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How Soon Can You Tell If You're Pregnant? How to Know for Sure

Susana has worked extensively with pregnant women and families. She runs a pregnancy website and a pregnancy support group on Facebook.

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How Can You Tell If You're Pregnant?

Updated for 2020

Answering the burning question of whether you are pregnant or not can be easy or difficult depending on how far along you are and how well you know your own body.

Many women can tell if they are pregnant within two or three weeks of conceiving, and some women know a lot sooner, even within a few days. It really depends on your ability to pick up on the changes occurring within your body and how sensitive you are to them.

Of course, you'll definitely be able to find out for sure once you have missed your first period by doing a pregnancy test (and sometimes even before your missed period). Don't be tempted to take a pregnancy test too early, though. Doing so can increase your chances of getting an inaccurate result or maybe a faint pregnancy test line.

When Will You Start Feeling Symptoms of Pregnancy?

Some women experience symptoms of pregnancy very early on, though many women do not. According to one study of 136 women who ended up having babies, 50% had some symptoms roughly eight days after their missed period, 70% had some symptoms roughly two weeks after their missed period, and 90% had some symptoms one month after their missed period.2

Many early pregnancy symptoms are also very similar to PMS, which can be confusing. I go into more detail about the early symptoms of pregnancy below.

Helpful Video on Early Signs of Pregnancy

Early Symptoms of Pregnancy (Aside From a Positive Pregnancy Test)

  1. Extreme tiredness
  2. Breast changes
  3. Feeling sick (nausea)
  4. Light spotting (implantation bleeding)
  5. Metallic taste in mouth
  6. Aversion to certain foods and/or drinks
  7. Heightened sense of smell
  8. Feeling dizzy and light-headed
  9. Missing your period
  10. Increased urination
  11. Feeling different
  12. Feeling emotional

These are some of the symptoms you might experience within your first six weeks after conception,2 and organised roughly by when you might expect to experience them.

There have been many other rarer and less common early symptoms reported as well so keep an eye out for any unusual or unexpected changes.

Another confusing factor when trying to determine if you are pregnant is that all of the symptoms of pregnancy can be symptoms of other conditions.

So detecting the very early signs of pregnancy without a test can be tricky, especially if it is your first pregnancy.

Once you are on to pregnancy two, three, or four, you will more than likely recognize the signs quite quickly. Testing, however, should always be your first course of action, and is especially helpful to confirm your symptoms.

There are several early signs that can tell you that you may be pregnant. The most obvious is missing your period or having light spotting instead of a proper period.

Pregnancy is the number one reason for missing your period.6 After you've missed your period, you probably conceived between one and three weeks ago unless there is something else that could be interfering with your menstrual cycle.

It can be possible to have symptoms of pregnancy even before that first missed period. Personally, I knew I was pregnant within two weeks of conceiving on each of the three occasions I've been pregnant.

How to Tell If You're Pregnant: 13 Early Signs and Symptoms

1. Extreme Tiredness

If you're trying to determine whether the feeling of being tired is one of the early pregnancy symptoms you are experiencing, then be aware that the kind of tiredness you'll feel within the first 4-6 weeks after conception is probably unlike any kind of tiredness you've felt before. You will feel exhausted and will more than likely be falling asleep on the sofa and will be wanting early nights and afternoon naps for no apparent reason.

Some women start may start feeling extra fatigue as early as two weeks after conception.2

2. Breast Changes

One of the first things most women notice and that causes us to suspect pregnancy is changes to our breasts.2 These changes can take on many forms, including prominent blue veins in the breast tissue. Some of the common breast changes caused by pregnancy are listed below:

  • Enlarged nipples
  • Darkened nipples
  • Sore breasts
  • Swollen breasts
  • Enlarged breasts

You might start noticing these very early in your pregnancy, as early as two weeks after conception. This is one of the symptoms that can be easily mistaken for PMS, however, as it will probably start right around when you might be suspecting your period.

3. Feeling Sick (Nausea)

Feeling nauseous is another common early sign of pregnancy. The way to tell whether this is nausea caused by pregnancy, rather than a virus, is that the nausea tends to last all day (even though it's often caused morning sickness) and also tends to get increasingly worse over a period of weeks. In the early weeks you may just feel a bit sick, then later on it may progress to actually vomiting.

About 1/3 of women experience nausea two weeks after conceiving, but most women start really feeling it between four and six weeks after conceiving.2

4. Light Spotting (Implantation Bleeding)

Not everyone will experience implantation bleeding, but it is something that some women do experience, and it's another symptom that's easy to mistake for a period (especially if your cycle is irregular or very light).

Implantation bleeding is different from a normal period. It will usually last between 1-3 days, and will be intermittent spotting, rather than the constant flow of menstruation. Most women who have had implantation bleeding also say that it's more brown in color, rather than red.

It may happen within roughly a week or so after the date that you conceived.7

5. Missing Your Period

I mentioned this earlier but I'll say it again. Missing your period is the most obvious and clear sign that you are pregnant. If your period hasn't arrived on time, then it's time to take a pregnancy test.

6. Metallic Taste in Mouth

The experience of constantly having a metallic taste in your mouth is a pregnancy sign that I am familiar with. It's difficult to describe, but your mouth feels like you have been sucking on a coin.

It's a pregnancy symptom that is very common and is unmistakable (unless you have actually been sucking metal . . . if so, that's a very weird thing to do!)

You may also experience other strange flavors in your mouth, like saltiness, rancidness, or just a bad taste in general.8

7. Aversion to Certain Foods and/or Drinks

Do you suddenly dislike the taste of foods and drinks you used to love? Do they make you feel nauseous? If so, this is another common pregnancy symptom that many women experience. Common culprits are tea, coffee and alcohol.2

8. Heightened Sense of Smell

Related to the point above (taste and smell are very closely linked), a heightened sense of smell is another common pregnancy symptom. Are you quite suddenly starting to feel nauseous from everyday smells such as soap, cooking or perfumes? This can be another early pregnancy sign to watch for.2

9. Feeling Dizzy and Light-headed

Another extremely common sign of pregnancy is having bouts of dizziness and/or light headedness. If you've been experiencing these sensations, have had unprotected sex recently, are sure you don't have a virus and have missed your period, then this could well be an early sign of pregnancy.2

10. Increased Urination

Need to pee more often than usual? Waking up in the night to urinate when you normally wouldn't? These are both hints that you might be pregnant.2

11. Feeling Different

How can we put our finger on a sense of "feeling different?" If you just feel different inside for no apparent reason, this can be a sign of pregnancy. I have found it impossible to find any words that explain this feeling.

I'm pretty certain that even if I could, my feeling different would be different from your feeling different. If you have a feeling you can't put your finger on, but you sense an internal change, then this could be an early sign of pregnancy.

12. Feeling Emotional

Keep bursting into tears or getting cross and snappy with people around you for no apparent reason? Check to make sure it's not a full or new moon and that it's not your normal PMS—it could be a sign.2

Did you used to love coffee? You might find that you can't stand the taste or the smell now.

Did you used to love coffee? You might find that you can't stand the taste or the smell now.

A Personal Note: What My Pregnancy Symptoms Were Like

Some of these pregnancy symptoms are hard to quantify, especially when it's something like "feeling different." But, you may well feel different somehow even though you can't explain how you feel different.

In my first pregnancy, the earliest signs for me were the enlarged nipples and breasts and breast tenderness as well as feeling dizzy, sick and extremely tired. And yes—I did feel different!

During my second pregnancy, the most noticeable early symptoms were a metallic taste in my mouth, an aversion to drinking tea and a heightened sense of smell. This last symptom got worse and worse throughout my pregnancy and it became difficult to manage all of the smells that made me either feel sick or actually be sick. Smells I couldn't handle were anything soapy such as body wash and deodorant, perfume, aftershave and alcohol. There were a lot more, but these were the main ones.

For my third pregnancy, me, my husband and our daughter were away traveling around Europe in our motorhome. We'd stopped to work on a farm for a few weeks, when I started to feel incredibly tired.

I couldn't work out why I felt that way after a good night's sleep and I had no other symptoms of illness, so I tried drinking extra coffee to keep me awake (I wasn't concerned about the caffeine because I wasn't planning on becoming pregnant). Then a few days later I started feeling really unwell to the point I spent around four days laying down resting, but no real symptoms as such—I might describe them like the flu without the sore throat and cough.

Then the nausea and dizziness came but I still didn't put it all together. I was chatting to my adult daughter on Skype and when she suggested I might be pregnant, I just scoffed at her. I thought that was impossible, especially as I couldn't remember having had sex! Anyway I bought a test the next day and it was positive. The result was a bit of a shock to say the least!

How to Know If You're Pregnant and . . .

You Missed Your Period

You should take a pregnancy test. If it's positive, you're pregnant. If it's negative, wait a few more days and retest. If it's another negative, you're still not experiencing any symptoms of pregnancy, and you're sure you're taking the test correctly, then you're probably not pregnant and you've missed your period for another reason.

You Haven't Missed Your Period Yet

If you haven't missed your period yet, mark down the day that you think you may have conceived on, and wait at least six days before the day you are expecting your period to take a First Response pregnancy test. If you think you might be pregnant and do not want to be pregnant, there are emergency contraception methods that are effective within five days of having unprotected sex, so you may want to explore those options.

You can also choose to take a pregnancy test after you miss your period. In fact, some recommend not taking one until one week after your missed period in order to ensure accurate results.3 Be sure to follow the instructions of the brand of pregnancy test that you buy.

You Don't Know If You've Missed Your Period or Not, or You Don't Know When It's Supposed to Come

Mark down the day when you may have conceived and wait two weeks to take a pregnancy test. This is because your body needs 7 - 12 days after the fertilized egg implants itself in the uterus in order to produce enough of the hormone to be effective with home pregnancy tests, and it takes a few days for implantation to happen.4

Your Pregnancy Tests Are Negative, but You Still Think You Might Be Pregnant

While false positives are very rare, false negatives with pregnancy tests are more common. Here are some reasons you could be getting a negative pregnancy test.

If you've gotten negative results multiple times but are experiencing the signs of pregnancy, and especially if you've missed your period, then you should see a doctor who will be able to conduct additional tests and see what might be going on.

What to do in Different Scenarios

If You Had Sex...What to DoIf It's Negative

And you missed your period

Take a pregnancy test

And your period doesn't come, test again in three days

And you haven't missed your period

Mark down the date that you may have conceived on and wait until six days before your period is supposed to start to take a pregnancy test

And your period doesn't come, test again in three days

And you don't know when your period is supposed to come

Wait at least two weeks before taking a test

And your period doesn't come, test again in a week

Keep track of the date when you may have conceived as well as when you are expecting your period.

Keep track of the date when you may have conceived as well as when you are expecting your period.

What's the Soonest You Can Find Out if You're Pregnant?

The only way to know for sure that you're pregnant is through a positive pregnancy test. The earliest home pregnancy test (First Response Pregnancy Test) is accurate up to six days before the day of your missed period for 76% of women who take the test (according to the test manufacturer's website).1

So, the soonest you might be able to find out for sure that you're pregnant is by testing with a First Response home pregnancy test no earlier than six days before the day of your missed period.

So if you're expecting your period on a Saturday, you would be able to test the Monday before (see the table below).

First Response Pregnancy Test Accuracy vs. Date


Test is 76% accurate

Test is 96% accurate

Test is 99% accurate

Test is 99% accurate

Test is 99% accurate

Period is expected.

Test is 99% accurate

As you can see above, roughly one in four pregnant women (24%) who take this test will get a false negative when they take it six days before the day of their missed period. Five days before the day of the missed period, however, it will be accurate for 96% of women, and 99% of women will get the correct result if they take it four days or less before the day of the missed period.

In general, the accuracy of home pregnancy tests gets better the longer you wait to take them. If you take a test and it comes out negative and you still think you might be pregnant, wait three days and test again. If you test and it's positive, you're pregnant.

Other pregnancy tests are also very reliable—they just can't be used as early as First Response. Most brands of pregnancy test are accurate from the day of the missed period.

Be sure to follow the testing instructions of the pregnancy test brand that you bought very closely. Different brands have different instructions.

Be sure to follow the testing instructions of the pregnancy test brand that you bought very closely. Different brands have different instructions.

How Long Does It Take HCG Levels to Be Detected By Home Pregnancy Tests?

Pregnancy doesn't necessarily start the day that two people have sex. An egg can be fertilized by sperm up to six days after intercourse.5 And then, it can take between six and ten days for the egg to implant itself in the uterus.

The hormone that home pregnancy tests look for starts being released from when the fertilized egg implants itself, which is why you have to wait for them to be effective.

According to the American Pregnancy Association, HCG is made by cells formed in the placenta, which nourishes the egg after it is has implanted itself in the wall of the uterus.4

Levels of HCG can be detected by two kinds of tests:5

  • Blood test—accurate as early as 11 days after conception (between 12 and 17 days after you've had sex)
  • Urine test—accurate as early as 12 to 14 days after conception (between 13 and 20 days after you've had sex)

So, if you don't know when your period is supposed to start and you think you might be pregnant, you should test about two weeks after you had sex and possibly conceived.5

If it's negative and your period still hasn't come and you still think you might be pregnant, test again in another week.

Some Tips on Pregnancy Testing at Home

Because early pregnancy symptoms can be confused with other illnesses or conditions, I would always recommend buying yourself a test. These are very accurate from the point that your period is due, and will take the guesswork out of knowing if you are pregnant or not.

  • Pregnancy tests can get expensive, especially if you end up buying a lot of them, but you can shop around as the prices will vary greatly. I bought a pack of three tests from a pound store (99c store) and they worked just fine. All the tests work in the same way by testing the hCG levels in your urine.
  • One of the most recommended brands of pregnancy test is the First Response Pregnancy Test. In 76% of women, it was able to detect pregnancy six days before the first day of the expected missed period. Price may vary depending on your location.
  • You can also buy pregnancy tests in bulk, as with the ClinicalGuard® HCG Pregnancy Test Strips. These should not be used for testing before your missed period, but they are accurate for testing after it.
  • It's always advised that you test your first urination of the day. This is because the urine is stronger and you will get a quicker result. Testing the weaker urine that you produce during the day may not give you the real result—it may tell you that you're not pregnant when in fact, you really are (this actually happened to me).
  • If you find you have a positive result, then it's time to book a doctor's appointment because you are pregnant. False positive results are extremely rare. The doctor may decide to do another pregnancy test to confirm your result.

For those who have missed a period and got a negative pregnancy test result, follow the link to learn about the most common reasons behind this.

If you keep getting negative results but are experiencing pregnancy symptoms, listen to your body and make a doctor's appointment!

Should You Get a Blood Test to See If You're Pregnant?

If you the idea of waiting longer to see if you're pregnant is unbearable, you might be considering a blood test. A blood test has its pros and cons:5

Cons of Blood Testing

  • It must be done at a doctor's office.
  • It is more expensive (up to $75).
  • It takes longer to get the results (about two days).

Pros of Blood Testing

  • Blood tests can detect pregnancy earlier than a home pregnancy test, about 6 to 8 days after ovulation, or about 7 - 12 days after possible conception (roughly a week before your missed period).
  • This could mean that you get a result as early as 9 days after possible conception, or 5 days earlier than a home pregnancy test would be able to detect (because you still need to wait for the results of the test).

For most women, it makes more sense to wait and do a pregnancy test at home because of its convenience and low cost, as well as the fact that you'd only find out a day or two earlier with a blood test (if that).

For others, especially those with a high risk for miscarriage or other pregnancy complications, their doctor may recommend getting a blood test.

Other Reasons for Missing Your Period

Here are some possible reasons for missing your period but having negative pregnancy tests:

  • Menopause
  • Underweight
  • Overweight
  • Very high levels of exercise
  • Anxiety
  • Stress
  • The morning-after-pill
  • Starting a new birth control method
  • Illness
  • Hormone imbalance

If you suspect one of these reasons may be disrupting your normal menstrual cycle, and you have a negative pregnancy, test then you should speak to a health professional.

And Finally . . .

It goes without saying that if you have had unprotected sex at any time during your menstrual cycle you could well be pregnant, even if it was your first time and even if your partner "pulled out."

You could also be pregnant if your contraception failed. Remember, no form of contraception offers a fail-safe 100% guarantee. If you're worried about pregnancy because you haven't taken precautions, you might want to read the real story about how to avoid pregnancy.

I hope I've provided enough information here to help you work out how soon you can tell if you are pregnant. If you are pregnant and wanted to be—Congratulations!

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  1. First Response Pregnancy Test Website. Accessed February 28, 2018.
  2. BabyCenter editorial team. "Early signs of pregnancy: When will I feel symptoms?" May 2017. BabyCenter. Accessed March 1, 2018.
  3. Mayo Clinic Staff. "Home Pregnancy Tests: Can You Trust the Results?" December 2, 2015. Mayo Clinic. Accessed March 1, 2018.
  4. "Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (HCG): The Pregnancy Hormone." August 22, 2017. American Pregnancy Association. Accessed March 1, 2018.
  5. "Understanding Pregnancy Tests: Urine & Blood." March 4, 2017. American Pregnancy Association. Accessed March 1, 2018.
  6. "Missed or Irregular Periods - Topic Overview." (n.d.). WebMD. Accessed March 1, 2018.
  7. "What Is Implantation Bleeding?" November 25, 2017. American Pregnancy Association. Accessed March 1, 2018.
  8. Cherney, Kristeen. Medically reviewed by Lynn Starr, RNC-OB. "The Metallic Taste in Your Mouth During Pregnancy." September 30, 2015. HealthLine. Accessed March 1, 2018.

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.

© 2009 Susana Smith


Gabrielle on August 15, 2020:

I missed my period it’s been 6days I took a few pregnancy test but they all came back negative also when I did take the test I rinsed out the cup before peeing in it there may have been some drops of water still in the cup could that maybe be why it didn’t work?

Daisy on July 03, 2020:

i know that i would miss some periods in june and july so what dose that mean for me i am 22 years old

Chisom chikwendu on April 11, 2020:

Can some one fell stomch pains for weeks shows pregnace sings

Tah on March 31, 2020:

Is it possible to have periods upto 9mnth of pregnancy

Lizabeth on March 10, 2020:

I had sex with my partner on february 22 without protection now on this days i fell weird some food i eat i vomit it what can i do???

marissa on August 07, 2019:

hello i had unprotected sex with my boyfriend a couple times but it wasn’t everyday that we had sex but i have irregular periods and i’ve took two test and they both said negative what do i do?

Louise on August 04, 2019:


Im 7 days late with cramping done a digital cleatblue test this morning and it said not pregnant..

Jennifer on July 06, 2019:

I'm 7 days late, I already have 2 kids with a different person this is a new partner. I had the cramping the week I was supposed to start my period and some nausea and dry heaving. My test showed up negative this morning.

Mpho Mpholey on May 13, 2019:

My period started on 29 april 2019 and end on 02 may 2019 so me and my partner we had unprotected sex on 04 may 2019 and he sperm twice so i am confused whether i'm pregnant or help people cuz lately i dont feel myself always my stomach gets very hot on and off and stomach cramps and light headache

Hello on April 22, 2019:

It's almost the end of the month and I haven't seen my period

kendra on April 20, 2019:

Hello, my name is Kendra and I think I might be pregnant. Me and my boyfriend have had unprotected sex for the last 6 years and the past couple weeks have been, well, pretty great lol. At work I had felt my heart pounding, right out of my chest and fast, I've had trouble sleeping at night, my breasts have grown huge, sore, and swollen with perky nips. I guess I notice a darker ring around the area but I'm not sure, they're pink. I havent had my period in about 4 months now, my periods are extremely irregular but that is strange to me because it was just starting to get back to normal, sort of.. I've had heartburn, lower back pains, shortness of breath, and I've been eating more than usual for my tiny itty bitty self. I've had coworkers TELL ME TO MY FACE that I look pregnant, my womb area is growing (I thought "Of course!" because I've been eating so much lately). I took a test but maybe I took it too early I think. Idk, what do you think ? You think I'm pregnant ? I dont have all the symptoms like vomiting, or the extreme sleepiness, and I love soap smells, but I think those are yet to come

Leslie Lynn Manwaring on April 18, 2019:

im more than 16 days late for my cycle i took a test two days ago that said negative but idk what to do..

Susana Smith (author) from UK on March 19, 2019:

Wait a week and test again.

Deborah on March 17, 2019:

I had sex on the 11th of February, unprotected sex withdraw method, so I saw my period on the 14th

I am in march now today is 17th I have not see my period.. and have done the urine test saying negative...what can I do

Helovesme86 on March 15, 2019:

My period is almost 2 weeks late and my at home test was negative but I feel all early symptoms of a pregnancy. I will take another next week. If it's still negative I'm going to my doc.

Zara on March 02, 2019:

Im currently on day 42 of my cycle im also a week late for my period havent tested as i dont want bfn! Any advice?

Barbie on February 23, 2019:

I had missed my period and take blood test after 6 days but the result are negative but I think I'm pregnant

Jasmina1099 on February 15, 2019:

My period is 2 weeks late. I have extreme tiredness, dizziness, heightened scent, I feel different but I’ve had 3 negative PT’s.

Kirsty woodhams on February 07, 2019:

My period was 9 days late my breasts really hurt and I am tired all the time have my period and negative pregnancy test

bashfulw2 on January 28, 2019:

I had sex with someone on 1/19 and he tricked me. He put on a condom and then removed it at some point. I am on birth control but low dose, Pirmella. I was due to start my period 3 days later. I have not. I have had spotting and cramping, but nothing else. Is there a fair chance of pregnancy? Not going through menapause, either. Just worried as he dumped me later that day.

Esther Uche on January 11, 2019:

I'm supposed to see my period today,but it's not coming,i don't know if i should wait for few days before going for a pregnancy test

Paloma on December 28, 2018:

I noticed it says if you missed your period and take a test and it’s positive “you’re pregnant” but I’m in a really weird situation. I was late 2 weeks from my period took a FR test and it said Yes then I took about 5 other tests and they’re all negative. I’m going on my 2nd missed period. I have a doctors appt in a little bit over a week however I have no idea what’s going on with my body. In 15 years I have never missed a period and it’s always on time. Help

Joy on November 30, 2018:

I usually see my period first week of the month but I ve not seen any sign of my period coming

Jackson34 on November 18, 2018:

I get on my period October 25 morning and the some day I was off my period and I take the home test it said I wasn’t pregnant.... I was on the 3years birth control I take it out this year in March and I don’t have period like that yet so should I call my doctor for a appointment I need help

Diana on November 05, 2018:

Hello. I do have a question. My Period is supposed to come on the last week of October, but it did not come I had a contact on October 14 and 31. Using the Withdrawal method. I haven't got my period yet for the month of October and still waiting for the month of November. I use PT today and it turns out negative. Could I be pregnant?

Ore on November 01, 2018:

I had unprotected sex on 23th of sep and took pills immediately on the 27th of sep I saw my period which lasted for 4days on the last I’d period I had sex October I did not see my period does that mean that I have been pregnant from the first sex or the second sex?pls I need answers

Ore on November 01, 2018:

I had unprotected sex on sep 23 but took pills immediately and I saw my period on the sep27th ,lasted for 4days but I had sex on the last day of my October i did not see my period does that mean am pregnant from the first sex or the second sex?pls I need answers.

Liz on November 01, 2018:

I've had unprotected sex about a month ago i used morning after pills, but i missed my period.. I did test nd its negative.. What can be the cause?

MSM19 on October 08, 2018: LMP was 18/6 lasted for 4 days n a days of spotting before n after. Then had unprotected on the 1/7 n 3/7 then followed by once a week till end Aug. Since then, missed period till now. I was nauseated, dizziness, fatigue, low appetite, cravings, mood swings, hot flashes/night sweats, food/smell aversions, lower back pain and having milky creamy discharge. About a month ago, I'm left with bloating (soft while lying), discharge, frequent weeing, lower abdomen/lower left cramping and fuller boob's. Negative test including ultrasound but i feel so pregnant. Now I'm waiting for my full blood and beta results. Couldn't find the same symptoms I'm getting from secondary amenorrhea or even premenopause. What could be the cause of it? So sorry for the long post...

xtine1996 on September 30, 2018:

my menstruation started at august 28 i have sex with my boyfriend at september 2 is there any posibillity that i can get pregnant? please help..

Zee on September 27, 2018:

I had unprotected sex on d 10th day of my Ovulation... And had another one exactly two Weeks after.... Now I have not see my period for a month.... I have done home test and it is negative Am I Pregnant

bien marie on September 27, 2018:

hi..i had sex during my ovulation sept. 14 and after a week (sept 20) I'm not sure if that was my period coz the color was brown and it lasts for 3 days. I tried to take PT 3 (sept 25) days before my period but the result was negative. I don't have any symptoms that I'm pregnant. I'm expecting my period tomorrow. Could it possible im pregnant? when should i take PT?

AlexD05100492 on September 20, 2018:

I had unprotected sex on the 13th and woke up in the morning with cramp in my lower back (lasted a few hours) and light but bright blood that lasted a day n a half after that I’ve had brown discharge for 3 days, I thought it was my period but I’ve always been heavy for at least 3 days not sure when my next period is due would it be to early to take a test?

Mag on September 17, 2018:

I am on the Depo shot and I haven't taken it since last year the thing about that is I never had a period since I've been on it so it's kind of hard for me to say if I have missed one or not so I took the test a week after conception or should I say unprotected sex and the hospital said it was negative but I've been having the lower abdominal pain like I did with my other two so I am kind of like on the confuse side

Persia on September 08, 2018:

I'm a week late on my period. I took 2 pregnancy test in the past week, one on Wednesday and the other on Thursday, both came out negative. What should I do?

Ann on September 06, 2018:

I had my period date 15 on august,and i have sex with my boyfriend date 25 and 26 august,can i be pregant? Plz help me....thanks!

Angie on August 26, 2018:

Please my last menses was on 29 July 2018 and my last two month cycle length was 26 ,and my last month cycle length was 25. Am feeling different and also had two days cold and now am coughing and feeling tired. Please tell me if am pregnant and how many weeks or am just late.

Harman on August 21, 2018:

I had my period only for a day and I had sex with my boyfriend 3 days back but he ejaculated outside so does that mean I'm pregnant?

Island on August 20, 2018:

I had bad Cramping a week after my. Could I be pregnant

Atinuke on August 20, 2018:

I had sex last week and after the sex I was given lemon to drink so that it will flush it away, I was also give salt with water to drink, but since that they I was feeling some how, and under my belly is paining and am have backache, does that mean am pregnant.

Evelyn on August 14, 2018:

My last period was on july 9, 2018 and Im 36 days after my last period.. i had spotting on aug. 7/8 then i try pregnancy test 2 times and still negative.. what it could be?

Akinyemi Abimbola on August 07, 2018:

Can I be pregnant immediately after my period

MAUREEN on August 02, 2018:

I had protected sex on 10 June,my periods came on 23rd June and am worried i haven't seen my July periods.i had a pregnancy test and it was negative please could i be pregnant

Mandisa Nkabinde on August 01, 2018:

I had unprotected sex on the 5th June, however I was on the pill from 4 days before that(It was the first time I started the pill) and continued all the way till I finished the course mid July, however I missed a day 3 days after the 5th June, and I'm now worried. In July I got my periods for the normal duration, but they havent kicked in yet for August. Im rather panicky though Im well in my adulthood, just not keen on motherhood just yet. Is there a possibility I could be pregnant?

Mathapelo on July 20, 2018:

I had a miscarriage at 11weeks and the doctor told me to wait 2 weeks before having unprotected sex but i felt i was fine and healed my miscarriage happend on the 8of july and i hade sex on the 14 of july .could it be possible to be pregnant .....? And my blood stoped immediately i came from the hospital

Opeyemi Iyekosa on July 19, 2018:

like the website.quite educating

saisha on July 19, 2018:

me n my fiance had an unprotected sex on 14th of july. at first we used protection but after a break it was without protection but he said he will pull out before the sperm will enter and he actually did that. but i am still scared. is it possible that he can pull out before the sperm enters. plz help me i don't want to get pregnant now.

Elizabeth on July 17, 2018:

Could this be pregnancy symptoms?I'm feeling somehow but still seeing my period and all the text I did keep telling me negative

sheric03 on July 15, 2018:

i got my periods in may on 15th and then in june on 8th and july no periods yet, today is the 9th day witout test result showed negative at home.should i wait for week and test again?

my symptoms are tiredness, nausea and gastric problem.

angeldevilme on July 13, 2018:

i had sex and that night got my period, can i be pregnant?..

Tina on July 12, 2018:

hello, had a pregnancy test done in the house,that says is positive. but when i went to the hospital yesterday. the nurse told me that is negative .please need help here will appreciate thanks!

Rita on July 04, 2018:

please ooh I need ur help.... I saw my period on the 4 June and my next period should be on the 30 of June ending... I didn't see it after 3 days dat should be 3 of July then I start seeing my period.. my period is very lightly and brown.. am very sick and tired and drowsiness and my stomach is paining me like am going to toilet every time.. am feeling Headche my mouth is tasty too bitter

Susana Smith (author) from UK on June 28, 2018:

You are pregnant Mae. Some women don't have much in the way of symptoms at all. You may get more symptoms as the pregnancy progresses and your hormone levels rise.

Susana Smith (author) from UK on June 28, 2018:

Awww bless you Lauren. I'm glad to have helped. Wishing you a speedy conception :)

Mae Cua on June 27, 2018:

Hi, I've missed my period for 6 days. Im just confuse if im pregnant or not. I tried a pregnancy test and the result id Positive but i dont feel any pregnancy symptoms. I need help, thanks.

Ann on June 27, 2018:

Why my period dont come from June 15 2018 I'm feeling period pain 12 days and my period dont come my breast don't feel differently

maldita on June 26, 2018:

hello, can you please help me?? I had sex last may 28, my supposed to be period is on June 13... and now I experienced very light period but I can't tell if it is because it is more brown that color red.. its already on 4rth day now and today is already June 27... I take pregnancy test last June 20 but it turn out negative... what is this?? do you have an Idea?

Olivia on June 26, 2018:

So stopped taking the pill and 4 days later I had protected sex with boyfriend of 7 years. and it was on the last day of my period, and he finished in me. Its only been a few days since we had sex and just wondering if since it was on the last day of my period if I could possible get pregnant, well I know its possible but is it likely.

Nicole williams on June 19, 2018:

I had sex may 23 and it's now June 19 . My last pregnancy test was last Thursday June 14 . I took 5 pregnancy test it was all negative should I been known by now ??? I'm very scare

Hello on June 19, 2018:

I Saw my period 3rd of may and it always last for 4days so on the 6th am through with it so i had sex with my partner on 12th then later on 22nd i had sex again so this month i havent seen my period and 2days date is 19th

Lauren Booth on June 16, 2018:

Thank you so much for taking the time to post this. We are currently trying to conceive and this has, by far, been one of the most helpful articles I have read. You’ve managed to give me so much strength, hope, and positivity during this two week window and I cannot thank you enough.

SHANTA wiggins on June 15, 2018:

If you having pain on the side of your stomach what that mean

hello on June 04, 2018:

i had unprotected sex, and i took a birth control pill. 2 weeks later i started my period. however my tummy feels funny. and i have taken a urine test and it came out negative but i dont know whether i am or i am not

Veronica on June 04, 2018:

I got my period on the 5th of May stoped on the 10th of May and on the sixteenth I used preseed that night and now it's going on the 5 the of June and still no period I normally get it between the first week of the month we have been trying for over two years all my test say neg could I be pregnant

Barbra on May 31, 2018:

I was late on my period and I had unprotected sex when I was meant to be due on and now I am worried I’m pregnant, how long should I wait to do a test ?

Elizabeth on May 26, 2018:

It's a week and few days now that have missed my period,have done blood test and urine test but all are negative,but the day it made a week I supposed to see my period I started having nipples pain,and I repeated the test but it's still negative.. pls what can I do?

Please help me on May 21, 2018:

April 1 i just finished my period after few days I had unprotected sex few days later I felt symphony of pregnancy. Since then I been sending my bf pictures of my stomach kept growing but on 25th of April spots of bleeding came like supposed my period came then my stomach kept growing still had the same symphony of pregnancy all the way now on May 21 same happened spots of bleeding again?.

Susana Smith (author) from UK on May 15, 2018:

Could be. A lot of early pregnancy symptoms are like PMS though. You'll have to see if your period arrives.

Susana Smith (author) from UK on May 15, 2018:

It can take ages after depo provera for your periods to become regular again. Wait and see is the best advice I guess. If you're pregnant you'll most likely have symptoms soon enough.

Susana Smith (author) from UK on May 15, 2018:

Sounds like it's time to take one.

Susana Smith (author) from UK on May 15, 2018:

No. You're least fertile right before your period.

Sherry on May 14, 2018:

I've had most of the symptoms on here but I've also had a tuble 8 years ago but I feel like I'm pregnant can get pregnant

Lizzy on May 14, 2018:

I have not missy my period yet but I have all the symptom of been pregnant could I really be pregnant

Abby on May 13, 2018:

I came off the depo shot in Nov. My last injection was Sept. I hadnt seen my period for months until April. I had drank some cleanse tea by the flat tummy co as a diet routine & ended up seeing my monthly. (Not sure if thats normal? It came down April 7th & didnt end until the 19th of April. I had bern prescribed Provera to stop the bleeding. I havent seen my period since & i took a pregnancy test but it came back negative. Should i be concerned & what should i do next.?

Nikki on May 13, 2018:

I have been having heart burns and I have sex with my bf everynight And my period is like a month late and I been craving food I never craved and my breast is sore to touch and I been getting bigger but I haven't tool a taste yet

Susana Smith (author) from UK on May 09, 2018:

Katie, you need to go to the doctor and explain your symptoms to him or her. They will be able to tell you if you're pregnant or not. If not they can look into other reasons for your symptoms.

Abby on May 08, 2018:

May 1st i had unprotected sex two days after I got my period I had a appointment for birth control if I take it do I still have a chance of being pregnant

Katie on May 02, 2018:

I have not started my period for 6 months but me and my husband had sex on January 28,2018 and I still haven't started my period... but I'm getting bigger and bigger but I don't eat a lot.... I'm tired and get these headaches that Iv never had.... I had tookin 3 pregnet test in 3 weeks... the first one I took it said negative so I left it in our room and I went down there to check it and it said positive.. another week later I did the same thing and it did the samething it did the first one I did... the 3 week I took it again and it did the same thing again.... so I took a different test called blue clear and it said negative but didn't change...and I took another $1 pregnant test and it did negative than the next day it did positive

Susana Smith (author) from UK on May 02, 2018:

Ask your Dr for a blood test to confirm or rule out pregnancy.

Susana Smith (author) from UK on May 02, 2018:

Yep. Sometimes you just know!

Charlene on May 01, 2018:

I had unprotected sex with my partner on Saturday but my body feels so weird, my breasts hurt and I’ve got the same feeling I had when I was pregnant with my daughter. I know it’s too early but you know when you just know.

Claire on May 01, 2018:

Hi, I am nearly 3 weeks late now and I've taken a few hpt and still negative, I've got signs like feeling sick, cramping in my stomach and feeling bloated, need some advise on what to do?

Diana on April 18, 2018:


I had ovulation from 11/04 and i had sex with my husband and i want to know when i have the right to do pregnant test because they have only taken one week now.

Suki on April 17, 2018:

I had unprotected sex on the 8th of march and I'm wondering if I could be pregnant and if so so could I be pregnant

Avon on April 15, 2018:

Hi, I had unprotected six in last January, until April I don't miss my period, but I feel my body was changed, I had lower back pain, I headache, am I had pregnant? Please help me


Stefanie on April 13, 2018:

I feel bloated and I feel like I have to vomit every minute and I am cramping at the bottom of my stomach

Nishika on April 10, 2018:

My periods start on 21 march and i did unprotected sex on 3 april?am i pregnant nw?pls help me

Janaz on April 07, 2018:

Since eight month I became married, in the first four months I dont want to become pregnant but now I want to, we tried and six many times but still mu result is negative, my period is also late last month and this month, What should I do

Elise on April 03, 2018:

I had my copper IUD removed in February, and the period that followed was on time but lighter and shorter than typical. However, I’m 3 days late now with 2 negative test results. We’re TTC so naturally, I’m searching for all the same symptoms as my first pregnancy. My breasts were extremely sore for a week but otherwise I feel fine. Could the removal of my IUD be the culprit here? I would be grateful for your guidance

UK on April 02, 2018:

Please I had my period on the 13th of March and had unprotected sex on the 21st of March and has been experiencing cramps and pains around my naval. Please am I pregnant?

Yvette on March 24, 2018:

I had my normal 5 day period and on the last day had unprotected sex could I get pregnant?

Worried on March 22, 2018:

So I had a period on the first of February it was light and lasted maybe 4 days but then 2 days later I started spotting again until the end of the month . I haven't had any type of period or bleeding at all this month but I have been extra emotional alot of crying an nausea an bad head aches . An my utine is smelling kinda foul. Could I be pregnant?

percy on March 22, 2018:

i had unprotedted sex on 18feb after 4 days of my period and later i hv been experiancing lower abdomen and backpain, bloated and constipation,visible big bumps on my areola.i thought i might be pregnant later endup getting heavy period which was two days late on 11 march 1st two days was heavy and then it stoped on the 3rd day evening till next day noon and started bleeding heavily like never before and on 16march it was only dark brown powdery drops and on 15 march i got my ultrasound and bloodwork done but the result was normal even the home pregnancy test was BFN and after 4days of my period i started having lowerbackpain and genital hurts while intercourse And yellowish mucus like discharge, is there possibility that i might be pregnant?

c on March 22, 2018:

Mrs. Susana,

Thank you so much for this article. I am going through a pregnancy scare and this has been so helpful. I appreciate the research and straight facts, it helped me calm down some before I see the doctor tomorrow to check if I am or not.

Thank you.

Brittneyfrazier on March 21, 2018:

My last period was the 30th of January and in February I didn't have my period but when I wiped it was a light pinkish for about 3/4 days then completely stopped so I waited to see if I would have my period still nothing, it is now the 21st of March and I still haven't had my period I've taken a home pregnancy test on the 17th it came back negative and I'm having the light pinkish when I wipe but only when I wipe. Should I wait to take another pregnancy test or see a Doctor.?

Dee on March 08, 2018:

I am 2months late with a negative home pregnancy test.ive been really tired lately trying to stay up during the day.i made an dr appt already but is there a possibility I may be pregnant.

emily on March 07, 2018:

I had unprotected sex 3 days ago on Sunday the 4th (March) and I feel really different, I feel sick all the time and 2 days after I had a spot of blood when I wiped I want to know if I could be pregnant?

Opeyemi on March 03, 2018:

I saw my last period on the 17 of Jan this year and I expect my period to come Feb it wasn't coming so, i went for pregnancy test and it negative, seriously confused, but I do feel tired, back pain, light headache, heavy weight and fullness in my body.pls way is the way out am seriously confuse. Pls help me.

Jerry on March 03, 2018:

Hey, I need your help actually I wanna know that last night we had sex and we exactly dnt know that whether it happened or not which is required for getting pregnant, and my partner is worried if she will get pregnant, and we dnt want the baby right now!!! So what should we do in the case?? Please reply ASAP

Susana Smith (author) from UK on February 28, 2018:

Usually a test (the type you get from the drugstore) will be able to tell you on the first day that your period is due. Use my method for testing though to increase your chances of getting an accurate result.