how will i know i missed a period if my periods are irregular?

When your periods are

When your periods are irregular, it can be hard to know if you are pregnant. Some types of hormonal contraceptives, like the mini-pill and Depo Provera, cause irregular periods.

If you just want to reassure yourself periodically that you are not pregnant, take your temperature with a Basal Body Temperature (BBT) thermometer in the morning before you get out of bed. (You can get a BBT thermometer from most drug stores or by ordering online.) If your temperature is lower than 98 degrees F for 3 days in a row, you are probably not pregnant.

You can also take a home pregnancy test, which are usually accurate by the time you miss your period, or visit a local pregnancy resource center for a free, accurate test, by calling 800-395-HELP or going to

Best of luck,
Dr. Williams

Monnica Williams, Ph.D.
Sex Education Advisor.

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