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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.

Dr. Mark Trolice, Infertility Specialist, The IVF Center

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.

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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

These are just some of the first symptoms of pregnancy. Others experience a variety of symptoms, adding to the list things like acne, or nasal congestion.

Symptoms of Pregnancy

frequent urination



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: 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 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 am a virgin. My period is 19 days late. I am 15 years old. What is going on?

Answer: Periods can be late for a variety of reasons, including stress, change in sleeping habits, change in activity levels, change in hormone levels, etc. I suggest speaking with a doctor to see what's going on.

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: 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 had my period for six days. For seven days I've had different symptoms than usual. I feel nauseous, tired all the time, and I’ve had headaches. I feel hungry, but I don’t want to eat, and when I smell food, I feel sick. Could I be pregnant?

Answer: It's possible, but it's also possible that you were experiencing ovulation symptoms.

Question: I had unprotected sex on day 21 during my 26-day fertility cycle; this was a week before my period was supposed to arrive. I am now 11 days late, and I have taken two pregnancy tests. The results came out negative. What should I do now?

Answer: It's possible that it's just a change in your cycle. If your period doesn't happen soon, speak with your doctor.

Question: Am I pregnant at 47 if I have missed my period for a month and feel different?

Answer: Being that you're nearly 50, it's possible you are experiencing symptoms of menopause, which may seem similar to pregnancy symptoms. To rule out pregnancy, you can take a test. If you are not pregnant, I suggest visiting your doctor.

Question: Am I pregnant if my period was 3 days late and it is the 32nd day of my cycle?

Answer: If you have missed your period, you can take a test.

Question: My period usually comes on the 28th or 29th of every month, but now it's the 1st and my period still hasn't come. I live with my boyfriend, and we have unprotected sex nearly every day. I've just had a light spot bleeding yesterday and when I urinate it hurts and I'm having stomach cramping. It really hurts. Can you help me?

Answer: If you suspect that you might be pregnant, you should take a test. You might also want to see a doctor because some of your symptoms seem like you might have an infection or illness.

Question: I am two weeks late. I took a pregnancy test and it was negative. I am experiencing cramps and gas as well. Am I pregnant?

Answer: You might have an illness which is causing your period to be late.

Question: Last March I had my period on the 8th, and it was lighter than usual. I had sex on the fifth day of my period, and used protection. In April, my period did not come. All test results are negative. Is there still a possibility that I am pregnant?

Answer: Periods can be delayed for reasons other than pregnacy. If your period does not come for another few days, it wouldn't hurt to test again.

Question: I have had protected sex many times since my last period and am over a week late this month. Could I be pregnant?

Answer: It's possible. Take a test to find out.

Question: It has been six weeks since I last had sex. My period is now five days late. Is there a possibility I could be pregnant?

Answer: It's possible.

Question: My last period was on the 1st of March. It lasted three days, and was very light (which isn't normal for me). I experienced some light cramping, (when usually the pain is horrible), and milky white discharge. I ended up having brown and pink discharge as well. I am now seven days late for my period. My boyfriend and I have been trying to conceive for ten months now, and this is the first time this has happened. I'm currently having back pain, and a lot of white milky discharge. What could it be?

Answer: It could be pregnancy or illness. It's time to take a test!

Question: I'm 39 years old, and I'm worried because my periods are six days late. I have protected sex. My cycle is normally 36 days, but is now 40 days. Could I be pregnant?

Answer: Periods can be delayed for a number of reasons. Based on your age, I would say that perhaps it might even be early menopause. I suggest speaking with your doctor.

Question: I'm on CD 35, a week late for my period. I'm usually 28 days, inserted a tampon and saw brown strings and little specks of blood, but lots of discharge. I've been extra hungry sleepy and having full small cramps here and there. Am I finally coming on or am I pregnant?

Answer: I think you should take a test.

Question: I had unprotected sex after which I took pills. The next time was a protected one, but now my period is 4 days late. I did the urine test twice, and it came out negative. I went to the hospital for a blood test, and it's negative too. I'm losing my mind. What's wrong? And I also have tender breasts and mild cramps that come and go. What's the problem?

Answer: The after pills can cause your hormones to go haywire for a while. It may take a cycle or two before everything is back to normal.

Question: My menstruation last month occurred from February 21st to the 27th. My last sexual encounter was with my husband on March 5th. I had pregnancy symptoms, and I got my period on the 28th of March. I usually have my period for 5-7 days, but I only had it for four days this month. My period was a little bit pinkish, but it is still red and lighter in volume. Is it possible that I am pregnant, or no?

Answer: It's possible that it was just a light period, or it could be pregnancy. The only way to know is to take a test.

Question: I had sex the day before I started my period. It came and lasted it's usual four days. Then I had sex on the 8th of this month, and now I'm three days late for my period. I had a negative pregnancy test. Should I be worried?

Answer: Periods can be delayed for a number of reasons. If it continues, take another test.

Question: I am married and trying to conceive. My period is two days late and I have itching on the left side of my abdomen. In my ovulation days I had the same itching on the left side. Is that any chance I am pregnant?

Answer: If your period is late, take a test.

Question: I have had a couple of periods since I last made out with my boyfriend. Could I be pregnant?

Answer: If you had two periods, you are most likely not pregnant.

Question: I was supposed to have my period on Monday, but I had unprotected sex that day and took the Morning After Pill the next day. My period just began this Saturday of the same week. Am I okay?

Answer: You should be okay. When you take the Morning After Pill, it sometimes messes with your hormones and causes your cycles to be different. It may take one or two more cycles for them to return to normal.

Question: I have had unprotected sex a week after my period but continuously for two weeks straight.. I saw blood a week before my period time.. Could it mean I am pregnant or my period came early? I am hoping to be pregnant but now that I've seen the blood I am worried.

Answer: It could have been implantation bleeding. Wait until your expected period and then 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: I am 42 days late for my period. I took a pregnancy test 12 days ago and it came back negative? What does this mean?

Answer: You should speak with your doctor.

Question: I had light bleeding. Am I pregnant?

Answer: It depends where you are in your cycle.

Question: My period is seven day late, and now I am experiencing light blood spotting. Could I be possibly pregnant?

Answer: Yes, it's possible.

Question: I am confused. I had sex last year from Dec 26th until the 29th 2017. It was unprotected sex, and I was preventing pregnancy with an implant. I removed it on the 28th of November 2017. On January this year, I didn't see my periods. Right now I have a dark line in my stomach, so I am confused. Am I pregnant?

Answer: If you missed your period in January and had unprotected sex after you removed your implant, then yes, you can be pregnant.

Question: I had unprotected sex on February 24th. My last period ended on February 17th. My cycle has an average of 25 days but is anywhere from 21-28 days. I am now 2 days late for my expected period. I don’t want to be pregnant. Am I in the clear?

Answer: If your period is late, you should take a pregnancy test.

Question: I am 31 days late on my period. I have started to become very tired I have sore breasts. I have been getting very irritated by the littlest things. I have taken 2 pregnancy test in the last 2 weeks and both negative. Am I pregnant or is this just my period playing games with me??

Answer: It could just be a delayed period.

Question: I have a regular menstruation cycle of 28 to 30 days. I took a pregnancy test early this morning and it showed faint lines. Could I be pregnant?

Answer: If two lines showed up, even if one is faint, pregnancy is possible.

Question: My period is one week late. I have no symptoms of pregnancy, have cramping in my stomach as if my period was to come but it hasn’t come yet. Could I still be pregnant?

Answer: It's time to take a test.

Question: I saw my last menses on the 14th of February. I was expecting it on the 12th of March. It didn't come until I was bleeding today, the 15th of March. I have never experienced this before. Is this normal?

Answer: Every woman at some time in her life will experience a late period. Not every late period is due to pregnancy.

Question: I had unprotected sex only for a few minutes a week before my expected period. I am now 4 days late. How likely is it I'm pregnant if he didn't cum inside of me?

Answer: Having unprotected sex for any amount of time, even if there is withdrawal, can cause pregnancy. A man does not need to ejaculate for sperm to leak out. Being that you had sex a week before your period, it is possible that you may have still been fertile. I suggest taking a test.

Question: Its been 42 days since my last period. I already used UPT but it gives a negative result. Can a menses cycle take a long break like that?

Answer: Yes, sometimes your cycles can be late due to a number of reasons, including illness, lack of sleep, lack of proper nutrition, increase in activity levels, and stress.

Question: My period started around April 5 and ended on April 13, but I had sex on the 13th and 14th. My period is supposed the come on this week, but it hasn’t. I started having little cramps this weekend, but no blood showed, and now I’m not cramping anymore. Am I pregnant? I’m only 18, and I’m nervous.

Answer: I think it's time for you to take a pregnancy test.

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'm 29 years old, and I have an 18-month-old baby girl. I have been with my husband for almost 50 days. We mostly used condoms, but a few times the condoms broke. I had my period on 16th November and my next period came on 29th January; it lasted for only three days. I got a negative pregnancy test before this period, but I haven't gotten my period since. My cycle is usually 35-40 days. Could I be pregnant? Should I opt for a blood test and scan to detect pregnancy?

Answer: If you haven't had a period since your last one, you should definitely see your doctor.

Question: I was sexually active last month. My period was a few days late. I had sex on March 2nd, and since then I haven't gotten my period. I took a pregnancy test, and it came out negative. I took an ovulation test, and it came out positive. What does that mean?

Answer: It is possible to skip a period now and again for a variety of reasons. It is also possible that you are ovulating at this time.

Question: I had unprotected sex on the last day of my period and again three days later (a few days before fertile period (using withdrawal method!). My period was due yesterday, and it hasn't come, for about the last week I have been exhausted, slight nausea, oily skin resulting in a breakout and I noticed this morning my breast are beginning to feel a bit tender (they usually feel sore the week before my period is due). Am I pregnant?

Answer: It is very possible that you are pregnant. Don't forget that the withdrawal method is not a reliable source of birth control. Even when done correctly, women can still get pregnant. It is believed that sperm left over in the urethra from a previous ejaculation can still cause pregnancy when released in pre-ejaculate.

Question: I had unprotected sex during my ovulating period. I had thought I missed my period, but it came a week later, heavy. Can I still be pregnant?

Answer: While it's possible, it's unlikely.

Question: I have been sexually active and I had missed my periods for 3 days. Now my breasts are sore, my back is aching and I can't sleep on my belly. It's so uncomfortable. I took a pregnancy test the day I was to have my period, but it turned negative. Am I pregnant?

Answer: It's possible you tested too early. Wait a few days and test again.


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 it possible im 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 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 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. 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 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?

chloe on March 13, 2019:

i got off implant sometime in august, then got on iud after and got off that in october. i got a period in november, that cycle length to december was 31 days. then from december to january was 27 days, and from jan to february was 29 days. i had unprotected sex on the 25 of january which i thought was a fertile day, and he finished inside of me. then i got what i thought was a period in february, but it was 8 days, and my periods are never that long even when i was on birth control. the colors started at brown/ red, then got lighter as the days went on. and now, in march NO PERIOD..... i don't know what to do.... i'm 16 so i don't know how to explain to my mom and i'm not going to. I don't want her to think that I am pregnant. but I have been having symptoms of pregnancy even after we had sex and before that "period" in february.... advice please :(

caroly on March 13, 2019:

I hv missed my period one week now I HV seen slightly bleeding I am I pregnant

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