If your period is late after unprotected (or even protected) sex, you may be pregnant. A missed period is usually the first sign of pregnancy, but your monthly cycle can also change due to stress, increased exercise, rapid weight gain or loss, or a hormone imbalance.
Early Pregnancy Symptoms
Do some of these other early pregnancy symptoms sound familiar?
- Swollen, tender breasts
- Nausea, with or without vomiting (morning sickness)
- Increased urination
- Light Spotting
These symptoms could be a sign of another health issue too. Nausea could be a sign of the flu, bloating and cramping could mean you’re getting ready to start your period, and increased urination could be a urinary tract infection.
Are Period Tracker Apps Accurate?
You may be surprised at the inaccuracy if you use a period tracker app to determine your monthly cycle and ovulation. The apps work best if your monthly cycle is a consistent 28 days, but even then, ovulation day varies.
Since sperm can survive up to 5 days in a woman’s body, her fertile time can be over six days, including the actual day of ovulation. It can be difficult to determine the day whether you use an app or not.
Let Us Help You with Your First Steps
If you suspect you may be pregnant or have taken an at-home pregnancy test and are wondering if the results are correct, visit The Center for Women. We will be happy to help you with your immediate needs like the following:
- A caring, listening ear
- Free and confidential pregnancy testing
- Initial medical appointment, including a limited ultrasound
- Referrals for medical care
- Discussion of your pregnancy options
We’re Here for You
Our trained peer advocates can answer your questions and help you sort through your options. At this time, you need someone to talk to who won’t judge or lecture you. Trust the concerned team at The Center for Women.