Info For Teens
Ask the Experts
So, my period was 13 days late and I just got it today, should I still take a pregnancy test? If so, should I wait until I’m off my period or is it ok to take it while I’m still on it?
Late periods can be stressful, but try to chill out: getting your period is a sign that you’re not pregnant. Periods can be late for all kinds of reasons, like weight changes, increase in exercise, hormones, and stress. It’s also really common for periods to change in timing and flow during the first few years of your menstrual cycle, while your body develops and settles into a pattern. This is probably what’s causing your period to be tardy for the party.
It is possible to be pregnant and have light bleeding that seems kind of like a period, but it’s not the same as a period. If you really feel like something is wrong, check with your doctor or a Planned Parenthood health center. And yes, you can take a pregnancy test even if you’re having bleeding. If taking a pregnancy test will ease your mind, go for it – they’re usually about $15 at the drug store.
Since you asked about pregnancy, I’m guessing it’s because you’re having vaginal sex. It’s great that you’re thinking about the possible consequences of sex, like unplanned pregnancy. You should think about using a good method of birth control so you don’t have to worry in the future. And remember that it’s also important to protect against STDs too, by using condoms and getting tested.