Condom Broke: Could I Be Pregnant?

My partner and I had intercourse four days after my period, and the condom broke. I had a negative pregnancy test at the doctor's office but I've missed two periods since. Could my first test be wrong -- or is my mind playing games with me?

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If your cycles are about 28 to 30 days apart, and intercourse occurred four days after your period ended (figuring about four to six days for an average menses), it sounds like you had sex on day eight to day 10 of your cycle. This is pretty early for ovulation to occur -- but it is possible. Considering that the sperm live for about three days, you may well have been at risk for pregnancy.

With the condom breaking, of course, the risk would be quite high. If the test was done too early, before you could have been two or more weeks along, it may well have been a false negative.

If your periods are usually regular and it is unusual for you to go so long between periods, I would suspect pregnancy. It would be a very good idea to see your care provider for another test and an exam. At that time, if you are pregnant, they could give you some guidance about what to do next. If you are not pregnant, you may want to consider a better method of birth control for you and your partner.

I wish you the best.

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