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How Soon Can I Take a Pregnancy Test?

Updated on February 27, 2017
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Marissa is the writer of ThePracticalMommy and owner of Mommy Knows What's Best. She is a stay at home mom to four and was a teacher.

How Early Can I Take a Pregnancy Test?

How early can I take a pregnancy test?
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When Can I Take a Pregnancy Test?

"Am I pregnant? What are the pregnancy symptoms? When can I take a pregnancy test?"

When you are trying to conceive and have a baby, you might constantly imagine you're experiencing pregnancy symptoms. You start to feel the best-known pregnancy symptoms first: nausea, bloated belly, bigger breasts, the urge to use the bathroom every 5 minutes, etc. You may even develop cravings for certain foods. You might look in the mirror and know, just know, that a baby is growing inside.

Truth is, it might be all in your head.

You won't know for sure until you take a pregnancy test. When you're trying to conceive, one of the hardest things is waiting to take the home pregnancy test (HPT) and see a positive result, but you must wait 2 or 3 weeks from the time of ovulation. This can seem like forever, especially if you have been trying for awhile.

Below, I've gathered some facts and figures to give you something to do while you're waiting. Here, you will learn:

  • how early you can expect to take a pregnancy test,
  • how pregnancy tests work,
  • and when you can expect accurate results based on your menstrual cycles.

How Early Can I Take a Pregnancy Test?

Ovulation Cycle

When Will I Ovulate?

In order to know when you ovulate, you must know how long your menstrual cycle is. The average cycle lasts about 28 days but of course, there's a wide range of normal (anywhere from 23 to 35 days), so you can find out how long your cycle is by counting from the first day of one period to the first day of the next period.

Most women with regular periods ovulate sometime between the 11th and 16th day of their cycle. That means they may ovulate anywhere between 11 to 16 days after their last period started.

Starting about 4 or 5 days before ovulation, a woman‘s peak fertile time lasts about 5-7 days although there are only 1 or 2 days when she is most likely to become pregnant: the day prior to and the day of ovulation. But since the egg might be viable for 12-24 hours and sperm can live in the woman's body for 3-5 days, her most fertile time is considered to be about 5-7 days. Most ovulation charts stop at ovulation but you should continue trying to fertilize that egg for up to 24 hours after it's been released.

But still, if you're trying to get pregnant, these numbers provide quite a wide and imprecise time frame. Plus, for many women who do not have regular periods, trying to figure out the dates of ovulation can be frustrating. What can you do?

  • Take and chart your basal body temperature
  • Take careful records of the length of your menstrual cycles
  • Track your cervical mucus changes
  • Use ovulation urine tests available at many stores to identify the LH surge

Do You Track Your Cycles?

Track your cycles to know when you ovulate and when you can test for pregnancy. It can be done on a basic calendar like this or even on an app on your cell phone!
Track your cycles to know when you ovulate and when you can test for pregnancy. It can be done on a basic calendar like this or even on an app on your cell phone!

Free Android Apps for Tracking Ovulation and Periods

  • My Days--Period & Ovulation (Christian Albert Mueller) (this is the one I use)
  • Period Tracker (GP International LLC)
  • Pink Pad Free (Alt12 Apps)
  • Period and Ovulation Tracker (Tom Gustafson)

I Have an Irregular Cycle! Now What?

If you have an irregular cycle, you may need to use an ovulation kit to determine when your best chances for conception are. You can also speak with your doctor about how to determine your ovulation dates and how to help get your cycles on track.

When Is the Best Time to Get Pregnant?

Once you've narrowed down your time of ovulation (see above), then you have a better idea of when your egg is viable and ready to be fertilized by the sperm.

To better your chances of becoming pregnant, it is recommended that you have intercourse every other day around your time of ovulation. (If instead of using the other ovulation tests mentioned above you're relying on just your calendar records to figure out when you're fertile, that means after day 11 of your cycle you should have intercourse every other day, up until the 17th day.)

Why every other day? Why not every day for everyone? Once the sperm is released during intercourse, it takes nearly a full day for the man's body to replenish the sperm supply. If you have intercourse every day, it decreases the chances that there will be enough quality sperm that will be strong enough to reach the egg. This is not true for all, of course, but it should be considered.

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How Soon Can I Take a Pregnancy Test?

After intercourse, many women want to take the pregnancy test immediately. They may even feel all the symptoms I mentioned above, hoping they have a little bun in the oven.

Unfortunately, it is not that easy or quick. Let’s consider the cycle again. You probably ovulated sometime around day 11-16, so that means it will be about two weeks until your next expected period. Two weeks of waiting, wishing, and hoping…

When can you/should you take the test? Here’s the kicker: not for another two to three weeks.

Three weeks? You ask. When did it change to three?!? If you miss your period after waiting two weeks for it to appear, that’s great because the missed period is usually the first sign of pregnancy. Many women, though, who test on that very day will get a negative result on their ever-so-glorious pee stick, a.k.a the home pregnancy test.

Why?

What Hormone Do Pregnancy Tests Detect? What are mLUs?

Pregnancy tests detect the hormone hCG, or human chorionic gonadotropin. It is measured in mLus.

An mLu is a measurement of the hormone hCG as it is in urine. It stands for mili International Units. It is the standard way to measure hCG per milliliter of urine. Simply put, it is a measure of the concentration of hCG in the urine.

How Does a Pregnancy Test Work?

Home pregnancy tests, HPTs, rely on one thing: the hormone hCG. HCG, or human chorionic gonadotropin, is the hormone used to detect a pregnancy. It is emitted by an embryo (a ball of cells that becomes a baby) after it attaches or implants itself to the uterine wall (where the baby will grow inside of you). When does that happen? Approximately 6-12 days after the date of conception.

So let’s look at our calendar again. 6 to 12 days after conception, which happened around the date of ovulation, hCG is emitted from the embryo, which should be the date of your expected period. So why wouldn't you get a positive result on that day?

HCG is emitted in small increments which increase as the embryo and its placenta grows. At first, right after conception, these increments of the hormone are so tiny that they will not be detected by a HPT. The amount of hCG grows more and more as days and weeks pass, but still may still not be enough to detect on the day of (or a few days before, as some tests proclaim) your expected period.

HPTs vary in the amount of hCG that can be detected. Some tests boast that they can detect as little as 10mlu of hCG to 25mlu of hCG, which means they might be able to detect a pregnancy as early as 7-10 days after conception. Those tests tend to be the ‘early response’ brands—ones you can use before an expected period—that cost a bit more than the average test. Other tests detect 25mlu-50mlu or more. These tests are better at detecting a pregnancy after a missed period.

So why is it better to wait three weeks to use a HPT? You are more likely to get a positive result from the test if you are indeed pregnant since your hCG levels will be higher.

If you test before your period and it’s negative but you still miss a period, you’ll retest again in a few days, using another test. What is that going to cost? Well, it depends on the brand, type of test, and how they are packaged. For one generic test at a dollar store, you’ll spend—you guessed it—a dollar. For one generic test at a supermarket, pharmacy, or a Target/Walmart, you’ll spend up to $3-$4. For name brand tests, you’ll spend around $5-$6. Sometimes, generic and name brand tests are packaged in twos and threes and cost anywhere from $10-$15. There are even some packages with four or five tests in them, costing upwards of $20-$25. Of course the manufacturers don't mind if you buy more tests so they can make more money.

Bottom line, if you start testing too soon, you’ll go through at least two tests, if not more. Just remember: don’t be obsessive about taking the tests. If you test negative one day, wait a few days and then retest, which will give your body time to build up the hCG if you are pregnant. If you insist on testing every day, you might end up spending a lot of money and causing yourself a lot of unnecessary confusion.

Early Result Pregnancy Tests

FIRST RESPONSE EARLY RESULT Pregnancy Test 3 CT
FIRST RESPONSE EARLY RESULT Pregnancy Test 3 CT

These were my favorite tests to take. They are easy to use, compared to some of the cheaper tests out there, and have clear results. I was able to test three days before my expected period with these and got accurate results. Note that it won't be the case for everyone. (affiliate link)

 

What to Do While Waiting to Take a Pregnancy Test

If you’re trying to conceive, waiting to take the test can seem like a lifetime. But there are some things you can do in the meantime. Until three weeks have passed, act as if you are already pregnant: get plenty of sleep, stay hydrated, take your vitamins (especially those with folic acid), stop taking harmful medications (i.e. ibuprofen, etc.), and refrain from drinking alcohol and smoking.

How Many Weeks Do You Have to Wait to Get a Positive Result?

If you've been reading, you'll know that you may not be able to get a positive pregnancy result until you have missed your period. At that point, you may be considered four weeks pregnant, since pregnancy is dated from the first day of your last menstrual period, which is usually four weeks prior.

Some women may not get a positive pregnancy result until after their fourth week or later, depending on how the hCG builds up in their bodies.

Reading a Pregnancy Test

Read the directions of the home pregnancy test carefully!
Read the directions of the home pregnancy test carefully! | Source

Doctor's Advice on Pregnancy Tests

What if the pregnancy test is false?

False negatives are common with home pregnancy tests, so you should prepare yourself for an incorrect result. If you feel like the result is not accurate, wait a day or so and test again.

My Positive Pregnancy Test

My positive pregnancy test result!
My positive pregnancy test result! | Source

Faint Positive Pregnancy Test

Two examples of faint positive results on a pregnancy test
Two examples of faint positive results on a pregnancy test | Source

When Can I Get a Positive Pregnancy Test?

Here’s where I can be pleasantly vague and say it’s different for every woman and it’s different with every pregnancy. Knowing when the best time for you to test depends on a few factors:

  • Do you have a regular period and have you been tracking everything—periods, ovulation, intercourse—on a calendar? If this is you, you can probably, potentially test the day of your next expected period and get a positive result if you are pregnant. With my first pregnancy, I had been very, very regular with my menstrual cycles—always 25 days for 13+ years—and I had been tracking everything so I knew the day I missed my period that I was pregnant without even having any other symptoms. The moment I used the HPT, I saw a positive result. With my fourth pregnancy, I tested three days early and got a positive result. Is it like that for everybody? No, but it is possible.
  • Do you have fairly regular periods but have not been very faithful about tracking everything? If this is you, I would wait until a few days after your missed period to take the test. If you’re not sure exactly when you might expect your period, go back to the last time you had your period and count about 30 days. If it has been more than 30 days, go ahead and take a HPT.
  • Do you have irregular cycles? This is a tricky one, since there's no regular pattern to guide you. If this is you, I would suggest waiting for at least 35 days or more after your last period to take a HPT. Why so long? Sometimes women with irregular periods can have longer menstrual cycles, just as they can have really short cycles.
  • Have you already taken a test after waiting a week after your missed period, but it’s negative? This is where it might get frustrating for women. If you have missed your period (assuming it’s at least fairly regular) and waited a week but still get a negative result, you may have to wait even longer. Sometimes, it takes longer for the hCG to build up. I know and have read about women who didn’t get positive results until after they were two months along or even further! I myself experienced this with my second pregnancy. I missed my period, took a test after a week, and was disappointed when it was negative. More than two weeks later, still having no period, I took another test, and lo and behold, I was indeed pregnant. At that point, I was nearly two and a half months along!
  • Did you get your period but you still feel as if you may be pregnant? It does happen, believe it or not, that some women will experience bleeding in the first few weeks (or months!) of their pregnancy and still be pregnant. The bleeding isn’t actually a period; it is often the result of implantation or some other bleeding not directly related to the pregnancy. This may be a judgment call for you. You have to decide whether or not the 'symptoms’ you are experiencing are from a pregnancy, regular pre-period fun, or just a bug. If the symptoms seem more like you are just sick and pass after two-three days, you’re probably suffering from a stomach bug or virus. If the symptoms persist more than a few days and you do not get a period, you may be pregnant. Your best bet? Wait until the absence of a period, and go from there. Or if you can't wait, take a test. If it is negative but you still feel as if you might be pregnant, contact your doctor.

Other Reasons for a Missed Period

On the other hand, you may have missed a period or are experiencing a delayed period for other reasons: stress, increased amounts of exercise, an illness, hormonal imbalance, change in birth control, etc. This happened to me after stopping birth control, so I know how frustrating it can be! If you continue to get negative results but have still missed a period after 45 days, contact your doctor. He/she may want to see you for an exam and do blood work to see what is going on.

Sources

Much of this information comes from my own experiences, but I also did my homework. Here's a list of the books I read when I was trying to conceive my kids:

Your Pregnancy Week by Week by Glade Curtis

What to Expect When You're Expecting by Heidi Murkoff

Your Pregnancy and Childbirth Month to Month by the American College of Gynecologists

Please note I am not a medical expert and can only give educated answers to any questions you have. Please seek proper advice and treatment from your doctor.

Best Pregnancy Books

My favorite pregnancy books
My favorite pregnancy books | Source

Best Wishes!

Sprinkling baby dust! Good luck!
Sprinkling baby dust! Good luck! | Source

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      Marissa 2 weeks ago from United States

      Kiddiecreations, I can't give a definite answer, because implantation bleeding can happen at different times and sometimes doesn't happen at all. If a person thinks it is implantation bleeding and it's just a few days before an expected period, I'd say taking a test would be okay.

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      N Kiddie 2 weeks ago

      Hi there! Great hub! Thanks for sharing. I have two boys, ages 3 years and 6 months old. I just wanted to add that you don't have to spend a lot of money on pregnancy tests. The ones at the regular grocery store can cost $10 and up, but it's not necessary at all to buy those. You can purchase tests for $1.00 at Wal-Mart and also the 99 cent store, and they are guaranteed to be 99% accurate. I don't know if you already mentioned that, but I didn't see it when I was reading through so just thought I'd mention it ;) Also, I was wondering, how soon after implantation bleeding can you test?

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      Marissa 3 weeks ago from United States

      Lexi, your cycles can change for any number of reasons, including stress, lack of sleep, change in activity levels, change in eating habits, and more. Stressing now might make you feel differently than usual. Wait until your expected period, and try not to think about it (I know it's hard). If your period is late by a few days, then it may be time for a test. Even though you're having protected sex, pregnancy can still occur. I think it's time to have a mature talk with your parents or your doctor. It's better to talk about it now than to wait and spring a surprise on them later. You may want to discuss a form of birth control that is right for you at this time. Having a baby is a huge responsibility at any age, but especially at a young age. I'm glad you have been smart about it so far; it shows that you are beginning to mature. Don't be afraid to talk to your parents or your doctor. Best wishes.

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      Lexi 3 weeks ago

      hi.....I'm not wanting to say how old I am but my boyfriend and I have been having protected sex for a few months and thankfully haven't gotten pregnant. I'm getting worried now because it's coming time for my period and I'm not cramping or showing any signs like I normally do. I don't want to tell my parents rn since I'm not for sure and I don't know if I should tell my boyfriend to go get a test yet or not. Can you plz help me

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      Marissa 2 months ago from United States

      Hi Teri83, I'm so sorry to learn about your miscarriage. As far as taking a test, it's hard to say. After I had my miscarriage, my doctor told me to wait a full cycle to try again. That way he would be able to accurately determine if and when I'd get pregnant based on an actual period. Without knowing if you had a period yet, I couldn't give any suggestion as to when to take a test. If you continue to feel pregnancy symptoms, I suggest speaking with your doctor.

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      Terri83 2 months ago

      Hi I need some advice I had a miscarriage on the 1st Feb and started having sex again with my partner just under 2wks. 2wks later I started spotting for 2days and then was light for a day and then back to spotting for one more day but was light in colour with a few cramps. For the past wk I've been feeling like I'm pregnant again with cramps, back ache, mood swings and headaches and feeling tired. Ive done quite a few tests and it's came back negative. When do you think will be the best time to do a pregnancy test it's now been 15days since I've spotted. Any suggestions would help please

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      Marissa 2 months ago from United States

      Hi, that may have been your period, even though it was different. Since the test was negative, I'd say wait until your ovulation time and try again. Best wishes

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      Yomi 2 months ago

      Hi Marissa. So I am a little confused. My cycle is 28 days long in January. I had intercourse at the time of ovulation in February. And I was suppose to start my period 14 days later. However, it didn't happen that way. Instead my 28 day cycle turn into I 36 day cycle for February. When I did start bleeding it was pretty weird.. it's was pinkish red.. and floated. It lasted 3 days.. 5 days later I take a test but negative.. I'm guessing I should wait longer or just wait and see if my period will come this month.

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      Marissa 3 months ago from United States

      Hi Brit, it could be your hormones trying to get back to normal, or if you had unprotected sex, it could be pregnancy. It wouldn't hurt to take a test to find out.

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      brit 3 months ago

      I had nexplanon for 2.5 years I got it taken out jan13. ive never received my period in which they say some people get prego before they get one.my nipples are very sore and tingly and im always hungry especially after I eat a meal. ANY SUGGESTIONS?

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      Marissa 3 months ago from United States

      If you missed your period, you can take another test now. Best wishes

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      Marissa 14 months ago from United States

      Hi Jane, it's possible that you could be pregnant if you noticed a change. I suggest taking a test to know for sure. Sometimes a period could just be different for other reasons, like stress or a lack of sleep etc, so keep this in mind if the test is negative.

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      Jane 14 months ago

      Hi so I had sex January 30 unprotected and about 10 days later I got my 'period' on the day I was supposed to. I usually have a normal period but this time it was extremely light and I spotted brown. Could I be pregnant?

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      Marissa 15 months ago from United States

      Hi Eliza, if you have had intercourse and have not been using birth control, it's possible it could be pregnancy, but it could also be a late period due to other things, like hormonal changes, lack of proper sleep, weight loss, change in activity level, etc. Since you're getting BFNs, I'm afraid only your doctor could tell you for sure what's going on after some tests. Best wishes!

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      Eliza 15 months ago

      I had a baby nearly 5months ago. In never got my January period. I had two 28day cycles and I believe one 31day cycle. I am now 11days late and have taken several test. I thought and felt pregnant from back acts to cramping and tingly boobs. I thought nothing of it although I been very emotional and hormonal. I really don't understand why my period isn't here and I really just want it to come down since I'm getting bfn. I'm afraid I may have something more serious instead I have a docs appointment for netted Tuesday the 16th which will make me 17days late if no period.

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      Dorothy Boucher 20 months ago

      this is such a great article you have here, I love that women can come here and talk about this subject freely and get direct questions answered,,

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      Alison Gibb 20 months ago

      I am 50 years old! Good Lord, I hope I am not pregnant!! LOL! This is some great information for the young ladies that need it!!

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      Marissa 20 months ago from United States

      harmony, if there are two lines on the test, chances are you are pregnant. It's possible to still ovulate even if you don't see your period. I highly suggest making an appointment with your doctor to confirm. Best wishes!

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      harmony 20 months ago

      i had a Dnc on the 11th of july , and i have sex with my boy few days later and i have been discharging alot. Today is 2 of September and i have seen my period.

      i did an early pregnancy test and it show one red line and a very faint red by the side .please is it possible to get pregnant without seeing your period? please advise me on what to do.

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      Sarah L 22 months ago

      Wish I'd had something like this 40 years ago. Very handy.

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      natalie nichols 2 years ago

      I just had a baby but this is really good information!

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      Marissa 2 years ago from United States

      TM, it's probably time to take a pregnancy test. Best wishes!

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      Tm 2 years ago

      I think I might be pregnant my periods start on the 21st of every month and usually ends around the 25th or 26th and I haven't had a period since January

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      Marissa 2 years ago from United States

      Hi wishful thinking, it all depends when you ovulated. The discharge could either be a sign of impending menstruation or implantation. The only way to know for sure is to wait a few days and if your period doesn't show, take a test. Best wishes!

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      wishful thinking? 2 years ago

      Hi, my fiancée and I had sex on the 14th of February. We use the pull-out method (I know, I know. Not a form of birth-control). Well, we got carried away, and for the first time since we started being intimate, he pulled out a little late. We're pretty sure he deposited some before he pulled out. Now, I am always always regular. I have a 30 day average cycle length, and AF was expected today. I'm itching to take a test, but is eight days too soon to tell? I've been experiencing some symptoms, and C (the fiancée) keeps telling me they might be my head playing tricks. Yesterday, I started having a watery brownish discharge. Could that possibly be another sign I'm pregnant?

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      Marissa 2 years ago from United States

      Krnee, your period can be late for several reasons: change in weight, stress, illness, and other reasons. It could also be a sign of the onset of menopause. A visit to your doctor is a good idea to help determine what is going on. Best wishes!

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      krnee 2 years ago

      So the last time I was pregnant was in 2006, I have a lovely nine year old daughter the last time I had relations was 11/26/2014. My period came two weeks later on the 9th of december. Cycle average is 31 days and that's going all the way back to 2013 period came also in Jan on the 6th but really can't tell you how it was bc On the 7th I had my wisdom teeth pulled so I don't recall anything after that but I truly believe that it prob wasn't as heavy as B4. Feb 62015, I was supposed to get my period, It didn't come, Im now 9 days overdue for my period, 6 days till my next ovulation date and 41 days into this cycle. I have no symptoms other then my lack of period. Can you give me any guidance. Was gonna wait till the 26 to go to the doctor if it still didn't come, but then I read above after the 45 day of this cycle which will be thursday I should be going to see my doctor...... A lil concerned and worried

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      Marissa 2 years ago from United States

      Hi Richa, If you have missed your period and you have been actively trying, it's possible you're pregnant. The only way to know is to take a pregnancy test. Best wishes!

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      Richa 2 years ago

      hi,

      I missed my period 7 days passed. Im not sure if im pregnant, im trying to conceive..

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      Marissa 2 years ago from United States

      Ang Marie 3-26-99, apparently you could find out you are pregnant from an ovulation test, but a pregnancy test should always be used to ensure accuracy. In a pinch, I guess the ovulation test could give you the go ahead to get a HPT.

      That is a scary situation you had with the medication! If you are taking it under supervision it shouldn't be an issue, but if possible, it's always a good idea to be drug free before and during a pregnancy.

      Since it was a while you were on the implant, it may take a while for your hormones to regulate again. I'm not sure when you had the implant removed, but the usual time frame of ovulating or becoming pregnant after removal is about 6 months. It may be shorter, it may be longer. Some women report getting pregnant right away while for others it can take some time.

      I recommend intercourse every other day during your fertile days, more than twice. The more you try, the greater your chances. I also recommend a visit with your OB/GYN to discuss a future pregnancy. Best wishes!

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      Ang Marie 3-26-99 2 years ago

      Just curious, but I've heard that you could find out that you were pregnant being a positive ovulation test strip result long after any ovulation occurred. If that was the case, once the egg's been fertilized, wouldn't you just consistently have positive ovulation test result, thus knowing you were pregnant from day one? I have read in several places that in a pinch you can use an ovulation test strip & if it shows positive ovulation at a time that it should not be happening, it means you are pregnant. The thought process behind this was that because Lh & hCG were very similar-one article likened the 2 as "1st cousins"

      I had sex twice during my six fertile days this month, I have a clockwork 30 day cycle staying either the 5th or 6th of each month, lasting about 5-7 days.

      My daughters are 13 & 11, so my husband & I are gonna TRY to try for 1 more, he's looking for his boy (2 sisters, 2 daughters, & a wife...poor estrogen-surrounded man haha), I have that maternal itch now that the girls' social lives are as they say "OMG! Like, TOTES important!" Yes. They SAY OMG. AND totes (for totally) bahahaha gotta love em!!

      Now my problem is, I was on the Mirena implant for 10.5 years. I've only had a period for about a year since my 'after baby' period in June 2003. Could I have stopped dropping eggs because of being off my period so long? I've used TONS of Ovulation kits, and have NEVER EVER had one show up positive! Can i have THIS REGULAR OF A CYCLE AND BE BARREN?!? I pray my New Year's period due Jan 5th won't come & give DH & I a surprise extra special Christmas present!! I'm going to be 35 Aug 2015, & I know that our chances are just going to lessen.

      Also, my husband and I take the opioid drug Methadone, which i can stop if I become pregnant, but Could that be part of our baby making problem? We weren't street drug users or anything, we were unknowingly going to a crooked dr who was getting ins co. kickbacks for over prescribing. It was the only way. When I told the rehab & my new Dr what she'd given us, & BOTH said they were honestly surprised we survived!!! Scary!

      So, are we doing anything wrong with our attempts, could we be doing anything more? Is that OPK as a PT for real? Thanks!! I look forward to your input and advice! :)

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      Marissa 2 years ago from United States

      Ruhaab, the only way to tell is to take a pregnancy test. Spotting around the time of your period can usually mean one of two things: you are either getting your period or you are pregnant.

      I suggest speaking with your doctor for further evaluation. Best wishes!

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      ruhaab 2 years ago

      . had him rubbing there on eighthright after... Started spotting dark brown on 20 November lasted till 27 november and again had it rubbed and tried to have sex .. Took ecp again on 27.. My perids were due on 1st December... Bright red spotting started on 30 November and now its 2nd December.. I am not getting flow..

      Is everything normal??

      I am so afraid of pregnancy or ectopic pregnancy :(

      Please HELP

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      Marissa 3 years ago from United States

      Brittany, being that your cycles aren't regular, I can't quite give you an answer as to what is going on. I can only estimate. Based on your last period in February (and based on a 28 day cycles), your ovulation dates could have been around the last week of February. By the time you had intercourse in March, you would have been past ovulation and close to expecting your next period. The bleeding you experienced in March may have been just an irregular period. If it was implantation spotting, it probably would have been much less.

      If you were pregnant, you would most likely have a positive pregnancy result by now. Being that you have had cysts in the past, I strongly suggest that your see your doctor soon to determine what's going on. Best wishes!

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      Marissa 3 years ago from United States

      Calypso, best wishes to you! Thanks for sharing your story, and I hope everything goes well!

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      Brittany 3 years ago

      Hi, my cycles aren't always regular but I can give you a bit of info. I had a period on February 14 2014 it was normal had all the signs of pms which is normal for me sore breast, headaches, cramping. I had unprotected sex March 9th idk if I was ovulating or not, I started spotting on March 17th and it was light no heavy bleeding it was bright red for a few days got dark then red again it lasted for 7 days. On March 26th or 27th I spotted for 2 days then it stopped. I have took several hpt since than all negative. Today is April 23rd my period would have been due the 14th-18 and I have no pms signs or sore breast. Still no period my right abdomen is sore to touch I have had cyst on my ovaries in the past so idk if that could be what this is or not. Its been 45 days since I had sex i tested 43 days after negative pregnancy test. Please help.

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      Calypso 3 years ago

      Hi. Thank you for the post. I have a few questions, and I will be asking the doctor at my first appointment in a few days ... Approximately 9dpo, I took a home test. At first it said neg, but changed to a faint positive after an hour. I know it isn't accurate after ten minutes because it could be an evap line. Took another one the next day, and one each day up until yesterday, the day of my expected 'monthly visitor'. Each one of those tests showed sooner and darker faint pink positive lines. I also used different brands of tests. None of them are considered to be "early detection tests' and I took them all beginning a week before my AF! I guess what I am trying to say is that you don't have to pay extra for the expensive "early detection" tests, because the dollar store ones work just as well ... Unless of course, I either have 7 false positives or if I am carrying twins (which might be why my HCG levels are elevated and detected so early) I am excited but freaking out at the same time. :) I have had nothing but MC and heavy heart for the past 7 years, I hate to get excited about these positive results only to have my heart broken again. Anyway, thanks for listening. I am now officially one day late and I pray that this one sticks.

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      Marissa 3 years ago from United States

      shean, did you miss your cycle then? If you haven't had your period at all, then it's possible you may be pregnant but it may be too early to test. Wait a few more days and then test again if your period doesn't come. Best wishes!

      P.S. Most of my responses come within 1-2 days of seeing an email that I have a comment here on HP. You may not always get an immediate response. :)

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      shean 3 years ago

      Hi, I would like to ask if it is possible to get pregnant if i'll miss my period 4 days prior after my expected date of my mens? But got negative result after taking HPT. I got sex with my hubby on the days of expected fertilization,supposing 8-10 days co'z I'd usually 23 days cycle and it is normal since then. Hoping for your immediate response to lighten my worries. Thank you and more power!

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      Marissa 3 years ago from United States

      mhyles, the change in your cycle could be due to numerous things: illness, changes in activity levels, changes in hormone levels, stress, and of course pregnancy. It's possible that the stress of thinking of pregnancy could have caused the change in your cycle. You did, however, have intercourse during your ovulation days, which is the prime time to get pregnant. Being that it seemed normal to you even though it was a day off, it was probably just that: a normal period. If you were pregnant, you would have missed your period or it would have been very different. Usually, abdominal pain is not a sign of pregnancy, at least not until a pregnancy reaches 10 or so weeks when everything begins to stretch out. It's possible that all of your symptoms are the result of an illness or an infection. If these problems persist, you should speak with a doctor to see what's going on. Best wishes!

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      mhyles 3 years ago

      Hello, id like to know if is there a possible to get pregnant while having a period??? My 1st period is feb. 23, 2014 and end feb. 28 my normal period is 5 to 6days and i got 26cycle days my ovulation is march 7, 2014 me and my hubby got sex on march 1 to 8 2014 and now i got my period march 20, 2014 supposed to be on march 21 2014 and it took only for 4days the period was very normal. And i have these feelings abdominal pain,headache, and backache Thank you and i hope u can help me.

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      mhyles 3 years ago

      oHello, id like to know if is there a possible to get pregnant while having a period??? My 1st period is feb. 23, 2014 and end up march 1, 2014 my normal period is 5 to 6days and i got 26cycle days my ovulation is march 7, 2014 me and my hubby got sex on march 1 to 8 2014 and now i got my period march 20, 2014 supposed to be on march 21 2014 and it took only for 4days the period was very normal. And i have these feelings abdominal pain,headache, and backache Thank you and i hope u can help me.

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      Ruhaab 3 years ago

      I got my March cycle periods too on 7th March and those were too heavy... And I bled for 7 days.. I again took pregnancy test and came negative. Now I have experienced 2 cycles after meeting my BF.

      that's for sure na That I am not expecting????????????

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      Marissa 3 years ago from United States

      Ruhaab, you're welcome!

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      Ruhaab 3 years ago

      Thanks a lot :)

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      Marissa 3 years ago from United States

      Ruhaab, time to stop worrying. If your pregnancy tests and the blood test came back negative, you are most likely not pregnant.

      Best wishes!

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      Ruhaab 3 years ago

      Dear Hub,

      Ruhaab here, my blood test result came in Negative.

      Can I still be pregnant or Blood test might be unable to detect?

      Last time when my BF rub his penis on my vagina was January 29 2014?

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      Marissa 3 years ago from United States

      Ruhaab, no worries! I'd rather you ask me than to risk your health because you think you may be pregnant. A blood test would definitely be able to give you an accurate answer by now. Getting one will help relieve your fears. Best wishes!

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      Ruhaab 3 years ago

      That's Why I didn't take any medicine yet.. Yes you are right. I should have used C****... would blood test be able to diagnose pregnancy now...as its been a month?

      I am sorry as I know I am disturbing you again and again.

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      Marissa 3 years ago from United States

      Ruhaab, I see no reason why you should be taking that as it has no bearing on making sure there is no pregnancy. It can cause serious pregnancy issues and is not recommended for anything other than arthritis and ulcers. Being that you are most likely not pregnant, I do not recommend you take anything. If you are really that uncertain, go for a blood test, and please, remember protection! Also, I highly suggest you speak with a doctor about your concerns. Perhaps it's time to think about a safe form of birth control if you are not ready to have a baby at this time.

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      Ruhaab 3 years ago

      Thanks a lot Hub :) you are Love.

      okay one more question, Can i have 5 tblets of Cytotec just to make sure nt to be pregnant? twice a day? one morning and one evening? though I took test today too and that said negative again...

      Will it be safe?

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      Marissa 3 years ago from United States

      Hi Ruhaab,

      Chances are that if you already experienced your February cycle, you are not pregnant. You would have missed that period. All those pregnancy tests would have shown 'pregnant' if you were indeed pregnant. I would just wait for your March period to be certain. Best wishes!

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      Ruhaab 3 years ago

      Hi Hub,

      Please help me out.. I'm lost :'(

      okay my mensis came on 9th Jan 2014 and I have 7 days cycle. I met with my Bf on 29th Jan.. he just rubbed his penis on my vagina.. didn't discharge inside not near..on my belly he did.. though still em afraid of precum. I got my periods again on 10 February. I took a test before my periods and even after having 6 days bleeding though heavy and low flow was... and I took test thrice even after my periods with the gap of 4 days apart... All says Negative... I am not feeling any symptom of pregnency.. But still there is a doubt somewhere that may be I am...

      What should I do? Should I wait for my March Periods? or go for blood test?

      Please Help!!!!!!!

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      Marissa 3 years ago from United States

      TinHinzi, I'm going to ask your question on my Facebook page (find it on my profile page) later on today. Hopefully we can get you some helpful answers!

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      Marissa 3 years ago from United States

      TinHinzi, I think you're asking in the wrong place. This is an article about taking a home pregnancy test.

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      TinHinzi 3 years ago

      Hello, does anyone have any ideas about the most simple method to get their infant to sleep through?

      I have read many ebooks with ideas but I am still struggling.

      Thanks

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      Marissa 3 years ago from United States

      Liz,

      I don't know. If you had intercourse during your ovulation time, then you should be able to test right now. Being that 12/30 is already almost three weeks go, you may be able to get an accurate reading on a pregnancy test, but again, without knowing if you missed your period and when your last period was, I cannot give you an estimate of when you should take the test.

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      Liz 3 years ago

      Thank u

      But it's to early to determine of I am pregnant correct ?

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      Marissa 3 years ago from United States

      Hi Liz,

      Anytime you have unprotected intercourse there's a chance of pregnancy. Without knowing the dates of your last menstrual cycle, I cannot give you any clear time of when is right for you to take a test. If you missed your period, that is a good indication that you may be pregnant. Best wishes!

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      LiZ 3 years ago

      Hello me and my boyfriend had sex on 12/30 and we didn't use a condom he we did it before we went to sleep and when we woke up his sperm in me twice would it be chances I could be pregnant !!?? And I did a test on 01/19

      Is that to early to test ?

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      Marissa 3 years ago from United States

      Haley, based on my calculations, you would only be about 5 weeks along if your last period was on November 27th. It is possible that the accurate result is not showing up yet. I hope you get the results you're looking for from your blood test! Best wishes!

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      Haley 3 years ago

      I had sex on Nov 3 and my AF came the same day. I didn't think it would come until to 5th as my cycle is pretty normal with about a five day deviation. I continued to have sex and started again on Nov 27. I have never had a cycle twice in one month but didn't think much of it because It is still within the normal cycle period. However, December came and went with no AF at all. I took a test on Jan 2 but it showed negative. I don't really have any symptoms. The first thing that happened was I got a yeast infection. (I know TMI) the thing is, I only got yeast infections when I was pregnant in the past. On one occasion I felt nauseated from the smell of my favorite food but didn't actually get sick, I just couldn't stand the smell. In late December I had horrible cramping one night that felt like really bad gas but there was no bleeding. The pain was pretty bad as I do not get cramps when my cycle come and am not use to cramps. I have been eating more but I do that some times. My breasts have been larger but they are not sensitive to the touch. I have gotten a few evaporation lines but all the tests that I have taken have shown negative. I have a doctor's appointment in four days to get a blood test. I am so confused! What do you think is going on. In the past I always tested positive at around six weeks. But if I am now I would be anywhere from seven to nearly nine weeks. Any advise would be greatly appreciated.

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      Marissa 3 years ago from United States

      sana, any time you have intercourse, there's a chance of pregnancy. If you missed your period, you should take a test to find out. Best wishes!

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      sana 3 years ago

      i had sex with my boyfriend after the fifth day of my intercourse i had my normal period but i missed my period on my next month and facing a symptoms of frequent nausea only ...is any chance of preganancy

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      Marissa 3 years ago from United States

      ritaboo81, please read my comment from yesterday.

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      ritaboo81 3 years ago

      Hi i had sex the month of november on two of my fretile days then two weeks later came on my period then the month of december i had sex on two of my fretile day my cycle is 29 days im due for my period on the 18th of this month can i be pregnant and when should i take a hpt anything would be helpful thanks just need some help.

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      Marissa 3 years ago from United States

      Hi ritaboo81, sorry I wasn't able to respond to all of your comments earlier. If you're due for your period on the 18th, then you can wait until then to see if your period comes. If it doesn't come, then try taking a test. If it's negative but still your period isn't there, then wait another day or so and test again. I don't recommend testing before your missed period. While some tests claim that they can detect the hCG early on, it's only true for a small percentage of women. A much higher percentage of women will get accurate results either on the day of their missed periods or several days after their missed period.

      Best wishes!

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      ritaboo81 3 years ago

      Hi i had sex the month of november on my fretile days and still got my period two weeks later and had sex the month of december on my fretile days can i still get pregnant or when can i take a hpt im due for my period on the 18th of this month i have a cycle every 29 days any help will be helpful thanks.

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      rita81 3 years ago

      i had sex the month of november on my fretile days and still got my period two weeks later then had sex the month of december on fretile days can i still be pregnant my period is due on dec 18 when can i take a hpt thanks

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      Marissa 3 years ago from United States

      Sarah, two things are possible: you are late on your period for some reason, or you are pregnant and too soon to test. Often, you can be late on your period due to stress, illness, changes in eating habits, hormonal changes, etc. The accuracy of the HPT tests depend on when you took them. Sometimes you may not get a positive/accurate result until a week or so after your missed period. I suggest waiting a few more days and testing again using the very first urine of the morning. If you do not get a positive result and your period still does not come, I suggest calling your doctor. Best wishes!

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      sarah 3 years ago

      i have missed my regular 28 day cycle by 5 days, i have no pregnancy symptoms only tiredness, i have been feeling very stressed and emotional, i experienced period symptoms when i was due for my period, hormonal, headaches etc, however i don't feel pregnant and have had 3 negative HPT results?

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      Marissa 4 years ago from United States

      Carriecolleen812, pregnancy starts from the first day of the last period, which for your friend would have been March 8th. Approximately 10-14 days after that date (which is the 2 weeks doctors add on) is when most women ovulate and can become pregnant. Based on your friend's LMP, she may have been most fertile from March 18th-24th.

      Here's something to consider: sperm can last upwards of 3-5 days inside of a woman in the right conditions. If your friend was with a man on the 17th, his sperm could have lived until possibly March 22nd at the latest, which is within her fertility range. The second man was also with her at that time. While he was with her closer to her estimated ovulation date, there's still a possibility the other man could be the father if she ovulated a few days earlier. Unfortunately, since she was not tracking her ovulation, there's no way to pinpoint when she ovulated and who's sperm was there to meet the egg when she did.

      Only a paternity test once the baby is born is going to give her a true and accurate answer. Until then, it would only be a guess as to who the father is.

      Best wishes to her with her pregnancy!

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      Carriecolleen812 4 years ago

      I have a question for a close friend , she had sex with two different men a week apart if that. Her first day of lmp was 3/8/13 and had sex with the first man on 3/17/13 then the second man on 3/22/13 and to this day. She is now pregnant and they done an ultrasound the 15th of April and said she was exactly 5 weeks and she conceived on 3/25 - 3/29. Would the first or the second man be the father? I thought the second man because when she conceived and they said she ovulated probably around 3/24/13 and they had to add 2 weeks because of ovulation and she would be further along if it was the first mans , they were not even able to see the baby yet. Plz reply so I can help a friend out. She is due December 15th 2013

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      Marissa 4 years ago from United States

      dicran, I'm glad you like the article! It is true that some women may not experience all of the pregnancy symptoms, but may instead experience one or two.

      Thanks for stopping by!

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      dicran 4 years ago

      that post was a very good one because its invormative and useful, you make some people know better about all of that, some girls don't have any simtoms apart from execive humgry

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      Marissa 4 years ago from United States

      Gunjan14, there are doplar machines you can use at home, but at only 8 weeks, you wouldn't be able to hear the baby's heartbeat with just that. Most doctors can't even find the baby's heartbeat with a doplar until after 12-14 weeks. Also, a stethoscope could be used, but the heartbeat isn't usually detectable with one of those until twenty-five weeks or so.

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      Gunjan14 4 years ago

      Hi,I want to know is there anyway that I can hear the baby's heartbeat at home also by my own.

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      Marissa 4 years ago from United States

      Gunjan14, sounds like you're experiencing a bit of morning sickness, which can make you feel nauseous even when you are hungry. Try to eat what you can, and stick to foods that are simple. At this point, the baby doesn't require too much from you in terms of calories.

      Check out my other articles about the first trimester of pregnancy and morning sickness for more details. Best wishes!

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      Gunjan14 4 years ago

      Hi ,this is gunjan here again,rite now my 8th week of pregnancy is goin on ,I feel hungry but when try to eat I don't feel like eating,since last2-3 days I m not eating properly,I feel very hungry but can't eat,what should I do.

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      Marissa 4 years ago from United States

      shrads, it's possible that you took the test too early. Some women don't build up enough hCG in their systems for a week or more after their expected period. I suggest waiting a few more days and testing again or asking your doctor for a blood test. Best wishes!

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      shrads 4 years ago

      i had my last periods on 21st Jan & my M cycle is of 29 days . i did pregnancy test on 20 it shows negative. What can i do now pls snuggest me, thanks...

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      Marissa 4 years ago from United States

      subuhi, without knowing where you are in your cycles, it's hard to say if you can be pregnant. You'll have to wait until either you start to show signs of pregnancy or you have a period once again before you'll know. If in two weeks or more you begin to feel as if you are pregnant, either take a pregnancy test or ask your doctor for a blood test. Best wishes!

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      subuhi 4 years ago

      i have a 5 months old son and im exclusively breast feeding him I have not had periods for 4 months and day before yesterday I had a unprotected sex can I b pregnant and how sooner I can get a pregnancy test?

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      Marissa 4 years ago from United States

      Hi again, jane23! Congratulations on your pregnancy! All of the symptoms you mention can be normal during early pregnancy, especially when your body is trying to get used to all of the new pregnancy hormones. The cramping in your lower belly and in your lower back could just be from your now expanding uterus, but you still may want to speak with your doctor about those symptoms.

      Best wishes!

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      jane23 4 years ago

      hello there, its me again after 5 weeks, my last mens date is 10th jan and during last month we didn't try to concevie and had sex just after my menses on 18th jan and then on 20th and 22nd jan then i had dark brown discharge/bleeding on 23rd jan till 25th jan then after that we has sex on 28th jan, and now i missed my period this month, i took home preg test and its positive with prominent dark band. but i have pain in my breast and sever cramps at my lower belly as i have during my menses, and also have sever backaches is it normal or not.

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      Marissa 4 years ago from United States

      Anabia , I'm glad you found this to be informative! At this point in your cycle, you would be five weeks along if you are indeed pregnant. If you are getting faint lines on the pregnancy tests, it most likely means you are! You seem to have all of the symptoms. The severe cramping is probably from your uterus now growing, which can cause round ligament pain (similar to cramps), but you may want to contact your doctor to confirm a pregnancy and to see what else could be causing the pain.

      Best wishes!

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      Marissa 4 years ago from United States

      reeta, I'm not sure what could be going on other than perhaps that you may ovulate later in your cycle. Based on your LMP, you should be ovulating any day from February 5th-10th. Keep on checking for the next few days. If you don't get a spike in your LH (what is detected by the tests) you may want to speak with your doctor. Best wishes!

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      Anabia 4 years ago

      sorry the date of my last period was 3rd Jan 2013.actually it is my first time.That's why a little bit confused.

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      Anabia 4 years ago

      Hello there,first of all i must say,very informative Hub...I came here with some questions.Most i have irregular periods but from the last four months my cycle is very regular.I have my last period on 3rd of Feb 2013.now i missed my periods and also have some syptoms like sore boobs,fatigue,short breathness,and sometime swere menstrual cramps..i have done some pregnency tests.All came with a faint line.does it means i m pregnant ?Do i need to wait for more time??Please ans anybody

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      reeta 4 years ago

      Hi, now a days am trying to conceive baby ,so i purchased ovulation kit , i felt am ovulating i checked- its showing every time negative , my last period first day on 26th Jan & last day 30th Jan , I start to check ovulation test from 6th of Feb to till the date of 12 Feb . please advise me

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      Marissa 4 years ago from United States

      Becca, as the article suggests, every other day is fine, although any at any time is fine as well! You would wait until you miss your next period, which is approximately two weeks after your ovulation days. Best wishes!

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      Becca 4 years ago

      Hi I got af today my ovulation days are the 21-25 do I do it every day or every other day n how long after should I wait to test just asking in advance

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      Marissa 4 years ago from United States

      Anna, with the clotting and since you're still bleeding, it may be unlikely this time that you are pregnant. There are certainly people who have experienced the same but there are varied results. If you are concerned, speak with your doctor.

      Best wishes!

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      Anna 4 years ago

      Thank you for your message .. I am sorry for lots of gramer and spelling mistake on my last post.hope you understand what i mean . bleeding is not stopped yet . today i got few blood clot as well . i bleed whole day today and yesterday , (This is day 4 and day 5 of my cycle i never has this before) it was light bleeding though .it was only 5 min when i got heavy flow . i am scared with this .. i hope it's not miscarriage . oh god i really want baby .. and trying very hard to conceive . i am just crossing my fingers but i am so frustrated deep inside my heart because of this two day bleeding on my 4th and 5th day of cycle and no bleeding on day 1, day 2 and no 3 (i informed it was just spotting for till day 3) ...has anyone had similar problem but still got pregnant

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      Marissa 4 years ago from United States

      Anna, since this cycle seems to be different, there's a chance you could be pregnant. The only way to know would be to take a test first thing in the morning. Best wishes to you!

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      Marissa 4 years ago from United States

      j, if you had your last period around January 6th, then you may have ovulated and been most fertile from January 16th-21st. If you were intimate around that time, there is a possibility you could be pregnant. The only way to know would be to take a test.

      It's also possible that your period is late for other reasons, including stress from thinking about it.

      Best wishes!

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      4 years ago

      every mounth i had period at 6th of every mounth , i had unprotected sex on 21 of jan still now 8 i dint get my period , am i pregnanc , i don't want pregnanc now pls help me

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      India Tony 4 years ago from Akron, Ohio

      thanks

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      Marissa 4 years ago from United States

      India Tony, most likely you are still experiencing the effects of your body trying to regulate itself after getting off of the pill. Since you had a period in late January, you're most likely not pregnant at this time.

      If you're trying for a baby, it's recommended that you wait at least three months before trying to conceive after getting off of the pill. That will give your body time to get back to regular cycles and it will help you to better determine when you may be fertile and ovulating.

      Best wishes!

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      India Tony 4 years ago from Akron, Ohio

      Hi, my name is India

      me and my husband is trying for a baby, I stop taking the pill 12/8/2012 I had a period before I stop taking the pill on 12/5/2012 but after I stopped taking the pill I had a brown discharge in December for 2 days then January came a long I had a heavy period which started on the 20 and ended on the 25 the a week after my period I see a brown discharge again what is going on and my breast hurt off and on

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      Marissa 4 years ago from United States

      Sofia, if you were pregnant, you should be able to get an accurate pregnancy test by now. It seems like you may have a hormonal imbalance of some sort. I suggest contacting your doctor to see what's going on. Best wishes!

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      Sofia 4 years ago

      hi, I don't usually have regular periods but the last 3 periods that I had were regular.. But my problem is that my last period ended on the 26th of November 2012 and since then I haven't got my period. I already took a few home pregnancy tests but they all have came out negative including one this morning..What should I do? Could it be that I'm pregnant?

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      bettyboo36 4 years ago

      really...WOW...well theres a little hope for me yet then.

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      Marissa 4 years ago from United States

      bettyboo36, yes, actually. My sister-in-law is one person I know of. Some women just don't produce vast amount of hCG to be picked up by any tests at first.

      Best wishes!!

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      bettyboo36 4 years ago

      just a little update : went to the doctors yesterday and they have referred me to go back next thursday for a blood test! have you ever heard of anyone who has ever been 8 weeks without a period who have had numerous negative tests but then been pregnant??

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      Marissa 4 years ago from United States

      Blueberry, I'm not quite sure what's going on, except that it could just be your body regulating itself after being on the birth control. If you were pregnant, you'd be six weeks by now (going by your December period), and surely able to get an accurate pregnancy result.

      Your next expected period was supposed to be on January 17th, with possible ovulation being from Jan 26th-Feb. 1st. If that's the case, then the spotting could be from ovulation, which is common for some women. It's hard to tell though because you had your last period in December...so this is just an estimate, keep in mind. If this is your current cycle, then you wouldn't be able to test for pregnancy until the second week of February.

      Like I said, because your last period was in December, it's hard to say what's going on. I suggest continuing to use an ovulation kit and TTC. If your period still does not return in two weeks, take another test and/or contact your doctor. Best wishes!

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      Blueberry 4 years ago

      Hello, I was hoping for a little help here. I stopped taking hormonal birth control pills in December, my last period started on December 20th. I had been on the pill for 8 years straight, before going on it my cycles were never regular. I took several ovulation tests around when I expected to see the LH surge but I did not get a positive. I kept watch for other signs of ovulation, but I did not continue using the ovulation strips (which I am really regretting, I also have not been tracking my temperature). Around January 18th I saw cervical mucus which I believe could be defined as egg-whitey (but that could just be in my head). Then on January 26th I had the smallest amount of dark blood spotting, just a few drops and I have not had any more since then. I took a first response pregnancy test this morning and did not see a pink line (I thought I saw a whitish line at first but it slowly went away, or I was tired and imagining it). I have 2 more tests on hand to use, and I'm wondering when I could test with them in hopes of getting a positive as early as possible (if I really could be pregnant--do the symptoms described line up, or could they possibly just be messing with me and all part of having irregular cycles and or coming off birth control?). I have never been pregnant before and he has never gotten anyone pregnant before, so we are both quite excited and I'm terribly impatient.

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      Marissa 4 years ago from United States

      bettyboo36, it's time that you speak with your doctor. It could be a hormonal imbalance of some sort, but I really can't say exactly what it is or why it's happening. The sooner you can speak with and see your doctor the better. Best wishes. I really hope you can find out what's going on!

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      bettyboo36 4 years ago

      still very much confused, my last period was on the 10th december 2012 and lasted for 4 days. i am now 23 days late with my january period and 51 days since the first day of my last period. i have done a total of 6 pregnancy tests which are all negative :-( what's going on?

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      Stephanie 4 years ago from Canada

      You are very welcome, and I have bookmarked it for when the hubs and I begin trying in the next year. ;)

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      Marissa 4 years ago from United States

      Neinahpets, I hope you find it useful! Thanks for reading and commenting!

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      Stephanie 4 years ago from Canada

      Thank you very much for sharing!! I've been curious about this for awhile.

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      Gunjan14 4 years ago

      Thanks a lot for your advice and wishes.

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      Marissa 4 years ago from United States

      sivklemets, that's a great point! Thanks for reading and commenting!

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      Marissa 4 years ago from United States

      Gunjan14, congratulations on the pregnancy, then! The cramping could be from your uterus growing and the round ligament pain that is common in early pregnancy. I experienced it with my first pregnancy, thinking it was something serious, but it wasn't. Still, it wouldn't hurt just to call your doctor and mention the spotting and cramping. Best wishes!

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      sivklemets 4 years ago from Los Angeles

      Remember to check the expiry date of your home pregnancy test, if you live them in the drawer then forget about them, its easy not to realize that they are less likely to work once past expiry.

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      Gunjan14 4 years ago

      Hi. Again,I did my pregnancy test again today early in da morning with the 1st urine n again it was positive sign n quite darker Dan before.n may be dat slight spotting was due to implantation bcoz it was vry light n few spots,spcly I gt dat spotting when in mng igo to get fresh during dat time only I see few spotting .even now I m nt gettin a feel of mensuration .i hope everything ll b alrite

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      Marissa 4 years ago from United States

      Gunjan14, a blood test could give you a sure answer about the pregnancy, plus the sonogram in February will be used to confirm the pregnancy. You should speak with your doctor about the spotting and cramping.

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      Gunjan14 4 years ago

      Hi thanks for reply,when I visited the doctor she did my urine pregnancy test and the test line was too light , n Dan I showed her my early home pregnancy test which I took yday early in the morning with 1st urine which was showing a proper positive sign after seeing that also she said yes I am pregnant and my hcg will be more in upcoming period and she gave me vitamins tablets which she said I need to take throughout my pregnancy n too visit her again on 3rd week of feb for sonography .do you suggest to visit other doctor ,and is there any other way I can be more sure about my pregnancy.i am gonna do another pregnancy test tmrw in da mng wid the 1st urine so that I will be more sure.

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      Marissa 4 years ago from United States

      Hi again Gunjan14! Did the doctor confirm your pregnancy? Light spotting in early pregnancy is actually common. Sometimes it's from the hormones affecting the cervix. The cramping could be from the implantation or from your uterus beginning to grow a bit. If you are concerned about both, you should contact your doctor.

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      Gunjan14 4 years ago

      It's me again,as I said last month I had period started on 29th late evening wid few spotting ,and dis mnth I had intercorsewid my husband every alternative day during my fertile days,is asleep checking my ovulation also with the help of ovulation kit,and it was positive on13th jan on even on 14th and then started getting faint on15th eve,n we had sex during these days too sothatwe should not miss the chance,I tested my pregnancy on 25th early morning and it was showing positive control line and test line was almost same color,n Dan same day I visited doctor she tested again n it was very very faint line,n today in after noon I jus saw vry light pink spotting when I went for peeing but not continuously only once but at the same time I m having a bit feeling of like mensuration ,after getting pint spotting I tested pregnany again it was positive but again very very faint line,I think 1st early morning urine give more dark line Dan any other time,so plz help me wid dis situation.

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      Marissa 4 years ago from United States

      Jason, it depends when your cycles stopped and for what reason they stopped. The pill shouldn't be in your system any longer as it has been a few months. Your cycles could be off due to stress, illness, change in weight, change in activity level, etc.

      If it has only been one month since you haven't had your period, then you can test for pregnancy or wait and see if it comes back. Good luck!

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      Jason 4 years ago

      i took the plan b pill a few months ago and have gotten my peiod but haven't since is this abnormal?

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      jazzy2013 4 years ago

      Thank you very much i made an appointment with my ob gyn on Monday this is really my first time it ever happen so i was kinda freaken out and my period always been irregular that's why i track it but thanks a lot for you response :)

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      Marissa 4 years ago from United States

      jazzy2013, it could be pregnancy or it could be a change in hormones. With your cycles being irregular, I can't really say which. Being that your period was only three weeks ago, you would have to wait another week or so to test for pregnancy. If this continues and you find out you're not pregnant, you should visit your doctor. Best wishes!

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      jazzy2013 4 years ago

      Hi i have question my periods are iregular last month my period was late for 11 days my period started dec29 and ended 3Jan then week later i got redish and brownish discharge with cramping i thought my period was going to start again and lasted 3 days then 2weeks later i got redish discharge for 2days with little bit brownish discharge but it wasn't a lot and now every time i whip it looks pinkish could i be pregnant or there's something wrong i also track my period with an app because it been iregular please help thanks

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      pearl11 4 years ago

      Hey thanks a lot for your reply. I will follow your advice. I really hope to get pregnant. And after seeing so many followers of yours brought a great hopes in me. Thanx a lot again. I will keep you updating on my status.

      Cheers!

      Pearl.

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      Marissa 4 years ago from United States

      yolanda, the spotting you experienced on the 8th could have been implantation bleeding. It all depends when you took those tests and visited your doctor. If you did all of that about 2 weeks ago, it may have been too early to pick up any hCG. As it would be, this week if you were pregnant, you'd only be about 5 weeks. If you feel as if you may be pregnant, try testing again first thing in the morning. If it's not pregnancy, your hormones may be fluctuating or the stress from TTC could have messed up your cycle a bit. Best wishes!

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      Marissa 4 years ago from United States

      mhyles, with your condition, I cannot answer you with a complete answer since I am not a medical professional. I can only say that if you have irregular cycles, you can use an ovulation predictor kit to help you determine when the best time to have intercourse is. Using the online calculator, I can estimate that you might ovulate again from sometime today until about the 29th, which may be your best time to try to conceive.

      Sorry that's all I can tell you. Only a doctor would be able to give you information otherwise about how you can get pregnant. Best wishes!

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      Marissa 4 years ago from United States

      Carriecolleen812, based on your last period, you may have ovulated from Dec. 29th-Jan. 3rd. It is possible that what you experienced on the 6th was implantation. You can take a test now to test for pregnancy since your next official period was supposed to start a few days ago. Best wishes!

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      yolanda 4 years ago

      Hi im really hoping you could help me. my period are usually.irregular so i can't really pinpoint my periods. But for the past year ive been trying to get pregnat. Last month i had a period that started on the 14th and lastdd for a full 4 days. This month.in January it started on the 8th but was very unusual. I woke up spotting light pink/brownish color but was so light i didn't have to wear a tampon, the.only.time i even noticed it there was after whipping which only lasted one day. However.i continued to see the brown for a couple of days later. Ever since ive been feeling.naseous, headaches, peeing a lot, backaches, hungry all the time you name it. Ive taken 5 hpt tests including visiting.my.doctore, getting a urine test and.blood test all came back negative. Maybe this could be all in my head since ive been trying ffor a while.. But something is going on with me for sure. Could i really be pregnant but its too early or am i just getting ahead of myself?????? Please help im sooo confused..

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      mhyles 4 years ago

      hello im a new member here, i have so many questions and i hope you will answer, im so obsessed to got pregnant. Can i still get pregnant with only one ovary and fallopian tube? and my menstrual cycle is not regular what i mean is last month of nov. i got 26 days menstrual cycle and the following month of dec. is now 25 days menstrual cycle i start got period for the month of dec. 20 to 25 2012 so my ovulation is dec. 28 to jan. 01 2013, i got intercourse with my husband jan. 02 2013 and now i have period this jan. 14 to 20 unfortunately i got intercourse with my husband jan. 19 2013 and i still bleeding i thought that day is my last period? and then i got intercourse again from jan. 20 to 22 2013, my question is there a possible or can i get pregnant? thank you.

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      Carriecolleen812 4 years ago

      I had my period starting December 20th 2012, it had lasted 5 days which is normal I had then had unprotected sex on the 31st of December with no pulling out then started bleeding January 6th 2013 for about 3 days, would I expect my period to be here already around the 20th or the 6th of next month? Or could I be pregnant and the 2nd bleeding be implantation? Please help!!!!

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      Marissa 4 years ago from United States

      Bethany, if your last period was supposed to be on the 29th of December, then you wouldn't be expecting your next period until about the 25th-26th, assuming you have 28 day cycles. It's very possible that skipping your last period has messed with your hormones a bit, which could be causing the symptoms you mention. You wouldn't necessarily be able to get an accurate test result until after the 26th or so. Try testing again then if you feel as if you are pregnant. Best wishes!

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      Marissa 4 years ago from United States

      bettyboo36 , if you were pregnant, you'd be about 6 weeks right now and surely able to get an accurate pregnancy result. It could be that your cycle is a bit off, be it from stress, illness, etc., or from the miscarriage (so sorry to hear that!). If your period still does not come in the next few days, you should be seen by your doctor to see what's going on. Best wishes!

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      Marissa 4 years ago from United States

      pearl11, you can continue to have intercourse right up until you either miss or get your period. Since you were intimate during your ovulation days from January 7th-13th, your chances are pretty good of conceiving. Best wishes!

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      Bethany 4 years ago

      I am on the pill and skipped my last period from Dec. 29-Jan.4. This month I have been experiencing bloating, nausea, tender and swollen breasts(which never happens to me normally) and cramping. I am about two days late on my current cycle and I have never missed a period while being on the birth control for four years. Is there any chance that skipping my last period may throw off my hormone levels and keep a pregnancy test from being positive just yet? I've already tested twice (once today) and both came back negative but I don't feel confident with those two negatives and a late period. Anyone else have this happen to them?

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      bettyboo36 4 years ago

      hi there i'm after some advice please.... I had my last period 10th december 2012, i was due my period in january 2 weeks ago today. Over the last 10 days I have done a total of 5 home pregnancy tests all of which are negative. I am 36 and already have 2 children, i also had a miscarriage beginning of november 2012. Please help, Many thanks. Angela x

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      pearl11 4 years ago

      Hi,

      I am from India, 32 years old and married. We are ttc ftom last one year now. In the Feb 2012 we started to try. Then continued up to 3-4 months. Later we went to see the Gyn and she asked me to get ultra sound done. It came PCOD. She put me on meds for do few months. Then she put me on Crisanta birth ctrl pills for 3 months and then some vitamins too. It regulised my periods from 35-36 days cyc to 28-29. From last few months i m regular and no medicines as such. Now last month my pd started on 29th Dec and ended on 2nd Jan 2013. We had un protected sex from 3rd jan up to 13 jan every next day almost. Then we did yesterday as well on 20th Jan. My due date is somewhere 26th-27th Jan 2013. I have 2 questions:

      1) shall i continue to have sex still? If yes then till which date?

      2) and what are my chances of conceiving???

      Thanks in advance.

      CHEERS!!

      !Pearl

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      Marissa 4 years ago from United States

      You can test now or wait a few days and see if your period comes. Your choice!

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      Helloyellow 4 years ago

      Is it too early to take a test?

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      Marissa 4 years ago from United States

      Helloyellow, while most women do not conceive right after their periods, there's always a chance of pregnancy any time you have unprotected intercourse. Have you taken a test yet? You should be able to get an accurate result now since you have missed your period. Of course, your period could also be delayed due to other reasons, but it wouldn't hurt to take a test to check. Best wishes!

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      Helloyellow 4 years ago

      Hi I had my last day of period on the 22 of dec and had sex that day. My bf pulled out a good 3-4 minutes before. Now im expecting my period but it hasn't come yet. I am experiencing mild cramping and a bit of gas for about 2 days. Usually i just bloat and start cramps the day if my period. The last 2 periods were on the 22nd of nov and 18 dec. am i pregnant?

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      Marissa 4 years ago from United States

      ellie, if you have missed your period for more than a week when you're otherwise regular, there's good reason to suspect pregnancy. You just may not have had enough hCG in your system yet to show up on a home pregnancy test. A blood test from your doctor can help you find out sooner as they are more sensitive.

      I do not recommend any alcohol or ceviche while you're away, just in case. While some people say small amounts of alcohol are okay, there's no strong evidence to suggest that any alcohol at any point in pregnancy is safe. While it may be disappointing to not have any on your vacation, it would be better for your health if you're trying to conceive and the health of any potential pregnancy. Try some non-alcoholic cocktails in the meantime, which can be just as yummy.

      Best wishes, and enjoy your vacation!

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      Marissa 4 years ago from United States

      cora, for women with irregular periods, I believe it is recommended to wait 30-45 days from the last period to take a test. Being that you already know you're not pregnant at this moment, there's no need to worry. If you are trying to get pregnant, using an ovulation predictor kit can help with conception. You can also speak with your doctor about other ways to help regulate your periods. Best wishes!

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      Marissa 4 years ago from United States

      Julie, the pull out method, no matter how it happens, is never 100% effective in preventing pregnancy, even for those who use it correctly. Please keep that in mind. Being that you took NextChoice within the time limit, you should not be pregnant. What's happening most likely is that the hormones from Next Choice are messing with your cycle a bit, causing these symptoms. Your period may be delayed because of it as well. If it doesn't come in a week or so, take a pregnancy test to be sure. Good luck!

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      ellie1 4 years ago

      hello! this looks like one of the most informative spots on the web for this topic... I've googled this backwards and forwards, but was hoping I could ask for you opinion/advice...

      my periods are pretty regular (always 27-29 days) and my last two periods were 11/18/12 and 12/15/12.

      my husband and I have been casually trying to conceive and last month I decided to use an ovulation kit to double check that I was ovulating when thought I was. the test was positive on 12/29 in the evening and we had sex a few times in the days before/after that.

      I had typical pms symptoms on the days around my expected perioud (pressure/cramps/fatigue) and then general fatigue and intermittent queasiness and stomach cramps for the past 10 days or so, as well as swollen/tender breasts.

      (needless to say, since I'm posting here) I have taken several home pregnancy tests w/ negative results (1 day before the missed period and then every few days including today).

      I would be okay just waiting a while and retesting, but I am headed out of town tomorrow for a 2 week beach vacation with some friends--- and I am wondering whether I should be drinking alcohol/eating ceviche or whether there is still a chance of pregnancy this cycle.

      I don't want to risk anything, but also don't want to pile on the disappointment of not joining the party for no reason...

      thanks so much for your input!

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      cora 4 years ago

      I'm a little confused have not had my period since Nov 18 2012 whent the Dr yesterday hadrawn blood and a urine test Dr pregnancy but still said Neg then had an ultra sound of my ovaries and doc said I was ovulating so I was wondering because I have such irregular periods when should I take the next Preg test thanx in advanced any comments or Answers are welcome

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      Julie Saldana 4 years ago

      I had unprotected sex last weekend on Sunday. My boyfriend wasn't in all the way so my hymen didn't break, the sex lasted for about a minute. I took NextChoice Tuesday , 50 hours after the sex. My expected period is supposed to come either today or tomorrow. Ive been freaking out all week because my stomach has been hurting, i feel like i want to throw up and ive had a lot of vaginal discharge. HELP !

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      Marissa 4 years ago from United States

      Hi cora, have you tested for pregnancy? You can be missing your period for a variety of reasons. I suggest speaking with a clinic or your doctor for evaluation since it has been two months. Best wishes!

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      cora 4 years ago

      no period for two months

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      Marissa 4 years ago from United States

      Allie, if you had a period, you're not pregnant. It's okay to not have any cramps. If you're worried about being pregnant, you won't be able to take a pregnancy test until February when you expect your next period. If you don't wish to be pregnant now, you should look into a form of birth control or contraceptives. Taking a lot of Vitamin C is not the way to prevent pregnancy and is not proven to stop pregnancy nor is it exactly medically safe. Any extra Vitamin C your body gets is just expelled by the body once it has enough of the vitamin.

      Please, try to be safe and healthy in the future. Best wishes!

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      Allie 4 years ago

      i had sex with

      A guy and he stuck it in & took it out very quickly & came..I started taking vitamin C a lot & got what I believe is my period on the 9th of January & it ended on like tar 13th but for some reason I didn't cramp like I normally do..am I pregnant? I bled like I normally do I think but then again I didn't pay close attention..help??

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      Marissa 4 years ago from United States

      lisa, you said in your last comment that you usually get your period around the 14th of the month, but that doesn't go along with the last two dates you give me.

      Here's what I can tell you: If your last period began on December 28th, then you may have ovulated around January 6th-11th. Some women do experience some light bleeding when they ovulate from the egg being released from the ovaries. If you had any intercourse around that time, it is possible that you could have become pregnant. Based on the last period date, you're not expecting your next period until January 25th or so, if you have otherwise regular 28 day cycles.

      It's possible that since you're still young, your hormones may have shifted due to stress, illness, change in weight, change in activity level, or just for some unknown reason. If that's the case, then you could be experiencing symptoms that mimic pregnancy symptoms, but they're actually just from your hormones trying to re-regulate themselves.

      Wait another week and take a pregnancy test. If it's negative, then you may want to visit your doctor for an evaluation. Best wishes to you!

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      lisa 4 years ago

      My last 2 periods were november 27

      December28 .I start

      by 19 20 but I always get my symptoms first like bloating cramps when I got it the beginning of the month I had no symptoms. Nothing. Haven't had no.symptoms just I.have to urinate a lot even if I don't drink anything for a couple of hours

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      Marissa 4 years ago from United States

      lisa, I need to know a bit more before I can give you an answer. When were your last two periods?

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      lisa 4 years ago

      Hi i need your advice Im 19 years old I usually get my menstrual on the 14th I got my period the beginningof the month but only for 3 days I don't know what to do I need help ....

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      Marissa 4 years ago from United States

      Susan, it's possible that you don't have enough hCG in your system yet if you are pregnant. I would wait a few more days and take another test first thing in the morning.

      If you're pregnant, there's no way to prevent your pregnancy from this point. You should speak with a medical professional about other options from here.

      Best wishes!

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      Susan 4 years ago

      My last period was the week of Dec. 16 and I have had regular sex after then. My day of ovulation was on Dec. 30 and I was projected to begin my period again on Jan 13th...but I am a few days late. I do not ovulate again until the 27th...I took a test yesterday and it came up negative. What should I do? How/when will I know and what can I do to prevent the pregnancy from here?!

      Thanks! Suz

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      Marissa 4 years ago from United States

      Hi lisa lee, based on your last period, you may have ovulated and been most fertile from December 20th-25th. Since you had intercourse around that time, it is possible that you are pregnant.

      Since at this point you are a week late with your period, you can take a pregnancy test now. Best wishes!

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      Marissa 4 years ago from United States

      Jam, since the morning after pill contains a very high dosage of hormones, it can mess with your cycle for a few weeks, making you experience the symptoms you mention. It may take some time before your body regulates itself again.

      Hope you're feeling better soon!

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      Jam 4 years ago

      Thanks for the quick response! I was wondering if the morning after pill can cause pregnancy like symptoms 2 weeks after taking it? For the past couple of days ive been experiencing unexplained nausea, dizziness, tiredness and stomach and back cramping. I know the pill can have side effects but surely not this long after? Thanks so much for your help.

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      Marissa 4 years ago from United States

      Jam, if you took the morning after pill within the allotted time, then most likely you are not pregnant. While you did have intercourse during your ovulation time, the hormones from the pill most likely prevented any potential pregnancy from implanting, which is how the pill works.

      You tested for pregnancy a bit early as you are not expecting your period for another two days or so. If you still feel as if you may be pregnant and you miss your period, you can take a test after the 17th, preferably first thing in the morning. Keep in mind though that the pill could have altered your cycles a bit, causing your next period to be late or delayed.

      Best wishes!

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      Marissa 4 years ago from United States

      Scared, I'm truly sorry to hear about your husband. As you're going through a very difficult time, your cycles may be off due to stress. Without knowing the exact dates of your periods, I couldn't tell you if you tested too soon, but since you had a period in January, even though it was different, you are most likely not pregnant.

      If, however, you feel as if you still may be pregnant (since you didn't find out about your other pregnancies until later on), you could visit your doctor for a blood test just to be certain.

      Best wishes to you, and blessings on your family!

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      Jam 4 years ago

      Hi, I was just wondering if you can help me. The first day of my last period was 20th Dec 2012 which lasted about 6 days. I then had unprotected sex with my partner on the morning of the 1st Jan 2013, about 10 hours later i took the morning after pill at his request mind you! Im just wondering if theres a chance i would of already ovulated and the pill didn't work? Im secretly hoping it failed!! Any advice would be most appreciated. Thanks for your time. P.S i took a pregnancy test 3 days ago and there was a very very faint line that vanished after about 10 seconds and today test was negative.

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      Scared 4 years ago

      So my period in November was normal but in December it was 2 weeks early but not as heavy as normal. Then it came two weeks later the beginning of January but it was lighter and only lasted three days. Now I am spotting. I have two kids already and didn't know until I was months into the pregnancies. My husband and I were talking about having more kids and were having unprotected sex but he passed before Christmas. Is there a possibility I'm pregnant or could it be stress. The first one in December was before I lost him. I took a HPT and few days ago and it was negative could it have been to early. I'm just not really sure and I'm worried about it.

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      Curious 4 years ago

      Thank you for the response and so quickly. You helped greatly. It is very much appreciated.

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      Marissa 4 years ago from United States

      o_phuleez, if your daughter had unprotected intercourse right before her period, chances are slim that she became pregnant as most women do not ovulate and conceive right before or during periods.

      The delay in period could be from a few factors: stress (especially from thinking about pregnancy), change in weight, change in activity, illness, infection, or a shift in hormones (which is common, especially if she's a teenager). The spotting right now could be from ovulation, as some women do spot at that time and she'd be in the beginning of her ovulation days now.

      It does, though, depend on when she took the tests. They may have been too early, giving an inaccurate result. It also depends if the 31st was her only time having unprotected intercourse. If she had any other in the middle of December, she may have become pregnant from then, but you wouldn't have had a positive pregnancy result until the days or week after January 1st.

      I suggest a visit to the doctor or a clinic for an evaluation to find out what's going on. Best wishes to you and her!

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      Marissa 4 years ago from United States

      Curious, based on your last period, you may ovulate and be most fertile from the 10th-15th. Being that you were intimate right in the middle of that time, there's a good chance you could become pregnant.

      You won't be able to test for pregnancy until you potentially miss your next period, after January 28th or so. Best wishes!

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      Curious 4 years ago

      Hi I was wondering if you could help me with something. You see I had my period on the first of this month it ended on the 5th. I am always regular with when I get my period. I had unprotected sex on the 11th. So is it possible I am Pregnant?

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      Marissa 4 years ago from United States

      latoia, if you have unprotected intercourse around your ovulation, you certainly could become pregnant. Without any other information, I can't tell you how much of a possibility it is. Best wishes!

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      Marissa 4 years ago from United States

      ty, if you're still getting periods, then you're most likely not pregnant. It sounds more like a hormonal imbalance. You should speak with your doctor if this has been happening since October.

      Best wishes!

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      Marissa 4 years ago from United States

      jane23, you need to see your doctor. I cannot tell you what is going on unfortunately. Only a medical professional will be able to help you.

      Best wishes!

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      jane23 4 years ago

      hi again,

      as i told you i had a midcycle/implantation bleeding on 30th dec, but yesterday start bleeding and it was the same as last time i took a preg test yesterday morning and it was a very light positive so my husband said that it was nothing, but i did the test today morning and oh it is a positive o prominent positive and i am having a heavy flow too with clots, i am so much confuse now please help me, if it is a pregnancy then why did i start bleeding both times and why did strip says positive on 2nd day of bleeding both time if it is miscarriage???? please ease my mind mam

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      ty 4 years ago

      Oct was my last real period. November no period at all. 2 weeks later had brown bleeding not heav lasted for a week. Now in jan my period was 9 days late and light. Am I pregnant? I took a test 4 days ago it was neg. Is there still a possibility?

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      Marissa 4 years ago from United States

      samantha193, you're welcome. I hope all turns out well for you!

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      samantha193 4 years ago

      Thank you so much for the advice !

      This Hub is really helpful.

      I will see my doctor and take blood test.

      i will post an update.

      Thanks again and Godbless.

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      Marissa 4 years ago from United States

      samantha193, you need to see a doctor then. He/she can help you with the weight loss and delayed menstruation, plus test for potential pregnancy. Best wishes!

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      samantha193 4 years ago

      yes i don't have my period on december.

      my last period is on nov. 16 - 20.

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      Marissa 4 years ago from United States

      samantha193, medications, especially birth control medication, plus losing weight very quickly can definitely throw your cycles off. If this is the issue, you need to see your doctor to help you with the rapid weight loss and the delayed menstruation.

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      Marissa 4 years ago from United States

      Hi samantha193, are you saying you didn't have a period in December? Was November your last period? If November was your last period, then you would have had an accurate test result by now. If you had a period in December, you may have tested too early as you wouldn't be expecting a period until this weekend.

      If you haven't missed your January period yet, then you should wait until this weekend to take a home pregnancy test. You can also ask your doctor for a blood test, which can be more accurate than the HPT. An ultrasound usually isn't given unless there's a pregnancy or another issue, and even then it wouldn't be until 6-7 weeks or so.

      Even if you had protected intercourse, there's still a chance of pregnancy as condoms can fail. Good luck to you!

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      samantha193 4 years ago

      I read some causes of late periods.. i am very confused.

      i had certain medications.

      i had injectable pills twice and stop it. then i took pills for few months and then stop it again. and i decided to use condoms only.

      last december i'm also stress and has a lot of fighting and lil crying.

      i lose 5 kilos last dec very fast because i don't eat too much at school.

      i eat very little and taking diet pills.

      pls reply. thank you so much !

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      samantha193 4 years ago

      Hi practical mommy,

      i have a question. this ..

      Last nov. 16 - 20, 2012 i had my period and last dec. i don't have my period yet until now.

      my boyfriend and i had intercourse last dec. 3 & 5 , & 22 but have condoms.

      i took already a hPT 5 times and the last one is now. and its all negative. i don't know what to do. i also had white discharge

      I also had a 1yr old baby already, but when I took a test before , its positive on my frst test. but i'm still freakin out :(

      and what is also the best test that i can take, pelvic ultrasound or blood test ?.

      What can you advice to me?

      Thanks!

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      Marissa 4 years ago from United States

      Pinky123456 , if you're talking about the Plan B pill, it may be too late for that. Those things are most effective only from 24-72 hours after intercourse.

      You'll have to wait until your next expected period to test for pregnancy. If it's negative, you should really consider a form of birth control or other contraceptives if you are not ready for a baby yet.

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      Marissa 4 years ago from United States

      niki, I guess it depends when you took a pregnancy test. You were expecting your next period around the middle of December; any time after the 18th or so you should have been able to get an accurate pregnancy result. Any time before then would have been too soon.

      There can be other reasons why you haven't had your period yet. You may want to speak with your doctor or visit a clinic for an evaluation. Good luck!

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      niki 4 years ago

      Hi mam.. I am 21 years old. i read your article its really very good. i have a problem that my periods are missed and its over 20day from my periods date so it is total 50days from my last period date on 20 Nov 2012. I use a pregnancy test kit to test about my pregnancy but the result is negative. I really do not know what can i do next. I made sex with my b.f But he use protection also. plzz reply

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      Pinky123456 4 years ago

      Should i take pills for that?!Or i don know, is it good for health?! Because i never have pillls before nor unprotected sex..

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      Marissa 4 years ago from United States

      Pinky123456, based on your last period, you may be in your most fertile time, which is from January 5th-10th. Being that you had unprotected sex on the 6th, you definitely have a chance of being pregnant. Even though the 6th was the 11th day of your cycle, the sperm can live upwards of 3-5 days and meet your egg anytime from the 6th to the 10th or so, causing a pregnancy. (Learn more about ovulation and conception in my "When Did I Conceive?" article. )

      Keep in mind that there's always a chance of pregnancy when you have unprotected sex, no matter when it is in your cycle. You'll have to wait until January 24th or so when you are expecting your next period to take a test.

      Until then, use protection and try not to think about it too much. Thinking and stressing about it could cause you to feel symptoms of pregnancy that aren't really there and make you worry even more. Good luck!

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      Pinky123456 4 years ago

      Thanks for the reply.. but i need to know that, my period started from 27th December and i had unprotected sex with my boyfriend on 6th January! As i know 10 days from the period stats is safe for unprotected sex but i made a mistake and i had sex on the 11th day, so i'm kinda worried. Can i get pregnant?!

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      Marissa 4 years ago from United States

      Pinky123456, sorry to hear that. I need more information if you have a specific question. Thanks!

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      Pinky123456 4 years ago

      Hey i'm in trouble..

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      Marissa 4 years ago from United States

      mand84, since it seems like an irregular cycle, it's hard to say. Have you had unprotected intercourse this month? It's possible that the second bleeding was either from ovulation or possibly implantation bleeding. It could also be from a hormonal imbalance or from an underlying medical condition.

      Have you tested for pregnancy? If not, you can test now. If it's negative, you may want to contact your doctor about the extra period to see what's going on.

      If you counted from your first period, you would have missed your next period already. If you count by the second period, if it was a period, then your next one may be due the 16th.

      Best wishes!

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      jane23 4 years ago

      thanks for reply, it's a nice and informative hub

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      mand84 4 years ago

      hi there I'm 28,, an on december the 4th -8th december 2012 i came on my normal period then back for second time in the same mont hon the 19-23, then a week later i end up with light egg white discharge no irratation from it tho,, when do i work my next period from ,, is it my normal 1 from the beginning of the month or the second 1 i had???

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      Marissa 4 years ago from United States

      jane23, I can't say with certainty what's going on. It's possible that the bleeding you had at the end of December could have been implantation bleeding, or it could have been your period coming. Using your last period, it's possible that you ovulated around December 20th-25th, which would have been when you were most fertile, and the week after you could have experienced implantation if you became pregnant.

      It seems that you're expecting a period in a few days. If it doesn't come, take a pregnancy test. Best wishes!

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      jane23 4 years ago

      hi,

      i have a ? here, i had my last period on 11th dec which is 4 days late by due date and i also had a slight positive on PT strip, but then i start bleeding and it was heavy for 2 days and light for 3 days just like my periods, after that we follow counting method and intercourse on 11th, 13th, 14th,15th, 16th and 18th days of my cycle and on 20th day which is 30th dec i start bleeding/spotting for three days with low flow not as my period, i am very confuse now, if i am preg or not? and what's the reason of bleeding?

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      Marissa 4 years ago from United States

      moronkee , it depends how close to 50 years old we are talking about. If someone is in their 40s and looking to be pregnant, I'd say the first step is to schedule a visit with the doctor to discuss her health and chances of conceiving. While many healthy women can have babies at that stage in life, not many find it easy without some medical guidance or assistance.

      Thanks for reading!

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      Moronke Odugbesan 4 years ago

      I ..

      pray for all the pregnant mums that they will deliver their babies safely in JESUS CHRIST NAME

      Please I have a question.What steps can a woman yet to be 50 take to be pregnant? Thanks

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      Nicole Ostoyic 4 years ago from Michigan

      Thank you so much! I will definitely be taking another test then within the next few days.. I came across your hub accidentally, but I am glad that I did.. I have been going crazy the last week or so trying to get some kind of answers before I decided to call my doctor.. But that will for sure be my next step after I take another test.. Thank you for the quick response. I truly appreciate it.. :)

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      Marissa 4 years ago from United States

      tere, yes, do keep me posted! I do wish you luck, and thanks again for stopping by!

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      Marissa 4 years ago from United States

      NicoleMarie810, it seems that it's very possible that you could be pregnant. By the 29th you should have had an accurate test result as you would have missed your period by then, but sometimes some women are not able to test positive for pregnancy until they are almost 2 months along.

      The light spotting could have been implantation bleeding, or it could have just been a different period. The other symptoms you mention could definitely be from pregnancy, but they could also be from a shift in hormones.

      I suggest taking another test first thing one morning sometime in the next few days. You can also contact your doctor to see if you can get a blood test, which can be more accurate as they pick up smaller levels of hCG.

      Best wishes!

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      tere 4 years ago

      Yes indeed your Hub serves great help for all those women who are confused.

      I will keep you posted to whatever are the progress... cross my finger hope this is just a PMS signs have 7 days left for my next period... wish me luck..

      God bless and Hope to read more articles from your hub.

      tere/phil.

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      Nicole Ostoyic 4 years ago from Michigan

      Hello PracticalMommy! :-)

      My question is this... My actual last period was November 22-26. I have very regular menstrual cycles. My fiancé and I were sexually active the first week of December in hopes of conceiving. On December 19th, I had thought I started my period, but it was light bleeding/spotting and that was it. Then on the 21-25 I had vaginal discharge. (sometimes clear, sometimes whitish with no odor) A few days later, I started noticing my breasts were getting a little sore, had light headaches, and a little bit of nausea- and a "feeling" of being pregnant. On December 29th, I took a HPT and it came back negative. As of today, I have still been experiencing nausea, dizziness, headaches, and sore breasts etc.. My questions are: Could I be pregnant? Did I maybe take the test too soon? Should I take another HPT? And if so, When would be a good time? Thank you for your time!

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      Marissa 4 years ago from United States

      tere, based on the new information you provided, it could really be implantation bleeding or the start of your period. Still, you wouldn't be able to tell until you either miss your period in about a week or it comes on full strength.

      I'm glad you found this article useful. :)

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      tere 4 years ago

      thank you very much for answering my questions.

      Yes, i forgot to mention.. my LMP was Dec. 13, and lasted for 2 days and spotting on the 3rd day. My husband arrives once in a while from work ,we had unsafe sex on Dec. 24 ( 3 times ) and on Dec. 25 ( once). Nothing follows and all these staining, cramps happen. Hope this info. can help you analyze my prob. before i went to my doctor.

      ( My LMP from Aug. 24: 32 cycle )

      ( Sept. 25: 49 cycle )

      actually, this spotting confused me a lot because with my 1st pregnancy i had this bleeding, not spotting. I thought was goin to have my period but never the less i found out that i was pregnant since i experience some changes in my body esp. my breast gets sore, and i experience dizziness and crave for food,

      But right now its is quiet different, just all these signs makes me worried a lot. I will take note everything you said.

      your hub is really a great help. Thank You very much.

      tere/phil.

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      Marissa 4 years ago from United States

      tere, being that you have experienced irregular cycles lately, I can't say with certainty what's going on. Did you have a period at all in December? From what you mention, it seems like there's a hormonal imbalance perhaps, which can cause the cramps, spotting and staining. It could also be implantation bleeding if you had intercourse right around ovulation time.

      You wouldn't be able to test for pregnancy for another week or so. If you're not pregnant this time, then I suggest speaking with your doctor about what's going on and about possibly going on a form of birth control. Best wishes to you!

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      Marissa 4 years ago from United States

      Kimberly, it seems like it was a period, especially if it was heavy and came on time. It's possible that your cycles have changed. I don't think you'd be pregnant at this time, but if you feel as if you need to test, it wouldn't hurt. Good luck!

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      tere 4 years ago

      awesome!!! :)....

      I honestly need help here... I had 2 kids yet i am not yet ready for another one. I usually had irregular cycle but for month of Nov. to Dec. it comes on time as 30 days cycle. My last LMP Nov. 13. My husband and I had unprotected sex on Dec. 24, and 25 ( am). On the 26th dec. at dawn i noticed brownish stain on my undies, on the 27th of dec. mild cramping and brown & red stain on my undies, until 28th dec. i can still feel the cramps but no more spotting. Today, Jan 4, i have this stain again red and brownish. I believe my ovulation was on Dec. 29. I have not experienced any early pregnancy symptoms. Hope to hear from you, God bless and thank you very much.

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      Kimberly 4 years ago

      Hi practical mommy!:) I'm back :) remember you said I would get my period the ending of dec well I did . But just one problem I had it for 4 days the first two days were heavy then the next two were realllyyyyyyyy light pink then gone . Should I take a pregnancy test ? Can i be pregnant ? My period always wereb7 or 8 days or more.?

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      Marissa 4 years ago from United States

      Pinkchic18 , glad you found it informational and great. Thanks for reading!

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      Sarah Carlsley 4 years ago from Minnesota

      Great and informational hub, thanks!

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      Marissa 4 years ago from United States

      Shay25, if you haven't had your period yet, then it's time to take a pregnancy test. That will be the only way to know for sure. Your symptoms could be from the delayed period or from pregnancy. Only a test will tell.

      Best wishes!

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      Marissa 4 years ago from United States

      Deidre, did you just have a period? Was it regular? If so, then you're most likely not pregnant but perhaps experiencing an illness or the effects of ovulation, which you may be going through now.

      Hope you're feeling better soon!

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      Shay25 4 years ago

      Hi I have a ? I had my period November 28th here it's January 2nd and still no period I have been having some stomach cramps but when I go to the bathroom no bleeding I haven't been having any pregnancy symptoms but my nipples have been a little sore I just want to know if I am pregnant or not

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      Deidre 4 years ago

      Im having pregnancy simtoms. Tired then usually. Peeing alot a little a lot of vomiting. Not eating well my breast are sore. I my period is coming on the 18 januarie so i didn'tmissed my period already. Can i be pregnant?

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      Marissa 4 years ago from United States

      smith87, you may have tested too early today being that you'd only be about 4 weeks and a few days along if you are pregnant. If you are looking for an accurate result, you should contact your doctor for a blood test.

      Best wishes!

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      smith87 4 years ago

      Hi.. I was due my period on the 27/12 but didn't come on. Today I started getting pink/brown discharge very light but not my usual period at all. I felt pregnant weeks ago and have done a ridiculous amount of early response pregnancy tests the last one being today and they have all been negative, I am trying not to get obsessive over this but it's really difficult. I have 2 daughters and with my last a test showed up negative at 4 weeks pregnant only at 6 weeks I got a positive. Is there any other way I can find out? I understand every woman is different but I can't think straight it's totally taking over every thought in my mind!!

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      Marissa 4 years ago from United States

      Gunjan14, it could be an early start to your period. Until you potentially miss your period in three days, I couldn't tell you otherwise. You'll just have to be patient and wait and see.

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      Gunjan14 4 years ago

      Hi,just half an hr back I hv noticed bit bleeding while peeing ,I don't know what is this,is this my period or something else bcoz my periods were spsd to be due on 1st jan,bleeding is not too much initially it was something bit pinkish now it seems to be brownish,please let me know what is goin on with me

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      Marissa 4 years ago from United States

      Gunjan14, if your basal body temperature is still up, pregnancy is possible. You still won't be able to test until after the 1st if you miss your period.

      Best wishes!

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      Gunjan14 4 years ago

      Hi ,as I said Since last a week my breast were quite sore and sensitive and from last 3-4 days even my nipples become very sensitive and bit painful specially my left nipple was more painful n bit swollen, today when I got up my nipples as well as my breast are kind of all rite not much pain a very slight soreness is left and body basal temperature is also high and today I m feeling bit vomiting kind. my cycle which is due on 1st jan,can i still expect my pregnancy to be positive.

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      Marissa 4 years ago from United States

      Jenniferh, based on your LMP, you may have ovulated and been most fertile around Dec. 18-22. You aren't expecting your next period until January 5th, after which you'd be able to test.

      If you're experiencing similar symptoms as to those you had in your other pregnancy, chances are you could be pregnant this time. It's possible that you're experiencing implantation now, which could cause the symptoms you mention.

      If you miss your period January 5th, then take a test. Best wishes!!

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      Jenniferh 4 years ago

      Me and my husband have been ttc since April, my last period was dec. 8th, we had intercourse every other day up until Christmas after my cycle was finished, starting from the 14th. My breast are sore, they started hurting a few days, and I have had some odd sensations in my abdomen. My breasts haven't hurt since I was pregnant with my daughter who is now 4. When could be the best time to test? I don't want to get my hopes up just yet, too many let downs this year

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      Marissa 4 years ago from United States

      Sharon, I don't think what you're experiencing could still be from your medical procedure. It's possible that you could be pregnant, or there's a hormonal change happening causing the spotting. The only way to know would be to take a pregnancy test. If it's negative and still no regular period, you should contact your doctor.

      Best wishes!

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      sharon 4 years ago

      Well. I had my last period november 15-20. I had unprotected sex on december 2nd. I've been feeling cramping as if my period is ready to come but it doesn't. I have very little spotting when I wipe after using the bathroom every now and then. No frequent urination. No excessive eating. Just cramps and little spotting. I had a surgical abortion in october of 2011. Could the bleeding or spotting from the abortion still be in affect? Or Could I be pregnant?

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      Marissa 4 years ago from United States

      kendra, any time you have unprotected intercourse, there's a chance of pregnancy. Without knowing your last period, it's hard to tell you when to test.

      Best wishes!

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      kendra 4 years ago

      aThees comments were too much to read through so I just have a question. My period ended oct. 17/18. I don't remember what day in november it occurred but I know for a fact I had my period. On dec. 3rd I had sex. I haven't felt nausea. I don't seem to have tender breasts but I do seem to eat a lot. However, I'm always like that. My eating habits are nothing new.. my question is: could I be pregnant?

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      Marissa 4 years ago from United States

      Gunjan14 , you can test after January 1st if you miss your period. Good luck!

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      Gunjan14 4 years ago

      Hi again ,as I said I ovulated on 14th of this month and me and my husband had unprotected sex on the same day as well a day before also ,in fact we are having sex every alternative day ,as I I said from my ovulation day my basal body temperature is on rise Sometime constant ,n even frem the day of my ovulation I am having some mild cramping on my left abdomen ,n Dan after 2-3 days on my right side of the abdomen,since last 2-3 days my breast are also bit sore,and yesterday I had slight bleeding,and today since having lunch I m feeling like vomiting,my mensuration date is 1st jan,please advice when I ll be able to test my pregnany test.

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      Marissa 4 years ago from United States

      LesaMurphy12, as someone who is not a medical professional, I cannot honestly tell you what is going on right now. It could be your period. If so, then you wouldn't be fertile again for another week, which is when you should try again the most. It wouldn't hurt to start after the period has stopped either.

      Best wishes!

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      LesaMurphy12 4 years ago

      ok my story i wrote before...

      on november 4-7 i have gotten my period and me an my boyfriend bd on the 16-23 (i was fertile 15-19) i missed my period on december 2 and me and my boyfriend bd on the 8th and when i went to go use the bathroom and i wiped the toilet paper was light pink but the water was clear and it wasn't nothing on my underwear it only happened once. i took a pregnancy test and it was negative. so me and my boyfriend decided to bd on the 13-15 (fertile on 13-17)of december and yesterday it happened again after using the bathroom i wiped and it was light pink except it was there when i kept using the bathroom i don't know what it is that's going on

      NEXT DAY:

      my appointment yesterday he said that i had a lot of old blood and i put on a pad and some came out it was red for that day but now its brown on the pad but when i wipe its red/light pink i do have some blood clots so do i count this as my normal cycle?? an try again right after it goes fully away? and if this is my period will i ovulate late? or should i start baby dancing right after it goes off??

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      Marissa 4 years ago from United States

      Sophie92, the symptoms you mention could still be the result of ovulation, or it could also be from dehydration or another illness. Make sure you're drinking enough water! The discharge could be from ovulation as it tends to show up more around that time.

      You still have about another week or more to test for pregnancy. Good luck, and I hope you're feeling better soon!

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      Sophie92 4 years ago

      Hi

      Thanks for getting back to me iv noticed a thick white discharge in my knickers i just don't understand what happning a feel so weird in my self tired headaches fever and cramps but its only been 4 days since ovulation wat does this mean ??

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      Marissa 4 years ago from United States

      Gunjan14, I'm not an expert on basal body temperature, but from what I can see it rises and remains up for 10-16 days after ovulation. It will drop again if you get your next period. If it stays elevated for 18 days or more, you can test for pregnancy. Hope this helps.

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      Gunjan14 4 years ago

      but on the 14th dec i had a rise in my body basal temperature as well as according to the ovulation test kit my result was positive on the same day and we had unprotected sex ,we still doing sex every alternative days.i would like to know after ovulation is body basal temperature rise/falls/remain constant please let me know.

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      Marissa 4 years ago from United States

      Gunjan14, if your basal body temperature is still on the rise since the 14th, you may not have ovulated yet. Continue to have intercourse with your husband during the next few days. If this then is your ovulation time, then you won't be able to test for pregnancy for another two weeks when you expect your next period.

      Best wishes!

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      Gunjan14 4 years ago

      Hi,me n my husband trying for baby since last 2 months and in this month from the very beginning I m making the char of my body basal temperature which I do every early morning before getting up from and even doin my ovulation test also through ovulation prediction kit.according to this I ovulated on 14th dec n on the same day me n my husband had sex ,intact v r doin sex every alternative day s dat v should not miss da ovulation day.on 14th I have noticed quite white fluid in my panty n felt bit cramp on my left side and continued to 2-3 days but since last 1-2 days I m having bit cramp on my right side n even my body basal temperature is keep on increasing from 14th dec.please advice what can I assume about my pregnancy this time.

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      Gunjan14 4 years ago

      Hi,I jus wanted to know that me n my husband had unprotected sex on 14th dec the day I ovulated as per ovulation kit result and body basal temperature and even I had some white fluid coming out ,this month I am regularly taking my body basal temperature every morning before getting up from bed and made a chart of the and using ovulation kit also,I have noticed from 14th dec every day my body basal temperature keep on increasing .this entire month till day me n my husband having unprotected sex every alternative days and I am having my prenatal vitamins also since last two months.

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      Marissa 4 years ago from United States

      Sophie92, it's possible to get pregnant this time around, but health professionals do suggest waiting three months for your hormones to get back to normal before trying for a baby. The symptoms you are experiencing could be from ovulation which can cause some of the same issues as a period.

      If you really want a baby, it could be in your imagination, but chances are, like I said, you're actually experiencing symptoms caused by the hormones from ovulation.

      Best wishes to you!

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      Sophie92 4 years ago

      Hi

      Me and my boyfriend are trying for a baby i was on the implant for 3 years then another fitted for 2 having it tacken out of september 2012 i didn't have a period at all till the 1st december 2012 i have checked my ovulation dates and it worked out the 12-16 th just wondering if there any chance i could get pregnant this time or will it take longer for periods to return as i read you have to have a 3 month cycle .. All my body seems to feel heavy and i look really bloated . Is this all in my head ????

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      Marissa 4 years ago from United States

      LesaMurphy12, have you taken a test since your last one? It's possible that you didn't have enough hCG in your system just yet. At this point, you'd be about 6 weeks if you are pregnant and you should be able to get an accurate test result back now.

      The light spotting could have been from implantation bleeding and possibly from the pregnancy hormones if you are pregnant.

      Ask at your appointment tomorrow if they can give you a urine test and if not, if they can give you a blood test. Best wishes!

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      LesaMurphy12 4 years ago

      hello =]

      i am now experiencing something different ok here the story lol

      on november 4-7 i have gotten my period and me an my boyfriend bd on the 16-23 (i was fertile 15-19) i missed my period on december 2 and me and my boyfriend bd on the 8th and when i went to go use the bathroom and i wiped the toilet paper was light pink but the water was clear and it wasn't nothing on my underwear it only happened once. i took a pregnancy test and it was negative. so me and my boyfriend decided to bd on the 13-15 (fertile on 13-17)of december and yesterday it happened again after using the bathroom i wiped and it was light pink except it was there when i kept using the bathroom i don't know what it is that's going on but i have a appointment to have a pap smear tomorrow so that we can see what's going on but has anyone had this happen before? and no i do not have cramps sometimes a dull feeling but no cramps

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      Marissa 4 years ago from United States

      Lisa Brown, based on what you said, I think the test was showing that you may have been ovulating again. At this point, if you were pregnant, you may have had an accurate pregnancy test result by now. Being that you have been irregular, I couldn't tell you what's going on. I suggest you contact your doctor to see why you have been irregular and to give you suggestions of how to conceive using the fertility monitors or prediction kits.

      Best wishes!

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      Lisa Brown 4 years ago

      We started ttc on Aug 1st. I had a period on August 7th, no period in Sept, Oct on the 4th. Started using a fertility monitor which said I ovulated day 22 in Oct, period Nov 6th and ovulated in Nov on day 23. No period this month. Tought I could be pregnant and tested on Dec 10th and 13th both negative. Ran out of fertility sticks so bought ovulation prediction kit with smiley face. Decided to test for ovulation on the 13th as if I did get a period...6 days after. I got a smiley face which means was I ovulating again or because I have missed a period before just irregular and super long ovulation? But what about the monitor which said I ovulated on the 22 day of last month. Any suggestions? Blood work recently and normal.

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      Marissa 4 years ago from United States

      Kylie, if you're having a period now, chances are you are not pregnant. The symptoms you mention could be happening because of an infection or a shift in your hormones. Sometimes during your period you get symptoms similar to pregnancy, including frequent urination.

      If you're trying to get pregnant, I suggest using an ovulation predictor kit to determine when you ovulate since you have irregular periods.

      Best wishes!

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      Kylie 4 years ago

      Hi , I have irregular periods and trying to keep track of them, my partner ejaculated in me on the 30 nov, 7 n 8 of dec, I started bleeding on the 14 th dec, still going, I'm urinating often and my left breast is tender, (has never happened before while bleeding, had 2 p tests before I started bleeding came back negative, what are the chances of Being pregnant and why am I urinating so often ?

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      Marissa 4 years ago from United States

      NIa, if you had a period in December, chances are you are not pregnant yet but may be in your ovulation days, which could be causing those symptoms. Without more information, that's about all I can tell you. You wouldn't be able to test for pregnancy until January at least.

      Best wishes!

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      Nia 4 years ago

      I had sex last 20th of november. And I got also regular 3 days period ds December..... And right now I have a signs of feeling that I am pregnant. lover back pain, nausea, lober abdomenal pain. Am I pregant?

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      Marissa 4 years ago from United States

      Confused, you could wait a few more days and retest. Sometimes it takes extra time for the hCG in your system to build up if you are pregnant.

      Good luck!

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      Confused 4 years ago

      Thanks for your feedback. But ugh it still says neg.

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      Marissa 4 years ago from United States

      mzbennett29, it definitely would not be too early to test. If you are pregnant, you would be around 7 weeks along now. If your test is showing negative and still no period, it could be a hormonal imbalance of some sort. I suggest calling your doctor to see what's going on and asking for a blood test to determine if you're pregnant.

      Best wishes!

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      Marissa 4 years ago from United States

      confused, it does seem like the symptoms you experienced between the 7th-10th could have been from implantation bleeding or it could have been a period. At this point with the other irregular period in November, it's too hard to tell which. Both pregnancy hormones and the hormones during a period can have the same symptoms.

      Based on your last potential period in November, you may have ovulated around the 26th of November or so. Your period would have been due the 10th of December. Looking at this, it seems that you could be pregnant and your symptoms are from pregnancy.

      When you take your next test, make sure it's first thing in the morning and try not to drink anything. You want to have the most concentrated urine to get the most accurate results on the HPT.

      Best wishes!

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      Marissa 4 years ago from United States

      Shann1623, based on your last period, you may have just had your fertile week and ovulation, from about the 5th-10th. The intercourse from the 6th could have caused a pregnancy since it is within that time.

      The symptoms you are experiencing now could just be from ovulation. Many women experience those symptoms as their bodies are filled with the hormones emitted during ovulation.

      Your next period may not be due until around December 23rd. That would be the earliest to test. The abortion should have no effect on future pregnancies if it was done correctly.

      If you're trying to conceive, you really should start tracking your periods and seeing when your ovulation times would be. I also suggest an ovulation predictor kit that you can use starting with the 9th day of your cycle to see when you should be trying the most.

      Best wishes!

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      mzbennett29 4 years ago

      Hello my last period was 10/23 but it didn't come on the end of Nov now its Dec the 13 and still not on I have taken to dollar tests and it show negative is it to early to test

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      Confused 4 years ago

      Also forgot to say. Im not on birth control/didn't use protection. Ive been peeing like crazy and also sleeping 12hrs and still feeling tired

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      confused 4 years ago

      So the last time i had a real period was Otcober 18th. On November 12 i had light bleeding about 2 1/2 days. Then the following ovulation period my partner came in me at least 5 times. I had been really nauseous and puked a couple times so i took a hpt that week just incase for the month before. I was neg. the next week my boobs started hurting really bad/sore nipples/ veins started showing up that i normally don't have. I was due for my period Dec 10-11. Dec 7th i woke up really nauseous and still really sore nipples. The night i started cramping and thought i was started my period. I finally did bleed that night but it only lasted like overnight. Cramps continued Dec 8 &9. Dec 9 I had brown discharge. Dec 10 pale pink discharge once when wiping. my back is extremely sore, i really super hungry, still nauseous, weird taste in my mouth, having some random headaches and runny nose. Have white milkish CM now BUT no smell. Took a test tonight (but had drank before that just too impatient) it came back neg. I plan to take another one in the morning, but every part of my body is telling me im pregnant. Am i crazy/dumb and the couple hr bleeding was my period or do you think i might actually be pregnant?

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      Shann1623 4 years ago

      I never keep track of my periods but I do know that my LMP started nov 25. And my husband and I had sex on dec 6 in hopes that we would conceive our first baby. I have had an abortion about 2 years ago also I have been way more hungry than I usually am (my husband and mother always tell me I eat like a bird) and I randomly get nauseas all the time. I'm wondering when the earliest time is to take a HPT to find out if I really am pregnant or if I'm having mock symptoms. And like I said I don't keep track of my periods so I don't know when my next one is due, I couldn't even tell you if they are regular periods or not lol

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      Marissa 4 years ago from United States

      Hannah, at this point in your cycle, you could be feeling the effects of the IUD being removed or the effects of ovulation as you are in the middle of your fertile week in your cycle. Many women get these symptoms during ovulation as it is a time when your hormones gear up for either pregnancy or a menstrual period.

      You wouldn't be able to test for pregnancy until around December 21st when you next expect a period. Good luck!

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      Hannah 4 years ago

      I had my IUD removed on November 30th. The first day of my last mentral was November 23. For the past few days, my breast have been tender, my stomach crampy, feeling very tired and emotionally exhausted. Could I be pregnant?

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      Marissa 4 years ago from United States

      Vicky89, if you're seeing a faint line, it may be a positive. Still, if your period isn't due until next Tuesday, I would wait until then to retest.

      Best wishes!

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      yardiebarbie 4 years ago

      Thank you PracticalMommy and Nalagirl, all the best!

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      Vicky89 4 years ago

      I just done a test this morning because its been bugging me to wait. I had a faint line again. Im due on next tues so hopefully i am just wondering when should i try a test again?

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      nalagirl 4 years ago

      @yardiebarbie

      Congratulations on your positive. Best wishes to you and your family

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      Marissa 4 years ago from United States

      kimberly, you're welcome, and do come back sometime to update!

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      kimberly 4 years ago

      thank you so much :) im going to try the 10-14 .. and see if i miss my period this month we are try for baby #2 thanks again i will keep an update :)

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      Marissa 4 years ago from United States

      kimberly, if you just got your period at the end of November, you wouldn't be pregnant right now. It seems that you are experiencing the after effects of being on the Depo Shot, which include many of the pregnancy symptoms even when you're not pregnant (see my article about getting pregnant after the Depo shot for more information).

      If you're trying to conceive, your best chances of ovulation this month would be around the 10th-14th of December. That is when you should be with your husband (see my article about conceiving for more information). Your next expected period could be around the end of December. If you miss your period at the end of December, then you can test for pregnancy.

      Best wishes!

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      kimberly 4 years ago

      i forgot to mention my gums really hurt they are really sore.

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      kimberly 4 years ago

      hi , my periods arent normal eversince i was on depo shot like. i say about. 9 months.. i got my period on oct 20 - 2 they were very light so my husband enjaculated in me on the 28 and 29... i stop my period for 2 days of nov and started again on the 5-10 on nov my husband injaculated in me the 25 - 28 of the same month nov... i got my period on the 30 of nov and ended on the 6 whitch is on dec it wasn't my normal irregular period it finished exactly 6 days and first two were heavy after verryyy light .. my husband enjaculated in me on the 4-6 while on my period also.. can you pleasee help i took 2 preg test they were neg.. i get headaches soooo veryy emotional cry for lil things. lower back hurts and bloating when i wake up or laydown.. when should i take a preg test or am i pregnant?

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      Marissa 4 years ago from United States

      yardiebarbie , congratulations!! That's great news. Best wishes to you and your husband!

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      yardiebarbie 4 years ago

      Just an update:

      @Nalagirl I got the positive ;)

      I'm 5 weeks pregnant! Did the HPT this morning and got a very bright line! Unlike my last pregnancy, I have not had any implantation bleeding, only usual discharge, well... yet, seeing that my last pregnancy was confirmed at 5 weeks as a result of the implantation bleeding.

      My husband will be super happy when I give him the news when he gets back from his business trip tonight! He'd been waiting 2 years+ for me to get off the pills so I'm sure he's grateful for the doctor that ordered me off!

      Good luck to all you ladies TTC, and a safe and healthy pregnancy for those expecting!

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      Marissa 4 years ago from United States

      nalagirl, seems like this time it's your period since it was due to happen. Thanks for coming back and keeping us updated. :)

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      Marissa 4 years ago from United States

      kalai, have you taken any pregnancy tests? You'd definitely be able to take one now and get an accurate result. 70 days is a long time to go without your period if you are otherwise regular. The light bleeding could be your period trying to come back or some light bleeding that sometimes happens in pregnancy. The only way to know which is to take a test. Good luck!

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      nalagirl 4 years ago

      @yardiebarbie....I hope you get your positive :)

      I woke up this morning went to bathroom and started period.it is usually heavy first to days but seems like it is going to end already. It was normal this morning and is now very light. Usually it lasts 5-6 days. Never had it last 1-2 days and im 33. I am assuming its past implantation bleeding so maybe its just not normal period this month

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      kalai 4 years ago

      My last period is oct 26.next month I last my period. After 70days later I have light bleedimg. Is I am pregant?

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      Marissa 4 years ago from United States

      yardiebarbie, thank you for sharing your experience! I hope you find out soon why there's a delay in your cycle. Good luck!

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      yardiebarbie 4 years ago

      @ nalagirl, I'm almost in the exact situation, my LMP started Nov 1, I too had sex on the 13th, and the 11th. This cycle was 26 days but my period before that was 30 days.

      On Nov 25 I started feeling cramps like PMS so I thought my period was coming the same day like it's done the last two cycles. Prior to that I was on the pill for 4 years since my last pregnancy and ordered by the doctor to get off it because I was experiencing some hormone imbalance. Since Nov 25 I've been waiting on my period, only symptoms are cramps and sore breasts, but the cramps go and come. I honestly don't feel pregnant, maybe because I wasn't ready, not planning to start until January.

      With my last pregnancy with my son, immediately as I got off the pills that I was on for 5 years I got pregnant with him, and knew that I was pregnant 5 weeks post 1st day of LMP, I saw a bloody discharge and felt very sluggish at the gym the same day, and immediately went to take a HPT and it was positive, even though pharmacists were telling me it would be too early to tell. With my first pregnancy back in '03 which ended in miscarriage at 12 weeks, I had really bad cramps, but nothing else, HPT was faintly positive and had to go to doctor to confirm.

      So now for me it's 5 weeks since 1st day of my LMP Nov 1, I'm still waiting, will wait until Saturday to take the test, if neg, then I will go to the doctor to see if it's hormone imbalance. Ever since age 13, I've never missed a period, and I'm now 32 so that would be really odd this time around.

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      Marissa 4 years ago from United States

      Vicky89, our hormones could do some whacky things to us, so even though you may never had ovulation pains before, they could happen any time.

      I truly hope you find out the source of your pain and feel better soon! Best wishes!

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      Vicky89 4 years ago

      My doc said if the pain gets worse to go back. I never have these pains went im ovulating its weird for me. Oh well hopefully find out soon. My boyfriend said if im still in pain by weekend wel go hospital to make sure because im still smoking id rather know so i can stop. Nightmare

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      Marissa 4 years ago from United States

      nalagirl, seems like you'd just be expecting your next period right now. You may have tested too early.

      Based on your last period, you may have ovulated around November 15th. The intercourse you had on the 13th and 14th could have resulted in pregnancy.

      Wait a few more days and test again. You might just need to wait for your hCG levels to increase a bit more. Good luck!

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      Marissa 4 years ago from United States

      Vicky89, you could be pregnant if your period was shorter than normal. What did your doctor day? Based on your last period, you wouldn't be expecting your next one until Dec. 18th. You may be experiencing ovulation symptoms right now.

      I would wait until your next period to see if it comes or not. If it doesn't come, take a test. Good luck!

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      Vicky89 4 years ago

      Thank you for your last comment. Since the 20th nov i had a period but only lasted 2 days so i assumed i werent. But still 2 weeks on i got symtoms and cramps but this week the sickness feels worse. Went to doctor and said my tummy is tender and my period was unusally sort im always on for 5-7 days. I just dont know its really confusing. I didnt have any of this with my 1st and didnt find out till i was 9 weeks gone with her. Please tell me what you think id much appriciate it

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      nalagirl 4 years ago

      My last period started on Nov.1. Had sx on 13th and 14th. I have had lite cramps and bachaches last couple Weeks. Some nausea but not throwing up. My breasts feel Fuller and started feeling sore three days ago which doesn't happen before period. I have more discharge that is clear. I am not sure of my cycle. I think 28-32 days. I took a $1 hpt on the 1st and 4th. Both neg. Could it nd to soon still to get positive? Thank you

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      nalagirl 4 years ago

      My last period was Nov.1 had sx on the 13th and 14th. Not sure of how long my cycles are. I have some cramping and lower back aches for couple Weeks. Breasts started feeling sore three days ago.have little nausea but not throwing uptook a test from dollar on the first and forth. Could I be pregnant or just late since both tests where negative

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      Marissa 4 years ago from United States

      Jessie, if you had two tests come back with faint lines, you may indeed be pregnant. The symptoms you mention definitely could be from pregnancy, or they could be from your body trying to regulate your hormones after getting off of the birth control.

      You may have tested too soon, plus you may be testing at the wrong time of the day. Wait a few more days, and take another test, making sure it's first thing in the morning.

      Best wishes!

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      Jessie 4 years ago

      Hiya, I was wondering if u could give me some advice. I came off my bc almost a month ago now ttc but not sure what to expect or what to look out for. Although in the last 2 weeks I haven't been feeling normal? I have have minor cramps and headaches I had taken 3 hpt 2 came back faint lines and then negative (using different brands) I am usually always on time on which is the 1st of every month but no sign of it yet? Also I have been having lots and I mean lots!! Of white discharge that I'm changing my knickers twice a day! Is this a sign of pregnancy? I taken another test on my due day 2 days ago but negative again? Want to wait to go gp atleast a week late just hoping to have an idea for the time being? Thanks

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      Marissa 4 years ago from United States

      lynn 1811, using the new information, I can estimate that you could have ovulated in the days around November 23rd or so. If that's the case, you had intercourse right around ovulation time, which could indeed lead to pregnancy. The symptoms you mention could be pregnancy symptoms, but they could also be from your impending period.

      The bleeding, however, could have been implantation bleeding if you are indeed pregnant. That could have happened any time from the 28th to today or so, so it seems that the bleeding you experienced may not have been a 'period'.

      You're still not quite due for your period yet. Hold tight a few more days, and take a test to see if you're pregnant. You can probably test around the 7th or after. Best wishes!

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      lynn 1811 4 years ago

      hi dear, guess i was a tad too excited typing the 1st comment. lol. apologies for the confusion. what i meant was, my last day of period was on 15 nov and my 1st day of bleeding was on 9 nov.. i had unprotected sex on 19, 20 and 21 with my hubby. are there any chances that i might be pg? i have back aches, slight breast tenderness and feeling nausea but no vomitting ( used to loved crabs but i ate one and almost puke yesterday..my so-called period came on 28 nov. lotsa white discharged followed by bright red blood but its only for a day and to date i have brown spotting. am i being paranoid?

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      Marissa 4 years ago from United States

      lynn 1811, I know it's hard to be patient, especially when waiting for a pregnancy! If you just had a period on November 15th, you may not be expecting your next one until mid-December, which is when you'd be able to test for the pregnancy. Your fertile time may be right now as this could be when you're ovulating, based on your last period. If you're trying to have a baby, now is the time to try the most. I'm sure your doctor could tell you more at your visit. Best wishes!

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      lynn 1811 4 years ago

      hi there, my last period was on the 15 nov. i had sex on the 19, 20 and 21 with my husband. The week after i had lots of discharged. i had followed by light bleeding for about 1 day and still spotting of brownish to date, 2 dec. am not really a faithful tracker of period but i am always on time. am so worried...i had a pg test kit done on 30 nov but its negative. pls advice. my appt with gynecologist is on the 7 dec but the wait is a killer.

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      Marissa 4 years ago from United States

      LesaMurphy12, if you had any unprotected intercourse during your ovulation time, there's a chance of pregnancy. The discharge could be from pregnancy or could be from your period coming on, as well as the other symptoms you mention. It's good that you are aware of these symptoms and are in tune with your body! I suggest waiting until after the 2nd of December to test.

      Good luck!

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      LesaMurphy12 4 years ago

      I am 13dpo and I have been havving this milky lotion looking discharge I never had this before my period comes om tomorrow I have movement/sharp pain bellow,my stomach and above my pubic hair line my boobs are ddd32 so I wouldnt know if they were growing but I do have sharp pains in them sometimes and I feel nauseous but nothing cones out

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      LesaMurphy 4 years ago

      I am 12dpo (days past ovulation) an I have this milky white discharge did anyobe get this before they found out they were pregnant? An my period is suppose to come on .. On the 2nd of december should I wait until after my period or should I test in the morning? An my other symptoms a lower back aches and im very nauseous but nothing comes up I have sharp pains in my brrast but there not sore and I have been having pain/a dull feeling below my stomach but above my puberty hair line and sometimes both of my sides hurt on my pelvic line

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      Marissa 4 years ago from United States

      Gunjan14, I can understand the frustration. It took me a year to conceive my second baby and a year and a half to conceive my third.

      Again, it might have been too soon for you to test. I always recommend testing after you've missed the period, which at this point you still have two days. You have to wait for the hCG to build up in your system if you are indeed pregnant. Only time will tell.

      Good luck!

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      Gunjan14 4 years ago

      Thanks ,but I am already having my prenatal vitamins since last one month,and this month also I tried to have unprotected sex with my husband from 10th nov till 21st nov alternative day ,I had my last period on 1st nov and did pregnancy test yesterday itself which was negative which made me and my husband very upset,mostly I get my period on time ,I never missed my period this is the 2nd time me and husband tried for baby and really want to have a baby...

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      Gunjan14 4 years ago

      Thanks ,but I am having prenatal vitamins since last one month, and I m expecting my next cycle on 1st dec ,and at the same time I wish to miss my period and having a news of been pregnant bt as I said earlier I already tried home pregnancy test yesterday early morning which was negative which made me n my husband very sad, can I still hope .......

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      Marissa 4 years ago from United States

      Gunjan14, for most healthy couples, it can take a few months before conceiving. The best time to try to conceive is around ovulation, which is sometime in the 10th-14th day of your cycle. Seems like you were intimate around that time last month, but you still got your period.

      The test you just took may be too early. Wait a few more days and test again.

      If you are not pregnant this cycle either, try using a ovulation predictor kit. It tells you when the best time is to try to conceive, which is right before you ovulate. Also, make sure you are taking prenatal vitamins with folic acid, stay hydrated, get enough rest, and eat a balanced diet. Be aware that it may take a few cycles before you conceive, which is average.

      Best wishes!

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      Gunjan14 4 years ago

      Hi,I am 28 1/2 years old and my husband is also of same age, we are planning to have baby and we tried in last month and I have noticed all the symptoms of pregnancy and still got my periods mostly my cycle is 28 days but it exceeded to 30 days , every month I get my. Cycle on time,and me and my husband started having unprotected sex from 10th day till 21st day ,and I tried pregnancy test on 29th but still is negative ,so please suggest me how and when can I conceive.

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      Marissa 4 years ago from United States

      tabrezrocks, I'm glad you like the hub. Thanks for reading and commenting!

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      Md Tabrez Alam 4 years ago from Calcutta, India

      Really it is nice and very informative hub for women, this type of hubs spread the knowledge about Pregnancy and its cure.Thanks for publishing.

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      Marissa 4 years ago from United States

      ellaine, it may just be your period. I couldn't say for sure. If for any reason you suspect etopic pregnancy, you should contact your doctor. Good luck to you!

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      ellaine bisarra 4 years ago

      Hi! After more or less 40 days of missed period, I started bleeding yesterday! Though it looks like its normal, and I still feel cramps plus im sort of having a light fever. And as of now, my period suddenly became lighter and maybe tomorrow, it'll end. Could I be pregnant or having ectopic preg?

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      Marissa 4 years ago from United States

      Amie, if you've been having unprotected sex, there's definitely a chance of pregnancy. Unfortunately, the symptoms could also be the result of your hormones trying to regulate themselves in your body.

      I'm not quite sure where you are in your cycle, but the blood could be implantation or it could be an impending period. My suggestion is to wait until you would expect your period and test again. That way you'll get a more accurate result. Also, if you're trying to conceive, I recommend an ovulation predictor kit.

      Best wishes!

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      Marissa 4 years ago from United States

      Chelsea, so sorry about the miscarriage! I hope your doctor cane help you. Do keep me posted. Again, best wishes!

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      Amie 4 years ago

      Hi, I need some advice. I have been trying to conceive but I came off my bc around 3 weeks ago since the day I came off I have been having unprotected sex mainly every other day if not every day. I know that it could be false hope but I have been exhausted lately light headaches and as from today I have been sick all morning from drinking water and the smell of a bacon sandwich. Also I usually urinate max of twice a day now it's atleast 7 times and sometimes Its so frequent I have struggled to make it there quick enough, also I went the the toilet today there was tiny bit of blood along with discharge. I done a pregnancy test 1 very faint line and another no line? I'm gagging at almost anything from eating, and not wanting a fag. Adobe please? And thanks

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      Chelsea Beltran 4 years ago

      I also failed to mention I had a miscarriage back in June of 2011 and the dr have tried to figure out what was wrong no luck I'll keep you posted on dr appointment

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      Marissa 4 years ago from United States

      Chelsea Beltran, unfortunately, since you have irregular cycles, there's no way of guessing what could be going on. If you did have regular cycles, your next period could be coming Dec. 2nd, which is when you'd be able to test for pregnancy. The symptoms you are describing, while they could be from pregnancy, could also be from shifting hormones.

      If you have been trying for two years with no luck, it's time to see a doctor. He or she could help you determine when the best time to conceive would be, plus they could run some tests to see what's going on. Other than that, I suggest using an ovulation predictor kit to help you determine when you ovulate and when you should have intercourse.

      Best wishes!

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      Chelsea Beltran 4 years ago

      I forgot to add my breast are not swelled or tender just nipples a little sore.. My husband an I had sex every day or every other day since the 8 th of nov..

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      Marissa 4 years ago from United States

      LesaMurphy12, if you had sex around your ovulation days, you certainly could have gotten pregnant. It's a little too early though to determine that. The cramps and nausea could be from implantation if you did get pregnant as your body would be producing pregnancy hormones, or they could be symptoms of your impending period.

      Wait until the 2nd of December. If you don't get a period, then take a pregnancy test. Best wishes!

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      Chelsea Beltran 4 years ago

      I have been having cramps in lower stomach, light headed for few seconds, but I don't feel cramps and light headed all day my husband says im very moody and snappy.. I have been very tired and don't want to do anything... I been eating a lot more and sleeping more... My period was on nov.4 2012 but I have very irregular periods it use to be once a year the it went to every 6 months now it seem to be every 2-3 months... Please help my husband and I been trying for 2 years thank you

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      LesaMurphy12 4 years ago

      I have a question about early pregnancy signs. If my last cycle was on november 4 and my ovulation day was,on the 18. Can I have gotten pregnant if me and my boyfriend had sex on nov 17,18,19,20,22,23? I have gotten cramps and I feel nauseous but nothing comes up am I just thinking about being pregnant or can I be pregnant? An my next period doesnt syart until dec. 2

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      Marissa 4 years ago from United States

      Ellaine Bisarra, that's quite a list of symptoms you have going there! Based on your last period, you may have ovulated around the days of October 26th, which is also when you were most fertile. The intercourse you had on the 22nd could have definitely caused a pregnancy.

      If you are pregnant, the fluid could be normal pregnancy discharge, which does tend to be heavier than normal. As for the other symptoms, they could be from pregnancy. Have you taken a test yet? It is considerably late for your missed period, so you should be able to get an accurate result now.

      Not having swollen breasts or morning sickness doesn't mean you're not pregnant. I didn't have any morning sickness with my first pregnancy, and sometimes women's breasts don't swell until a few weeks into the pregnancy.

      If you are pregnant, your due date may be around July 19, 2013 or so. If yes, then I suggest you call your doctor to schedule your first prenatal visit and start taking a prenatal vitamin with folic acid.

      If you are not, all of the symptoms could be the result of an illness or a shift in your hormones. Contact your doctor if you get a negative test result and your period does not come.

      Good luck to you!

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      Ellaine Bisarra 4 years ago

      Hi. I've got a quite tricky problem here. But i hope u could find time to read this!

      Back then, i have irregular menstrual cyle, but for the past 2-3 months, it became normal. My last period started on Oct.12, then i had an intercourse during the 22nd of Oct. Until now, Nov.24, i haven't had my period but my body excretes white sticky fluid and a single drop of blood-which is i think normal before i got my meanstruation-BUT that's all that i'm having! Other symptoms that i'm getting includes:

      strange tickling movement in my stomach, which is often

      dizziness- for only about 10secs or so,

      rapid palpitation

      very moody

      strong sense of smell!

      headaches

      bachaces- for the past 2 weeks, now it's gone

      lower abdomen cramps

      And, my stomach is kind of bloated starting from my lower abdomen,

      Thats it, but i dont have swollen breast, morning sickness, etc.

      So, what do you think? Am I pregnant or not?

      I hope u could help me!

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      Marissa 4 years ago from United States

      Alicia, when did you take a look at the test? If you looked for the result within the time period stated by the directions and you think you saw a faint positive, it could have indeed been positive. If you can get another test, try again in a few more days.

      The sore breasts could be an indication of pregnancy, but they could also be from your impending period.

      If you're ttc, I highly suggest looking into your insurance options. You may qualify for Medicaid during pregnancy if you have no other options. There are also clinics you can visit for free or reduced services.

      Best wishes to you!

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      Alicia 4 years ago

      Also want to add that my boobs have been sore since my period was suppose to start an seem to be getting worse but that's the only symptom besides some cramping sometimes..

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      Alicia 4 years ago

      Last month my period came on about 10-12 days late. And now it has been over a month since my last period. It is about a week late if I use the start of the last period. I have negative tests and what looked like a faint positive today but could have been an evap line.. It was very light but looked pink... I haven't been stressed or anything.. And I'm not on any birth control or being cautious at all.. We are ttc.. It's just aggravating when I buy tampons an now I'm not even started and the tests are negative. I don't have insurance to go to the doctor right now.

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      Marissa 4 years ago from United States

      pharmacist, I'm glad you thought it was great, and thanks for tweeting it out! :)

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      Jason Poquette 4 years ago from Whitinsville, MA

      Great article. I'll tweet this out to my pharma crowd. Anyone reading this that wants to follow my tweets check out @jasonpoquette

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      Marissa 4 years ago from United States

      thatho, if by some chance your period become regular this month, you may have ovulated around the 13th or so, which was when you may have also been most fertile. Since you were with your partner on the 10th, there's the chance of pregnancy. That being said, however, there's no real way of knowing if you did indeed ovulate then since you have been irregular. The tests were negative because it would be way too early to tell.

      Your symptoms could be from the change in your hormones as your doctor suggested. If you were pregnant, you wouldn't notice any symptoms just yet as an embryo would barely be implanted at this point.

      Wait another week or so. If there's still no period, take another test or visit your doctor for a blood test. Best wishes!

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      thatho 4 years ago

      I've started having irregular periods thee last two months but last month I had my periods twice. I went to the docter and he said its just my hormones.My last period was on the 30th of Oct and ended on the 2nd of nov. I had aex with my partner on the 10th of Nov. I've been having symptoms such as swollen breasts and my eating habits have changed. Could I be pregnant? I've taken two test and both came (-)

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      Marissa 4 years ago from United States

      Ashley, it's possible that you are pregnant but you tested too early. Try another test now and see what your result is. If it's negative, your period could be off for a variety of reasons, some of which include a shift in hormones, weight loss or gain, stress, illness, etc.

      Thanks for stopping by!

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      Ashley 4 years ago

      Hi there, I was due on my period the 12th of November it is now the 21st still no period? Iv been having cramps in my stomach, I had a migraine the other day, & felt sick for a day or two. I have took 2 pregnancy tests one on the 16 of nov and one a few days before that, they both are negative. My last period was on the 12th of October and ended on the 16th of October, could you give me any idea of what could be happening please

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      Marissa 4 years ago from United States

      Vicky89, most of the time, a faint positive is still a positive. You may be experiencing symptoms earlier as this is your second child, plus every pregnancy is different. With my second and third pregnancies, my symptoms came much earlier as well, as early as the 4th week.

      I hope you get definite results soon and find out. Thanks for reading!

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      Vicky89 4 years ago

      I missed my period 3 weeks ago. Usually after my mini pill packet ends i have a period 2 days after. But i been forgetting them lately so when it came to end of packet i waited for period. But nothing for 3 weeks. 1st test i done had a faint positive line but the rest are negative. My doc said i most likely am but its confusing until i know for definate. It will be my 2nd child but iv got all symtoms now that i didnt have until 9 weeks gone with my 1st

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      Marissa 4 years ago from United States

      piya, it may still be too early to have any pregnancy symptoms. Based on your LMP, you would only be about 5 weeks pregnant if you are pregnant. Symptoms for most first time moms don't start until the 5th or 6th week, sometimes even later. With my firstborn, the only symptom besides the missed period I experienced was fatigue, and that wasn't until the 5th week.

      Take a home pregnancy test and see what your results are. Good luck!

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      piya 4 years ago

      i had my period on 11th october , today it is 14th still i didn't get my piriod, i think i am expecting but still i am not getting any pregnancy symptoms. please advice me...

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      Marissa 4 years ago from United States

      Kayla, I can't really give you an answer based on that information. It does seem like an awfully long time between those two dates, but unless I know your last menstrual period, there's no way of knowing when you possibly may have ovulated and when you'd be expecting your next period.

      If you have missed your period and then you took the tests, it's possible that you may have tested too early. Wait a few more days and test again. If you're not getting a result from the tests, you may need to contact your doctor to see what's going on.

      Thanks for stopping by!

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      Kayla 4 years ago

      I had unprotected sex last on October the 6th and it is now November the 11th. I have taken three fast response tests and they are negative, could I be getting a false negative?

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      Marissa 4 years ago from United States

      ABASIMA, I'm not so sure what you mean by those terms, but if you're having pain after intercourse, it could be from an infection. Please see your doctor if the pain still persists. If your question is about pregnancy: while not always true, most women will not get pregnant on the days of their period. Some will, but most conceive within 10-14 days after the first day of their period.

      Sorry for the delay; I was without power for two days due to Sandy. Good luck!

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      Marissa 4 years ago from United States

      Hi sonia, if you get your period on the 3rd of every month, you should ovulate and be most fertile 10-14 days after that, which in October would have been around the 13th-17th. If you just had intercourse last week, it may have been too late, but then again some women do ovulate late. The only way to know if you're pregnant would be to wait a few days, and if you miss your period, take a pregnancy test. Good luck, and thanks for reading!

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      sonia 4 years ago

      I see my period every 3rd of everymonth n I had intecourse on last week wednesday wjich is 6days nw. Am I likely to get pregnact please explain

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      Marissa 4 years ago from United States

      VeronicaFarkas, thank you very much for your feedback and for reading! :)

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      Veronica Roberts 4 years ago from Ohio, USA

      Great information. The hub flows really well, too! :)

      Votes up & useful!

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      Marissa 4 years ago from United States

      Nick, if you had your period, even though it was late, it's still a period and I would say you're not pregnant. It could be that something caused a shift in your hormones, like an illness, infection, change in weight, change in activity level, or change in birth control. Since I'm not a medical professional, I can't tell you exactly why this has happened to you, so I suggest you visit your doctor or a clinic for a consultation about what's going on.

      Thanks for reading, and good luck to you!

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      Nick 4 years ago

      Hi am confused about pregnancy ,, my last period was on 21 sept but my normal menstrual cycle was 5-6days earlier than last month from last 15 years there is 4days full bleeding .,. But my period didnot come till 21 oct but there is spotting from last 5 days and sometimes little bleeding in urine... I have home pregnancy test but it comes negative after 5 days of missed period ... Pls tell am pregnant or why this spotting and bleeding then & what I have to do to stop this

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      Marissa 4 years ago from United States

      Hi ola, I'm not a medical professional, but it seems like you have an infection, which may be causing the delay in your period. If all of the testing indicated not pregnant, then you're not pregnant at this time. I highly suggest visiting your doctor or a clinic to see what's going on and to be treated. Best of luck to you.

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      Marissa 4 years ago from United States

      Hi again, speranda,

      Your ovulation time usually occurs every 10-14 days after the first day of your last period if your cycles are regular. Using your LMP, your ovulation dates for the next three months would be October 6 - October 11, November 3 -November 8 ,December 1 - December 6. Those would be the best dates to try to conceive.

      Unfortunately, since you still haven't had your period for October, there's no way of actually knowing if you will be ovulating during those times as your cycle is now off.

      I still suggest that you try to take another pregnancy test now and/or contact your doctor. If you are not pregnant, he/she can at least help you get your cycles back on track and speak with you about your ovulation times.

      Take care.

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      speranda 4 years ago

      Hi thank you once again but i am really trying to get pregnant and my calender is kinda confusing to me...although i am not seen my period still can you please help with this calculating the overy thing so I can no the best time to have sex to get pregnant....

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      Marissa 4 years ago from United States

      Hi speranda,

      If you had a period in August, specifically on the 28th, and it was a regular period, you were not pregnant then from the sex on the 18th of August. You may have ovulated around the 11th of September, so any sex you had around then could have caused a pregnancy.

      Your symptoms do sound like the early symptoms of pregnancy: missed period, swollen breasts, fatigue, etc. When was the last time you took a test? If you took both tests in late September, it may have been too early to test. You would have only been about 4 weeks pregnant then.

      Right now you would be about 7 weeks pregnant and you could probably get an accurate test result if you took another test. If it's negative, you should call your doctor or visit a clinic to see what else could be causing you to miss your period (stress, change in weight, change in hormones, illness,etc. ). Best of luck to you!

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      speranda 4 years ago

      Hi I really need help..and u look like the best person to ask for it..I had sex bk in august aroun da 18th and had my normal period on the 28th of dat month. my period skip a month which was in sept i took a test in sept it was negative than waited later i took another one still was negative, now its october I am feeling weak, my breast are swollen, and I just feel lazy and i am sleeping all of the time and still no period..I am officially 45 days late of my period....and I just cant take the stress no more,I feel as if my period abt to come bt each and every day no period..I am breathing heavely and I just dnt no what to do...based on my symtoms can u please tell me whats going on, and if i am pregnant how far am I

      Very concern please reply.

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      Marissa 4 years ago from United States

      Hi again Monique, it is very hard to wait; I know from recent experience! Good luck again to you!

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      Monique 4 years ago

      I just looked at my period tracker and it said I average 24 day cycles. I took one test on the 14th in the afternoon, 18th in the afternoon, and the last one today on the 21st in the morning. I call my doctor and she want me to wait for the blood test maybe until the first of next month. I don't know how women can just wait and not test every five mintues. This is going to be the hardest week and some days.

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      Marissa 4 years ago from United States

      Hi Monique, thanks for reading. According to your dates, you'd be about 4 weeks now if you are indeed pregnant. You may have ovulated around Sept. 3rd, which would have been your most fertile time. If you have regular 28 day cycles, your period would have been due the 17th of this month, making you only four days late. Even with it due on the 13th like you said, you would still obviously be pretty late.

      It all depends when you took the pregnancy tests. It's possible that you just don't have enough hCG in your system yet. Wait a few more days, and take another test (or if you can't wait, ask your doctor for a blood test). There are many women who don't get positive results until they are about 5 or 6 weeks along.

      Best of luck to you!

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      Monique 4 years ago

      Omg this was a great hub. My question is that I'm 23 and my last period was Aug the 20th and it was the normal 5 days. Now the last time I had sex was on Sep 4 my period did not come on the normal 13th. That makes me 9 days late and almost 30 when I last had my period. I've done 3 pregnants and all (-). I'm not under any stress and the only sign I see is I can't get myself out of bed and I can't sleep comfortably. I was told that I should wait until the 5 to 6 week after I had sex to test again. Are they right? I need help???

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      Marissa 4 years ago from United States

      Lesego, based on what you said about having your period last week, it would be too early to tell if you are pregnant. You won't know for sure until you're due for your next period and take a test. Your symptoms could be simply from your hormones fluctuating after your period, which is common.

      If you're in the 10-14th day range of your cycle (count from the 1st day of your last period), then you could be ovulating. This is the best time to try to conceive.

      If it's been a year and you've been trying consistently for that long, it's time to call your doctor. He/she can run some tests and give you some advice as to what is happening.

      Best of luck to you! Thanks for stopping by.

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      Marissa 4 years ago from United States

      Nimmy, thank you for reading and commenting! :)

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      Lesego 4 years ago

      Hi I am a 23 year old woman and I have no children.I had a miscarage last year with. My first child and ever sinse that time me and my partner have been trying for a nother child. But it has not happend.

      Last week I was on my periods and still had unprotected sex and now my breasts have grown and they are very soft. My nipples are also big and getting very dark in colour. I just want to know could I be pregnant or is it something ealse

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      Nimmy 4 years ago

      Very good info in this hub cleared the doubts in my mind...

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      Marissa 5 years ago from United States

      Purple Perl, thank you very much for reading and for your comment! :D

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      Purple Perl 5 years ago from Bangalore,India

      An excellent guide for all moms to be! And bookmarked!Congrats on your well deserved win!Voted up & useful too!

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      Marissa 5 years ago from United States

      anglnwu, thank you very much! I did my best to include everything I could think of! :)

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      anglnwu 5 years ago

      Congratulations! Very thorough and useful information.

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      Marissa 5 years ago from United States

      sunbun143, I was really nervous about getting pregnant soon after the birth of my second too! I went on Depo-Provera (which I don't recommend, but that'll be in another hub someday!) and used precaution. Three under three wasn't my cup of tea, either! :D Thank you very much for reading and for the congratulations!

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      Marissa 5 years ago from United States

      TheSavvyMommy,it's so hard not to test obsessively when you're waiting for that first baby, isn't it? Thanks for reading and commenting! :)

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      sunbun143 5 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      I'm a little nervous about getting pregnant even before I get my period again after giving birth...I read that you could even though it seems counter-intuitive...two boys under 3 is enough! I want to wait a bit before we add another. Congrats on the win...well deserved for this informative article!

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      TheSavvyMommy 5 years ago

      This is a great hub! I'm definitely one of those moms who obsessively tested the first time around, and then when the second one came, I said "Wait, what? When did that happen?" Vote up! :)

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      Marissa 5 years ago from United States

      leahlefler, thank you so much for reading and commenting! Yep, waiting to take an HPT is better than spending money on a bunch of tests and worrying so much. :)

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      leahlefler 5 years ago from Western New York

      Wow, PracticalMommy - what a fantastic (and thorough) hub! I was horrible when trying to conceive our firstborn - I think I tested every single day of every month until we got the positive pregnancy test result, lol! I had a friend who tested a bit too early and managed to get a positive result, but then her monthly cycle came on time and her doctor declared it a "chemical pregnancy." Sometimes waiting is definitely better (for both the pocket book and for the anxiety it can induce)!

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      Marissa 5 years ago from United States

      Melovy, thank you very much! I just stopped by your hub to wish you congratulations as well. :D

      That's a great point about the bleeding (I'm sorry to hear you had that during your pregnancies!). Anyone experiencing bleeding that isn't normal should get it checked out.

      Thank you very much for your comment!

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      Yvonne Spence 5 years ago from UK

      Congrats on this hub getting to be a weekly winner in the contest. It’s full of information, and I think you’ve covered every angle including intuition. Like Pamela, I am past the baby stage, but I would definitely recommend this to anyone who wanted advice.

      (Incidentally I had bleeding with all my pregnancies: the first ended in miscarriage, but the others brought my two beautiful daughters. With the miscarriage and my first daughter the bleeding was lighter than a ‘normal’ period but didn’t stop after a few days so to anyone experiencing those symptoms I’d say get it checked.)

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      Marissa 5 years ago from United States

      sankari.nayagam, I'm glad you found everything in the article useful! Good luck with having your second child. :)

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      sankari.nayagam 5 years ago

      Came with the expectation to know something about ovulation predictor kit. But I got to many other useful details on ovulation. Hopefully will remember your points while I do the test for my second baby. You had registered the anxiety of the to-be-mothers in using HPT, like a real Practical mommy! Your hub was very informative and a well-deserved one for the hub of the week. Voted up and useful!

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      Marissa 5 years ago from United States

      Pamela99, thanks so much for reading and leaving a comment! :)

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      Pamela Oglesby 5 years ago from United States

      Even though I am beyond having babies, I found this hub to be very interesting, and I do have 3 daughter's in law and one step daughter. Voted up.

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      Marissa 5 years ago from United States

      april holland, I'm glad this was useful! Thanks for reading and commenting! :)

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      April Savage 5 years ago from Florida

      That was very informative and answered some of my own questions! Good hub.

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