(Closed) My period is late… Trying not to freak out… Should I test?

posted 5 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
9139 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

@O.My.Heart:  If you’re late, you should be able to test, however, a negative won’t mean you’re not pregnant until AF shows herself.

Post # 6
3755 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

It’s understandable to be nervous the first few months after coming off of BC. I remember your thread from last month where you were concerned as well. If you’re really concerned, take a test. If it’s negative, wait for AF to arrive. If she still doesn’t arrive in a few more days, test again. 

Post # 7
2874 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

its impossible to say, cycles can be a bit weird even without birth control thrown into the mix

i mean for example, the month before i got my BFP (we were trying for a baby) AF was 10 days late…and i wasnt pregnant. and thats never happened before. So your best bet is to buy a first response pregnancy test and see what it says

Post # 8
1285 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Short answer, yes, you can test.

Long answer: I think I recall a similar post from you about the same topic last month, you described yourself as neortic about these things. If you aren’t pregnant, you may find the book “Taking control of your fertility” helpful to understanding and predicting your cycle and fertile times. Temping and charting gives a sense of control and possible prediction about fertility that may help relax you. I know that when pregnancy is possible, it is really hard to think about anything else, but what helped me was the insight charting gave me into O, BD timing, physical signs of pregnancy (i.e. temp spikes and CM), and some idea of when I probably wasn’t pregnant.

Best of luck!

Post # 9
1137 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

@O.My.Heart:  I would suggest you start temping and charting. This is the best way to become familiar with your cycles so you don’t freak out every month when you’re late.

When I came off BC, my cycles were all over the place, ranging from 22-60 days for the first 7 months. My Dr recommended I start charting, and the month that I did, I realized that I didn’t even ovulate until CD 26, and so I knew to expect my period about 14 days later.

Well, turns out my temp never dropped after the ovulation spike that month, so on CD 40, I took a test and got a BFP. But at least I was armed with the knowledge of what was happening with my body and my cycles.

Read “Taking Charge of your Fertility” for lots more information.


Post # 10
2815 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Again, you can test now and should have an accurate result.

Coming off birthcontrol can seriously mess with your cycles for months. It’s very possible that’s what is happening.


Good luck!

Post # 12
11747 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@O.My.Heart:  Do a 4 hour old (but don’t chug lots of water to dilute your urine) and you may get a faint line on a FRER.  Good luck!  


Post # 13
11747 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@O.My.Heart:  Also, are you sure your late? If your LMP (based on your previous post) was July 18th, it doesn’t seem like you’d be late for your period already…

Post # 14
7649 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

@MrsWBS:  +1

And let’s say your cycles are 26-28 days at this point, you wouldn’t have gotten your period yet or expect it yet. I don’t think it would hurt to test, but I wouldn’t take it too seriously if it were negative for about anohter week and a half.

Do a 4 hour hold with very limited water and test with a FRER.

Post # 15
3304 posts
Sugar bee

@O.My.Heart:  You could definitely be irregular after coming off of BCP, but knowing you had unprotected dirty dancin time, I would just grab a test for a little peace of mind.

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