Post # 1
I’m panicking a little! I have been off the pill since early Oct. I have had 2 normal periods, 28 day cycles. My cycle was very normal right off of the pill. I am now on day 4 after my expected period. I took a HPT yesterday (midday, not first pee) with a negative result. Today, I was kind of thinking I would get my period, but I haven’t yet.
The only symptom I have is low-grade cramping in my lower abdomen, which feels like normal PMS cramps to me.
Could I be late due to holiday stress? Or am I pregnant? Husband and I only hit my FW with one session last month, so I would be shook… any recommendations? My plan is to take another test tomorrow (Happy New Year!) and take it easy on the booze tonight at NYE party.
Post # 2
I’m a week late with three negative HTPs. So frustrating. I hope you get an answer soon!
Post # 3
msmeow85 : if a pregnancy is causing your period to be late, a pregnancy test should be positive by now, especially at 4 days late.
You could have ovulated late, or you really could be late due to stress.
Post # 4
I would assume your period is just late. I was once over a week late due to being sick and almost two weeks late once due to stress. I wouldn’t be too worried if I were you.
Post # 5
Sansa85 : So…probably not pregnant? I’m a little shaken if I am just because this was our first cycle earnestly trying and we didn’t do the recommended every other day sex. It just seems like it would be too quick. But the test was very clearly negative. But I’ve read false negatives happen sometimes.
Post # 6
msmeow85 : those negatives happen very early, before your missed period
If pregnancy hormones are causing you to miss your period, they would be strong enough to show up on a pregnancy test
Post # 7
Are you chartingy/do you know when you ovulated? Just because you’ve had two 28 day cycles before doesn’t mean this one will be 28 days, especially if you’ve been stressed prior to ovulation. So if you ovulated on day 20 you still wouldn’t be late yet, and you may be pregnant or you may not. Charting has the added benefit of then knowing exactly when to time trying for optimum results.
Post # 8
Even someone with regular cycles can have an occasional longer than usual cycle here and there. Unless you’re charting, you can’t know if your period is truly late, or if you just ovulated later in your cycle than you usually do.
Post # 9
I was about 5 days late with stark negative pregnancy tests and no period. I am fairly regular too so it was weird.
Turns out I was pregnant and had ovulated much later than usual. My first positive test was SUPER faint… like a super squinter but I am currently 22 weeks with a baby boy on the way.
Until you get your period, don’t count yourself out.
Post # 10
I’ve been off BC for about 6 months now and while my periods have generally been quite regular (25 day cycle after the first month), last month I randomly had a 30 day cycle. I didn’t think it was likely I was pregnant (we’re using condoms) so I decided to wait it out and that I would test if I was more than 5 days late, but then I got my period on CD30. All that to say, I think some fluctuation is probably normal, especially within the early months of being hormone-free.
Post # 11
ukbea : I haven’t been charting. I know a lot of TTC’ers do that, but for us we’re just going at it a bit more casually. I do understand the benefits thereof of course. There’s always a chance I ovulated late as others have mentioned.
My plan is to test again tomorrow and every other day until AF or BFP.
Post # 12
Whether you get pregnant or not this cycle, you ovulated later than normal. This is very common, even for people with regular cycles. Either your period will arrive in the coming days, or it won’t and you’ll get a BFP. But you haven’t missed your period yet – if you had missed it (i.e., if it was “late” due to pregnancy), you’d have a blazing positive on a pregnancy test now.
Post # 13
How did you know when you were in your FW? Were you using an app (extremely inaccurate)? I’m guessing you just ovulated later. My advice is to not go by an app to determine the best days and to get some opks or learn how to read your CM.
Charting is annoying so I’d use that as a last resort.
Post # 14
Update: I’m on day 6 and still no Aunt Flo. I took another test yesterday, and another BFN. Low-grade uterine-area cramping continues.
My best friend’s mother is an OB nurse and her advice yesterday was to wait another week before scheduling an appointment with my OBGYN if nothing changes – i.e. AF doesn’t arrive and test still negative. (If test is positive I would schedule an appointment anyway of course.)
To the bees asking how I knew my FW – I’m just using my Fitbit app. Yes, woefully inaccurate I’m sure but we’re more on the NTNP side of things, where if it happens it happens. I wasn’t going to begin charting, temping, or buying OPKs right away. I wasn’t even going to have “extra” intercourse, just normal frequency which is about once a week, each week, so even if we missed our FW by a whole week, we had unprotected sex the following week as well.
Post # 15
Hey there! So this happened to me last cycle – I got off the pill in July, had 3 regular cycles (29, 31, 30 days), then… nothing. My fourth cycle after coming off the pill ended up being 75 DAYS LONG! It was so confusing, and I took approximately 1 million pregnancy tests (all negative) before finally going to the doctor. The doctor gave me a blood pregnancy test (negative) and then ran some hormone blood tests, all of which came back normal. She told me it’s pretty common for women’s cycles to get screwed up for 6 months after coming off the pill, and that is likely what was going on with me.
I’m now in my 5th cycle since coming off the pill, and APPEAR to have ovulated at the normal time… So I’m hoping it was just a one cycle fluke.
Your experience sounds exactly like mine, so I just wanted to share! Good luck!