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Why Am I Not Getting My Period if Three Pregnancy Tests Came Back Negative?

Published: August 23, 2016
Dear TeenHealthFX,
Alright so this might be too much information but I had sex with this guy at like the beginning of August and we used protection. Two weeks later I was taking a shower and a piece of condom fell out of me. I immediately texted the guy and asked him if he pulled out before he came. He said yes and lube on the condom was spermicide. I was still uneasy about the whole situation so I took a pregnancy test and it came out negative. I still didn't get my period yet so I took two more about a week after that and they still say negative. I'm just confused as to why I'm not getting my period if three tests said negative.
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Dear Why Am I Not Getting My Period if Three Pregnancy Tests Came Back Negative?,

Not to worry – this is definitely not too much information! In fact, the more information you can provide in these kinds of situations the better so that whatever professional you are talking to can make the best assessment of what could be going on.

There are many reasons why someone may skip a period or have a late period besides being pregnant. Diet, over-exercising, stress, and weight loss are some of the things that can cause late or missed periods. In addition, many girls will have irregular periods in the first couple of years after starting their periods.

If you have taken three pregnancy tests since missing your period, and they were not expired and you followed the directions, then FX cannot imagine that you would be pregnant. However, if you continue to be concerned you could always meet with a medical health professional to have the results of the pregnancy test confirmed.

If you continue to have irregular or missed periods, FX would also recommend that you speak to your doctor about this so that you can find out if there are any underlying issues affecting your period that need to be addressed. It would also be helpful for you to discuss birth control methods with your doctor so you do not find yourself in this kind of worrisome situation in the future. Doctors generally recommend that teens and young adults who choose to be sexually active use condoms as well as a back-up method of birth control, such as the pill or birth control shot. Your doctor will be able to discuss with you which methods would be best for you.

If you don't have a doctor and live in northern New Jersey, you can call the Adolescent/Young Adult Center for Health at 973-971-5199 for an appointment with an adolescent medicine specialist or contact your local teen health center or Planned Parenthood. You can also contact your insurance company for a list of in-network providers.

FX would also like to add that it is important that you have the education and information you need to prevent unwanted pregnancies and the transmission of STDs. That said, we recommend that you check out the links in our Resource of the Month, Planned Parenthood Resources on Safer Sex to get information about sexual readiness, how pregnancy happens, birth control, emergency contraception, pregnancy tests, pregnancy options and STDs.

Signed: TeenHealthFX

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