|Am I Pregnant? Quiz|
If you are having pregnancy symptoms, you may find yourself beginning to wonder am I pregnant? You may be asking yourself:
- Am I pregnant?
- Did my birth control fail?
- When should I have gotten my period?
- How late am I?
- OMG – what am I going to do?
- Do I tell anybody?
- If I am pregnant, do I want to keep the baby? Put it up for adoption? Terminate the pregnancy?
- Am I ready to be a mother?
- Should I go to a pregnancy (crisis) resource center?
- How can I know if I am pregnant?
- What should I do next?
With these types of thoughts, you can drive yourself crazy. Thinking that you may possibly be pregnant when you are not expecting to be can be overwhelming and stressful. You may want to know right away but have to wait a certain amount of days until you can take a pregnancy test to confirm one way or the other.
To make the situation even more nerve-wracking, your hormones can be interfering with what is actually going on. Sometimes, just by being anxious or stressed out can cause your period to be late. So, stressing yourself out by wondering if your pregnant can actually be self-defeating... meaning, your period may simply be late because you are worried and may have nothing to do with you being pregnant.
That being said, before you begin to entertain the idea that your birth control may have failed and that you could possibly be pregnant, you should first try to confirm your actual pregnancy status. The easiest and most dependable way to determine if birth control failure has occurred and that you are, in fact, pregnant is to take a home pregnancy test. It's also helpful to determine if your period is actually late. Generally speaking, the following is a good rule of thumb in figuring out if your period is late: a period is typically defined as being late if it is five or more days overdue based on your usual period patterns (so if it has been five days past the day you expected your period should have started).
If you are wondering if you should just take a pregnancy test now, consider the following: pregnancy tests work by confirming the presence of the human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) hormone. The hCG hormone is not secreted until a fertilized egg has implanted into the uterine wall. Implantation is predicted to take place anywhere from 7 to 14 days from the date you had sexual intercourse (or around 6 to 9 days from the day you ovulated). This is important to understand because if you take a home pregnancy test too soon, you my not receive an accurate result -- the test may indicate that you are not pregnant (even though you actually are, but you had just taken the test too early for it to detect the hCG hormone). So, if you want to obtain a reliable pregnancy test result, it is best to wait 10-14 days after your last act of sexual intercourse or once your period is at least 7 days late.
*DISCLAIMER* The following quiz is designed to help you gain a greater sense of how likely you are to be pregnant based on common pregnancy signs and symptoms. This quiz is meant as a way to give you more perspective and insight into your situation. While it can't tell you for sure that your contraceptive failed (and you are pregnant), it can let you know the probability of a pregnancy based on your pregnancy symptoms. The results of this Am I Pregnant quiz should not take the place of an actual pregnancy test or visit to your doctor.
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