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I Missed a Period – Now What?

When you’ve missed a period, it’s completely normal to be concerned. A missed period can mean a number of things, whether it’s that something is wrong, your body is adjusting, or pregnancy. A missed period can also be a source of anxiety, so it’s better for you to learn sooner rather than later what might be causing it.

Consider what might have caused it

It’s important to know that there are a number of factors that could cause a missed period – not just pregnancy. Understand the different reasons you might miss a period and consider which of them might apply to you. If you suspect a health issue, schedule an appointment with your doctor so you can get to the bottom of it.

Take a pregnancy test

It’s a good idea to take a pregnancy test following a missed period, but not before then. Taking a pregnancy test too early increases the chance of resulting in a false negative. We know that wondering whether you’re pregnant can be overwhelming, especially if it’s not part of your plan. Taking the test after you’ve missed a period will, at the very least, help you narrow down what might be causing it if the test comes up negative. If it is negative and your period still doesn’t come, it’s probably time to schedule an appointment with your doctor or your local pregnancy center.

Understand that you aren’t alone

We know an unexpected pregnancy can be scary and difficult to consider, but you won’t be alone through it. Whether you have friends and family around you, or you come to Palm Beach Women’s Clinic for services and support, there are many people who care for your well-being. It’s okay to be afraid, as long as you don’t feel like you have to make a decision because of that fear.

Know the resources that are available to you

If your test is positive, it’s okay to be a little scared. Even those who have planned their pregnancies can feel anxiety about them. You should know that there are a number of resources available to you, like no-cost ultrasounds and STD testing, as well as emotional support.

Consider your options

Once you know all the proper information about your health and have the support to back you up, you can start considering which of the options is right for you. We’re here to provide you with all the information you need, answer questions, and support you, but it’s your decision alone to make.

Make a decision

No matter what choice you make, it will affect your life. We don’t say this to scare you, but to ensure that you don’t make the decision lightly – and that you don’t make one just to please someone else. Your decision should be based on the facts and knowing how each option would work for you, which we can talk you through if you’d like.

If you’ve recently missed a period, we know how you feel. Whether you suspect pregnancy or something else, it can be overwhelming and scary to consider what might be happening to your body. Palm Beach Women’s Clinic offers a number of no-cost services to help you understand whether you’re pregnant. Schedule an appointment for free resources and support today.

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