so, I'm often late on having my period, then aunt flow comes with a vengeance. and usually I get those cramps that let me know todays the day, prepare yourself. except, this month, I began having those tell tale cramps 2 days prior to my scheduled start, and now its 5 days late and there's still mild cramping with a very distinct lower back pain. normal discharge, normal mood swings but no af. I'm trying not to think about being pregnant, because I know I'll simply stress myself into being even later than I already am. but at what point should I bite the bullet and take an HPT? I've also been having pains in my lower ribs. this month was very stressful and I began a new job that's more physically demanding than I've ever worked before, am I being an idiot blaming these problems simply on stress? I was on birthcontrol for about 6 months except this month I couldn't afford the refill, so I monitored ovulation and planned intercourse around that with about 3 days cushioning on either end. we only had sex twice! should I be prepared for what could be a baby on the way?
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