Pregnancy

10 Thoughts I Had During My Week-Long Pregnancy Scare

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When my period was a few days late, I noticed right away and immediately went into pregnancy scare mode. Normally it showed up like clockwork after years on The Pill. In fact, it was so regular that all of my female friends synced up to me, so that the last week of every month we all menstruated collectively. I was the anchor period. So when I was a few days late, I felt uneasy immediately. At first I made excuses and flattered myself by pretending I had just been working out too much, but at the week mark, I decided to take a test. Luckily, I had a Costco pack of pregnancy tests under my sink (purchased after my first pregnancy scare in high school when I left school at lunch to buy and take a test in CVS—I figured from then on I’d just rather be prepared). I peed on the test and tried to distract myself during the longest two minutes of my life. After two minutes, I checked the test. It said positive. I took another. FUCK.

I immediately called my doctor and set up a blood test for that afternoon. As the phlebotomist started taking my blood, she brightly asked

“Are you hoping to be pregnant?” I passed out before I could answer. It was a Thursday afternoon, and the following Monday was a holiday, so I was told that I’d get my results on Tuesday. TUESDAY. That’s five days of agonizing questions, fear, and waiting.

At this point in my life, I was an underemployed freelance graphic designer barely making rent and dodging calls from my student loan collectors. I wasn’t ready to have a child nor was I prepared to support one.

So I spent five days agonizing over how to handle it, bouncing back and forth between the following 10 thoughts during my pregnancy scare:

1. Maybe I will keep it.

I like kids (if they are adorable or say funny and insightful things), and I want to make a few of my own demon spawn one day. I figured this might be my chance to be a hip cool young mom who didn’t say things like “Email your sister’s phone and ask her what kind of ipod bumper she wants,” by which my own mother meant to say “Text your sister about a new case for her laptop.” I struggle a lot with trying to figure out where/when children will fit in with my grand life plans, and I figured maybe an unplanned pregnancy would make the decision for me.

2. Should I have an abortion?

I’m so pro-choice that I’ve been known to say “I love abortion” in normal conversation. When I had my first pregnancy scare as a terrified-as-shit seventeen-year-old, I didn’t even consider any options besides an abortion. I didn’t want to be pregnant, and I could make it so. In all the back and forth crazed thoughts, having an abortion seemed like the most reasonable thinghttps://www.plannedparenthood.org/learn/abortion to do.

3. Is my boyfriend a person I want to have babies with?

My boyfriend and possible impregnator, Jordan Catalano, and I had at that point been together for about six years, and I was and am basically completely obsessed with him both in a love and sex type of way. Facing the very real possibility of starting a family together in nine months was terrifying, but also had the side benefit of confirming that he is the dude I want to do that with. He was supportive, calm, and communicative during the entire waiting period. If I was going to have an unplanned pregnancy, he was the guy to put it in me.

4. Could I be nurturing?

For a 20-something who makes her living as a writer, I sort of have my life in order. I own four different bras and I cook dinner most nights a week, with enough leftovers to take to work the next day. I like caring about people. But our windows don’t have screens and I love alcohol. Who do I even talk to about getting screens?

5. WE WILL HAVE TO MOVE TO THE SUBURBS

I don’t know if you know, but kids are expensive as shit and I really wanted to save up for a fifth bra. Given my state of employment at the time, I couldn’t imagine supporting a kid. My boyfriend and I would have to move to Chino (a shitty suburb near where he used to work) so we could save money on gas and rent and provide for a child on our anemic salaries. There would be no money for childcare. We would live in the Inland Empire and probably do meth – so yeah, I hope this is just a pregnancy scare.

6. Stop googling abortion stories.

You might find yourself in an internet black hole of awful anti-choice propaganda, spewing stories of women’s lives ruined by their abortions which even though you know is bullshit is very difficult to take in when you’re considering an abortion yourself.

7. We are not getting married.

I’ve never, ever felt like marriage has to come before babies in any capacity, and that a pregnancy means you have to quickly get yourself down an aisle. My family might clutch their pearls, but I don’t even know if I ever want to get married. Screw you and your potential judgement of my imaginary future family.

8. How will we support it?

Must I turn tricks? My tits are 8s and my ass is a 10 but I won’t do any butt or foot stuff.

9. What would this do to our relationship if we kept it?

Even though I had decided that my boyfriend is exactly the person I want to make some people with, I wasn’t ready for our screwball romance to end. We already have to talk about the electric bill and once he had to go out and buy me tampons, so I’m really hanging onto the magic by a thread as it is.

10. HOW COULD THIS HAPPEN? We had been so careful (sort of).

Perhaps we had gotten a bit too comfortable with our birth control routine, given that I was on The Pill and after years of doing it to each other we had never had a problem. I scanned my brain for every time we had done it without a condom in the last month and mentally tore myself apart. Guess who now has a box of condoms from Costco in her nightstand? This guy. I bought it from the same Costco where I had bought all those pregnancy tests.

 

When Tuesday rolled around, I ignored all of my clients and waited by the phone thanks to this pregnancy scare. By 3pm, I was jumping out of my skin and called the doctor’s office, who had forgotten to call me. Fantastic. It turned out that I was not pregnant. It was wildly anticlimactic since I had spent five days completely reevaluating my life and trying to decide what I would do, and then BOP I wasn’t pregnant. Thank you, universe.

Agonizing over having to make hard decisions is a lot easier than actually having to make those decisions, and I felt lucky that I had the luxury of going back to my irresponsible, selfish life. Hopefully the next time I take a pregnancy test I’ll be hoping for a different result, but I’m gratified to know I’ve got a good partner either way, and I now feel unexpectedly excited to try and make some kids with him. As it turns out, true love might be saying “I wouldn’t mind if you knocked me up.”

(originally published on Nov 1, 2013)

136 Comments

  1. Alexis Rhiannon

    November 1, 2013 at 10:05 am

    Pregnancy tests expire! This is a real thing that I learned! DO NOT BE FOOLED IT WILL RUIN YOUR WHOLE WEEK. Slash life.

    • Eve Vawter

      November 1, 2013 at 10:12 am

      she bought herself some jankyass expired Costco tests!

    • CMJ

      November 1, 2013 at 10:15 am

      True Story: In college, my mom and I were at Costco and I walked off and came back with one of the most massive packages of pregnancy tests ever and just put it in the cart. Mom was not pleased.

    • Amber Starr

      November 2, 2013 at 1:04 pm

      “Jankyass”? Great, now I’ve got coffee up my nose and I do believe that I just fell in love with you.

    • Amber Starr

      November 2, 2013 at 1:04 pm

      “Jankyass”? Great, now I’ve got coffee up my nose and I do believe that I just fell in love with you.

    • meteor_echo

      November 1, 2013 at 11:48 am

      Yup. And they can show false positives because of that (though it’s rare). Sometimes the expired tests sabotage shit and show false negatives though… don’t know what’s worse.

    • ChillMama

      November 1, 2013 at 2:40 pm

      I vote false negatives. Because then you go on along your happy way drinking copious amounts of wine until….crap! And then you think “Holy shit I am the worst mother ever and my baby isn’t even the size of a walnut yet!” I mean, uh, allegedly. Not that I have ever done that. 🙂

    • ChillMama

      November 1, 2013 at 2:40 pm

      I vote false negatives. Because then you go on along your happy way drinking copious amounts of wine until….crap! And then you think “Holy shit I am the worst mother ever and my baby isn’t even the size of a walnut yet!” I mean, uh, allegedly. Not that I have ever done that. 🙂

    • That_Darn_Kat

      November 4, 2013 at 10:20 am

      Oh god, I know what you mean. With my first, I tested when I was about 4 weeks along, and it came back negative. I was young and a partier, so for the next two weeks, I was guzzling rum and smoking up a storm. When I tested again, due to the period still being a no-show, and it came back positive, I freaked the f out. I remember crying in the doctors office about all the drinking and smoking I had done. SMH

    • That_Darn_Kat

      November 4, 2013 at 10:20 am

      Oh god, I know what you mean. With my first, I tested when I was about 4 weeks along, and it came back negative. I was young and a partier, so for the next two weeks, I was guzzling rum and smoking up a storm. When I tested again, due to the period still being a no-show, and it came back positive, I freaked the f out. I remember crying in the doctors office about all the drinking and smoking I had done. SMH

  2. alice

    November 1, 2013 at 10:09 am

    Wait, people on the pill still use condoms sometimes??? Mind = Blown

    [edit: i was thinking about LTRs and marrieds; don’t come at me with your disease talk!]

    • Eve Vawter

      November 1, 2013 at 10:19 am

      I’m gonna come at you HARD with disease talk. (I’m not but I do like the idea of doing that. Let’s have VD fights, I get to be on team herpes)

    • Polyamorous Mom

      November 1, 2013 at 10:22 am

      I recently got terrified someone might have VD….then realized I’d cut him while wearing a silver ring on my index finger. oops. at least abrasions are better than VD

    • Polyamorous Mom

      November 1, 2013 at 10:22 am

      I recently got terrified someone might have VD….then realized I’d cut him while wearing a silver ring on my index finger. oops. at least abrasions are better than VD

    • CMJ

      November 1, 2013 at 10:34 am

      VD!

    • CMJ

      November 1, 2013 at 10:34 am

      VD!

    • alice

      November 1, 2013 at 10:35 am

      i will take the pubic louse. just for the sheer hilarity/horror of it.

    • Eve Vawter

      November 1, 2013 at 10:46 am

      It’s ON mama. My team herpes will.. idk, cold sore your public lice any day

    • meteor_echo

      November 1, 2013 at 11:50 am

      Team syphilis here.
      *puts the Mortal Combat track on full blast*

    • Amber Starr

      November 2, 2013 at 1:08 pm

      “Finish him!”

    • LJ

      November 1, 2013 at 2:06 pm

      aaaaaaand you can add adorable stuffed diseases to your talks!

      http://www.giantmicrobes.com/us/skin1/images/doll/venereals.jpg

    • LJ

      November 1, 2013 at 2:06 pm

      aaaaaaand you can add adorable stuffed diseases to your talks!

      http://www.giantmicrobes.com/us/skin1/images/doll/venereals.jpg

    • LJ

      November 1, 2013 at 2:06 pm

      aaaaaaand you can add adorable stuffed diseases to your talks!

      http://www.giantmicrobes.com/us/skin1/images/doll/venereals.jpg

    • Shelly Lloyd

      November 1, 2013 at 2:14 pm

      Herpes looks so cute, like a bright little sun!

    • Amber Starr

      November 2, 2013 at 1:07 pm

      An itchy, bumpy sun…. Oh god….

    • Eve Vawter

      November 1, 2013 at 2:56 pm

      I think we need to make this a video game or like a Dungeons and dragons thing and make money off it

    • LJ

      November 1, 2013 at 3:03 pm

      Or one of those “choose your own ending” books. You have to navigate a college student through 4 years of college life without contracting stds. “T.J. seems really nice and promises he’s been tested and everything is good to go! No condom needed!” (Flip to page 7 if you choose to use a condom anyway!)
      (If not! Flip to the end of the book you got VD)

    • Eve Vawter

      November 1, 2013 at 3:06 pm

      I think we just got rich BOOM

    • NotTakenNotAvailable

      November 1, 2013 at 3:34 pm

      Can I write it?!? Or at least do crappy illustrations?!?

    • Eve Vawter

      November 2, 2013 at 9:34 am

      YES!

    • NotTakenNotAvailable

      November 3, 2013 at 11:39 pm

      😀

    • meteor_echo

      November 1, 2013 at 3:45 pm

      One of those things is not like the others XD

    • Alanna Jorgensen

      November 1, 2013 at 4:57 pm

      Syphilis is my favorite!

    • Amber Starr

      November 2, 2013 at 1:07 pm

      AWWWWWWWWWWWW! I WANNA SNUGGLE THE HERPES!

    • Janet

      November 1, 2013 at 6:04 pm

      Come at us! Team Herpes NEVER goes away! HA!

    • Janet

      November 1, 2013 at 6:04 pm

      Come at us! Team Herpes NEVER goes away! HA!

    • Amber Starr

      November 2, 2013 at 1:06 pm

      *Paints face and waves banners* HERPES! HERPES! HERPES!

      Wait, that shit is terrible…

      *Changes paint and gets a new flag* HERE WE GO CRABS! HERE WE GO! *CLAP CLAP*

    • Amber Starr

      November 2, 2013 at 1:06 pm

      *Paints face and waves banners* HERPES! HERPES! HERPES!

      Wait, that shit is terrible…

      *Changes paint and gets a new flag* HERE WE GO CRABS! HERE WE GO! *CLAP CLAP*

    • Amber Starr

      November 2, 2013 at 1:06 pm

      *Paints face and waves banners* HERPES! HERPES! HERPES!

      Wait, that shit is terrible…

      *Changes paint and gets a new flag* HERE WE GO CRABS! HERE WE GO! *CLAP CLAP*

    • NotTakenNotAvailable

      November 3, 2013 at 11:40 pm

      *CLAP CLAP*…heh heh heh!

    • Benwhoski

      November 1, 2013 at 10:22 am

      When you really, really, really don’t want to get pregnant, multiple forms of protection are a good thing 🙂

    • Aldonza

      November 1, 2013 at 11:07 am

      I had a girlfriend who used to be so paranoid she made her then boyfriend (now husband) use condoms and spermicide and she was on the pill. She has since mellowed.

    • bl

      November 1, 2013 at 11:06 am

      My pill’s energy is apparently all used up controlling my epic periods, so it checks out on the whole ” preventing ovulation” thing. :/ condoms every time.

      (Note. Medically speaking, I’m sure the reason is more involved than “tired pill.”)

    • bl

      November 1, 2013 at 11:06 am

      My pill’s energy is apparently all used up controlling my epic periods, so it checks out on the whole ” preventing ovulation” thing. :/ condoms every time.

      (Note. Medically speaking, I’m sure the reason is more involved than “tired pill.”)

    • jendra_berri

      November 1, 2013 at 2:41 pm

      …I have my husband use one because then he’s the one dealing with the mess ^_^;;

    • nikki753

      November 1, 2013 at 2:45 pm

      We always did pill + something else. When you add in a margin for error on each… Eh… and before we started doubling up, my now husband would tend to launch into, “Have you been taking your pill? On time?? Every day???” About two minutes after action. Which was a real buzzkill.

      To be fair, though, taking it on time every single day through traveling across time zones, changes to the usual schedule, etc. can be pretty tough. Oh, alarm on my phone is going off for my 7:30 am Pacific pill time… when I’m in the middle of a meeting on the East Coast? Okay, I’m sure I’ll remember to take it when this meeting is over. Riiight. (I did always mention it before there was an issue if I took it late.)

    • AugustW

      November 3, 2013 at 8:03 pm

      I’m a big fan of Implanon.

    • SparksinKY

      November 5, 2013 at 4:25 pm

      Ugh the future husband does that to me alll the time and freaks out if I’m an hour late. Here’s to my stupid-ass religious insurance finally paying for me to have an IUD in 2014!!

    • SparksinKY

      November 5, 2013 at 4:25 pm

      Ugh the future husband does that to me alll the time and freaks out if I’m an hour late. Here’s to my stupid-ass religious insurance finally paying for me to have an IUD in 2014!!

    • NotTakenNotAvailable

      November 1, 2013 at 3:34 pm

      Condoms come in lubricated form, which is really helpful if you have, err, less effective plumbing. :/

    • Meg

      November 2, 2013 at 3:26 pm

      My husband and I used Pill + condoms for 9 years (dated for 7 then married for 2) until we decided to start trying in August. One month later and *BOOM* we’re pregnant! Probably a good idea we doubled up because obviously we’re crazy fertile.

    • Meg

      November 2, 2013 at 3:26 pm

      My husband and I used Pill + condoms for 9 years (dated for 7 then married for 2) until we decided to start trying in August. One month later and *BOOM* we’re pregnant! Probably a good idea we doubled up because obviously we’re crazy fertile.

    • wally

      November 7, 2013 at 4:13 am

      Both of you are pregnant?

    • AugustW

      November 3, 2013 at 8:01 pm

      I used to call my daughter my little statistical anomaly. Birth control and condoms couldn’t stop her.

    • AugustW

      November 3, 2013 at 8:01 pm

      I used to call my daughter my little statistical anomaly. Birth control and condoms couldn’t stop her.

  3. CaitlinCorsetti

    November 1, 2013 at 10:14 am

    Been there girlfriend. And guess who saw someone she knew while buying said pregnancy test at 17? This one. Rumors are fun!

  4. Laurengoesto11

    November 1, 2013 at 10:14 am

    I have nothing really witty to say: I just wanted to let the author know I really enjoyed this piece. It was well written, funny, and completely true… I’ve been through a similar situation. I hope to see more of her here.

  5. Frances Locke

    November 1, 2013 at 10:15 am

    I think we should start a 5th bra collection for Julia.

    • Polyamorous Mom

      November 1, 2013 at 10:21 am

      im still working up to a fourth

    • Alex Lee

      November 1, 2013 at 10:49 am

      not just a collection. She can write an entire motion-picture about “The Fifth Bra”

      IN A WORLD full of uncertainty and chaos, one single woman stood tall, proud, and confident for four days of the week. THEN, one day, that world was shattered. (zoom in on pee-stick, fade to black).

      The film can climax with our heroine raising the bra in victory atop Mount Saint Helens whilst astride a bison. A Costco burns in the distance. Hoping Tina Fey is available.

    • Alex Lee

      November 1, 2013 at 10:49 am

      not just a collection. She can write an entire motion-picture about “The Fifth Bra”

      IN A WORLD full of uncertainty and chaos, one single woman stood tall, proud, and confident for four days of the week. THEN, one day, that world was shattered. (zoom in on pee-stick, fade to black).

      The film can climax with our heroine raising the bra in victory atop Mount Saint Helens whilst astride a bison. A Costco burns in the distance. Hoping Tina Fey is available.

    • Eve Vawter

      November 1, 2013 at 10:53 am

      This is basically the same spiel we had worked up to get her on the cover of Girls ‘N Corpses

    • Frances Locke

      November 1, 2013 at 10:53 am

      IN A WORLD where chicks can be girls AND corpses….

    • Julia Sonenshein

      November 1, 2013 at 11:06 am

      All of my dreams are coming true!

    • Frances Locke

      November 1, 2013 at 10:53 am

      Someone needs to make a Kicstarter for this STAT. If I don’t see this film in my lifetime my whole existence will have been wasted.

    • CMJ

      November 1, 2013 at 10:54 am

      I have an editor on hand and available.

    • scooby23

      November 3, 2013 at 11:31 am

      Don’t forget the tie-in auto-biography, The 5th Bra: My Tale of Not Enough Brassieres, Pee on a Stick, and Costco. It shall win Pullitzer
      Prize and have and Oprah’s Book Club seal of approval smack on the front cover. And the movie-inspired series, “Finally, a Fifth Bra!” which will tell the story of a 20-something just trying to fit in with the help of her magical 5th bra named Veronica. Veronica (but you can call her Ronnie) is a sarcastic yet loving pink bra who guides Julia through life, one strap at a time.

    • Emmali Lucia

      November 1, 2013 at 12:58 pm

      You’re killing me, smalls.

    • Emmali Lucia

      November 1, 2013 at 12:58 pm

      You’re killing me, smalls.

    • Emmali Lucia

      November 1, 2013 at 12:58 pm

      You’re killing me, smalls.

    • FF4life

      November 2, 2013 at 5:06 am

      She’s not allowed to get a fifth bra until I get ONE bra that fits correctly. It’s not fair… Bra equality for all.

  6. CMJ

    November 1, 2013 at 10:23 am

    Love this!

    Pregnancy scare-jacking: When my husband and I first started dating for some reason…he was CONVINCED I was pregnant (I’m generally an anxious/nervous person about all things pregnancy and period related so I don’t know why this time was any different). We went to see “Knocked Up” in the theaters and to this day he can’t watch that movie (and doesn’t think its funny) because all he can remember was how he was so sure I was pregnant and had all the feels.

  7. Bethany Ramos

    November 1, 2013 at 10:23 am

    I love your writing style – sooo hilarious! Sidenote, I have just been rewatching the OC (lame, I know), and is that the same shitty Chino you’re referring to? 😉

  8. Bethany Ramos

    November 1, 2013 at 10:23 am

    I love your writing style – sooo hilarious! Sidenote, I have just been rewatching the OC (lame, I know), and is that the same shitty Chino you’re referring to? 😉

    • Julia Sonenshein

      November 1, 2013 at 11:07 am

      Thank you so much! And yes, that is the EXACT Chino I’m talking about. OC 4ever.

    • Julia Sonenshein

      November 1, 2013 at 11:07 am

      Thank you so much! And yes, that is the EXACT Chino I’m talking about. OC 4ever.

  9. StealthGent

    November 1, 2013 at 10:29 am

    First off: Great piece!

    And Egads. I still have genuine PTSD symptoms from my pregnancy scare/five day pregnancy, and I never, ever want to go through that or see anyone else go through that again.

  10. KaeTay

    November 1, 2013 at 11:46 am

    • CMJ

      November 1, 2013 at 12:08 pm

      ? Are you spamming us?

  11. BubbleyToes

    November 1, 2013 at 11:50 am

    Awesome article! I think we have all been through a pregnancy scare of some kind and it really does force you to think about all kinds of things. I also understand that feeling of “oh..ok…well it wouldn’t have been super bad…” after being told you are indeed NOT pregnant, even though that’s what you wanted to hear! It’s great to know you have a supportive partner and times like these really show you who is supportive and who isn’t!

  12. Elisa Probert

    November 1, 2013 at 11:57 am

    I went through a similar experience last year. We’d just gotten married, I wasn’t sure I wanted any kids, and then woops, no period for almost two months. No positive tests, though, just a lot of weirdness going on with my body that I am not used to. By the time the doctor’s test results came back, I’d almost talked myself into wanting a hypothetical baby. Felt almost sad when it wasn’t so.

    Now I’m taking a wait and see approach. If I DO get pregnant, great, I’ll have a baby! If not, well, then I won’t. It won’t destroy me not to, unlike some women who desperately want to and can’t. Pregnancy scares make me feel bad for those ladies…it’s like, I’d send you my (nonexistent) pregnancy if I could!

  13. Elisa Probert

    November 1, 2013 at 11:57 am

    I went through a similar experience last year. We’d just gotten married, I wasn’t sure I wanted any kids, and then woops, no period for almost two months. No positive tests, though, just a lot of weirdness going on with my body that I am not used to. By the time the doctor’s test results came back, I’d almost talked myself into wanting a hypothetical baby. Felt almost sad when it wasn’t so.

    Now I’m taking a wait and see approach. If I DO get pregnant, great, I’ll have a baby! If not, well, then I won’t. It won’t destroy me not to, unlike some women who desperately want to and can’t. Pregnancy scares make me feel bad for those ladies…it’s like, I’d send you my (nonexistent) pregnancy if I could!

    • Emmali Lucia

      November 2, 2013 at 2:15 pm

      There was a story not too long ago about Uterus transplants!

      I was like “I VOLUNTEER MY UTERUS FOR SCIENCE.”

  14. Cee

    November 1, 2013 at 12:53 pm

    NOT THE INLAND EMPIRE….NEVER!

    • Julia Sonenshein

      November 1, 2013 at 2:54 pm

      YOU GET ME.

    • Julia Sonenshein

      November 1, 2013 at 2:54 pm

      YOU GET ME.

  15. Wendy

    November 1, 2013 at 1:11 pm

    Well if the costco pregnancy tests gave you a false positive I’m not sure I’d trust the condoms either…

  16. Maria Guido

    November 1, 2013 at 2:42 pm

    This was amazing. I have to know – how many tests come in a Costco pack?

    • FormerlyKnownAsWendy

      November 1, 2013 at 5:52 pm

      750!

    • FormerlyKnownAsWendy

      November 1, 2013 at 5:52 pm

      750!

  17. NotTakenNotAvailable

    November 1, 2013 at 3:45 pm

    Oh man. Mine happened when I was 20, not 17, only I knew then that for me, abortion was my only option (still would be to this day), so I just *knew* that if the test came back positive, I’d get to visit the Planned Parenthood clinic on the day when all the Mormons and fundamentalists from my high school were picketing the place. Fortunately, it came back negative. Two weeks after that, my dad the M.D., seemingly apropos of nothing, casually suggested that one of his colleagues could write me a prescription for the pill, which I happily took him up on. My life has been blissfully irresponsible ever since.

    • Muggle

      November 4, 2013 at 8:18 am

      I had a pregnancy scare at 20 as well. I actually had my period, but for some reason it had changed and I could not figure out why. It happened two weeks after a visit from my boyfriend, and all my friends told me the period was an implantation bleed, and if not I’d just miscarried a chemical pregnancy.

      Nope, weird hormonal shit from the stress of a long-distance relationship had caused it to change. That’s the last time I ever crowd-source for period help.

    • Muggle

      November 4, 2013 at 8:18 am

      I had a pregnancy scare at 20 as well. I actually had my period, but for some reason it had changed and I could not figure out why. It happened two weeks after a visit from my boyfriend, and all my friends told me the period was an implantation bleed, and if not I’d just miscarried a chemical pregnancy.

      Nope, weird hormonal shit from the stress of a long-distance relationship had caused it to change. That’s the last time I ever crowd-source for period help.

  18. Cori

    November 1, 2013 at 4:40 pm

    My husband & I both come from extremely fertile families, so we typically use everything in the pharmacy when I’m ovulating. At one point, I went in for a check up and the nurse talking to me about it said “This is every time? It might be overkill.” I said, “Maybe, but we aren’t taking any chances.”

  19. Cori

    November 1, 2013 at 4:40 pm

    My husband & I both come from extremely fertile families, so we typically use everything in the pharmacy when I’m ovulating. At one point, I went in for a check up and the nurse talking to me about it said “This is every time? It might be overkill.” I said, “Maybe, but we aren’t taking any chances.”

    • Emmali Lucia

      November 2, 2013 at 2:13 pm

      I know how that is. I was talking to my doctor about birth control and she was like “Pills aren’t enough, I can tell by looking at you you are a fertile Myrtle, make them wear condoms!”

      I was so freaked out after hearing that. Being told you’re a fertile Myrtle at my age is mildly horrifying.

    • Emmali Lucia

      November 2, 2013 at 2:13 pm

      I know how that is. I was talking to my doctor about birth control and she was like “Pills aren’t enough, I can tell by looking at you you are a fertile Myrtle, make them wear condoms!”

      I was so freaked out after hearing that. Being told you’re a fertile Myrtle at my age is mildly horrifying.

    • NotTakenNotAvailable

      November 3, 2013 at 11:42 pm

      Also…how does one diagnose a, uh, fertile Myrtle just by looking?!?

  20. HoneyPieSugarLump

    November 1, 2013 at 6:02 pm

    Oh my, this was great. This happened to a friend of mine years ago as well. I didn’t even know you could get a false positive before. We made the mistake of going to a local “clinic” first cause she was worried about her parents finding out and all. She gets the ultrasound and the old bitchy lady describes her “baby” in all it’s pro-lifey wonder. (Even though the test she got there actually came back negative too.) She had to sit alone through the counseling session where they gave her some random date of like 5 or 6 weeks along and gave her adoption info. She decided, after all this, to keep it. Told her parents and there was a huge to-do about everything. All so she could go to her family doctor, get a real ultrasound and test and find out there it was nothing. Was never pregnant. It was the worst but it made all of us (her parents included) super pro-choice after that so I guess it was for the best. XD

  21. Plueeeeez

    November 1, 2013 at 8:36 pm

    It’s going to know that women have achieved the same level of juvenile behavior as men. Congrats.

    • Plueeeeez

      November 1, 2013 at 9:08 pm

      Oh, a down-vote. I’ll be sure to kill myself like you she-males would like (not really).

    • Plueeeeez

      November 1, 2013 at 9:08 pm

      Oh, a down-vote. I’ll be sure to kill myself like you she-males would like (not really).

    • Plueeeeez

      November 1, 2013 at 9:08 pm

      Oh, a down-vote. I’ll be sure to kill myself like you she-males would like (not really).

    • Carol

      November 2, 2013 at 12:37 pm

      aww, somebody wanted attention

    • Marie

      November 3, 2013 at 2:01 pm

      *It’s good to know that women are actual people who go through some complicated emotions and thoughts when faced with a potentially life-changing situation.

      There, I fixed that for you.

    • Marie

      November 3, 2013 at 2:01 pm

      *It’s good to know that women are actual people who go through some complicated emotions and thoughts when faced with a potentially life-changing situation.

      There, I fixed that for you.

  22. jessica

    November 2, 2013 at 2:20 am

    I love the photo accompanying this story so very much!

    • Julia Sonenshein

      November 4, 2013 at 10:49 pm

      Thank you so much! I realized that it was actually taken within a week of the whole pregnancy debacle happening, so it’s very accurate in terms of how my general mindset.

  23. You ppl...

    November 2, 2013 at 10:37 am

    Yeah abortion is great! That’s how we all got here right? Smh…

    • CMJ

      November 2, 2013 at 11:46 am

      So you’re even mad at thinking about having an abortion when the fetus didn’t even exist?

    • Yeah

      November 2, 2013 at 1:39 pm

      It’s the principle..rape and incest are the only two situations I see close to being ok because there was no choice to have intercourse. Anything else is just plain wrong, but that’s how we run our society now. ” do what ever the hell you want and don’t worry about the consequences ” very disappointing.

    • Yeah

      November 2, 2013 at 1:39 pm

      It’s the principle..rape and incest are the only two situations I see close to being ok because there was no choice to have intercourse. Anything else is just plain wrong, but that’s how we run our society now. ” do what ever the hell you want and don’t worry about the consequences ” very disappointing.

  24. jeffers

    November 2, 2013 at 10:56 am

    if a woman has an abortion and regrets it, her story is now dubbed “awful anti-choice propaganda?”
    women have different opinions and reactions to their abortions, and they should all be free to share their experiences, not just the ones who fit neatly into youir pro-choice feminist worldview.

    • CMJ

      November 2, 2013 at 6:20 pm

      You should submit a story to Eve if you feel this is underreported. This way, you can widen our supposed “pro-choice feminist worldview.”

    • CMJ

      November 2, 2013 at 6:20 pm

      You should submit a story to Eve if you feel this is underreported. This way, you can widen our supposed “pro-choice feminist worldview.”

  25. Rachel

    November 3, 2013 at 8:25 am

    All I could think was how ridiculous it was that an asexual person who used appropriate contraceptives the ONE time she’d done the deed in months could get pregnant at the least convenient time and place.

  26. Rachel

    November 3, 2013 at 8:25 am

    All I could think was how ridiculous it was that an asexual person who used appropriate contraceptives the ONE time she’d done the deed in months could get pregnant at the least convenient time and place.

  27. JMason

    November 3, 2013 at 1:13 pm

    No throwing yourself down the stairs or coat hanger feelings here.

  28. CrushLily

    November 3, 2013 at 8:30 pm

    I went through a few of these even when it was an intended pregnancy. Both times. I knew we had decided to try and that nobody was having my partner’s kids except me, but when it happened so fast it freaked me out. Much of my anxiety stemmed from my partner coming from a family of child deserters/desertees and despite absolutely no evidence to indicate he would leave me because I was pregnant, I distinctly remember watching his face very very carefully when I told him the home test was positive and feeling a twisting knot of fear that he would freak out. Luckily, all I saw was pure joy and since then he has proved a wonderful father. The second time, it was more to do with upsetting the balance of my life I had created between being a mother and a partner and the work I enjoy so much. I wish there was more commentary and narrative like this on how impending motherhood or not is not necessarily a black and white emotional issue.

  29. MumtoNun

    November 6, 2013 at 3:37 am

    What a cunt. Don’t fuck if you can’t handle the side effects you fucking moron.

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  34. Asia Woodley

    December 30, 2013 at 2:44 pm

    “As it turns out, true love might be saying “I wouldn’t mind if you knocked me up.”

    – THIS is what got me my two kids. Lol. Love this!
    Read more: https://mommyish.com/2013/11/01/10-thoughts-during-my-false-positive-pregnancy-test-pregnancy-scare/#ixzz2ozNs3811

  35. Allie C.

    January 30, 2014 at 5:40 pm

    I must echo Laurengoesto11’s comments. After 8 days in HELL myself, I found out yesterday that, indeed, my late period was not because I had a microscopic baby in my nether regions. It turns out the stress of working and doing grad school full time f’ed up my cycle! (Hey, I’ll take it!) Thanks for writing this. It really hit a note with me. 🙂

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    I’m in this same situation now…..

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