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I've missed a period and believe I am missing my second one. Am I pregnant, or could this something else?

My last period was due about August 20th. I did not get that one, nor have I had another period since. In regards to sexual activity, my last sexual contact was about the middle of July. It was protected and we did not "finish."

I have taken several pregnancy tests over the past few weeks and they have all turned out negative.

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replied September 29th, 2011
Menstruation Answer A27253
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The most common cause for missed periods (when you are sexually active) is attributed to pregnancy. It is difficult to comment on your pregnancy status without examining you (to confirm pregnancy related changes/signs in body).
Sometimes the urine pregnancy tests can keep showing you false negative results during early pregnancy. The urine pregnancy test 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 a week after your missed periods). If you suspect chances of pregnancy, you should consider visiting your doctor/gynecologist for thorough examination (to confirm pregnancy related changes/signs in body) and blood/serum HCG level test (to confirm/rule out pregnancy accurately).
If pregnancy gets ruled out, your doctor/gynecologist will proceed with further evaluation to rule out chances of secondary amenorrhea, PCOD, ovarian cysts, thyroid hormone dysfunction etc as being the underlying cause for your absent periods. Treatment as appropriate would be started to help you get back your periods and regulate them (based on examination findings and investigation results). Take adequate rest. Drink plenty of water. Maintain healthy diet. Be in regular monitoring and follow-up with your treating doctor/gynecologist and report any unusual/new symptoms immediately.
Take care.

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