I’m 31 years old, never married and no children. I have always been careful regarding birth control. Using birth control and condoms as a backup. But last year I lost my insurance and could no longer afraid the Nuva Ring. Since I’ve been single and sexually inactive for two years now it hasn’t been a concern. Earlier this month though I stupidly made the mistake of sleeping with a man I didn’t know, under the influence and without a condom. I have a regular menstrual cycle and as of today I am two days late.
I have made myself sick with guilt about the incident and how careless I was but NOW even the notion that I may be pregnant has me utterly frantic and panicking (not to mention the risk of STD’s). When I got up this morning and still hadn’t started my period I went to the drug store fast and got a pregnancy test. I was so tense it took me an hour and a half to even physically relax enough to pee.
It was NEGATIVE. I know stress alone can delay a period and I trust that if I was pregnant being two days late now any drug store test would detect it. This is my first EVER pregnancy “scare” and I can’t eat, sleep or think about anything else except getting my period already!
I’m so embarrassed about sleeping with a stranger without protection I can’t dare utter a word to anyone else. How could I have been so stupid : (
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Stress can delay your periods by about 5-10 days. You should have considered taking emergency contraception within 48 hours of unprotected intercourse, if you were not ready for pregnancy. The urine pregnancy tests done very early in pregnancy can show you false negative results as the kits are calibrated ones, so unless the hormone levels in urine reach a certain level, they do not show positive results. Urine pregnancy test kits usually start showing positive results after about 20 days post-conception (roughly corresponding to about 1 week after your missed/altered periods). The test should always be done on early morning first urine sample to get accurate results (pregnancy hormone HCG is believed to be in highest concentration in this sample, and you should avoid lot of fluid intake and caffeinated beverages in the night before taking the test). Look out for development of any other new symptoms if pregnancy is suspected. If periods do not start within 10 days of expected period dates, or if you get abnormal periods, or if you suspect chances of pregnancy, consider visiting your doctor/gynecologist at the earliest for thorough examination (to confirm pregnancy related changes/signs in body) and blood/serum HCG level test (to confirm/rule out pregnancy accurately). You may also consider taking a repeat urine pregnancy test (on an early morning first urine sample) after 7-10 days of missed/altered periods to see if you get positive results, or get it confirmed by a blood HCG test. Be in regular monitoring and follow-up with your treating doctor/gynecologist and report any new/abnormal symptoms immediately. Drink plenty of water. Take adequate rest. Maintain healthy diet.
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