Weird Early Symptoms of Pregnancy Before Your Missed Period
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Are There Any Early Pregnancy Signs Before I Miss My Period?
The early signs and symptoms of pregnancy can feel almost exactly the same as the signs and symptoms that your period is coming. Thanks to those drastic hormone fluctuations, PMS and pregnancy can feel almost the same (cramps, light spotting or bleeding, moodiness, etc.), so you won't know for sure if it's a period or a baby until it's time to take the pregnancy test.
But according to Rebecca Lee, a registered nurse in New York and founder of RemediesForMe.com, "It is very common to have pregnancy symptoms before your missed period. Although they may be slight, you may be able to catch them if you know what to look for." Below, you'll find a list of many signs and symptoms you might notice.
Weird Early Symptoms of Pregnancy
- You're stuffed up, congested, or feel like you have a cold.
- Food tastes different than it normally does.
- Suddenly, smoke and caffeine are gross.
- You experience nausea or reflexive gagging.
- You're exhausted.
- You can't catch your breath.
- You feel sad, mad, or anxious for no apparent reason.
- You have a superhuman sense of smell.
- You're bloated, gassy, cramped, or constipated.
- You need to pee more often.
- Your breasts feel painful or swollen.
- You feel inexplicably hot and sweaty.
- You feel dizzy and lightheaded.
- You experience dramatic mood swings.
Are you pregnant? Maybe, but maybe not. The reasons for each of these strange sensations is described below.
Does Being Pregnant Feel Like You're Coming Down With a Cold?
Reaching for the tissues in June? Early pregnancy (annnnd, well, the whole pregnancy) can cause rhinitis of pregnancy which is basically a stuffed up, runny nose that can also lead to a scratchy throat. Why? The extra estrogen surges can cause an increase in congestion, and the extra blood flow (yep, pregnancy creates more blood!) also contributes to swelling in the sinuses.
Later, the drippity drop of mucous may also make morning sickness and nausea worse. Yay.
If constantly dabbing at your nose with a kleenex is irritating the skin around it, grab some gentle lotion or chapstick and apply it to the affected areas during your bedtime routine.
Why Does Everything Taste Either Incredible or Incredibly Awful?
Suddenly your fruit salad from the deli tastes like it has been seasoned with an entire shaker of salt and your tongue is on fire after eating licorice and all you can think about at 3 a.m. is that can of Spaghetti-Os in the pantry. Why does this happen in early pregnancy? It's probably safe to chalk it up to rapidly changing hormones, but no one really knows for sure. The good news is that food aversions usually disappear in the second trimester.
A Sudden Intolerance for Smoke and Caffeine
Smells or tastes that you once enjoyed can suddenly send your stomach lurching thanks to a shift in hormones. Your body may become more sensitive to things like caffeine and nicotine, which may cause you to shake, sweat, and feel nauseous.
Why Am I Suddenly Gagging and Nauseous? Is It Morning Sickness?
Thank that sweet, sweet estrogen for the combination of a heightened sense of smell and lovely nasal drainage for this unpleasant symptom.
To ease early pregnancy nausea, eat a hearty, bland breakfast as soon as you wake up and try to squeeze a brisk walk in before you head out to work or school. You can also replace your regular minty toothpaste with a milder flavor to reduce gagging and vomiting while brushing your teeth.
Everything Is Exhausting
Sleepiness in the week leading up to your period is totally typical, especially if you haven't been getting enough Zs, exercise, or iron. But if you're worn out just from curling your hair and looking for any opportunity to plop down on the couch and stare off into space, there's a chance pregnancy is the cause.
Gulp extra water and indulge in those staring-off sessions—growing a human is exhausting.
Why Can't I Catch My Breath?
Huffing and puffing walking up the steps to your apartment? This is a feeling that will follow most women through their entire pregnancy, but can be especially alarming (and annoying) in the beginning, when the body requires more oxygen to grow the embryo.
Feeling Down, Anxious, or Just Plain Off?
This is a tricky, vague symptom of early pregnancy that can be attributed to premenstrual symptoms or just being human. However, if you suddenly find yourself in tears over a toilet paper ad or fuming about something a friend said on Facebook when you're typically stoic it might be a good idea to check the calendar to see where you're at in the two week wait.
Your Sense of Smell Is Totally Out-of-Control
Did you just smell your partner walk in the door all of the way from the upstairs bathroom? If you're pregnant, you can blame (that's right, say it with me) estrogen for your heightened sense of smell. From roses to ravioli, everything is going to start smelling much stronger, sometimes for the better but usually for the worse.
Time to start opening some windows.
Why Am I So Gassy?
It's no secret that gas and increased flatulence is a symptom of pregnancy, but for many women, it can be one of their first clues to the impending changes. That's because the surge of progesterone that happens when you conceive relaxes your body's muscles as it prepares for childbirth. This can result in a some sneaky little slips. Whoops!
Why Am I Peeing All the Time?
Suddenly, your bladder seems to have shrunk to the size of a peanut and you're running to the bathroom all the time. Extra blood flow to a pregnant woman's kidneys causes an increase in the production of urine, up to 25% more. Figure in the increased pregnancy hormone levels and you'll understand why you had to get up to pee eight times last night.
It'll likely stop during the second trimester, but it'll likely start again during the third. Don't stop drinking fluids, just think of the extra trips to the bathroom as exercise.
Your Breasts Hurt and Look Larger, Fuller, or Darker
One of the first signs of pregnancy is changes in the breasts. This can include darkening and deepening veins (like a roadmap on your chest), darker and larger areolas, and of course, soreness and pain, especially on the sides around your armpit areas and even leading down into your upper arms.
This totally uncomfortable symptom occurs because breast tissue is sensitive to progesterone, a hormone that's released in a woman's body when she becomes pregnant. It's also the reason many of us experience breast discomfort and pain before our periods, when progesterone surges.
Do Cramps, Back Pain, and Lower Abdominal Pain Mean You're Pregnant?
Cramps, twinges, and pains in your lower back or on one side of your lower abdomen can indicate implantation. Each month when you ovulate, your eggs are released from either the tube on the left or the right, sometimes causing soreness. Pain in your back and lower stomach area can indicate a fertilized egg attaching to the uterus.
Cramping will likely continue in the first few months of pregnancy as the uterus expands for your growing baby. To ease the pain, forego over-the-counter pain relievers which can be harmful, and instead take a warm, relaxing bath to take your mind off those twinges and pangs.
Totally Unexplained Dizziness, Vertigo, or Lightheadedness
Feeling like you just stepped off a roller-coaster after vacuuming or getting up off the couch too quickly can be an early sign of pregnancy. While the nausea and vomiting may never come, the dizziness is just as yucky.
As your hormones begin to rise, blood vessels relax and widen, contributing to those freaky dizzy spells of early pregnancy.
Dramatic and Melodramatic Mood Swings
Did you lose your cool in the parking lot? Did a song on the radio trigger a torrent of tears? Who knew that it was humanly possible to laugh and cry at the same time? The pregnant woman did, that's who.
Changes in metabolism and hormone levels can affect neurotransmitters, the brain chemicals that regulate mood. When a woman gets pregnant, estrogen and progesterone start playing her mood like a violin.
More Questions About Early Pregnancy Signs
Does your pee turn dark yellow or orange during pregnancy?
You probably just haven’t been drinking enough water. Although dehydration can be a sign of pregnancy, it can also just be a sign that you need to drink more water!
My mouth tastes metallic, like it's full of loose change or like I've been sucking on spoons. Yuck. Is that a sign of pregnancy?
Dysgeusia, a distortion of the sense of taste, is a common early symptom of pregnancy. It can affect the taste of the food you eat but may be experienced even when you're not eating.
What's that stuff in my underwear? Is that normal?
Seeing an increase in white or clear vaginal discharge (leukorrhea) is a normal symptom of early pregnancy.
What if I'm feeling nauseous before my period is due?
Nausea is an early sign of conception, but it's also a common PMS symptom, so you'll have to wait to find out what your hormones are telling you!
How early can you detect signs of pregnancy?
Some women feel different right away, but you can't know for sure until you take that pregnancy test.
So If You Feel Weird, Are You Pregnant?
You'll have to wait two weeks to take a pregnancy test to know for sure.
Should You Avoid Anything in the Two Week Wait?
If you suspect you may be pregnant, here are some things to hold off on until you can test and find out for sure:
- Consuming Alcohol This should be pretty obvious but it's also highly (and hotly) debated as to whether this "rule" is really necessary. Suffice to say, most doctors advise against consuming alcohol during pregnancy as doing so can harm a growing fetus.
- Smoking If it's not good for you, it's certainly not good for a wee one!
- Caffeine Some doctors will okay a small intake every day (like a small morning cup), but caffeine can also trigger unpleasant reactions like dizziness, sweating, and lightheadedness.
- Aspirin and Ibuprofen Neither are considered safe during pregnancy unless recommended by a doctor.
- Deli Meats and Soft Cheeses Lunchmeat and soft cheeses (like feta and blue cheese) can carry listeria, the bacteria that causes listeriosis. Though contracting listeriosis—a food-borne infection—isn't necessarily life-threatening in a healthy person, it can cause miscarriage because fetuses are much more vulnerable to illness and infection than healthy adults.
- Scooping Cat Litter Besides the smell of the ammonia in cat urine being totally gross, cat feces contain the parasite that causes toxoplasmosis, another disease that can prove fatal to a growing baby. If you can't get out of this chore, just make sure to wash your hands really well afterward. (Hey—you should be doing that anyway!)
- Saunas, Hot Tubs, and Hot Baths Excessive heat can cause a growing baby to develop birth defects because baby can't regulate his/her own body temperature. So while you can cool down quickly, baby can't. A good way to judge the water temperature is to make sure that your skin isn't turning pink. It's also a good idea to let your limbs drape out of the tub.
When Is the Best Time to Test for Pregnancy, and What is the Best Way to Test?
The pregnancy hormone HCG (human chorionic gonadotropin) isn't detectable until at least two weeks after conception—basically around the time of your missed period. Conception happens at the time of ovulation and most women ovulate two weeks before their period. While some early detection pregnancy tests claim to be able to tell you earlier than that, your best bet is to wait a day after you expected your period to test. Hey, pregnancies tests aren't cheap, and taking one too early may result in a false-negative. But if you can't wait to start indulging on your POAS addiction, grab a month's worth of tests (called internet cheapies or IE's) for the same price as one name-brand test. I used when I was trying to conceive and they're helpful for just easing your mind one way or the other as you wait for your period to arrive, without breaking the bank. these
Did You Take a Test?
Is your period late but you're still pulling up negatives on your pregnancy tests? Check out my article Why Would You Have a Late Period if You're Not Pregnant? for some of the most common reasons why.
How Did YOU Know You Were Pregnant?
When to Call Your Doctor
Hey, I'm just like you, I Google 100% of everything before I take it up with my doctor—much to her chagrin. Still, this article is not meant to be used as a tool for diagnosis. Always consult a physician for medical advice and if you're feeling unwell, having strange symptoms after unprotexted sex, or have questions about your fertility.
Questions & Answers
I had sex 4 days ago. Today I just started feeling nauseous, I have a weird feeling in my stomach like I want to throw up and I don’t feel as hungry. I have been feeling lightheaded and dizzy and I’m supposed to get my period in 2 weeks. Can I be pregnant?Helpful 325
I had sex on the first day of my period. My period stopped and started again, but it wasn’t as heavy as usual. Now, I have watery discharge but feel dry, and my cervix is the same consistency as the tip of my nose. This is the eighth day since my period stopped and I feel really weird. Am I pregnant?Helpful 99
My period is a week late with clear discharge, mild cramps, soreness on the sides of my stomach and the lower side. My breasts are swollen, and I have white and sometimes clear with white discharge coming out of my right nipple. I also have lower back pain. I've taken two dollar store brand pregnancy tests, and both were negative. Could I still be pregnant?Helpful 72
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I'm five days late for my period, and experiencing headaches and stomach cramps all night. I am also experiencing white discharge, tender breasts and fatigue. I also feel like I have a fever. Could I be pregnant?Helpful 70
I had pink/brown spotting 11 days before my period. It only lasted for two days and was very light, kind of like mucus. I'm experiencing excess thirst, upset stomach, nausea, very mild cramping, and a bit of fatigue. Could I possibly be pregnant?Helpful 18
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I had unprotected sex and two weeks later have sore breasts, serious back pains and a severe pain at my left lower abdomen. I'm not nauseated. I took a test but it was negative. Should I wait for more weeks?Helpful 13
I'm two days late for my period and experiencing extremely sore breasts, constant headaches, slight cramping, lower back pain, and feeling sick to my stomach sometimes. My boyfriend and I started trying to conceive but stopped; however, we did have sex on my most fertile days last month. Could I be pregnant?Helpful 9
In February I got my period a week early, and it was totally different from my typical cycle. Usually, it comes right on schedule. Now, I'm experiencing tiredness, back pains, weird cravings, increased appetite and mood swings. Could I be pregnant?
I had sex three days ago. Since then, I've been nauseous but I managed to eat something today. I'm also experiencing gas, constipation, slight dizziness, and lightheadedness. I also have swollen breasts, especially the left one, thrush, and I just woke up with sharp pains on my left side by and above my ovaries all the way to the middle of my stomach. It felt like PMS pains. I'm not due for another 14 days. Are these pregnancy symptoms or something else?Helpful 9
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My period is two weeks late and my last cycle started in January. I was sexually active during and after my period and I'm now experiencing back pain, dry mouth, runny nose and fatigue. Can I take a test now or should I wait?
I just started the Herbalife diet about a month ago, and I've lost about 10-15 lbs. Could this be the cause of a late period? I'm 2 days late. I also use an app that tells me when my period comes, and it is usually spot on, this month, it did not come when expected. When should I test?
You should take a test now. If your period is late, it's fine to take a test! For the most part, once you're late, the test will be 99% accurate.
That being said, yes, losing so much weight so quickly can absolutely delay or stop ovulation which would explain your late period.
I have been experiencing cramps under my stomach and my chest seems bigger lately. Also, I'm experiencing lotion consistency CM. I'm not due for my period yet but could these be pregnancy symptoms?
Depending on your DPO (days past ovulation) these could indeed be early symptoms of pregnancy.
While every woman has a different cycle, in general, we measure cycles from the first day that menstruation starts to the length of time it takes for the first day of the following menstruation to start as 28 days.
Ovulation typically happens halfway through that cycle, around day 14, and each day following that is considered "the two week wait" when pregnancy symptoms may start appearing before the missed period.
Most home pregnancy tests will give you an accurate result from the day that your period is due, but there's also a lot of brands that offer early-results before your period is due and you can start taking these about five days before your period is due, although they're more accurate with each day that you near your period due date.
If you continue to experience these symptoms I would definitely take a pregnancy test!
I am about six days away from getting my period, but I messed up terribly with my pill this month, and been cramping for weeks. I just couldn’t wait any longer and took a test this morning, and it read positive. What are the chances I am actually pregnant? Should I wait until after I miss my period to see my doctor?
The chances you're pregnant are pretty good considering you've had a positive pregnancy test.
The first thing you should do, if you haven't already, is call your doctor or an OB to confirm pregnancy, especially since you seem unsure. That'll also give you a chance to talk to your doctor about what's ahead, along with birth control options that might be a better fit for you.
Is sudden nasal congestion, headaches and backaches a sign of pregnancy?
They can be, but considering the time of year, these could also be signs of seasonal allergies, unfortunately, especially the congestion and headache.
I’m on birth control and do miss some but about 2 or 3 weeks ago I had a two day light period when it’s usually heavier and last longer but there has been times my period has been off or not come at all. But for the past few days I’ve been getting this gut feeling that I’m pregnant but I have no signs... is it possible?
It's totally possible to be pregnant with "signs" of pregnancy, especially because if your PMS symptoms are strong and you become pregnant, those symptoms, in comparison, may seem minuscule!
Since you say you have irregular periods, and you have this instinct that you may be pregnant, now would be as good a time as any to take a pregnancy test. If it comes back negative and if your periods continue to be lighter or more spread out that usual I would let your doctor know. It can be a sign of a treatable thyroid condition.
I had sex two days before my period ended. It's the second week now, and I have this weird, twitching feeling from my belly button to my lower abdomen. I also have a lot of gas and a runny, stuffed nose. What could it be?
Since you had intercourse before your cycle ended, there's a couple of possibilities here:
First, perhaps you ovulated early, and your symptoms are pregnancy symptoms. Most women will ovulate halfway through their cycle, or, about two weeks after they first start their period. If you ovulated a few days early, you might have had enough time there to get pregnant.
If your cycle was regular and you ovulated on a typical schedule, then your symptoms are more likely actually BECAUSE of ovulation. Ovulation can absolutely make you gassy and give you a tugging or twitching near your ovaries which are to either side of your lower abdomen, under your belly button.
I would take a pregnancy test this Sunday, August 19th. That should put you right around a few days before your next period is due and give you a good chance of getting an accurate result from the test either way.
If the test is negative then the runny, stuffed nose might just be some good old fashioned summer allergies or worse, a summer cold which I'm personally sportin' right now.
I had sex a day after my c-section in July but the Catholic hospital was supposed to have given me a hysterectomy, but my friend said they lied to her a month before ago and didn't give her one. My question is why am I so hungry and gaining weight, why is my upper middle abdomen rounding with nausea, vomiting, increased sense of smell, weird cravings and just feel yucky with morning and night sickness, pelvic pressure, fatigue, shortness of breath, weakness, and feeling I can't get full? Could my symptoms be pregnancy?
I had sex ten days ago. It was my second day ovulating, and I'm not on birth control. I threw up a few days after. I’ve been cramping, peeing more, crying for no reason and feeling extremely tired. Could I be pregnant, or am I paranoid?
My period was supposed to start eleven days ago. I have a doctor's appointment at noon to get a pregnancy test done. Is there a good possibility that I’m pregnant?
I've certainly heard of women not getting a positive result for two weeks after their missed period - one of my good friends is one of those women. She found out with her first that she was pregnant when she was already six weeks along!
If you've been taking at home tests, though, and they're negative, then the chance that you're pregnant isn't super high (but it's not out of the realm of possibility either).
You're doing the best thing by going to the doctor for confirmation. If their test comes back negative, then they can help you troubleshoot why your period hasn't started. That's almost always an easy fix, and it isn't usually a big concern.
I hope you get the answer you want!
When do pregnancy symptoms usually start?
Between four and six weeks, but they get progressively more noticeable as time goes on.
Something to keep in mind about pregnancy symptoms is that though you may have unprotected sex during ovulation and an egg may be fertilized, most women won’t notice this part and any symptoms felt during this time are actually symptoms of ovulation, NOT pregnancy since you’re technically not pregnant yet.
Fertilization (which again, is when a single sperm meets the eggs that have been released during ovulation) usually happens around two weeks before your period is due to start.
After that happens, it can take over a week for that fertilized egg to implant into the uterus. At this point, you’re just days away from the due date of your period, but this is when many women report they began to feel early signs of being pregnant.
Does that mean you can’t feel symptoms before implantation? No. You could, since a fertilized egg creates a change in your body that can affect your hormones. However, the symptoms will get stronger once the fertilized egg has implanted into the uterus and begun to send out signals to your body (the same signals that turn urine and blood pregnancy tests positive) to say “Hey, we’re definitely having a baby over here!”
My period was Feb 8-11 as normal. I had unprotected sex on the 10th, 11th, & 12th. But on the 17th I woke up and felt so odd all day long. I was bloated and just did NOT feel like myself, I felt the same way all that week. The following Monday, the 19th, I woke up for work and peed and when I wiped there was a light pink blood, and I was like wth is that?! But I had cramps in my lower stomach I felt very nauseous on the 23rd and 25th and my boobs are getting sore. I took a $1 pregnancy test and got a negative result.
I think that the pink spotting could be indicative of implantation, but remember that not everyone (myself included) experiences this symptoms of early pregnancy.
I put your dates into a pregnancy test calculator and technically, you're still too early to get an accurate result on a pregnancy test. I tried it with a normal ovulation schedule along with an earlier than normal ovulation schedule. Taking into account the possibility that you ovulated quite early in this cycle, you still probably won't get an accurate result until Saturday March 3rd.
My period is generally always on time. However, last month it came early, and now I feel I'm pregnant. I don't know when to check if I've missed my period or not due to the sudden change of my cycle. When do I check?
I'm supposed to get my period tomorrow, and I took a pregnancy test, but got a negative result. My breasts have been swollen and felt like they were on fire, and I'm experiencing back pain. If I'm experiencing pregnancy symptoms then why am I getting a negative pregnancy test?
It feels like I have a cold and my period is late. Since February is the shortest month of the year, could this have my period dates thrown off? I'm stressed, and I have an irregular cycle - could I be pregnant?
My boyfriend and I had unprotected sex four days after my period ended, and again during my most fertile days. My period is due in a week, and I've been having pregnancy symptoms, but they also relate to PMS as well. Is there a chance that I could be pregnant?
You're right, early pregnancy symptoms and PMS are irritatingly similar. In my experience, symptoms a week before your period is more likely because your period is coming, not because you're pregnant. Typically, pregnancy symptoms aren't going to crop up until right around the time your period is due to start, or later.
However, we are ALL different, and it's also possible that if you're pregnant, you're further along than you think. To find out for sure, I would wait until you're about three days from starting your period. Take a test then and if it's negative, wait and see if you miss your cycle before testing again. With an early result test, you can get pretty accurate results three days out from the day of your expected period.Helpful 3
I had sex after my last period. Since then I have been feeling very tired, experiencing lightheadedness, lower back pain, and today I was peeing frequently. Am I pregnant? My next period is due August 23rd.
Okay, let's do some math here:
If your period is due in nine days, then you're (very roughly) five days past ovulation which means that your symptoms right now are more likely due to either ovulation (especially since it's possible that you aren't five days past ovulation, rather currently ovulating or just ending it) or an infection. Urinary tract infections (UTIs) can mimic many pregnancy symptoms.
Right now it's too early to take a test but starting on Sunday, August 19th you could start taking a pregnancy test every other day until you either get a positive pregnancy test or your period.
Until then, watch out for worsening lower back pain, fever, pain when you use the bathroom and vomiting. If any of this happens, or if your symptoms get worse and you have negative pregnancy tests then you should let your doctor know so they can test for infection (it's a simple urine test).
I had protected sex with my boyfriend four days after my period. During sex, we ensured the condom didn’t break. It’s been six days since we’ve had sex, and my ovaries and lower back is in pain. We were each other’s first time, and this was our second time ever having sex. Is there any chance that I can be pregnant?
I think that your chances of being pregnant are slim to none. Condoms, when used right, are very reliable.
To me, it sounds like you're dealing with ovulation symptoms which can include pain around the ovaries and lower back pain. Some women will even experience nausea, tiredness and bloating so it can feel confusingly similar to pregnancy symptoms. However, the timing you noted here goes right along with ovulation since that happens halfway through your cycle (around 14 days before your period is about to begin).
It's not unheard of to get these symptoms before ovulation takes place either, as your body gears up.
Keep using protection, properly, and you should feel comfortable knowing that your chances of getting pregnant are really low (according to Planned Parenthood, this method of birth control is 98% effective, so that's pretty good)!
I have a super irregular period. However, for the past three mornings, I've been experiencing bleeding that is brown. It's light, like spotting. I have cramps on and off as well. Other symptoms I'm experiencing are mood swings, stuffy nose, scratchy throat, sleepiness, and shortness of breath when walking up the stairs. I usually get my period on the 20th of every month, but now I'm six days late. Is this a sign that I'm pregnant?
That the blood is brown indicates it's old blood, so it could be the start of your period, but if you're not experiencing a flow, then it does make you (and I) wonder if it's a symptom of implantation.
If I were you, I would take an at home pregnancy test, if you haven't already.
The symptoms you're describing can be indicative of typical PMS, but they're also super common for early pregnancy.
If you test comes back negative and you still don't experience a flow of blood over the next couple of days, I'd make an appointment with your doctor, preferably you OB if you have one, and let them know what's going on.
I had my last period on July 10th of last month. It is now August 13th, and I still haven't gotten my period. I have been having mild cramps as well as lower back pain and I'm peeing way more than usual. Do you have any advice?
Unless you have a long cycle (an average cycle is getting your period every 28 days), you are technically about a week late for your period.
My best advice for you is that if you haven't taken a pregnancy test yet, then you should. At this point, any brand/type should be okay since, if you are pregnant, the hormones would be built up enough in your body to ensure an accurate result on a test.
If the test comes back negative and you're still experiencing cramps, lower back pain and frequent urination you should see your doctor to rule out a urinary tract infection. Infections can delay your period, and they can also mimic pregnancy symptoms.
I got my period two days early. During the evening, I went pee and experienced light pink spotting. It started turning bright red, yet there was not just a little bit of it coming out. It was enough as if it was a really light period. What does this mean? Am I pregnant?
You're probably wondering if this is implantation spotting and it very well could be, especially since the bleeding started earlier than your normal cycle. A good way to tell the difference between implantation and the start of your period is if there's a flow. Do you have to change pads or tampons? If you are, then I would say this is just an early period.
Either way, just to reassure yourself, take a test on the day your period was supposed to start. If you really are pregnant, you should be able to get at least a faint positive at that point.
My period was late this month. I usually get it on time and for five days. What could be the issue?
If you're saying that your period has been late and now you are suddenly bleeding, then it's possible that your period was just delayed. That's not uncommon, especially if you've recently dealt with stress, illness or a change in your sleep schedule. If you're suspicious that you may be pregnant go ahead and take a pregnancy test. At this stage, it should be accurate.
Delayed period for 7 days, shortness of breath, heartburn, constipation, but negative test. Am I pregnant?
Since the test is negative I think there's a pretty good chance you're not pregnant but I also know that you must be feeling very frustrated at this point.
If you haven't taken a test in a couple of days, go ahead and take one more. It's totally possible that you ovulated late this cycle and that you're not as late for your period as you think or that you're pregnant but because of a late ovulation, you haven't been far along enough to get a positive test.
If the test comes back negative again and you're still dealing with shortness of breath you should talk to your doctor to rule out other causes of your symptoms like thyroid conditions which can cause late periods and shortness of breath but are easily treatable.
How likely is it to get pregnant when having sex without protection, and removing before ejaculation?
What you're describing is called "the pull out method" or "the withdrawal method," and doctors and just about everyone else have GREATLY debated the effectiveness.
Anecdotally, I could tell you that I know people it's worked for. Personally, I'm going to tell you it's a tricky birth control method in that you really need to do it perfectly for it to work and even then - you're playing with fire, so to speak. But I guess this could be true of any other birth control method, right?
According to Planned Parenthood, "For every 100 women who use the pull out method perfectly, 4 will get pregnant." Those aren't terrible odds, but they're not 100% either.
So to answer your question, the withdrawal method, when practiced without flaw is effective against pregnancy 96% of the time, according to Planned Parenthood's statistics.
If you'd like more information on birth control options I recommend https://bedsider.org where you'll find all kinds of articles and cool features on everything from condoms, the patch and yes, withdrawal to help you see all of your options for preventing pregnancy and how to obtain them.
If you decide to go with a method that takes less willpower talk to your OB or general physician about what they can offer you.
I had unprotected sex during the end of my period. Could I get pregnant from this?
Yes, you could. A common misconception is that if you have intercourse during your menstrual cycle, you are less likely to get pregnant. However, since sperm live up to five days, if you were to ovulate shortly after your period ended, there's a possibility that you could become pregnant.
I'm in the last three days of my two-week wait, and I haven't had any implantation bleeding. Do I have to have implantation bleeding to get pregnant?
Not every woman experiences implantation bleeding (IB) before getting a positive pregnancy test. I have never had implantation bleeding, personally, so not having it is not necessarily a sign that you're not pregnant.
Since you're so close to starting your cycle and since you've been actively trying to conceive, you should take a pregnancy test now.
I ovulated on 6/19, and I had unprotected sex with my partner from 6/20 through 6/22. On 6/26, I had a VCUG done for some unrelated reasons, and since this involves X-ray imaging, they always ask if you’re pregnant. My response was “I don’t know” because I hadn’t taken a test. They did a blood test, and it was negative. If I ovulated on the 19th of June and had sex from June 20-22, would the 26th be too early for an accurate result?
Yes, the 26th of June would have been too early for an accurate result. It also would have been so early on that I don't think the x-ray would have impacted a pregnancy. Also, a blood test is more accurate than a urine test, so I think that's a trustworthy result for sure!
You wouldn't have technically been pregnant until implantation which happens just before a missed period. Regardless of when you had the x-ray, you couldn't have been pregnant.
I had sex twice on the day of my ovulation, and I’ve been having all the pregnancy symptoms. I haven’t seen my period yet, but I’m supposed to see it tomorrow. Is it possible that I may be pregnant?
Yes, it's very possible that you're pregnant if you had unprotected sex while you were ovulating. If you haven't taken a pregnancy test already, then you could take one right now and get pretty accurate results.
I had unprotected sex two days after my period. Five days after, I had sore breasts, general lower abdominal pain, and lower back pain. Three weeks later I still have sore breasts and pressure in my bladder and some lower back pain. My period is due on April 21st. Four days ago I had a negative pregnancy test. I was checked for a urine infection and had an ultrasound done to check my ovaries, and all are clear. I'm so confused. What do you think?
I think that you probably tested too early to get an accurate result either way. It's good that you checked for a UTI, that's really smart, and something that more women need to be aware of; sometimes what seems like pregnancy symptoms are indeed symptoms of a urinary tract infection. I'm glad that in your case they're not.
I think that it's likely you're actually experiencing symptoms of ovulation. Ovulation symptoms CAN cause some weird, unpleasant stuff like sore breasts and pain in pressure in the lower abdomen/pelvic region. Actually, I always get a lot of pain there during and following ovulation. My OB/GYN explained to me that that's because some women are extra sensitive to ovulation as small cysts form and burst during the release of the egg.
Since your period is due on Saturday, April 21st, you should hold off on taking another pregnancy test until Tuesday, April 18th at the earliest and from there take one every two days until you either get your period or a positive pregnancy test.
My period is sixteen days late, and I am having all of the early symptoms; from being sensitive to smells all the way to my straight hair becoming wavy. I keep getting negative tests, but is there still a good chance of me being pregnant?
It's possible, and I've heard stories from friends who didn't get a positive test until a couple of weeks later. However, at this point, I would stop into your doctor for a simple blood test to confirm. If their test comes back negative, then at least they'll also know that your period is delayed and can help you get it back on track if it doesn't take care of itself.
It's been 14 days since sex and my breasts have been constantly tender and sore. I have raised bumps around my nipples. I've been constipated and crying at the drop of a hat. Is it too early to take a pregnancy test after two weeks? I also had 2 mornings of light spotting 1 week after sex.
I had light bleeding for three days when I was seven DPO. My period is now three days late. I’ve had insomnia for the past two weeks, along with excessive gas and bloating. I broke out all over my face the other day. I’m exhausted probably due to insomnia. Do you have any thoughts?
Insomnia isn't fun; I'm sorry you're dealing with it. First, if you haven't already, you need to take a pregnancy test. If that's negative pick up some melatonin (1mg to start) and follow the directions on the bottle to help you break your insomnia cycle. It's possible that your insomnia is why your period is late, since a change in your sleep patterns can affect your menstrual cycle.
However, insomnia can also be a sign of pregnancy! So, if that test is positive, then the chances are good that the insomnia is due to that. If it is, you'll want to get advice from your OB or general doc to see what is safe to help you get a better night's sleep while pregnant.
My veins are beginning to appear green. Could this mean I'm pregnant?
A change in the size or color of your veins can be a sign of pregnancy, especially when they're surrounding your breasts and upper chest. This could be from an increase in blood flow during early pregnancy.
People with warmer skin tones also will notice that their veins appear more green than blue.
I'm experiencing cramps, extreme back pain, and pain on my side. I've been eating a lot and I feel nauseous. I'm also dealing with indigestion, shortness of breath and a late period. Could I be pregnant?
If you still have not gotten your usual period then, by all means, yes, you could be pregnant, and you need to take a pregnancy test.
If you did get your period, then, unfortunately, these symptoms can also be attributed to premenstrual symptoms. Oh, the fun of being born female!
As a side note, if you're still experiencing a lot of severe pain (that makes it difficult to walk), you should call your doctor.
I previously had gonorrhea but was treated for it and cleared of it in October of 2017. Currently, I'm not on birth control and my partner, and I have been trying to conceive since I was cleared of gonorrhea. I'm supposed to start my period on Sunday, and I am worried because I have not conceived yet. Could having gonorrhea be the cause?
According to The Mayo Clinic, gonorrhea itself does not cause infertility and having had it would not affect your ability to get pregnant. However, gonorrhea can cause Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID).
If Pelvic Inflammatory Disease isn't treated properly, it can damage your reproductive organs which could lead to infertility or a lower chance of getting pregnant.
So here's what I think you should do - I think you should get in touch with the doctor who treated you for gonorrhea and find out if you were tested for pelvic inflammatory disease and if you were, what the results were. If you weren't tested, I would make an appointment to get tested.
Again, according to The Mayo Clinic, the test for PID would include a pelvic exam, where your doctor would check things out to see if there's any inflammation, scarring, etc. They would probably also take a sample of your urine and cervical fluids. All of this, along with any symptoms you describe to them, would be used to diagnose you (or not!) with PID.
Now, if it turns out you don't have PID, there are other fertility tests that you and your partner could undergo. Remember that it's possible that your partner is the one dealing with the fertility issues, not you. Most doctors, however, would probably not test you or your partner for fertility issues until it's been a full year of trying to conceive without success. That's because even in healthy couples who have zero fertility issues, it can still take a full year to you conceive!
In the meantime, to up your chances of conceiving I would invest in OPKs. These are tests that you pee on just like a pregnancy test, and they let you know when you're ovulating so that you know when to have sex. Conception is tricky in that there are only a few short days during the month that women are fertile enough to conceive. So even if it feels like you've been trying for months, the problem may just be in your timing.
I spotted a week before my period was due. It was due March 23rd. Two days later, on March 25th, I still haven't started my period, and the pregnancy test I took was negative. Could I still be pregnant?
There's definitely a chance that you could still be pregnant, but since the test is negative and your period is late, I would say the chances are slim.
Let's say that spotting was implantation bleeding, and it occurred, according to the dates you're giving me, around March 16th. You should have been able to get an accurate pregnancy test around March 18th or 19th at the earliest, but by March 25th you should have almost certainly had a positive test IF the spotting was implantation.
Now, maybe it wasn't. Maybe it was something else and you had implantation later on, then it's possible that your body still hasn't sent out the pregnancy hormone required for an HPT to turn positive.
My best advice is to test again on the 27th. Test again every other day or until your period shows up. If you end up more than two weeks late call your doctor and ask for a blood pregnancy test. If that comes back negative then you and your doctor can talk about other things that could be causing your period to be late.
Almost always, a late period is not severe, and easy to troubleshoot.
I had sex from the start of my ovulation, continuing for four more days, each day being a part of my fertile period. I'm seven DPO (days past ovulation) and having weird signs. Could it be that I'm pregnant?
Many women undoubtedly experience pregnancy symptoms as early as around seven days past ovulation and around seven days before their missed period.
Most at home pregnancy tests are not going to give you an accurate result this early on though, so you'll need to sit tight (I know it's so hard when you're trying to conceive!) until it's the right time to test.
If you use an early result brand like First Response (their early results products), you can usually start testing around five days before your period is due to start, though the odds that the result will be accurate goes up drastically the closer you get to the start of your menstrual cycle. Personally, I have never had an accurate result earlier than four days before my expected period.
I had sex on March 14th, 15th, and 16th then I ovulated on March 17th. My period started on March 31st. However, I'm experiencing severe headaches, lower backache, lower abdominal pain, and pain below my rib cage. My appetite is also increasing, and I'm feeling unusually sleepy and tired. I took a pregnancy test on March 23rd, eight days before my expected period but it was negative. Could I be pregnant?
Since you had sex around the time of your ovulation, there's a good chance that you could have gotten pregnant, especially if you were trying to conceive. If you were using a reliable form of birth control, of course, your chances are much lower.
Since your period was not due for over a week when you took the pregnancy test, the results aren't reliable. It can be tempting and exciting to start testing as soon as you feel pregnancy symptoms, but it's not really a good idea because no home pregnancy test can give you a correct result that early.
Even though you may have conceived by definition of the egg being fertilized during ovulation, the fertilized egg must adhere to the wall of your uterus before your body starts sending out the pregnancy hormones that at-home tests detect. This is called implantation and doesn't happen until seven to ten days AFTER the egg is fertilized and after implantation occurs, it still takes another two days before your body starts sending out those hormones.
You don't want to start taking pregnancy tests until around five days before your period is due, at the earliest.
For the most accurate results, you should wait to take a pregnancy test until the day your period is due.
I had sex in January and went on to have regular periods for February and March. However, now I'm spotting. What could be going on? Could this mean I'm pregnant?
If the last time you had sex was around two months ago, and you had regular periods after that then I would suspect the spotting has nothing to do with pregnancy.
A few possibilities for the spotting are:
- An infection. If you have an infection, ranging from a UTI to an infection in your reproductive organs, this can cause spotting between cycles.
- Ovulation spotting. Sometimes, in the middle of our cycle, when we're ovulating, spotting can occur.
- Perimenopause. If you're in your 30's or 40's it's possible that you're entering your pre-menopause years and the hormone fluctuations can cause spotting between cycles.
To ease your mind, you should go ahead and take a pregnancy test. Rarely, some women do experience what looks like regular periods while they're pregnant which can be super confusing!
If that test comes back negative, keep an eye on the spotting, and if it continues, let your doctor know. Even though it's annoying to experience mid-cycle spotting, it's not usually a huge cause for concern, but if you do have an infection, you'll want to treat it properly.
Two days before my period, I "messed around" but did not experience penetration; I'm also taking birth control. I started bleeding on the day my period was expected to happen, but it was lighter and shorter than usual. Is there anyway that I could be pregnant?
I'm not a doctor, and I can't say with absolute certainty that you aren't pregnant but straight up, no, I don't think you're pregnant at all. Messing around without penetration is not an effective way to get pregnant, and it's super unlikely that that's what's going on with you.
You might want to talk to your doctor about what is normal and not normal for periods while on the kind of birth control you're on or research it at bedsider.org.
One week before my period, I had light spotting and a few on and off clots. My period was supposed to start today, but it still hasn't happened. I also have mild cramping, painful breasts, nausea, and a horrible taste in my mouth. What could be happening?
The most likely reason is that you're gearing up to start your period. However, if you've recently had unprotected sex, then the next best possibility is early pregnancy symptoms! If you haven't started your cycle yet, then I would take a pregnancy test because today would be your official "late" day.
I ovulated on March 30th, and had unprotected sex that day. My period is due in around six days. My period is very unpredictable, but I took an early pregnancy test on Thursday, and it said pregnant. Then, I bought a ClearBlue early pregnancy test, and it said not pregnant. I'm getting dizzy spells when I stand up, and I'm bloated. The home pregnancy test that said positive was a cheap one, can I still trust it?
Your symptoms certainly sound like early pregnancy, and it's definitely not unheard of to get a positive on one pregnancy test and a negative on another because of variables like what time of day you took it, how sensitive the test is, etc.
If the first one you took was clearly positive then I would ignore the ClearBlue and try a different brand to see what it says. I've encountered false positives on cheap tests before, but they were light. If the second line was very bright, then I would consider that negative.
So, if you haven't already, go out and grab another pregnancy test (not ClearBlue) and try again now that your period is late.
I have an irregular period. I expected my period to fall on March 29th. My boyfriend and I had unprotected sex on March 17th, and I experienced ten days of spotting from March 19th-28th. I experienced all of the signs. My doctor suggested I take a pregnancy test. Is there any possibility that I am pregnant?
I think there's a more than likely possibility that you're pregnant. If you have an irregular period, then I can see why you'd be hesitant to take a pregnancy test, since you may not technically be late. However, the spotting and other pregnancy signs, along with a seemingly late period suggests that you are probably pregnant. You need to take a pregnancy test like your doctor advised.
My stomach has been feeling funny and I've been peeing a lot. Today, I took a swim and lost my breath. Then my stomach started hurting. What could this mean?
Those could indeed be signs of the first trimester of pregnancy. If you think there's a chance that you could be pregnant, you should take a home pregnancy test. If it comes back negative, then the reasons for your symptoms could be something as simple as battling a virus.
If you just lost your breath from swimming, then you may have over-exercised, but if it occurs, then I would talk to your doctor just to make sure it's nothing that needs to be addressed.
I feel giddy and have a headache. I've also vomited a few times. My stomach feels uneasy like it's very tight. What does this mean?
It could mean you have a stomach virus. When I have a stomach virus, the inflammation does cause stomach tightness and vomiting and then, of course, a headache. But if you've recently had unprotected sex, it could also mean you're pregnant. If you think that you might be pregnant, now would be a good time to take a pregnancy test. If you continue to feel sick, you should see a doctor.
I never had sex, but my boyfriend and I did other things five days ago, and now I’m scared that it’ll make me pregnant? My period is due on April 18th. I cannot wait so long to know whether I’m pregnant or not. I don’t know what to do.
You don't need to wait until your period is due to know whether or not you're pregnant, because I can assure you, you aren't. I'm not a doctor and I can't officially "diagnose" you but I can tell you from nearly three decades of life that you absolutely need to have intercourse to get pregnant.
If you have not had sex (intercourse), then you can not get pregnant. You didn't have sex, so you're not pregnant.
That being said, "messing around" unprotected still leaves you vulnerable to sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and sexually transmitted infections (STIs). So it would be a good idea to check out https://bedsider.org and see what methods of protection are right for you and your partner to protect the both of you from STIs and STDs. Likewise, before and after getting intimate, you and your partner should wash your hands.
If April 18th comes and goes and you still don't have your period, then you can take a home pregnancy test for reassurance. However, you should remember that stress (like stressing out about getting pregnant) can delay your period.
I just had my period two weeks ago. It was a week early. I've had sore breasts since then, and they hurt so bad. I've gained weight, I feel off, I'm eating stuff I hate, and going #2 is impossible. Are these symptoms, or am I just going mad?
For reassurance, I've personally gone mad with symptoms like this. However, those are definitely common early pregnancy symptoms, especially constipation. Having your period a week early isn't totally out of the norm, but it could mean that your cycle off.
If I were you I would take a home pregnancy test now, just to confirm that that period was indeed a period and not implantation bleeding.
If it comes back negative, then your symptoms are probably related to ovulation hormones since your period was two weeks ago (meaning, if it was a true period, you should be ovulating soon here).
I had unprotected sex nearly three weeks ago, around March 10th. I was supposed to get my period a couple of weeks after that, at the end of March, but it still hasn't arrived. I took a pregnancy test, which was negative, but I'm not sure if I did it right because I was nervous. Could I be pregnant even though the test was negative?
Since I don't know the date of your last period or how long your cycles usually are, I can't put them into a pregnancy test timing calculator. If you'd like to do that, there's a really awesome one over at https://countdowntopregnancy.com.
Now, since you had unprotected sex about two weeks before your period was due to arrive, it's entirely possible that you did get pregnant. Most women ovulate around two weeks before the beginning of their period, and this is when we're most fertile.
I'm not sure when you took the test and what kind you took, and it IS possible to get a false negative due to user error. I've done it; taking one too early during a month that it turns out I was actually pregnant.
If I were you, I would buy another pregnancy test and take it right away. Since your period was due at the end of March, you're probably fine to take any brand at any time because if you're pregnant, there should be enough pregnancy hormone to get a positive test by now.
My personal favorite for testing is just a good ol' First Response with the pink lines, not the digital.
However, if you're nervous about interpreting the lines, you might want to opt for a digital which will give you a clear "YES" or "NO" answer.
If you take one and it still comes back negative, then take a deep breath and remember that there are a lot of totally innocent reasons that a period can be late without being pregnant, including just ovulating a little off schedule. If your period ends up being more than two weeks late and you still have negative tests call your doctor and let them know. They may not do anything until you've missed at least two periods, or they may have you come in to explore other reasons your period could be late.
Apart from pregnancy, a late or missed period isn't usually serious at all.
Can you become pregnant while taking Depo?
According to https://americanpregnancy.org, the chances are getting pregnant while using Depo-Provera correctly are less than 1%. To put that in perspective, those are around the same odds as getting pregnant after your partner has had a successful vasectomy.
So, in a word, no. You're very unlikely to get pregnant on Depo-Provera.
I've been spotting brown since a week after my period ended. It's now two days before my next period is due, and I'm still experiencing brown spotting. Why would this happen?
Since the blood is brown, this would indicate that it's old blood rather than fresh blood. Why it would go on for nearly a month though I'm really not sure. I could take a few guesses that include an infection, an irritation to your cervix or a reaction to birth control.
I don't think it would have to do with pregnancy, but if you want to take a pregnancy test, it won't hurt. After that, contact your doctor and make an appointment to be seen. They can give you a pap smear to rule out more serious conditions, and then from there troubleshoot the cause, so you don't have to deal with the brown spotting long term.
Hi, I had sex when I was ovulating as I had an at home test that was seven days ago and for two days now my nipples have been sore and red and I can't stand to put on a bra? Could this mean I'm pregnant?
There's a definite possibility that you're pregnant, given the timing of your ovulation. In many women's experience, sore breasts are one of the first symptoms of pregnancy, especially if it's not a usual PMS symptom for you.
My boyfriend and I had unprotected sex approximately three weeks ago, and within the past week I have been extremely nauseous, tired and having terrible headaches all day. My back hurts, and I have had mood swings. I have yet to take a test because I am currently on birth control, and may just be overreacting when all it may be is the flu. Thoughts?
I think that a cheap pregnancy test is worth the peace of mind! This is totally anecdotal, but I do know more than one person who has become pregnant on birth control. Birth control is very effective, but no form guarantees 100% safety. With certain types of birth control, the risk of an ectopic pregnancy is higher, so that's a good reason to be aware of any change in symptoms. I would take a test, and in your case, I'd probably buy a digital with a simple yes/no answer so that you can move forward definitively. Either way, I hope you feel better!
My last menstruation was January 23rd-28th. They're normally on time, and last around five days. According to my period app, I ovulated on the 6th. On the 3rd I had unprotected sex. On February 21st, 22nd and 23rd, I experienced light dark brown spotting and sore breasts. Well, today I realized that for about a week I've had a horrible headache and felt off. I'm twelve days late and got a negative test. What is going on?
Yes, if you have a normal cycle (which is, on average, twenty-eight days, though it varies from woman to woman), then your period should have arrived around February 20th.
However, something to keep in mind is that, although they're helpful for having a general idea of when your period is due and when you're fertile, pregnancy, ovulation and period trackers can't accurately tell you when you've ovulated or when you're fertile based merely on dates. That's because sometimes we ovulate earlier than expected, later than expected, or, sometimes, just not at all. An app won't know that unless you're also temping and charting.
You should take one more test. If you ovulated late, it's possible that it was too early for a test to show positive. If that test is still negative, then you can call your doctor or OBGYN and let them know what's going on. They can perform a simple blood test that's usually more accurate and sensitive than a urine test to check for pregnancy.
Unfortunately, it's that time of year when we're all passing viruses along to each other, and it's possible that your off-feeling and late period have to do with a virus.
I had sex during my menstrual cycle which was about three weeks ago. A couple of days ago, I began getting lightheaded and experiencing headaches and tiredness. Could I be pregnant, or is it something else?
These are all symptoms that are common to early pregnancy, but they're also common to premenstrual syndrome, so it's possible that you're just on the cusp of starting your next cycle.
It's also possible that you're coming down with a virus since it's that germy time of year.
A common misconception is that you can't get pregnant during your period, but that's not true since sperm can live for days, and ovulation can happen earlier than predicted.
If you want to take a test to see if you're pregnant, I would use a pregnancy test timing calendar to get an idea of when you can start testing. It will have you input the dates of your last period and how long they usually last for to give you a reasonably accurate date to begin testing.
I had my IUD removed over four months ago after having it in place for only three months. Heavy bleeding started the month after removal. I was on birth control for one month after, and then stopped. My menstrual was due yesterday, and these last two days I'm having severe nausea when I smell food; even the smell of bread is making me nauseous. Could I finally be pregnant?
If you've been off birth control and actively trying to get pregnant, then yes, there's a good chance you are pregnant. If you're late for your period, then you should go ahead and take a pregnancy test.
Keep in mind that it can take several months, and in some cases up to a year, to become pregnant when actively trying. The nausea is a pretty good indicator of pregnancy, but it is also a common PMS symptom.
I had sex about a week and a half ago and have had many pregnancy symptoms but took a test a couple of days ago and came out negative. I am a couple days late for my period but I take birth control pills AND use condoms with my husband. Could I still be pregnant somehow? I feel so off...
I'm sorry you're feeling so off. I've been there and I can promise a lot of other women reading this article have too!
First, it could have been too early to test. That's because often, implantation (which is when the fertilized egg adheres to the wall of the uterus) takes longer to occur than most of us think. It typically happens between six and twelve days after ovulation. What that means is that implantation can happen as late as just a couple of days before your period is due. After implantation happens, it then takes around two days for a pregnancy test to turn positive. Which is really confusing! You would think that when "conception" happens, you would be able to get a positive test right away but you have to wait until that fertilized egg is attached and ready to send out the hormones needed to get a positive pregnancy test.
Now, since you're using two forms of birth control I'm going to take an educated guess and say your symptoms are not pregnancy related at all, but related to an extra-miserable premenstrual week or side effects of your hormonal birth control.
If your symptoms continue and you are still getting negative pregnancy tests I'd put a call into your OB or GP to see if your birth control is the culprit.
I had unprotected sex three days after my cycle ended. I got my cycle again the following week. Can I be pregnant?
It's definitely not typical to get your period and then get it again the next week. I would say that more than likely, this second "cycle" was not a period, because you would have needed to ovulate between those periods. Hold off on taking a pregnancy test unless your period is late.
If you get your next period at the regular time that you're expecting it but then experience another mid-cycle bleed, you should talk to your doctor.
I had sex on days when I had a chance of getting pregnant. We didn't use a condom, but I've had the Paragard IUD for three years. Five days before I was supposed to get my period, I experienced nipple discharge and sensitive nipples. Are these early signs of pregnancy?
Soreness or sensitivity around your breast and nipples is definitely an early pregnancy sign, especially if it's not a symptom that you usually experience before your period. Although, nipple discharge isn't quite as common that early on; it often comes on a little later in pregnancy.
These symptoms can also indicate a treatable thyroid condition or suggest that you've recently breastfed, and by recently I mean within the past couple of years.
Since you have an IUD in place and you're experiencing abnormal symptoms, I would definitely take a pregnancy test if you haven't already, and if the symptoms continue or get worse, go to your doctor. Although it's pretty uncommon, pregnancy while wearing an IUD can be dangerous as you have a higher chance of ending up with an ectopic pregnancy.
If I'm currently ovulating. Is there anything else besides sex that can increase my chance of falling pregnant?
That depends on who you ask, honestly. Some people will tell you to lay back with your hips propped up by a pillow afterward, some people will tell you to only eat certain types of foods or to do some crazy ritual. My best advice for conceiving during ovulation is to just really make that fertile time count - get down to business as often as possible and in general, try to live a healthy lifestyle that includes a nutritious diet, regular exercise and staying away from cigarettes and other substances that wouldn't positively contribute to your health. And, it's cliche, but try not to stress out too much. Easier said than done, I know.
Also, if you're not currently, I would track your ovulation either through temping, ovulation tests or both, to make sure you're right on target!
So, I'm currently ovulating with today being the most fertile day. I had sex on the 14th and 17th this month. What are my chances of becoming pregnant?
From the dates you gave me, your chances are there but they're slim, with the 17th being your best chance for conceiving since sperm live an average of three days with a maximum of five days.
Since you ovulated on February 21st, you could probably start testing fairly accurately with an early result pregnancy test starting on March 3rd.
I had really bad cramps four days before my period. I was a day late, and it was lighter and shorter than usual. Now I have a lot of back pain, nausea, headaches, mood swings, some cramps, and dizziness, and I feel as if I have a high temperature every time I wake up. Could I be pregnant?
Yes, these symptoms can be indicative of pregnancy. The first thing you should do is take a pregnancy test. If it comes back negative, you'll want to call your doctor and let them know what's going on. These symptoms can also be as a result of a treatable thyroid condition.
I am one day late for my period, and my breasts are sore, but only on the sides. I just feel different than what can be considered typical for this time of the month. Should I wait to take a test, or should I take one now?
Sore breasts can undoubtedly be a sign that your period is coming but they can also be a sign of early pregnancy, especially if the sides and underarms are sore as well. Since your period is late, now is a great time to take a pregnancy test. You could opt for a less expensive and less sensitive test at this point in your cycle, too.
I was on Depo-Provera, but I missed my second shot and had sex six days afterward. Now, I’m having bad heartburn, gas, tightness in my stomach and my pee is lighter and stronger than usual. Are these pregnancy symptoms, or am I just scared?
If it's been less than a week since you had unprotected sex, then I would say it's unlikely you're experiencing pregnancy symptoms. If it's been around or over two weeks since you had sex, then it would be a good idea to take an at-home pregnancy test.
If you're still unsure after you take the test, call your OB or the doctor who prescribed the Depo-Provera and let them know what's going on and about your fears. They'll be able to counsel you on what to do going forward and on birth control options that might fit into your schedule better.
I had my period from March 7th through March 12th. I'm experiencing a bulge in my stomach, a pulling sensation in my breasts and headaches and pains on the lower right side of my abdomen. The pregnancy test is negative. Could I be pregnant?
It's too early for you to take a pregnancy if your last period began on March 7th.
According to a typical cycle, you'll want to hold off on testing until the first week of April.
The symptoms you're describing, especially pain on just one side of your lower stomach, along with the date of your last period is indicative of ovulation.
Ovulation happens roughly two weeks before the start of our next period. When ovulation occurs an egg is released from on of the Fallopian tubes and this happens at random which is why this month you feel it on your right side and next month you might feel it on the left side.
Experiencing pain and sickness during ovulation is called "mittelschmerz" which means "middle pain" in German.
My period lasts for four days. My cycle is irregular; in that sometimes I get my period at the end of the month and sometimes it comes at the beginning of the month. I started my last period on February 23rd, and it ended on February 26th. I then had intercourse on March 1st. Could this lead to me becoming pregnant?
Periods aren't an exact science, unfortunately, especially when it comes to their timing. Before I look at your specific dates in relation to pregnancy, I want you to pull up a calendar for April 2018, and we're going to go over some hypothetical dates.
Let's say your period comes on April 1st, 2018 and you have a 28-day cycle (this is the average and most typical length of time that a woman's cycle lasts). You would get your period 28 days after April 1st, which is April 29th. Not only would you get two periods in one month, but the first period would also be at the beginning of the month and the second period would be at the end of the month. Confusing, but not at all irregular and in fact this is the clinical example of a "typical" period. Now let's say your second period is just two days late - you would begin that second period on May 1st, putting your period back into the first week of the month.
A good way for you to see just how regular or irregular your periods are is to use a period tracking app. I like Flo; it lets you track a lot of other stuff too.
Now, to your pregnancy question - since I don't know how long your average cycle lasts, I can't make an educated guess on when you probably ovulated. But, going off from a typical cycle, I think March 1st would have been too early for you to get pregnant unless you ovulated quite early. The most likely days for your ovulation and the highest chances of conception were probably around March 7th through the 11th.
All of that being said, you can check out the pregnancy test calculator for yourself at CountDownToPregnancy(dot)com where you can put in the start date of your last period (February 23rd) and then put in the average length of your cycle to find out when you should start testing for pregnancy. Personally, I think the best day for you to test would be on March 24th. This would be day 29 of your cycle, and unless you have very long cycles, you'd probably get an accurate result.
What is discharge like in early pregnancy? What is the consistency?
I've spent a lot of years reading about this in the forums on BabyCenter, and the thing I've learned from studying other women is that there's honestly no single answer for this.
From what I've read and experienced myself, early pregnancy discharge is typically whitish in color has a milky, thin consistency.
Of course, for each woman, because we all react slightly differently to pregnancy hormones, this isn't necessarily a good indicator of pregnancy.
My period ended on February 28th, and I had sex from March 8th through March 17th. I'm feeling warm now, and am experiencing nasal problems. My next period is March 28th. Could I be pregnant?
Since I don't know when you started your period I can't put your dates into a calculator to see if there's a possibility that you were fertile during March 8th through March 17th.
You should visit https://countdowntopregnancy.com, where they have a really user-friendly pregnancy test calculator. You'll be able to put in the start of your last period and your average cycle length (the number of days between the first day of one period and the first day of the next period), and it will tell you when the best time to take a pregnancy test is.
I had a D&C on December 13th, 2017, due to a miscarriage, and resumed my periods the next month. This month, my period is late by two days. This morning there was light pink blood when I peed, and now I'm having abdominal, back and leg pain. I'm scared that I'm having a miscarriage because last week I experienced heightened smell, food cravings and breast pain but am no longer having cravings. Could I be pregnant even though I had a negative pregnancy test yesterday?
I'm really sorry to hear about the loss of your pregnancy in December.
I would say that since you had a negative pregnancy test yesterday, you're experiencing menstrual symptoms and the spotting is likely just the start of your period, not indicative of a miscarriage at all.
It's so tricky to decipher early pregnancy symptoms from PMS, that's for sure, but in your case, it sounds like your cravings, heightened sense of smell and breast pain can all be attributed to premenstrual symptoms. I experience all of those symptoms myself in the week to week and a half leading up to my period. That's because there's a rise in hormones before our period that's similar to the increase in hormones experienced in early pregnancy.
In short, no, I don't think you're experiencing a miscarriage, and I don't think that you're pregnant this month.
I'm experiencing odd symptoms that include sweating, headaches, tiredness, poor sleep, and a period that's a week late now. What could be causing this and what should I do?
Because early pregnancy symptoms can also be indicative of a variety of other conditions, it's hard to say for sure why you're experiencing these symptoms.
The first thing you should do since your period is a week late now is to take a home pregnancy test. At this point, it should be pretty accurate. If it comes back positive, call you general doctor or OB right away and let them know so they can tell you what steps to take.
If the test comes back negative and you continue to experience these symptoms, you should call your doctor to troubleshoot the cause which could be anything from a winter virus to treatable conditions like insomnia or a thyroid condition.
I had sex about three weeks ago. I've taken four pregnancy tests, and they were all negative. I don't understand because I'm two weeks late for my period. I can't stand the smell of cigarettes, I get random dizziness and nausea, my right nipple is swollen and sore, and I'm either really hungry one day or have no appetite the next. The last negative HPT was four days ago. When do you think I should test again?
Missing your period and then feeling sick and getting negative pregnancy tests is seriously the most frustrating thing ever. I've personally been there, and I know how infuriating and confusing it feels. It's like your body is playing tricks on you and then the anxiety of worrying if something else is wrong makes everything feel worse.
My best advice is first, you need to take a deep breath.
If you missed your period two weeks ago and you're still getting negative pregnancy tests then, except for the slim chance that you ovulated very late and it's still too early to get a positive pregnancy test, it doesn't sound like you're pregnant.
It sounds more like you have a delayed or missed period and your body is either getting ready to ovulate, getting ready to start that period (finally) or like you're dealing with a virus which could also be the cause of your missed period.
Going way, way back to our ancestors, our menstrual cycles revolved around conception. Back in the day when there were limited resources, our bodies would delay ovulation if an illness was coming on because we couldn't have sustained a pregnancy and an illness back then - there were no grocery stores, walk-in clinics or Gatorade.
That means that if you've been sick or stressed it's possible that this is the reason your period is so late, not pregnancy.
If you can, I think you should contact your doctor and let them know your symptoms and about your late period. They can give you a simple blood test to confirm whether or not you're pregnant.
In the meantime, hang in there - you're not the first, and you certainly won't be the last woman to feel sick with a late period and negative HPTs! This almost never indicates a serious issue.
I had unprotected sex during the day prior to my ovulation and on my ovulation day, which, according to my ovulation calendar were Feb 27 and 28. My period is due on March 15. My symptoms are a stuffy nose, a sore throat and my nipples are tender. I'm tired but haven't been sleeping well and have been peeing frequently and my back hurts alone with dull lower abdominal pain. Could I be pregnant? It's still 3 days until my period.
Those symptoms could certainly indicate pregnancy, especially since it sounds like you're actively trying to conceive. When I was pregnant with my first daughter I thought that I was experiencing cold and flu symptoms but it turns out it was early pregnancy signs.
If I were you I would wait to take a test for one more day. Begin testing the morning of March 13 and if the test is negative, wait to test again until the morning of March 15.
Something to keep in mind is that although ovulation apps and calendars are really helpful, unless you're temping and charting, or confirming ovulation with an OPK, it can be difficult to know for sure when or if you've ovulated.
I started Metformin on the third day of my cycle which is usually 60 days long. On the 28th day of my cycle, I had what I would describe as implantation spotting and have experienced mild cramping as well. I'm scared to test for fear of the test is negative. When do you think is the best time to take a pregnancy test?
I can totally understand the fear in taking a pregnancy test because you want it to be positive and if you take a test too early, then there's a real possibility that it could turn up as a false negative.
Since I don't know the date of your last period I can't put your dates into a pregnancy test calculator to see when a good time to test would be, however, you can do that - I like the one at CountDownToPregnancy.com
The other thing I would suggest if you're hoping to actively try to get pregnant is to make an appointment with your OB to talk about your best options. They may refer you to a fertility specialist to help you have the best resources and treatments for having a baby.
I had sex one month ago. Since then, I've been very sentimental and somewhat nauseous. Right after I eat my stomach hurts and I need to use the bathroom. Are these pregnancy symptoms?
These could definitely be pregnancy symptoms, but they can also be symptoms of other issues. Needing to use the bathroom shortly after eating can, for instance, be a sign of acid reflux or irritable bowel syndrome. It can also simply be a sign of a mild stomach bug.
If you haven't taken a home pregnancy test yet, then you should definitely do that. That way you can move forward knowing whether or not you're pregnant. If your symptoms persist make sure to let your doctor know so they can help you find a treatment plan.
I had sex two days after my period on March 10th. My cycle isn't always the same length so I'm not always sure when I'm ovulating but my calendar said I was ovulating on March 16th. We used the withdrawal method as our form of birth control. Just after my suspected ovulation, my breasts were hurting, and itching and I experienced twinges in my abdomen. I've never before had symptoms after ovulation. Is there a chance I'm pregnant?
According to Planned Parenthood, when practiced correctly, the withdrawal (or pull out) method is effective in preventing pregnancy 96% of the time. That means 4 out of every 100 women who use this method correctly will still end up pregnant. So yes, there's a chance you could be pregnant, but the odds of not being pregnant are certainly still in your favor.
Since you're not sure when you ovulated, and since you have irregular cycles, I would start testing for pregnancy no earlier than April 3rd and then if that test is negative test every OTHER day until the arrival of your period or until you get a positive test.
Since you don't know when you ovulated it's entirely possible that those symptoms right after "ovulation" were actually ovulation symptoms, which many women (including me) experience.
The chances are good that you're not pregnant but if you are, then there are lots of resources available to help you find the best path for you going forward.
And if (most likely) you're not pregnant check out Bedsider(dot)org which is a really awesome website that breaks down each method of birth control so you can make sure that you're using the one that gives you the most confidence!
I starting spotting and it lasted for about four days. I’ve been starting to feel really nauseous, and I’ve been getting upset at the littlest things. I'm tired a lot of the time, I’ve had headaches and I feel bloated too. could I be pregnant?
All of those symptoms are certainly common in early pregnancy, but they're also common before the start of your period too.
The thing that makes me think you need to take a pregnancy test though, is the four days of spotting. If this was truly spotting, which would only be enough to need a pantyliner and not a tampon or pad, then it could be implantation bleeding.
Take a test and if it's negative wait a couple of more days and try again. If it's still negative, then it's possible you had a very light period which isn't necessarily a big deal. If your cycles continue to be light though you should let your doctor know because it can be a sign of a treatable disorder (like a thyroid disorder).
If the test comes back positive then, of course, you should still call your doctor.
Is two weeks before a missed period too early to take a test?
Yes, two weeks before your missed period is too early to take a test. That's because it's possible that you haven't ovulated yet and you must ovulate to conceive.
Ovulation usually happens around two weeks after your period has started at two weeks before your next period is due to start.
The ideal time to take a pregnancy test is the day your period is due, but if you use an early detection test, then you can take it a few days before and still get reasonably accurate results. Just make sure to read the instructions on the test's box first to make sure you're not taking it too early.
I've been having headaches, too much discharge, constipation, feeling light-headed (which I hate most) and piles. Also, my belly is growing, and my breast have started leaking, but I have Loop (IUD). Inserted it three months back, so is it possible that I can be pregnant or is something not right with my body? I haven't tested yet because I feel like it's just a waste of money as I have an IUD, or maybe it's my excuse, as I'm scared.
First, I just want to say, don't be scared! Or be scared, but know that you're not alone in fear of an unplanned pregnancy. There are lots of other women who go through this, and that's why there are so many resources to help you pick the path that works for you IF this is an unplanned pregnancy. You've got this, no matter what!
Now, onto logistics - yes, it's possible to get pregnant on an IUD, even if those chances are small. It's also important to find out as soon as possible if you are since there's a risk of ectopic pregnancy when you have an IUD inserted.
So, here's what you need to do - get the pregnancy test. It won't be a waste of money because your peace of mind is worth more than the few dollars the test will cost.
If the test comes back negative and you're still experiencing these uncomfortable symptoms, you need to let your doctor know, since it could be a sign that you're just having an issue with your birth control.
If the test comes back positive, give yourself a minute to gather your thoughts and know that no matter what you decide from there, trust yourself.
How early can I take a home pregnancy test ?
This is going to depend on the test you take. Generally, if you pick up an early detection pregnancy test (like a First Response Early Response), then you can take the test five days before the day your period is due to start.
Remember that the closer you get to the day your period is due, the more accurate your result will be (meaning that, if you take a test too early you may get a negative result when you're actually pregnant. I did that with my second daughter!)
I’m 13 days late for my period as of today. I have been dizzy for the last three days. I took a pregnancy test seven days ago, but it was negative. I haven’t tested myself since then. Could I be pregnant?
If, when you wrote this, you were 13 days late then the last time you tested was when you were only six days late. Since it's possible that you ovulated later than you expected it's also possible that you weren't as late as you thought you were when you first took the test.
You should take another pregnancy test, there's a possibility you're still pregnant. If, at the two-week mark, you're still getting negative tests and no period you should call your doctor and let them know what's going on. They may want to do a blood test to confirm whether or not you're pregnant.
I have a cycle of 28 days, how can I know when my ovulation period is? My expected period date is two days after, but I'm getting cramps in my lower abdomen. Also, my breasts are swollen and a little saggy right now. If I eat something, I feel like vomiting. Could I be pregnant?
For most women, ovulation happens on the 14th day of your cycle. That is, two weeks after your last period started and two weeks before your next period is due to start. Of course, every woman is different, and the only way to know for sure when you're ovulating is to do something called Charting and Temping. A good place to find information on how to properly chart and temp is on a website called fertilityfriend.com.
And yes, those can all be pregnancy symptoms, but if you're pretty close to starting your period, you could indeed just be experiencing premenstrual symptoms. I would take a pregnancy test the day of your expected period to get the most accurate result.
Hi, so last month I experienced 4 days of spotting around the time of my period. Since then I have been feeling weird. My period is now 8 or 9 days late. Can I take a test?
Oh my goodness, yes! You can test if you're late, and at 8 or 9 days late, you can trust that the results are probably pretty accurate.
If the test comes back negative, then it's possible that the spotting was just a super light period. If you end up being more than two weeks late, let your doctor know so they can see what's up. It's not uncommon to have light and late or missed periods when you have a thyroid condition (these are super treatable, by the way!)
Can I be with child if I began my period on the 10th of last month, and had sex on the 24th and 26th (which means I was ovulating on those days.) About a week or so after I started to have these pains in my lower stomach every day and also lower back, sometimes at the same time. I also started sleeping a lot. So I came on this month three days late, and my flow is heavy. Could I be pregnant, and when should I take a test?
In your case, it sounds like you're not pregnant, especially if the bleeding you're experiencing has gone on for more than two days and if it has a flow instead of just spotting.
The pains in your lower stomach and back and the excessive tiredness aren't uncommon signs of your period approaching.
If you continue to have heavy periods or lots of pain and exhaustion leading up to your period that you feel is not normal for you, talk to your doctor. It could be a sign of anemia which is pretty easy to treat (I take iron-rich vitamins every day to combat mine!)
If you're still unsure of whether or not you're pregnant, it doesn't hurt to take a pregnancy test. You should wait to take one though until the bleeding has stopped.
I haven't seen my period in January, February or March but I saw it in April and not in May, what could cause all that?
A common cause of missed or irregular periods is, indeed, pregnancy. If you've taken a pregnancy test this month (since you missed your period in May) and it's negative then at least you can rule that out.
Next, you need to talk to your doctor and let them know about having only one period so far this year. There are many, many things that could be causing your irregular periods and nearly all of them are pretty innocent (but frustrating, because we kind of come to depend on that monthly period) so let's look at some of those possible causes:
- Peri-menopause or menopause: This is just when your body stops having regular menstrual cycles due to age. Peri-menopause comes first and can begin in your 30's or 40's.
- A thyroid condition: If your thyroid is a bit out-of-whack this can cause late or skipped periods. A simple blood test can help your doctor diagnose it and the treatment is also simple (medications, usually).
- Polycycstic Ovary Syndome (PCOS): This is a hormone imbalance that messes with ovulation and is treatable with your doctor's help.
I had sex last month, had my period for the month, and then a week later I was constipated, which never happens. Then today I was hungry when I cooked I was fine, but as I ate, I got nauseous and had to stop eating. Also been experiencing cramping. I am still waiting for this month's period. Could it just be ovulation?
That's a valid guess, honestly! Often, we'll feel what we're sure are pregnancy symptoms when they're actually ovulation symptoms. The best way to tell the difference is by looking at the calendar to see if it's near the time you should be starting your period, or if you just had your period a week or two before.
In your case though, it does sound like you're expecting your period within the next couple of days. If that's true, it won't hurt to take an early detection pregnancy test, especially if your symptoms aren't usual PMS symptoms for you.
If it turns up negative, then it's possible you're just having an especially difficult premenstrual phase (we all get them!)
I felt pregnant after having sex during my ovulation. A day before my next period I started flowing heavy on the first day and light on the second day, and I have been testing negative before my period. Is it possible that am bleeding or is it implantation because it came with cramps on the first day? And what should I do?
First, if you're still bleeding, then I think you should hold off on taking a test. It's true, implantation bleeding and menstrual bleeding can sometimes be similar, mainly because they usually take place around the same time. A good way to tell the difference between implantation bleeding and menstrual bleeding is by the length of time you're bleeding for. If you experience bleeding and spotting for just a day or two instead of having an average period for 4 to 7 days, then there's a good chance that was implantation bleeding.
If you take a test during the bleeding, however, you may not get an accurate result. That's because it still takes a couple more days after implantation for your body to create the hormones that give you a positive result on a pregnancy test.
When the bleeding stops, go ahead and take a pregnancy test and if it's negative, wait two more days and take another test. If that one is still negative, then chances are you're not pregnant this month.
One more thing - it's quite reasonable to feel pregnant around ovulation. That's because many women (myself included) experience uncomfortable symptoms during ovulation like nausea, lower abdominal and pelvic pain and tiredness. This is just a normal reaction to the progesterone and estrogen (hormones) released during ovulation. Feeling symptoms that early in your cycle doesn't indicate pregnancy so much as ovulation.
The day I ovulated, I had slight spotting. Usually about 10 to 14 days before my period, my breasts get sore. Now, at three days before my period, only one of my boobs are sore. I have noticed that I pee a bit more than usual. I took a first response test today, which is three days before my period, and it came out negative. I still feel so different, and it’s downright frustrating. What do I do from here?
That IS frustrating. And the even more frustrating answer here is that you wait. I would wait until the day you're supposed to get your period to test again. If that's just too much, (which I know it would be for me, especially when I was trying to get pregnant), hold off on testing again until the day after tomorrow. This should put you at one day before your period is due. This gives your body another 48 hours to build up the pregnancy hormones necessary to turn your test positive if you're pregnant.
Sometimes, you can be pregnant, and there isn't enough hormone in your body yet to tell the test that you're pregnant. This happened to me with my second daughter. There are also times that, for whatever reason, our PMS feels so much like pregnancy that it's easy to be convinced that's precisely what's happening.
One last thing, don't throw your test away right away. I know you're not supposed to read them after ten minutes, and I agree that's smart because as the test dries, it can give you a vague (FALSE) line that looks positive. However, as I mentioned earlier, I did get false negatives with my second daughter. When I finally got a positive, that line took a good two minutes to develop (whereas with my first baby, the test was blazing positive before I had finished peeing on it). So don't just look at straight away, get frustrated, and trash it. Give it a minute to develop one way or the other.
I had sex on June 14th, two days before ovulation, and then again on June 19th. My cycle is due on June 30th. Can I take the 1st Response test?
With a First Response test, you want to make sure to follow the guidelines for early testing (and also check out the percentages of accurate results as they change drastically in just 48 hours).
As of the time I'm answering this, you're now five days away from your expected period, and this is the earliest a First Response test claims to be reliable, so if you took one earlier than today it wasn't accurate.
Go ahead and start testing today. Personally, I think the best way to test early on is to use the dip method (pee in a cup and dip the test) that way you can make sure you're immersing the test strip for long enough, giving you a better chance of a reliable result. If it comes back negative, try not to fret. It's still really early to be testing! Take another one on June 27th. If that one is negative, wait again to test until June 29th.
The reason for testing only every other day is that pregnancy hormones double every 48 hours in early pregnancy. So, if your hormones aren't high enough to be read today, they may be much higher in 48 hours.
I had sex July 13th and used the pull out method. I've never had a normal cycle, but I've started spotting, and now I'm having a really light period. The week before my period starts, I always experience hot flashes, sore breasts, and will eat anything I see. This is happening again, but with a light period (I'm normally heavy). I've taken a pregnancy test that came back negative. Could it be too early to take one, and should I wait to take another?
I would wait to take another test until the bleeding has stopped. If the bleeding isn't related to your menstrual cycle and is instead pregnant related, then it's possible your body hasn't built up enough hormones for the test to give you a legitimate answer.
If the test you take after the bleeding stops comes back negative, then it's probably just a wonky period. However, if your periods continue to be lighter than usual, it would be a good idea to bring it up with your doctor.
Lately, I feel lightheaded, sweaty and am craving a lot of sugar. I got a birth control shot, so I don’t think I should be feeling so sick unless I accidentally got pregnant. Are these normal symptoms of Depo Provera, or am I getting my period?
These do sound more like typical PMS things than pregnancy-related symptoms. Usually, early signs of pregnancy will include food aversions although getting lightheaded and even sweaty from the shift in hormones isn’t unheard of.
The odds of getting pregnant on the Depo shot are only about every 3 in 1,000 women using it correctly - those are slim chances.
Some women will continue to have periods even after receiving the injection, and that could explain why you’re feeling so off right now. If I were you, I would take a test in a few days just to make sure. If the test is negative and the icky feelings continue, call your primary doctor or whoever administered the birth control and just let them know what’s going on. It may be usual side effects, a virus or something that needs treatment so you can get back to your old self!
I just had my first IUI session. It's been ten days now, with six days left until my next period begins. I have a lot of leg pain and symptoms which I usually get before my period and nothing else. Could I be pregnant?
Yes, you can be pregnant even if you're only experiencing typical PMS symptoms. Remember that the hormones that happen during pregnancy and the hormones associated with menstruation are similar and it's not uncommon for some women to experience zero pregnancy symptoms until they're further along in their pregnancy (usually around six weeks which is two weeks past your expected period).
I am trying for my sixth baby. I stopped breastfeeding two months ago, and got my period back the following month. I had sex while ovulating. I’m 6 DPO, and the last three days I have had cramps, dizziness, sore breasts and slight darkening in the areolas. Also, the little bumps (milk ducts) are standing out. Could I be pregnant?
Well, I think the chances are in your favor since you're actively trying to conceive right now. You did all of the right things to give yourself the best opportunity to get pregnant this month.
According to data on the Countdown to Pregnancy website, at 6 DPO there aren't many positive indicators of pregnancy yet (although I think many women would disagree with that). But just for science's sake, here they are:
- Dizziness (which you've indicated)
The one positive indicator that, according to that site, can be noticed this early on is sore breasts which you're experiencing. In my own experience, one way I was always able to tell the difference between early symptoms and just regular PMS symptoms is if they were out of my PMS norm. For instance, getting sore under my arms and the sides of my breasts is not normal for me when I'm going to start my period, but it's an obvious pregnancy symptom for me.
Because I know that you're anxious to find out, I would start taking a test on 10 DPO and then once every other day from there until you either get a positive test or start your period.
Why am I having stomach pain and loss of appetite?
If you're late for your period and you haven't done so already, take a pregnancy test. If the stomach pain feels like period cramping, that could be a sign you're pregnant! But if the pain is more like what you might experience when you have a stomach bug then it's more likely you're dealing with a virus, infection or another type of condition.
If the pain and loss of appetite continues over the next couple of days, or gets worse, you should put a call into your doctor to let them know, so that they can rule out anything that might need to be treated. They can also test your urine to see if the reason behind your symptoms is pregnancy.
Is it normal to experience all of these symptoms on and off?
All of these symptoms are experienced by all of us at different points, depending on what our hormones are doing and if we're coming down with a bug or even dealing with an infection.
In my experience, once you're pregnant, symptoms don't come and go much in the beginning. Once one comes, it stays for a while. To me, that's a good way to tell the difference between pregnancy symptoms and PMS symptoms.
It's a week before my period, and I am having dry mouth and frequent urination at night. I am also not sleeping properly. Is this a sign of pregnancy?
Typically, most women will experience an increase in saliva in early pregnancy as opposed to dry mouth. However, frequent urination and trouble sleeping, especially towards the end of pregnancy, are common symptoms.
My best advice here is to take a test near your period. You could start taking tests as early as four days before your period is due to start and then test every other day. If your period arrives and your symptoms persist, talk to your doctor because they can be a sign of other treatable conditions.
My period is eight days late. I am experiencing headaches and lower back pain, as well as swollen breasts and stretch marks on my breasts and stomach. Am I pregnant?
Swollen breasts are a very common indicator of pregnancy, especially after your missed period. If you haven't already, you need to take a pregnancy test, and if it comes back, negative put a call into your doctor about your headaches and lower back pain which could be a sign of a simple infection, especially if you also have a fever. As for stretch marks on your breasts and stomach, if these are new, this would indicate quick weight gain, which doesn't usually happen in early pregnancy but could be a sign that you're dealing with a thyroid issue. This is all the more reason to call your doctor.
I had sex five days before my ovulation. Now I am feeling dizzy and want to vomit. My entire breast is painful. I've never felt this kind of sickness and pain before my period. My period is due on July 10th. Am I pregnant?
It sounds like you're really not feeling good at all! It's possible that you're having an extra-bad premenstrual week or that you're dealing with an illness but to get down to the bottom of things you need to take a pregnancy test first to see if that's the cause of your symptoms.
Since your period isn't due for four more days, it's possible that it's too early yet to take a pregnancy test. However, since your symptoms are so pronounced, I think there's a good chance you'll get an accurate result either way. So get an early result pregnancy test (one that can tell you before your missed period) and take that. If it's negative and your symptoms continue past the day you're supposed to start your period you should call your doctor.
I know when I ovulated (CD14) and since CD17, I have been having mild cramps up to now (CD23). I have also noticed since CD21 I have had a lot of white lotion type CM. Could I be pregnant?
You are on top of your charting! Because of this, I'm going to assume you're probably trying to conceive (or possibly trying not to). If you had sex on or around your fertile days (so, CD10-CD15, give or take), then there's a good chance that your symptoms are indeed related to pregnancy. I wish I could say that cervical mucus is a reliable way to detect pregnancy but (and I'm not a doctor) I know that all of us women are different and we don't necessarily experience the same types of cervical mucus for each part of our cycle. So my best advice concerning that is just to take note of what is normal for YOU at this point in the cycle. If this CM is different than your normal CM at this time of the month, then that may be a pregnancy sign as well.
As I'm answering this, you should be around cycle day 25, and if you have a usual 28-day cycle, then it would be okay for you to start testing. With each negative test, you should wait two more days to test until you officially miss your period.
I Hi, I had just finished my period and had sex the following three days more than five times and no protection. This was just 3-4 days before my ovulation dates. It’s been two weeks, and I have huge headaches, dizziness, and discomfort in my boobs once in an awhile. I also pee a lot - could I be pregnant? Can I really get pregnant after my period?
Yes, you really can get pregnant after your period. Here's why -
If you have unprotected sex after your period, the sperm from that can live up to five whole days before completely dying off. If you ovulate a bit earlier in your cycle than expected, then it's quite possible for one of those late-in-the game sperm to find their way to the egg.
Here's a simple way to look at it:
The first day of your period is called Cycle Day 1 (or CD1).
Hypothetically, let's say your period lasts for five days and you have sex the next day. You had sex on Cycle Day 6. Then again on Cycle Day 7 and Cycle Day 8.
Now, let's say that you usually ovulate on Cycle Day 14 - two weeks after you started your last period but this month your ovulation came just two days early and you ovulated on Cycle Day 12 instead.
From Cycle Day 8 to Cycle Day 12 is four days. Four days that a few sperm from that last time you had sex could still be hanging out, waiting for their egg.
This is how, sometimes, you can get pregnant right after your period.
My advice is to wait to take a pregnancy test until you're four days away from starting your period. Begin testing that day (with an early result test) to confirm if your symptoms are pregnancy related or just pre-period stuff.
How late should your period be before you take a pregnancy test?
For the most reliable result, your period should be one day late when you take a pregnancy test. But seriously, if you’re antsy to find out if you’re pregnant or not, then it’s way too hard to wait that long!
For most HPTs, you shouldn’t test any earlier than four days before the day your period is due, which is five days before your missed period.
If your period is due to start on Friday then with most tests you need to hold off on taking one until at least the Monday before. The reason is that pregnancy tests test for the hormone Human Chorionic Gonadotropin or, hCG for short. All women actually have a really tiny amount of this floating around in them already, no matter if they’re pregnant or not. What a pregnancy test does is measure that level through your urine. If the level is at a normal range for a woman who is not pregnant, the test will come back negative. But if the range is at a higher-than-normal level, implantation has occurred. This is when a fertilized egg attaches to the uterus, and thus, pregnancy occurs. The thing is though, implantation MUST occur for your body to start creating enough hCG for a pregnancy test to turn positive, and implantation doesn’t typically occur until right around when your period is due.
For this reason, you may have conceived during ovulation which happens a full two weeks before your missed period, but until the fertilized egg gets itself cozy in your uterus, your body can’t tell a test that it’s pregnant yet.
Thus, the closer you are to that missed period, the better chance you have of having an accurate result.
In my own experience, with my first daughter, I didn’t take a pregnancy test until I was a day late for my expected period. The test turned positive before I was done taking it.
With my second daughter, I was so eager to find out if I was pregnant or not that I took the test about six full days before my period was due. It was negative, but I just felt really strongly that I was pregnant and had taken the test too early because I was already starting to feel the symptoms I remembered from my first pregnancy. I was right! Two days later I took another pregnancy test, and it came back with a clear positive result. My body needed those two days to create enough hCG to tell the test that indeed, there was a little blastocyst in there.
My tubes have been clamped for ten years. My period is normally quite regular. I am two days late, and have experienced menstrual cramps, but still nothing. Last week, I went to the bathroom, and there was almost like a mucus plug in the toilet; not quite a blood clot. Can it be possible that I’m pregnant?
It's possible. The mucus plug-like thing you saw could be a sign of implantation.
The other possibility though (among others that are less exciting, I guess), is that you could be dealing with perimenopause. Since I don't know your age, this could be totally off! But for most women perimenopause, which is the stage before true menopause, starts in your 30-40's and can cause late periods and all of the fun that comes with that.
Your best bet right now is to grab a pregnancy test and take it. Since you're already late, it doesn't matter what time of day you take it. Although rare, according to americanpregnancy.org, between 2-10 women out of every 1,000 will become pregnant after 5+ years following their tubal ligation. So, even though I bet this isn't what's going on with you, there is that slim possibility that inspires a pregnancy test purchase.
My Dr. told me I was ovulating. I had an ultrasound done, so we took advantage of that. However my periods are not normal, but I have gotten dizzy the past two days and my sinuses are killing me. I have a headache and I have a very bad gag reflex now. Do you think I might be pregnant?
This time of year can be confusing when it comes to pregnancy and allergy symptoms which aren't that different in the first trimester!
I'm not sure when you had your ultrasound done, but if it was recently, say, within the last week, then it wouldn't have shown you if you were pregnant or not since it was confirmed that you were ovulating. If it's been at least ten days since your ultrasound, it won't hurt to pick up an early detection pregnancy test, like a First Response Early Response and take one with your first pee of the day.
If it hasn't been that long since your ultrasound, wait until the day your period is due and take a test then - the result should be accurate whether it's positive or negative.
Now about those pesky symptoms! Yes, dizziness, sinus pressure and pain, headaches and gagging/nausea are not uncommon in early pregnancy for many of us. That's because when you become pregnant your body works really hard to create extra blood for the baby and in doing so other weird things happen like sinus congestion which can leak into the back of your throat and upset your gag reflex, causing gagging and nausea. So fun!
The other thing that can cause these symptoms that isn't uncommon in the spring is seasonal allergies which I'm personally dealing with as I type this. So, if your test comes back negative and you're still dealing with these symptoms, especially this dizziness and sinus pressure/headaches let your doctor know and ask if the cause could be allergies and what type of allergy relief they recommend for you. Taking my over the counter allergy tab every day this time of year really helps me to function though I still have bouts of dizziness and nausea thanks to the post nasal drip.
I randomly threw up twice a day before my period, which has never happened to me before. My period only lasted two days and was light. Since then, I’ve had a stuffy nose and a cough. I’ve been taking cold medicine for a week now, and nothing seems to be helping me out. I’ve been nauseous since then, but haven’t thrown up again. Could I be pregnant? Or do I just have a cold?
I would definitely grab a pregnancy test and take one. Usually, I would say you're most likely just sick but having a two day, light period isn't normal (unless that IS your normal, but it sounds like it's not).
When (if) you're pregnant, the extra blood flow can contribute to a stuffed up nose and any nasal dripping can of course cause you to cough and feel nauseous. At this point, you could take a test during any time of day and almost for sure get an accurate result.
If the test comes back negative, you might want to talk to your doctor about seasonal allergies. Personally, I'm having a tough time with them this season, and that could be one reason why the cold medicine isn't helping you.
As for the short, light period, I wouldn't stress about it if the test is negative. If you continue to have short, light periods, talk to your doctor and let them know. That can be a sign of a (treatable) thyroid condition.
I’ve had loads of pregnancy symptoms, and I’m bleeding like a period, but it seems more heavy with more clots what can it mean?
It's most likely that you're just experiencing a heavy period.
However, there's a possibility that you had a chemical pregnancy. This is when you do conceive but miscarry so early on that it seems like a period and you may miss the early signs and symptoms, so you mistake it for another period. If you didn't take a test before this happened then, it's hard to say, but more-than-usual clots, tissue, blood loss, and pain can all be signs of an early miscarriage.
If the bleeding continues longer than your normal period or if you have clots that are larger than a quarter you should call your doctor.
My period is four days late, and I am generally pretty consistent. I have been having mild cramping and lower back pain. I've also been feeling very tired and spaced-out. I took a test yesterday that was negative, though I took it at the end of the day. Could it be a false negative? Is it too early to test?
In my experience, once you're late for your period, you can usually take a pregnancy test at any point in the day, and you'll get an accurate result. However, I do know a couple of people this wasn't true for! If your period continues to be late, then I would take another pregnancy test, but take it in the morning with your first urine of the day and trust that result.
I too get really exhausted right before and during the first day of my period. It's not fun, but it's not that uncommon. If it continues to be a problem for you, you can talk to your doctor. Extreme fatigue around your menstrual cycle can also be a sign of a treatable condition (like low iron, or a simple thyroid issue).
I forgot when my period is due, but I think it'll be due on the 15th. My last period was only two days long. It's usually 3-4 days, but it just stopped on the second day, and the third day I only had spotting. My symptoms beforehand were dizziness, mood swings, lightheadedness, fatigue like when you have a cold, nausea and feeling sensitive to smells. Am I pregnant or was that just part of my PMS?
Something unfortunate about PMS is sometimes it can feel a lot like early pregnancy! Since your last period was short and not what it normally is, I would take a pregnancy test now (granted, you haven't started your next period).
If the test comes back negative and your periods continue to be extra short, talk to your doctor to find out if you might have a treatable hormone or thyroid condition affecting your cycle.
During the week of my ovulation, I had sex frequently. When I was supposed to have my period, it was very light. Now I have pink/brown discharge. Is there a chance that I’m pregnant?
There's a possibility, or you may have just had a lighter than normal period.
Since your last period was off, if it was that way because of pregnancy then you are for sure good to take a pregnancy test right now. Either way, it should be accurate and put your mind at ease!
I had sex on Wednesday and ovulated on Friday and also started what I thought was my period. It only lasted three days, and ever since I stopped bleeding, I haven't felt right. I took a test on Monday; the result was negative. Could it have been a false negative because I took it too early?
I don't think you could have ovulated and had your period at the same time; your period will generally come about two weeks after you've ovulated. Sometimes it will be a little early or a little late, but not at the same time.
Taking this timing into consideration, I would hold off on testing again for at least another week. If you are pregnant then yes, it was too early to test on Monday.
If this was not your period, it could have been mid-cycle spotting or implantation bleeding (though that usually doesn't happen near your ovulation either).
If you continue to get negative tests and you experience an abnormal period or unusual bleeding again, I would contact your doctor.
I had sex two weeks ago and expected my period on the 16th. I have had cramping and soreness in my breasts. This morning was the first time I woke up nauseous. Should I take a pregnancy test today?
You could definitely take a test today! If you had sex two weeks ago that would be around the time you would have ovulated. Keep in mind, we're all different and even from cycle to cycle we can experience little changes that speed up or delay ovulation. Unless you were tracking your ovulation, there's no guarantee that you were ovulating during that time, but it's still likely that you were.
If your test is negative don't get too worried about your symptoms--nausea, cramping, and breast tenderness are all completely normal before the start of your menstrual cycle.
I had sex every day from the 3rd to the 8th, and today is the 16th. I’m gassy, cramping slightly and my boobs feel really odd. I’ve also had a lot of headaches, and I’m exhausted and a bit down. Could I be pregnant?
These are all common pregnancy signs, especially if you're late for your period. Unfortunately, early pregnancy symptoms and premenstrual symptoms can be really similar and include the things you've mentioned.
One way that I could always tell the difference between my PMS symptoms and early pregnancy symptoms is that I'd be expecting my period but didn't have any of my typical symptoms like moodiness, food cravings, and fatigue. This was my clue to take a pregnancy test.
So, if your period is due in the next 3 or 4 days but you feel these symptoms are out of the norm for you, it wouldn't hurt to take a pregnancy test.
I had sex two weeks ago. Back in May, I had a period, but it was brownish for the whole time (3-4 days). Now in June, its been 1-2 days, and my period is light and brownish with past times of vomiting yellow stuff, being congested, and sleepy all the time. Could I be pregnant?
If you haven't taken a pregnancy test yet, now would be the time. If it comes back negative you should let your doctor know about your light periods because they can be a sign of a disorder that once treated, should get your periods back on track.
If the test comes back positive, then you'll want to call your doctor and get a blood test and ultrasound done to get an idea of how far along you are since it sounds like your symptoms (like the lighter than normal periods) could mean that your dates are a bit off.
I’ve been getting dizzy and feeling sick for about 2 weeks now. I’ve self-diagnosed as vertigo. But my breasts hurt, I’ve been cramping slightly and I’m still feeling nauseous most days. I’m due on tomorrow and my last period lasted 3 days and was really light (my usual is 5-7 days relatively heavy) Any ideas?
If you still haven't had your period then I would definitely take a pregnancy test now!
If it's negative, or if you've started your period since you asked this question I would say you were most likely dealing with a virus or PMS symptoms. Some women will experience unpleasant symptoms from the start of their ovulation straight through until their period starts (which is two weeks as you describe).
If you continue to feel dizzy, let your doctor know. If you're not pregnant, it could mean you're dealing with slight anemia, true vertigo (which is not fun! I have episodes a few times a year thanks to wonky ears and it's just awful!) or another treatable condition.
Just yesterday, I started seeing blood spots in my panties. I am also feeling pain in my lower back. Do you think it could be from pregnancy?
If you haven't begun having a flow yet, then I would take a pregnancy test in a few days. If you're experiencing a flow, then it's possible your period just came unexpectedly. If the test comes back negative and you continue to have back pain and spotting, you should call your doctor because it could be a sign of infection in which case you'll need to discuss an antibiotic with your doctor.
I was spotting on the 10th day after ovulation (10 DPO), and before my period was due. I’m now ten days late for my period. I took a pregnancy test three times, but the result was negative each time. Do you have any idea what's happening?
My first thought is that you just had a wonky period that was lighter than usual. But if this kind of thing isn't typical for you, I wonder if you could be pregnant, but you tested too early, or if you have your ovulation dates off.
If you've tested within the last day, hold off on testing again. If it's been a few days since you last took a test, take one now. If it's still negative, I would wait until your next period is due to see if it comes and if that one doesn't come, call up your doctor.
It's possible you're pregnant, but the test is, for some reason, not giving you an accurate result.
It's also possible that you're dealing with an undiagnosed infection or treatable condition that only an OB could properly diagnose.
Keep in mind that's it's not unusual for women to skip a period or experience delayed periods once in a while, but if the spotting happens again without a menstrual flow, you'll want to call your doctor.
I’m on day 41 of my cycle; I had some spotting around day 28. I’m feeling bloated and full. My breasts are sore as well. The tests were negative. With my other two kids, I didn’t test until the fourth month. Can I be pregnant?
If you usually have an average 28-day cycle, and you still haven't gotten your period OR a positive pregnancy test, I'd call up your OB and let them know. Make sure they also have a history of your other pregnancies and ask if you can have a blood test and ultrasound done to confirm whether or not you're pregnant.
I had unprotected sex with my boyfriend five days ago, and now I feel really sick. My symptoms include pain in my lower left abdomen, mild headache and feeling dizzy. Could I be pregnant?
If the only time you've recently had unprotected sex was only five days ago, then the chances that your symptoms are caused by pregnancy is low, since it takes some time for a fertilized egg to implant into the uterus and begin sending signals to your body that you're pregnant. Those signals are what give you typical pregnancy symptoms like dizziness, headaches and lower abdominal pain.
The two most likely culprits for your symptoms are either ovulation or that you're about to start your period. Since I don't know where you're at in your cycle it's hard for me to say.
Ovulation happens about two weeks from the time your last period began and two weeks from the time your next period is supposed to begin. It can cause all kinds of not-so-fun feelings, especially that lower abdominal pain that's focused on either the right or the left side. That pain is caused by the actual release of the egg during ovulation.
I had sex about a week ago, and now I have a stuffy nose, a little blood when I wipe after using the bathroom, and a dry mouth even though I drink a lot of water. Tonight, I just got a sharp pain in my left side. My period starts in 4 or 5 days. Does this mean I'm pregnant?
I would normally think these are all pretty indicative of your period being on the horizon, but the spotting makes me wonder if you were actually experiencing implantation bleeding. Some women have it, others don't.
If you haven't already started your period, you could go ahead and take a pregnancy test at this point since you're right around the time your cycle should be starting (or not starting, if you're pregnant).
I had sex probably 10 days ago and now my stomach hurts, there is white discharge, I cried at work for no reason, threw up and am feeling dizzy. Are these pregnancy symptoms?
Those can definitely be pregnancy symptoms, especially because if you had sex ten days ago, then this is around the time where you might start to feel those early symptoms.
If your period is due within the next few days and you still haven't started your cycle, it would be okay to take a test right now. If your symptoms are related to pregnancy then there should be enough hormone in your body at this point to get a positive result. If the test comes back negative then this sounds like particularly awful PMS.
What’s the fastest way to find out if you’re pregnant?
The fastest way to find out you’re pregnant, from test to answer, is just with a home pregnancy test. While blood pregnancy tests can detect pregnancy earlier than a urine test, you still have to wait on the lab for the results whereas an at-home test only takes about 1-3 minutes for a result.
So, if you're already late for your period or close to it just do an at-home test.
I'm five days late and still haven’t gotten my period. I have all sorts of pregnancy symptoms, but negative test results. What could it be?
If it's not a false negative pregnancy test and you truly aren't pregnant, then the reason for the late period and pregnancy-like symptoms could just be prolonged PMS. Anecdotally, my PMS symptoms always worsen the later I get.
You could also be dealing with a hormonal imbalance or a thyroid condition, both of which are pretty treatable with a doctor's care.
For now, I'd stop taking pregnancy tests and give it a few days. If your period becomes two weeks late, call your doctor and let them know. I have a friend who couldn't get a positive on her pregnancy test until she was two weeks late!
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