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Is A Missed Period A Sure Sign Of Pregnancy?

The most obvious early symptom of pregnancy -- and the one that prompts most women to get a pregnancy test -- is a missed period. That said, not all missed or delayed periods are caused by pregnancy.

Keep in mind that women can experience some bleeding during pregnancy. If you are pregnant, ask your doctor what you should know about bleeding. For example, when is bleeding normal and when is it a sign of an emergency?

There are reasons, besides pregnancy, for missing a period. it might be that you gained or lost too much weight. Hormonal problems, fatigue, or stress are other possibilities. Some women miss their period when they stop taking birth control pills -- but if a period is late and pregnancy is a possibility, you may want to get a pregnancy test.

What to Do If You Miss Your Period

If you miss your period, you should wait at first. Give it a few days to make sure you didn't miscalculate or do something to mix up the dates or that you aren't simply late. Many practitioners at this point, recommend a pregnancy test. You can take a pregnancy test at home or you can go into your doctor or midwife's office. (Though most urine tests are the same.) If it's positive, you have your answer: You missed your period because you were pregnant. If it is negative you may want to wait a bit and try again.

All Comments (9)
  • JoAnn McIver

    JoAnn McIver

    2019-10-27 12:25:27

    I worry so much

  • Belinda Feist

    Belinda Feist

    2019-10-27 12:14:32

    Seeing your doctor or midwife if you are worried is never a bad option.

  • andreza


    2019-10-27 12:37:39

    My period is late for 5 days

  • Maribel Maldonado

    Maribel Maldonado

    2019-10-31 21:55:00

    my period is 5 days late too

  • Louisa


    2019-11-19 10:21:10

    worry so much

  • Yasmin Dorsey

    Yasmin Dorsey

    2019-11-20 01:13:13

    Well I been having my periods or I was spotting and they was in the time when I was supposed have my period but they wasn’t my period so I decided to take a pregnancy test and it came back somewhat positive with one bold line and a faded like so imma take another one Friday maybe my hgc level will be back normal

  • Stephanie Sims

    Stephanie Sims

    2019-11-20 01:18:21

    I am a week and day late on my period I was suppose start november 12 hadn't started I am afraid to test to get my hopes up I am gonna wait until next weekend to test

  • Talissa Wilkerson

    Talissa Wilkerson

    2019-11-20 03:32:02

    i am 11 days late. no period no signs of a period nothing. i do have sex with my spouse almost everyday. but i also just got off birth control nearly 2 months ago... what should i do????

  • Latashi Simms

    Latashi Simms

    2019-11-20 03:46:49

    well im 2months and 3days late

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