after your period are usually slim, but it can happen.

Question: I had unprotected sex a few hours before I started my menstrual cycle. Am I going to get pregnant?

Answer: Anytime you have unprotected sex there is a chance of pregnancy. That chance lessens the closer you are to your period.

Question: I can't remember if February 7 was the last or first day of my period, but I do remember I was spotting for one or two days only. I had sex around February 17-21 and now it's March 19 and I still haven't had my period. I took a home pregnancy test, and it's negative. Am I pregnant or not?

Answer: Periods can be delayed for other reasons besides pregnancy. If your period still does not show up in the next few days, I suggest speaking with your doctor.

Question: I had sex last on the 3rd of January, in which I saw my period for January, February and the one for March started today. I'm scared because the flow is light. Can this mean I'm pregnant?

Answer: If the last time you had sex was in January and you've had periods since then, there is very little chance that you are pregnant.

Question: I had unprotected sex the day after my last day bleeding, so I'm assuming a low chance of pregnancy. However, I'm 14 days late with no signs of period or of being pregnant. Could I still be pregnant?

Answer: Anytime you have sex, there is a chance of pregnancy. Usually the chance is pretty low right at the end of your period, but sometimes ovulation can happen earlier in your cycle.

Question: I had unprotected sex the day after Valentine's a week before my period started and I’m 9 days late but I feel a couple of symptoms. Should I take a pregnancy test?

Answer: Yes, you should take a pregnancy test.

Question: I had unprotected sex on the 16th of March. My period was due on the 28th of March, but it didn't come. On April 2nd, I get my period. Is my cycle changing, or can I be pregnant?

Answer: It seems that you just had a change in your cycle. Sometimes for no apparent reason, periods can be late.

Question: I had protected sex about two weeks ago and my period was due last week but I am 8 days late. It feels like my period is coming but there is nothing there. Advice?

Answer: It's time to take a test.

Comments

Marissa (author) from United States on August 01, 2020:

Rose, any time you have sex there's a chance of pregnancy.

Marissa (author) from United States on August 01, 2020:

Lisa, pulling out is not 100% effective.

Marissa (author) from United States on August 01, 2020:

Maria, yes, cycles change all the time.

Rose Oronan on July 30, 2020:

I had unprotected sex 5days before my date period. But until now there's nothing coming out. I'm 1 week delayed is it possible that I am pregnant? Thanks.

Lisa on July 29, 2020:

I had protected sex aswell as pulling out The day before my ovulation. The Condom didn’t seem to have brake but I always get my period on time and am currently 4 days late , I need help

Maria on July 28, 2020:

Hi my last period was june 24-29 it was 31 days cyle but my cycle changes every month then last july 9 i have sex but he didnt cum , the i expect my period last july 25 because i based my cycle to my last period which is 31 days cycle but then my period didnt came so after 2 days of being late i take a test yesterday morning (july 27) and its negative but my period is still not coming and i always been regular i have monthly periods. Im really worried right now. Could my cycle just change?

Mayra on July 21, 2020:

I know it’s too early to be worrying but I’m a day late of my period but I’ve been stressing a lot and I’ve been emotional also. Should I be worried?

Aisha on July 20, 2020:

My last periods date was 11th june and end date was 15th june.. on 26th june I had protected sex.. but still i missed my period of this month.. on 18th july,, I had extreme cramps on mid night with nausea and vomiting.. it happens with me on the ist day of period, so as usual I thought my periods started.. but it didn't start.. after that nothing is happening.. slightly I have pain in my lower abdomen.. I have cyst also.. please help me out.. what do you think.. Am I pregnant?

Sam on July 18, 2020:

Am I pregnant my meantration is not yet come till now its been 36 days and I get spot bleed in my panty last night and this early morning Its like normal and my urination is yellow actually everyday my urine is not clear at all I don't know what todo

Nicole on June 30, 2020:

I have regular periods every month and I am 7 days late and I don’t use protection could I be pregnant

Jan on June 30, 2020:

I am 10 days delayed. I took 2 tests all are negative. I don't have sore breasts and abdominal cramps. I sometimes have sticky discharge.

Racheal on June 29, 2020:

I had sex last month nd my period came normal could I still be pregnant

Shan on June 28, 2020:

I had unprotected sex 3-4 days before my expected period, I am now 8 days late but I had negative pregnancy tests. I did get a Pap test a day before I had unprotected sex, and I was lightly spotting for 3 days before my Pap test and my doctor said I could be in my fertile window. I am trying to get pregnant but seeing the negative tests makes me wonder if i even conceived

Tammy on June 11, 2020:

I had unprotected sex 2 days before my period. My period is always regular and it lasts for about 7 days. I am now 4 days late, even though I have been getting all of my usual symptoms I get before I would normally get my period. Is there a chance that I’m pregnant?

Marissa (author) from United States on May 22, 2020:

Hennia, the only way to know is to take a test.

Marissa (author) from United States on May 22, 2020:

Anne, the only way to know is to take a test.

Hennia on May 19, 2020:

my period is suppose to show up today yet nothing, i feel some symptoms but the pregnancy tests are negative. Am i pregnant?

Anne Mercado on May 16, 2020:

I am 34 days delay after my last depo shot..is it possible im pregnant?

Marissa (author) from United States on May 16, 2020:

Aza, if his penis was near your vagina, it's possible that preejaculate could have leaked out. It could just be a late period, because of stress, but you might want to take a test just in case.

Aza on May 12, 2020:

I'm a virgin and during day of being on period I was with my man and he touched me with his penis but my virginity still on and now I've missed my periods for 4 day am I pregnant

Marissa (author) from United States on May 12, 2020:

Babii, it seems like you have irregular periods. Only a pregnancy test can tell you if you are pregnant.

Babiii on April 25, 2020:

I had sex 1 day before my period and im the next day i got my period normal flow as usual after 1 month i dont still yet have my period and its late just a week i have irregular periods am i pregnant?

Precious on April 08, 2020:

I saw my period on the 12 to 14,so I acxpected my period today but nothing no sigh.may I prgnant

Esho omolola on March 17, 2020:

I use to see my period on 12 to 16 sometimes 17, which date will be my ovulation time pls kindly explain for me Thanks.

Rebecca on March 12, 2020:

Had sex a week before my period...... first sex to be precise

Eversince haven't seen my period and I feel sick

Willow on March 10, 2020:

I had unprotected sex during my period could I be pregnant

Marissa (author) from United States on February 04, 2020:

Periods can be late for other reasons besides pregnancy.

Marissa (author) from United States on February 04, 2020:

The only way to know is to take a test.

Jasmine King on February 03, 2020:

4 days late for my period no spotting no period just back aches bloating winded when I breath tenderness in my breast every couple days one minute left breast next minute right breast last period January 5th it’s now February 4th am I pregnant?

Selina on January 18, 2020:

Hello I am 8 day late a I pragnent

bree on January 09, 2020:

Ive had sex during my ovulation period as we are trying for baby number 2 , the first day of my last perod my dec 5th and ended December 8th . for the past week or so now ive felt "off" real moody lately and emotional easy . every morning I wake up about an hour or two into being awake I start feeling nauseous (haven't vomited as of yet ) really tight period like cramps in my abdomen and ive been really tired / exhausted lately (Which isn't normal for me as I find it hard to fall asleep ) Could I be pregnant? I will be getting a test next week but just wanted to hear from someone else there thoughts? or could I be just feeling this way because I want to be pregnant?

Elaina on January 09, 2020:

Hello my cycle is 9 days late. My last cycle was in 11-30-2019 I took a pregnancy test two day ago and it came back negative when should I text again?

Somali on January 06, 2020:

I am married and I had unprotected sex with my husband and usually I am never late on my period and this might be the first time I am late ... but he pulls out ... But we did it when I was ovulating and otherwise fertile .. also I have stomach cramps

What should I do ... I am already 6 days late and I am never late on my period ..

Missy on January 05, 2020:

I had my last period in November the first day of my last period is november 23rd 2019. I had unprotected sex on november 29 2019 and thats the same day my period was almost gone. I started spotting some after that. But now its been a month since my period. But im getting negative results on home test could i be pregnant?

Ella on January 05, 2020:

I had unprotected sex after the last day of my period. And it’s my 37days since my first day of my last cycle. Am I pregnant or delay?

Amanda Singo on January 03, 2020:

I had unprotected sex a week after my period. I took the morning pill. The next time i used protection and now my period is 5days late. Is it possible i might be pregnant?

Gina on December 30, 2019:

I had unprotected sex during my ovulation period but I took the morning after pill the next day. Took the home test the first and second day of my missed period and they both came negative, this is the fourth day and I’ve not still gotten my period.

unknown on December 27, 2019:

i had sex November 30th my period was suppose to start december 18th it’s 10 days late what could that mean

pamela on December 24, 2019:

Last month i had my period twice,the first one came early of November and second one was late of November and im not having my period in december is it a symptoms of pregnancy

Alove on December 21, 2019:

I am 38 I have been tracking my period since April ‘19 after coming off of birth control pills for 20 years. My average cycle has been 29 days. I am no on day 35 and have some dark Brown/burgundy and pink spotting. I have had very low cramps but not like normal monthly cramps. Should I test or wait it out a little longer?

winfred on November 25, 2019:

I had my last period on 23 of October and till now my period would have to come again the 23 of this month and till now it as not come,and I had unprotected sex from my last day of period till now.and I took a test was negative would I be pregnant?

Anonymous0722 on November 21, 2019:

For the month of October, I resigned from my job and have been stressed a lot because of this. My sleeping pattern has also changed. Haven't slept like I used to. And then, weeks after, I had unprotected sex 2 days before my expected period. We didn't last long. We didn't even reach the climax for some reasons. As of the moment, I still haven't got my period. 22 days late. Though I experience cramping this past few weeks. I took the pregnancy test last week and this week, all of the results are negative. Could I be pregnant or is it my period just late? I am worried. Thanks

Katie on November 21, 2019:

5 days late and started spotting today. Been feeling nauseous for days, frequent urination, headaches, tender breasts and exhausted. Pregnant?

Shanique on November 16, 2019:

I've been on the depo shot ever since my last boy. He's now 5 and I stopped the shot about 2 years now. My husband and I usually have unprotected sex,but on October 29 and onward he's been coming in me I havent seen my period yet what does this mean

Viji on November 13, 2019:

My period missed. Now i am in day 48 from LMP. But today i got vaginal bleeding without having menustral cramps. Am i pregnant. Previously not taken any test. But my cycles are regular 30 days.

Sarima Hamilton on November 11, 2019:

i had unprotected sex and the date of my monthly visit has passed I haven't seen my period am I pregnant?

Paige on November 08, 2019:

it was my first time having unprotected sex in so long my baby is almost 2 years old, i have sex on my ovulation windows an oct. 1st was a high chance of pregnancy last period was September 17 now its November 8th. ive done pg test all NEGATIVE even a blood test was negative.. ive had a bad cramping Oct 30th but was no sign of period now my breast are sore around my nipples.. im tired, headache, pee alot.. can i be pregnant???

g on October 30, 2019:

My cycle is usually 28 days and as of right now i am 4 days late and i took two pregnancy test and they were both negative. On cycle day 19 i spotted for 3 day nothing on my pad for two day and on the 3rd day i had a line on my pad not enough to fill it and not like a normal period. Not sure what to think.

C on October 22, 2019:

My period is 5 days late today on day 34..tested on day 32 but it came back negative..am I pregnant?

Annaleisa taylor on October 10, 2019:

My period is almost eight weeks late now i a test and it was negative i alway got my period on time i wondering if the test is wrong

Sherry on October 09, 2019:

I just started the Nuva ring and had been on it only two months I took it out. And two weeks later I had experience spotting for a week , I had unprotected sec the week before and also the day before my period was to start. I’m 17 days late is it possible I’m pregnant or could it have to do with the birth control?

rose on September 30, 2019:

hope i can find answer here. we make love before my menstrual. and after a week i expect 24 above would be my menstrual n it happens 7 days delay .

Marissa (author) from United States on September 17, 2019:

If you think you may be pregnant, take a test.

Gladys on September 07, 2019:

My periods vame on 16july and ended on 19th july i had unprotected sex on 28th 6 9 11 12 and 13 of august and my period is late it was supposed to come on 12 August bt it didn't,i ave benn having cramps for two weeks then it was gone then on sep this week i had pale red blood when i wiped only once then the next one i had brownisg am getting confused am i pregnant or not please help

Marissa (author) from United States on September 06, 2019:

Ayna, the only way to know is to take a test.

Ayna shaheer on September 04, 2019:

My period was 9 days late and I feel so much cramping day by day in stamach am I pregnant

Marissa (author) from United States on August 21, 2019:

Cleofe, the only way to know is to take a test.

Cleofe Hope Porras on August 16, 2019:

I had my my only and last shot of depo provera,I used it by last week of march 2019 and ended by june 17,2019..after that I never pursue using it again,and for now I was experiencing small amount of bleeding but it was every month until my stoppage of use,am I pregnant?

Tara on August 07, 2019:

I’m 4 days late on my cycle

Michaela on July 10, 2019:

My last period started the 26th of may and I had a little bit of blood on the 2nd of July but tests are still negative am I pregnant

aFie on June 22, 2019:

I have a regular period. But it 2 days late and I having hot flashes and dry mouth.. could it be period symptom or early pregnancy sign?

Ambyr on June 18, 2019:

My period haven’t Came on since the 26th of March can I be pregnant ?

Marissa (author) from United States on June 17, 2019:

Mpho, conception usually occurs around 2 weeks after a period.

mpho on June 15, 2019:

i am more than six weeks pregnant so says the nurse, the last day of my period was on 07 may, so when can I have probably get pregnant, before or after my periods?

kat on June 03, 2019:

me and my boyfriend had unprotected sex on may 22, 2019 but that week my period was supposed to come but it never did so now i’m 8 days late. does that mean i’m pregnant or my cycle just late.

sarah on June 01, 2019:

I have been having crams all signs of pregnancy with 4day delayed but negative test results

Marissa (author) from United States on May 29, 2019:

Franz, was it her first period or her first time having sex? if she had a period for 2 weeks, I would tell her to speak with her doctor.

Marissa (author) from United States on May 29, 2019:

Curious, it seems that you have irregular cycles. I would speak to your doctor if you are trying to get pregnant.

Franz T on May 25, 2019:

The day after we had unprotected sex, she got her period but it extended for about two weeks and its her first time. what is it?

Curious on May 22, 2019:

My cycles last 4 days, my length of each period cycle is 13days instead of regular 28. Last cycle started may 3, 2019 and may 6 was last day, I had unprotected sex may 7 and I was due for next period may 16 2019 and still no period... Could it be pregnancy or is cycle switchin up?

Marissa (author) from United States on May 22, 2019:

Leah, it's possible.

Leah Lyn on May 20, 2019:

We had unprotected sex with my husband last May 9,2019..I was expecting my period May 14,2019 but it didn't came. I was one week delayed already.is that possible that im pregnant

Marissa (author) from United States on May 06, 2019:

Kassandra, it's possible.

Marissa (author) from United States on May 06, 2019:

Rose, time to take a test .

Kassandra Santos on May 05, 2019:

i had unprotected sex on april 17 and i’m a week late and i’m never a week late can i be pregnant?

Rose on May 04, 2019:

My menses came twice in march an extended to April 2 now an nothing came in April again now we are in may 3, an nothing yet am i pregnant

Marissa (author) from United States on May 01, 2019:

Thandeka, it's most likely late due to the pills.

Thandeka on April 25, 2019:

I had my piriod 2 times last month nd i went to see a docter he gave me polls to stop bleeding was suppose to get my piriod on 1 April or on 21 of April but nothing till today i am 4 days late i take a preg test today but it negetive should i wait or i am not pregnent?

steph on April 21, 2019:

i need help . i had unprotected sex and ive been having brown to dark brown discarge/spotting/period (?) for a few days . it's slowly getting redder but then back to brown again . it does not cover the full pad but it's definitely more than spotting and less than period . my womb and ovaries hurts like normal days of period would . but there's no flow of menstruation . am i pregnant ?

Lisa on April 16, 2019:

I am currently 1 month and 29 days late on my period I think.. The last time I had mine was February 18. I had unprotective sex with my partner. I took a pregnancy test before I miss my period which was like 1-2 weeks before my period date. After I miss my period I wasnt really scared that I will be pregnant since sometimes I have irregular period. But somehow after I miss my period I have some brown spotting that will last a few hours then stop and it happens for 2 days. After that I again have some brown/pinkish spotting too. Whenever I lay down or my stomach bump into anything my stomach hurts and I have slight cramping too. Right now Im just waiting to see if I have my period or not only. Since I dont want to waste money and buy the test and have it be negative.

Marissa (author) from United States on April 15, 2019:

Jemica, I suggest speaking with your doctor.

Jemica on April 10, 2019:

Please help me. I'm a week late of my period. I had sex exactly a month ago. I did six home pregnancy tests but they're all negatives. I now feel abdominal cramping and my breasts are tender. Are the HPTs incorrect?

Marissa (author) from United States on April 08, 2019:

Devi, it could just be a shift in your hormones for some reason.

Marissa (author) from United States on April 08, 2019:

A Davies, it could just be a late period.

devi_siewnarine@outlook.com on April 08, 2019:

I had unprotected sex during my period now my period is 2 weeks late I did a pregnancy test it came negative and as of today I am seeing slight strands of blood what does this mean

A Davies on April 04, 2019:

I had sex a week ago. I usually get my period on the last day of the month but had some midmonth bleeding last month which is being investigated by the doctor. anyway I am 4 days late on my period. I did a test today and it was negative. Could this be a false negative or is my menstruation just messed up?

Marissa (author) from United States on April 04, 2019:

Desamp..., The only way to know is to take a test.

Marissa (author) from United States on April 04, 2019:

Fiallos, you can take a test.

Marissa (author) from United States on April 04, 2019:

Matet, speak with a doctor.

Fiallos21 on April 02, 2019:

Hi, so I’m usually irregular. So having a missed period doesn’t come as a shock for me . my husband and I have been trying to have a baby for years now. A couple of months I have been very regular with my menstration get it on time every month for about 3/4 months straight, but now I have a missed period. And lately I have been very nauseous. But I don’t want to think much about it because I always get my hopes up yet nothing happens. Could I get some advice or help in anyway? I don’t know wether to take a test or to let some time pass see if I get a period and then if not take a test?

Matet on March 30, 2019:

I had my last period on Feb.8 2019 and it ends on Feb.21-23 2019 (i cant remember the exact date) but the flow on the last week of my period is low . I was shock because Mostly my period last only for 7days .I had intercourse during this days . Now , in March I dont have period so I try the Pregnancy test and it shows two line but the other one is not clear . Am really pregnant ? Please answer

Marissa (author) from United States on March 19, 2019:

Favour, the only way to know is to take a pregnancy test.

Favour on March 18, 2019:

I have not seen my period for a month and 2 weeks doesn't means am pregnant or a missed period

Marissa (author) from United States on March 17, 2019:

Jhanet39, if you got your period, you're most likely not pregnant.

Marissa (author) from United States on March 17, 2019:

Ananomuse, any penetration can cause pregnancy.

Marissa (author) from United States on March 17, 2019:

Chloe, speak with a trusted adult, and get a pregnancy test.

Marissa (author) from United States on March 17, 2019:

Caroly, only a test can tell you.

Marissa (author) from United States on March 17, 2019:

Nio, take a test.

Jhanet39 on March 15, 2019:

We had contact 2 to 3 days before my period..and after 3 days i got my period but not that heavy...am i pregnant?

Ananomuse on March 14, 2019:

I had sex but it was just the tip and it was a few weeks after I had my very first period and I’m 9 days late does that mean I’m pregnant?

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