Pregnancy Symptoms: Obsessing in the Two Week Wait

Updated on October 5, 2019
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Having spent over two years trying to get pregnant, I spent a lot of time doing research and am sharing what I found out.

What is the Two Week Wait?

The two week wait (TWW) is the time between ovulation and when the next cycle is due to start. It is a time when a woman can be in that period of limbo, uncertainty, and anxiety because essentially she doesn't know if she is pregnant or not after having unprotected sex.

The TWW can cause women to obsess about signs and changes that they see in their body, as this can be the only way to determine at that point if they might be pregnant or not—and it's usually too early to take a pregnancy test.

During the TWW, it is difficult for women to know what they should and shouldn't do. There are so many things that you might not do if you were pregnant particularly going out drinking.

When you are trying to get pregnant, you often notice things that you may not have noticed before, even if you think you would have done! Aches, pains, etc., all seem new—but what are pregnancy symptoms and what are not?

So it is the two week wait and you suspect you might be pregnant; either because you had unprotected sex, or you used a fertility treatment that you're hoping worked (like IVF). You feel like you have some pregnancy symptoms, but do those symptoms mean you're pregnant?

Some early pregnancy signs overlap with PMS signs, so having one or more of these signs is NOT a guarantee that you're pregnant.

What Are Two Week Wait Symptoms?

  • Dizzyness
  • Tiredness
  • Bloating
  • Sore breasts/nipples
  • Nausea
  • Cramping
  • Heightened sense of smell
  • Difference in cervical mucus (lots of creamy white CM)
  • Change in the position of the cervix (higher)
  • Bleeding gums

According to a medical survey cataloguing early pregnancy symptoms, the four most common symptoms are "urinary frequency, tiredness, poor sleep, and back pain." Some of these symptoms can present before your period is due; so having one or all of these does not immediately mean that you're pregnant. However, if you don't normally get sore breasts, for example, and your sense of smell is way over the top, then this could be a good sign (if you want to be pregnant). Bleeding gums is an unusual one but occurs in early pregnancy on occasion.

Are Feeling Very Thirsty and Diarrhea/Constipation Early Pregnancy Signs?

  • Feeling Very Thirsty: Based on my internet research, it seems like feeling thirsty is a fairly common early sign. Feeling thirsty is like every other symptom though: just because you're feeling thirstier than usual doesn't necessarily mean that you're pregnant. One study seems to confirm that the more pregnant you are, the thirstier you get—and that those feelings can start very early on.
  • Diarrhea/Constipation: This was another symptom that people were asking about, and it seems that it is possible that it could also be a symptom. However, a lot of women who are trying to conceive are taking pre-natal vitamins, and these can sometimes cause either of these symptoms to occur.

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Your Menstrual Cycle May Explain Your TWW Symptoms

Understanding your menstrual cycle from a biological perspective can help you understand what's going on with your body and perhaps help explain some of your symptoms. Menstrual cycles are broken down into two cycles: the ovarian and the uterine.

The Ovarian Cycle

The ovarian cycle happens in your ovaries (as the name suggests). It is divided into two phases: the follicular phase and ovulation. Your ovaries have follicles in them. Before ovulation, your body releases a follicle-stimulating hormone. These hormones wake up your ovaries and instruct them to prepare an egg. Once the egg is ready and the follicles have released the egg into your oviduct, your body has entered the ovulation phase. During ovulation, the egg is ushered into the fallopian tubes where it is either fertilized, or if it's unfertilized, begins to degrade after a short window of time. If the egg is fertilized (and the pregnancy sticks), you're pregnant. If the egg is unfertilized, the luteal phase begins. The luteal phase is the one that instructs your body to essentially remove the baby-making detritus.

The Uterine Cycle

In case it wasn't obvious, the ovarian cycle is so named because it happens in your ovaries; the uterine cycle is so named because it happens in your uterus. Menstruation, better known as your period, is the first phase of the uterine cycle. This is where the body clears out the unused uterine lining and unfertilized egg. From there, the body enters the proliferative phase, which is where your body starts preparing the uterine lining all over again. This is followed by the secretory phase, which is where progesterone is pumped into your body to prime the lining to receive a fertilized egg. Progesterone increases your blood flow, which can raise your basal body temperature, and uterine secretions.

Are Early Pregnancy Signs and PMS Symptoms the Same?

They can be! It is often difficult to discern whether or not a general symptom, such as fatigue or bloating, is a sign of PMS or early pregnancy. The best way to find out is to take a pregnancy test, but that's the whole point of this article: you are stuck in the two week wait and can't take the test!

So, now I am speaking from my own tww experience. I said I was not going to obsess or even think about pregnancy symptoms during that time, but really when you get caught up with it, it is almost impossible not to get involved.

First of all, before I list a lot of the pregnancy symptoms that I found out about when I was on the tww, I have to say that I also found out that a lot of women get no symptoms at all and also a lot of the pregnancy symptoms are also the symptoms of being pre-menstrual. So don't judge your pregnancy on whether or not you have the symptoms!

For me, almost every month I felt like I had a bunch of symptoms that I did not have before I started trying to get pregnant. But really, I was only being fooled by my mind or my body, and in the end, I was not pregnant—so none of these counted.

The time that I did get pregnant, I had pretty much no symptoms at all. The only reason I knew was because my temperature went up on the day my period was due to start (it would normally go down with most people).

What Should I Do During the TWW?

Abstain From Alcohol, Tobacco, and Drugs

If there's any chance you might be pregnant, stop drinking, stop smoking anything (including tobacco and marijuana), stop any illicit drug use, and check to see if any medications you're on might affect an embryo.

Eat Well and Rest Up

Ensuring that your body has proper nutrition and that you're getting adequate sleep is a win-win. If you're pregnant, it'll help your body stay rested and get prepared for the task ahead. It'll be supercharged with awesome nutrients and feelings spry. And if you're not pregnant, eating well and getting adequate rest is going to help you feel better anyway! And if nothing else, cooking and meal prep should be welcome distractions.

Practice Self Care

Do you have a best friend you haven't seen in a while? Is there a movie that always makes you laugh? When was the last time you went to your favorite restaurant? Take care of yourself! Surround yourself with your favorite people, your favorite things—anything that makes you happy.

Reconnect With Nature; Get Outside

Go for a hike or a walk. Exercise increases endorphins, which will help you feel happy. Sunshine is also good for you, as is fresh air. Rope your partner or a friend into going with you. Maybe even make a picnic day of it.

Do Something You've Always Wanted to Do

There's got to be something you've always wanted to do but just... haven't. Now's a good a time as any to reprioritize whatever it is that just hasn't made it to the top of your to-do list. Maybe it's trying a new restaurant, reorganizing your close, learning a new skill, getting back into crafting, or volunteering at an animal shelter.

Go Shopping and Get Fancy

Plain and simple: treat yourself. Go out and buy a new outfit that you feel stunning in. You could also plan a date with your best friend or partner so that you have a reason to show off your stunning new outfit (maybe they'll even go shopping with you to help pick it out!).

And last but not least...

Try to Ignore Possible Pregnancy Symptoms

So the lesson that I have learned is to try to ignore anything that might be pregnancy symptoms because they actually might not be. It could just be related to menstruation or actually to nothing at all. I had four days of cramping, nausea, dizzy spells, and what I thought was implantation bleeding—only to have the test come back negative at the end of it all. I really had convinced myself at times that I was pregnant—I had not had these symptoms at any other time, so why were they occurring now?

In the second part of your cycle, your body produces progesterone. This can cause some symptoms like sore boobs. These may not be pregnancy symptoms but just part of your normal cycle. However, if you do not normally get sore boobs, then that could be a sign!

Perhaps it is that our minds just play tricks on us during the tww, or maybe we just notice more because we are taking notice. In any case, don't obsess (easy to say), and just try and keep yourself busy during the two weeks until you get to the point where you are ready to take a pregnancy test.

FAQ

What if I have no symptoms during the TWW?

For some women, this is normal. Having no symptoms doesn't necessarily mean that you're not pregnant. The best way to determine if you're pregnant is to take a pregnancy test.

What is the "two week wait"?

The two week wait (tww) is the time between ovulation and when your next cycle is due to start (i.e. the next menstrual period). That waiting period can be like limbo because essentially there's no way to tell if you're pregnant or not. Some women obsess about signs and changes that they see in their body during this period, as this can be the only way to determine at that point if they might be pregnant or not—and it's usually too early to take a pregnancy test.

How do I survive the two week wait?

During this period, there's no way to tell if you're pregnant or not. If you're not sure, it's best to abstain from any potentially baby-damaging activities, like drinking alcohol and smoking cigarettes. Practice your favorite forms of self-care, such as making your favorite dinner, getting affection from your partner, partaking in your favorite exercises, or anything else that makes you happy.

What if I used in vitro fertilization (IVF)?

IVF also has a waiting period. With IVF, the sperm and egg are either mixed together in the hopes that they'll bond on their own. If fertilization doesn't occur, a process called intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) is sometimes used. This is where the sperm is injected directly into the egg in a petri dish. The fertilized egg is then deposited into the uterus. It is possible that the pregnancy won't stick, however. So you might still experience the tww.

Have you had what you thought were pregnancy symptoms only to have a negative test result?

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In the Two Week Wait and Want to Order Some Tests?

These small pregnancy test strips are really easy to use—you just dip them in some of your pee and wait for 5 minutes. They are also really cheap. If you are a POAS addict, you can buy them in even larger quantities. These are much cheaper than the ones you can buy in store. So if you are in the tww, then get your supply ordered now so that you are ready to test at the right time. These are the strips that you can use from about 9dpo as they are ultra sensitive to picking up the HCG.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

© 2011 Jackie Grant

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    • Butterfly67 profile imageAUTHOR

      Jackie Grant 

      2 weeks ago from UK

      Hi Kit, well it is possible to get pregnant a day after ovulation (as it is not possible to exactly pinpoint the precise ovulation point) so if you are not having a proper period, but just some spotting, then it is worth taking a test.

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      Jackie Grant 

      2 weeks ago from UK

      Hi Brittany, there are other reasons why you could miss periods, for example stress, losing or gaining weight, hormone imbalances. It is worth going to see your doctor if this continues just to check what is happening if you are not pregnant.

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      Brittany 

      2 weeks ago

      Just needing a little help.. I haven’t had a period for 2 months, and my breasts are sore. I’m bloated, etc. I already have one kid and he’s 8 years old. I’ve been taking tests but they say negative. But I’ve never missed a period for 2 months.

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      kit 

      2 weeks ago

      well I had sex day after ovulation and now I'm freaking out, I knew I had a cyst on my ovary too, anyway my cramps have gotten dull after Haven sex and have some spotting.. it doesn't seem like a normal period for me

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      Nicole 

      5 months ago

      I had my period in the 18 may came off on the 24th may having sex before af through my period after my period every day till I ovulated on the 2nd June then my partner been away since

      The symptoms I’ve had are whilst checking my cm is very white feels like lotion but glue texture now I don’t have any in my pants just on checking my cervix

      So the 2ww I had

      odd days back ache above my bum in the right hip

      2 days of my left nipple like a tingling feeling

      Then off days feeling sickly

      First few days after ovulation my temp was 36.6 to 37.3

      The bottom of my stomach was swollen and had sharp pains to the left side near my

      I tested 6dpo and was negative

      My cervix feels tight soft moist especially on the side of the walls

      Now the white stuff few days before my af is going and I’m feeling wet with slight back ache above my bum

      But normally before my af like a week I binged and I feel open and have cm and wet feeling lots off coming out it and has a copper smell but I’m that type of person I dnt no when I’m coming on it will be there

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      Jackie Grant 

      8 months ago from UK

      Hi Leila, Whilst it is not possible to get pregnant when you only have sex in the first 3-4 days of your cycle, could it be possible that you got pregnant last cycle and what you thought was your period was actually early pregnancy bleeding? Otherwise it really depends on the length of your cycle and when you ovulate but I know someone who got pregnant when they ovulated on day 9 when they had sex a few days before this. It could be possible to have sex say on day 5 and ovulate on day 9 at a stretch particularly if you have short cycles normally. If this was the case then the earliest you could test would probably be around day 19 of your cycle.

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      Leila 

      8 months ago

      Hi Jackie,

      I Had my period the 17th-19th. My husband and i had unprotected sex while on my period(tmi) as well as right after i finished my period. Its now been 2 weeks and ive been extremely bloated, moody, my stomach growls in the morning which for me is odd and never happens. Ive also been more tired, my body aches espcially my back, and i have a kind of pain/cramp in the right aide of my abdomen that is pretty much constant.

      This morning(Mar.3rd) i also woke up to pee and when i wiped there was a good amount of a sticky and milky white substance as well.

      Could i be pregnant, and would i be able to test this early?

      Thanks!

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      Jackie Grant 

      8 months ago from UK

      Hi Liv, if you are having unprotected sex and haven't had your period then there is always the chance that you could be pregnant.

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      Liv 

      8 months ago

      I have pcos and thyroid issues I’m on meds that are supposed to help with issues and getting pregnant

      My boyfriend and I I have unprotected sex almost every other day for the past few weeks

      But lately I am so moody And have a lack of appetite

      Every once in awhile I’ll eat like a lot but not all the time

      And tired lately and want sex a lot lately

      Could I be pregnant I haven’t had my period

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      CassieKing 

      9 months ago

      Thank you for your concern and for getting back to me, this was what I was thinking, I forgot to add that I got some light pink spotting that is now gone. I might take another test in a few days just for a final check.

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      Jackie Grant 

      9 months ago from UK

      Hi CassieKing, sorry to hear of your miscarriage. Yes you are right it could be either a small amount of hcg left in your system (it can take a while to go) - or there is generally no reason why you can't get pregnant again straight away. However, if the last time you had unprotected sex was nearly 4 weeks ago then if that resulted in a pregnancy you should be getting a dark pregnancy test by now.

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      CassieKing 

      9 months ago

      Hi I had a miscarriage on the 6 oth December, at 6 weeks. It lasted until the 23rd. My partner and I were passionate within a week later. I still haven't gotten a period but I have small symptoms of early pregnancy, I'm not sure if it is or my body still recovering please help!

      - Bloating

      - Sensitive nipples

      - Rxtreme thirst

      - Frequently using the restroom

      - Very sleepy

      I have taken home pregnancy tests and they show negative but after 10 minutes theirs a faint positive line. I'm a little confused

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      Jackie Grant 

      10 months ago from UK

      Fingers crossed for you Ashley!

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      Ashley 

      10 months ago

      Thank you Jackie I will try testing again, hopefully it’s good news!

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      Jackie Grant 

      10 months ago from UK

      Hi Ashley, ideally you would have sex closer to your ovulation date but there is still a chance. As it is you will only have tested 7 days after ovulation so yes that was too early and you should test again in 3 or 4 days as those symptoms could possibly be pregnancy ones.

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      Ashley 

      10 months ago

      Hello, me and my bf had unprotected sex on January 11th and 12th my ovulation was on the 16th and I took a dollar tree pregnancy test yesterday the 23rd and was negative but the only signs I been having is this week I started feeling really tired at night and I usually don’t and some what cravins also yesterday only my nipples felt sore. Is there a chance I could be pregnant with just those little symptoms even though my test was negative? I’m waiting to take a test again if I miss my period I am suppose to start January 31st. I really hope I am pregnant! I wanna know if I am so bad already.

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      Jackie Grant 

      10 months ago from UK

      Hi Ava, I think the only advice would be to test in a couple of days if your period doesn't arrive.

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      Ava 

      10 months ago

      Hi, I'm on birth control but I took my pill 12 hours late on both the 22nd and 23rd of December, then had unprotected sex twice on the 26th (all of which are in my ovulation window, the 26th day 14 of my cycle).

      In the past week, I've experienced a lot of lightheadedness and dizziness, as well as exhaustion and mood swings. In the past couple of days, I've also had cramping, backaches, and breast soreness (which I never get during PMS). Any advice? My period is due in 2 days.

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      Jackie Grant 

      10 months ago from UK

      In one word, yes! Probably best to take a test to see. It is possible to get pregnant while breastfeeding, particularly if you have had a period.

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      Hana 

      10 months ago

      Hi Jackie,

      Currently I am breastfeeding my one year old. My last period was on December 15th. My hubby and I were intimate on December 25th and December 29th. For 4-5 days I have:

      1.Painful nipples when breastfeeding and warm to touch

      2. Extremely gassy, indigestion, and severe heartburn

      3. Extremely thirsty

      4. Mild headache

      5. Constipation

      Could I be pregnant?

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      Jackie Grant 

      10 months ago from UK

      Hi Curiousmum, yes if she had unprotected sex on day 9 of her cycle then there is a chance she could be pregnant.

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      Curiousmum 

      10 months ago

      Any advice please my daughter had her period on the 8th December till the 12rh she had unprotected sex on the 16th had spotting for 2 days 22nd and now is loosing clear whitish discharge a week before her period could she be pregnant thank you

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      Jackie Grant 

      11 months ago from UK

      Hi Sophie, I don't think those things should particularly make you worry about being pregnant but obviously if you have had unprotected sex in your fertile period then obviously there is a chance.

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      Sophie 

      11 months ago

      My period is due in 2 days, last week I was having some light cramps and then started having weird brown spotting that lasted a few hours. I’ve been ok after that, just light headaches and some back pain, I’m worried could I be pregnant?

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      Jackie Grant 

      11 months ago from UK

      Hi Leyla, so if you waited 2 weeks I guess your period is already overdue? Probably worth testing again with those symptoms although they could also be due to other things.

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      Leyla 

      11 months ago

      Had sex lots of times three days before period and after. Lots on my fertile window and a day before ovulation and after. Waited two weeks negative test, some cheap one. Going to do a clear blue test. I have had some symptoms

      Constipation

      Headaches

      White slippery discharge

      Lower back pain

      Abdominal pain

      Sick two days ago

      Loss appetite

      Help Jackie please

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      Jackie Grant 

      12 months ago from UK

      Yes you could be pregnant regardless of any symptoms because you had sex at a time when you could have been fertile. The symptoms may be due to that or could be for some other reason. It is just that when you suspect you might be pregnant you really pick up on anything that could be a symptom.

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      Alicia 

      12 months ago

      I've been getting some cramps in my stomach and like a week before my period starts I start breaking out getting pimples and my face is all clear and sometimes I feel like throwing up,could I be actually pregnant?

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      Jackie Grant 

      12 months ago from UK

      Probably worth testing when your period is due then Alicia.

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      Alicia 

      12 months ago

      Oh ok and well I still don't get my period till next week but I felt like throwing up when I smelled the soup and the cornuts it all mixed and then on my brother's wedding he gave out tamales and when they gave some to my neighbor I felt like throwing up by smelling it again

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      Jackie Grant 

      12 months ago from UK

      Hi Alicia so you had sex on day 9 of your cycle so yes there is a chance that you could be pregnant if you ovulated any time between then and day 14 (which would give you a 28 day cycle).

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      Alicia 

      12 months ago

      i had my period on October 25,2018 it ended on October 29,2018(lasted 5 days) and on November 2,2018 I had sex only once he pulled out then he came and I stick it back inside and he kept going deep like 3 or 4 times any chance I could be pregnant?

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      Jackie Grant 

      13 months ago from UK

      Hi Irene Elie, I am afraid that it is not possible to get pregnant if the only occasion you have unprotected sex is 9 days before ovulation. I think one major focus of this article is to show that pregnancy symptoms can also be the same symptoms when your period is coming so can get very confusing!

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      Irene Elie 

      13 months ago

      Hello Ladies I need some help!

      Reading everyone's comments im like theyre 100% pregnant but im not so sure about myself.

      Had Intercourse nine days before ovulation, One day after ovulation i had medium splotting (never had it before).

      Symptoms;

      Splotting

      Very Sore nipples and boobs (usually never sore)

      Dizzy

      Headache

      A lil bit tired, sluggish.

      Currently 10 DPO. I feel pregnant but the tests are saying negative, either i am crazy or indenial.

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      Alayna Renee 

      13 months ago

      Hi! My fiancé and I have been TTC for awhile now, the first day of my last period was Oct. 1st my ovulation cycle started the 9th and ovulation day was the 16th. Ovulation cycle ended yesterday, but since my ovulation day I have been extremely nauseous, I usually get lower back pain and lower abdominal (it's not even cramps it's just mild unusual discomfort) pains closer to my period, it's due to start on the 31st, but I've never had them this early except for in my last pregnancy, I don't know if I'm getting my hopes up

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      Genabelle 

      14 months ago

      Hi ladies. I gauged my fertile days roughly this month as we were on hols and I forgot my opk tests. Had a lot of u protected sex. Period not due until wed, however had bleeding(bright colour) yesterday, thought my period was early, that never happens! Bleeding appears to have stopped again today. Now I’m full of nervous energy! Haven’t got any other symptoms, but I’ve never experienced sore boobs etc during AF, only mild cramps. Also put my back out the other day so i have back pain anyway, so any comin from potential pregnancy would be masked by this. Afraid to get my hopes up but wondered if anyone could shed light on this for me.

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      Jackie Grant 

      14 months ago from UK

      Hi Mikalas, any implant that uses hormones is likely to change your cycle a bit once it is removed. However, once they are removed you are fertile so those could for sure be pregnancy signs. Maybe give it a couple of weeks and then test if your period has not appeared.

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      Mikalas 

      14 months ago

      Hi! I had my Nexplanon placed in July 2016 and removed August 30th of this year.. that same day and night my SO and I had unprotected sex twice. Also the night I got it removed and 2 days after I had very dark very minimal spotting (abnormal for me). Since having unprotected sex I’ve been extremely dizzy and nauseous at times throughout the day, and my sense of smell is way out of wack, a lot of smells smell horrible to me, including my beloved red wine! I do track BBT and believe I ovulated the day after my nexplanon removal seeing as my temp had risen. But then my temps dropped dramatically for 2 days after that rise but I still don’t have a period at all, but I feel like I should, sharp cramps right under my belly button but just thick white CM.

      I’m curious to hear what you think this may be... early pregnancy symptoms?

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      Jackie Grant 

      14 months ago from UK

      Hi Taylor, once your temp rises that confirms you have ovulated already so you may have ovulated on 30th. The signs sound positive don't they so good luck with testing in a few days if you do!

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      Taylor sewell 

      14 months ago

      Hello! I was recently on nexplanon birth control and removed it august 10th. Two weeks later like the 29th i had this weird abdominal pain and i asked my hair dresser about it who is newly pregnant and she told me to take an ovulation test. It was peak positive. My husband and i have had unprotected sex all the days prior to this test and on the day plus two days after lol. being that i got a positive opk on the 29th i couldve ovulated the 31st right? Which matched up with my BBT it was 1 degree higher than two days prior and cm which was ewcm. If thats right, i am 4dpo with cramps bloating constantly and sharp back pains like my menstrual cycle is coming but only thing coming out is white discharge. Idk when my af is due bc my periods were irregular on nexplanon. I was bleeding when nexplanon was removed but stopped bleeding day after removal. I know only time will tell but its so hard waiting when my body is doing so much it has never done before.

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      Jackie Grant 

      14 months ago from UK

      Hi Juliana06 that is great news congrats! Working on what you have said it sounds like your period in July was around 13th maybe? So that could mean that you ovulated around 26th July which would make you around 7 1/2 weeks pregnant which would give you a positive test that would go dark quickly. That assumes that the test you took that came out negative, if you took it around 5th August, may have been too early. If that was a period on 4th August then you would likely have ovulated around 17th and would now be 4 1/2 weeks pregnant - unfortunately that would also give you a reasonably dark test quite quickly - although in some people the test line may not be as dark as the control line at this point in time. So I'm afraid it is quite difficult to say at the moment. However, if you have an ultrasound scan then at 7 1/2 weeks you should be able to see a heartbeat so that would be one way you would be able to tell how far along you are. Sorry I can't be more helpful but you will soon find out when you have a scan.

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      JULIANA06 

      14 months ago

      Jackie Grant,

      Today I took test and came back pos. very quickly and bright. I wanted to thank you for fast responses and helping with the transition of waiting. One more question: Since Aug 4th I bleed lightly for 1.5 days and then spotted only when wiped and now no period positive test, how far long could I be? Because the doctors are going to ask and I don't know what to tell them and not sure now if Aug was a real period.

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      Jackie Grant 

      14 months ago from UK

      Hi Sara, when you are trying to get pregnant it is really impossible to stop thinking about it! The unfortunate thing is that when we think about it, things we might not have noticed before become more obvious. And also they are things that could be pregnancy symptoms or could also be signs that your period is approaching. Anyway, as long as you had unprotected sex then there is a chance you are pregnant so good luck!

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      Sara 

      14 months ago

      Hey there, I'm trying so hard to get through this and its definitely hard.

      My breasts on the sides have been super sore (not normal for me). I've also had some bleeding that started day 21 to 25 light spotting only when I wipe, to some more on a pad.

      I have also had some twinging and sharp pulls in my lower abdomen which also hasn't happened for me before.

      I'm so confused and feel like i have no one to share this with, because everyone tells me to stop thinking about it, or dont get your hopes up, etc.

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      Jackie Grant 

      14 months ago from UK

      Hi Juliana06 well that sounds possible that it could be pregnancy related but unfortunately this can also happen when you are not pregnant!

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      JULIANA06 

      14 months ago

      Thank you but now I'm having white discharge and very sore breast not to mention the crazy dreams for the last few days. weird

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      Jackie Grant 

      14 months ago from UK

      Hi Felicity, if it is more than 2 weeks since you had unprotected sex then you should be OK to test now.

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      Jackie Grant 

      14 months ago from UK

      Hi JULIANA06, your cycle can certainly start changing when you get in your mid 30s but this does not necessarily mean anything. The symptoms you mention could be pregnancy related or could just be what you describe - constipation and heartburn. But if your period is due in 3 days you could certainly take a test pretty soon to find out.

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      Felicity 

      14 months ago

      When do you think would be a good time to test?

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      JULIANA06 

      14 months ago

      Hi,

      I'm currecntly 35yrs old and my fiance is 50 yrs old. So month of July I received my period a week late and then August a week early. However in Aug it was light for 2 days then spotting only when I wiped for maybe 2 1/2 days. I don't know what this means. I took a pregnancy test and came back negative. My period is now due in 3 days and only symptom I'm experiencing is very light cramping not like usually, sore breast and emotional. The other night I did have constipation cramps from my stomach to my anus but it only lasted maybe a day- it occured after sex. I get heartburn nightly lately but tums cures it. I feel like I'm falling apart. Any comments would help. Thanks

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      Jackie Grant 

      14 months ago from UK

      Hi Felicity, if your period was really light then it might still be worth testing just in case.

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      Felicity 

      15 months ago

      I had sex during my fertile window and I didn’t know. I wasn’t worried about it I didn’t think anything of it cause I’m on my period now but I did notice it was really light compared to how it normally comes. I’ve never as dizzy and nauseous as I feel this month. I literally puked twice and I still feel like I’m going too.

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      Jackie Grant 

      15 months ago from UK

      Hi Shely, yes I would definitely test again.

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      Shely 

      15 months ago

      Hi. I m texting first time. I need to know that, I am having 10 days of missed period. My LMP was due on 18 Aug but there is no period I've regular cycle and never missed before. N I have another symptoms like back pain bloating feel night temperature, I checked pregnancy on 20 Aug but it was negative result. Now today is 27 Aug. Tell me can I check again? And wait.

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      Sammy 

      15 months ago

      My period is always on time however this time it started two days late and it was rather different it started of with the blood being very dark brown and dry it went lighter as it went more red and it just stopped. This is all new to me I took a pregnancy test yesterday and it came out negative so I’m not sure what’s going on with all of this I’ve had cramping the whole day too. I’ve had no pms just my lower back has faint pains my breasts were feeling tender last week but I haven’t noticed when that changed

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      Sunell 

      16 months ago

      Hi 19/F. I'm TTC. My period is due in 3 days. My boobs are very sore and I have to pee the whole time. My back is sore and I have slight cramping. My boobs started hurting 3 DPO. Its not my whole boob its only my nipples and areola. They are erect but not darker and they feel al bit bigger as well. I struggling to wait.

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      Jackie Grant 

      16 months ago from UK

      Hi mayang, you should probably see your doctor and get your hormone levels checked out if you have not had a period in 4 months, there could be a reason for it.

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      mayang 

      16 months ago

      Hello I'm taking pills almost a 9 years then when I finish my pills I have period then I stopped used already..why until now from my last period 4 months already I have no period.theres a chance to became pregnant

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      Sasha 

      17 months ago

      Good day

      I have a question too... I'm a 25 yr old female. I'm on a 28/29 day cycle. My period is late with 25 days today. I've been struggling with sore / bruisey breasts for some time now. Also I took a pregnancy test 3 days ago and it was negative. I got cramping in my lower abdomen & lower back for only 1 day yesterday along with discharge which was white/yellowish. The cramping stopped . what can this be?

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      Jackie Grant 

      17 months ago from UK

      Hi Syl, it sounds like these could be peri-menopause symptoms if you are getting negative pregnancy tests. Check out this article, in particular the second paragraph as it seems to possibly fit your situation: https://hubpages.com/health/What-Are-The-Chances-o...

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      Syl 

      17 months ago

      Ok my symptoms are weird. First of all I did have a period, which came like 3 days early and only lasted 4days. My breast’s never get sore anymore BUT were sore for 2 weeks before that (and still are. Going on 4wks now). I have mild cramping where my ovaries would be which I never get. My discharge is white but has increased to the point of me having to check myself bc it felt like a gush of pee. I always feel bloated. I weigh the same but my jeans are all tighter now. I have taken 3 pregnancy tests( 2 homemade and one store bought) all negative. I have had lower back aches a few times. No nausea just heartburn a few times. I have no clue what’s going on. I am 46 and have had unprotected sex using the pull out method. I’ve looked up pregnancy, cysts, pre-menopause. I’m at a road block and any input or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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      Jackie Grant 

      17 months ago from UK

      Good Luck LizBeth34, you never know, you may get lucky the first time!

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      LizBeth34 

      17 months ago

      I have a 30 day cycle - pretty regular - can be 31 days at times. Tomorrow is when my period is due - I tested 3 days ago and it was negative (I knew this was early but I couldnt help myself) - This was our first month trying and I only have one fallopian tube so I expect to be disapointed... but im trying to just wait it out now. Going to test Monday if I don't get my period tomorrow.

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      Jackie Grant 

      17 months ago from UK

      Hi Gianna, if your period is due on 28th then I would only test today at the very very earliest and even then it may still be too early (my own test when I was pregnant came up negative on the equivalent of today) But really I would wait until maybe 26th to get a much better chance of a definite yes/no.

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      Gianna 

      17 months ago

      Hi! I have been having quite a few symptoms of pregnancy but I took 3 tests Nd they were all negative. I took them all befor e the tww and the end of the two weekends would be Sunday morning I’m supposed to get my period the 28th what do I do I really want to be pregnant

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      Niki 

      17 months ago

      Hello..thanks for helping me calm down enough to get through the rest of my 2ww. I tested again this past Sunday (Fathers Day) which was the day before my period. It was negative. I was suppose to start my period the next day on the 18th. I am having a fair amount of cramping, but no bleeding and my breasts are slightly sore. I am normally regular. I am assuming that I just got so stressed out during the 2ww that my period will be late. In case I’m wrong, when should I do a final test? Should I wait to be 5 days late? Thanks again for all of your advice.

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      Jackie Grant 

      17 months ago from UK

      Hi Niki, I think to a certain extent we all lose our minds in the tww! It certainly sounds like you are in with a chance and you could have tested a bit early as you may only have been 7 or 8 dpo when you tested. I would wait a few days more at least and then test again. Good luck.

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      Niki 

      17 months ago

      Had sex 2 days before, and day of LH surge. LH surge was on the 6th, 7th. On 11th I felt cramping on my left side but no spotting. Been slightly nauseous for past 2 days that goes away when I eat and then comes back in 1/2 hour. Last night I felt hot and started to sweat. Tested yesterday morning and it was negative. My period is due on the 18th of this month. I am on a 25 day cycle, and regular. I so want this to be real but I am scared that it is all in my head. I have had issues before and so want a child. I am having a difficult time in this ttw. Do you think I have just lost my mind or is there a chance this might be the real thing?

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      Jackie Grant 

      17 months ago from UK

      Hi Sahra, there are a number of reasons why your period can be late and you are not pregnant. Stress can be one, being under or overweight can change your cycle, hormone changes can cause this (including peri-menopause if you are older) plus other reasons. If you are concerned then go and see your doctor and they may be able to do some tests to see what is going on.

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      Sahra 

      17 months ago

      I did a test again on 7th june but still bot a negative and i am 3 weeks late

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      Jackie Grant 

      17 months ago from UK

      Hi Sahra, so if you haven't had your period since 11th April then maybe you need to test again. You say you haven't got any pregnancy symptoms but missing your period, plus all the other things you mention, can be symptoms!

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      Jackie Grant 

      18 months ago from UK

      Hi Precious, yes you can get a test now for sure!

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      Precious 

      18 months ago

      My lmp - 19th April, 2018, had unprotected sex- 27th April,2018, started experiencing lightheadedness and mood swings just 3days later. implantation bleeding(jelly like spot with a little blood inside)-6th May

      then on 10th May- light cramps and brown blood flow for less than an hour.

      I feel tired, very dizzy- feel like sleeping everywhere, no sore burst, metallic taste in my mouth, acne, fever especially at night and in the morning, nauseating and very sensitive to smell-getting easily irritated by smells,

      13th may- blocked nose that made me spit mucus especially after eating

      feel bloated most times,

      today14th,-feel like stomach is making noise, like talking(lol)

      can I get a test soon? feeling weird

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      Jackie Grant 

      18 months ago from UK

      Hi Rashana, yes if you missed your period and you had unprotected sex then you could be pregnant, you don't have to have any other symptoms.

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      Rashana 

      18 months ago

      Hi. My last period was March 22. I have had this clear snot looking discharge in my pee and I have been having a lot of milky white discharge. The only thing that I have been out of place is the discharge and the miss period. Could I be pregnant and not know it yet. My husband and I have been trying for a little over a year and I'm trying not to get my hopes up. Pleasr help!!!

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      Jackie Grant 

      18 months ago from UK

      Hi Hannah, I would definitely take a test now! yes I have heard of dogs and cats having an extra sense and knowing that someone is pregnant :-) For me the tiredness started about 3 days before my period was due and I also had cramps. The signs all seem to be there but by the results of the poll you can see how many people have had pregnancy symptoms and not been pregnant so fingers crossed for you!

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      HannahMalone 

      18 months ago

      Hi I actually have a question my self :) I have missed my period I am 3 days late and I have regular periods I am having this milky white discharge and I’ve thrown up recently, I’ve also had mild cramps but they are tolerant I’ve also had diarrhea I took a pregnancy test last week but I have a feeling it was way to early my questions are what do you think is going on and when should I take a pregnancy test cause today would’ve been my last day for a period but I don’t have it ... when should I take a test? Also might add I’m peeing a lot and very tired like walking to the store with my faincee I get so tired and exhausted? Also I have a dog and she’s been super cuddly with me and she never really has been do you think she knows before I do? Please let me know I’m really happy if I am pregnant ❤️

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      IsabellaEdgar 

      18 months ago

      Hello Everybody!! So me and my husband have been trying to get pregnant for almost a year now, I have irregular cycles so sometimes I get my period twice a month, my last period was on April 20-23 it was heavy huge clots for one day and the rest of the days brownish discharge, we had sex the 26 of April and the 30 and then again on may 3 which is three days before ovulation. My period is suppose to come on May 21 however I have been feeling thirsty and have a decreased appetite and getting full off of water and ginger ale, I lost a little weight nothing significant. Is there a slight chance I can be pregnant? I have been taking test after test and all negative can it just be in my mind? Thank you for your responses.

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      blackwell2018 

      18 months ago

      Haha, yes! :) okay, thank you so much for the help!!

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      Jackie Grant 

      18 months ago from UK

      Blackwell, I think the problem is that if we never drank when there was a possibility of being pregnant, well there would be a lot less drinking in the world :-) - but maybe just tone it down if you think there is a chance but at this stage a few drinks would probably be OK (but obviously I am not a doctor so I'm not talking with any medical knowledge).

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      blackwell2018 

      18 months ago

      This is the same lady from Blackwell post below. I signed up and it changed my username.....

      Yes, always the alcohol! haha I was cramping terrible last night. But my period is not suppose to start until 6/15. Is this normal if I am pregnant? I had my first born almost 6 years ago so I can not remember. My husband and I are open to having more kids. SO if I am it will be great. We are suppose to go to a concert tomorrow night and we will be drinking. I am terrified if I am pregnant that I should not be drinking this weekend. Or does it matter being this early. Should I or no? The soonest I could take a pregnancy test would be next Wednesday(6/09) to find out. I just want to make sure if I am, I am not doing any harm to the baby.

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      Jackie Grant 

      18 months ago from UK

      Ha ha Blackwell, it's always the alcohol! If your tracker says you should ovulate on day 11 of your cycle and you had sex on day 8 then the sperm would need to survive for 3 days which it can do. So it is possible...

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      Blackwell 

      18 months ago

      My last cycle was April 20-21. I am currently not on birth control. My husband and I had sex on the 22nd and 27th of April, where he ejaculated inside me. Is it likely I am pregnant??? My tracker says my ovulation day was the 30th. He usually uses protection but these two times were spur of the moment with a little alcohol involved in both times.....

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      Jackie Grant 

      18 months ago from UK

      That's always a tricky one Vanessa - the spotting could be your period (this can occasionally happen, especially as you get older) but it also could happen when you are pregnant so it is worth taking a test if you think you might be.

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      Vanessa 

      19 months ago

      My last period was on March 22-26 and my period tracker said I should had stay my period on the 22 of April which never came but I was spotting only for that day. It’s april 30th and still nothing, is my period just late?

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      Tia Haskins 

      19 months ago

      Thank you Jackie. But my periods have always been heavy after the first day and this was pinkish brown spotting. I have never had this happen before I'm a always on time and today makes 16 days I haven't had my period. I'll wait it out and see though. Thank you again

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      Jackie Grant 

      19 months ago from UK

      It sounds like that might have been a really light period so it might be worth waiting but if you feel something might be amiss then it is always worth consulting your doctor.

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      Tia 

      19 months ago

      My last menstrual cycle was March 17-22 like normally. According to my period tracker app my next cycle should've been April 14th. I started spotting that exactly day for about 3-4 days and then nothing else. I don't feel nauseous, I have frequent back pain and headaches which is what I normally feel when my cycle is due. My breast aren't sore like most and I have taken 4 hpt all negative. Should I wait until my next menstrual cycle to test or see my doctor before getting obsessed about being pregnant?? Please help, any advice is welcomed.

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      Jackie Grant 

      19 months ago from UK

      Hi himahima, those could be pregnancy symptoms. It depends on when your period is due as to when you should test but if you think the possible pregnancy is as a result of sex 2 weeks ago (and that was in your fertile window) then chances are that you could test now.

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      himahima 

      19 months ago

      Me and my husband had sex before 2 weeks.. from last 3-4 days i feel so thirst, my breast are sore, discomforts in my belly and back, i feel full even after a small meal( its like some bloating occurs inside my stomach) and i feel so urge to pee in a while.. can it be a pregnancy symptom? If so within how many days i can take a test?

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      Jackie Grant 

      19 months ago from UK

      Hi Chloe, it is possible to get pregnancy symptoms as early as 5 days after ovulation but you still might not get a positive on a test until later. It would probably be worth testing again after at least the 24th but otherwise there could be other reasons for feeling nauseous and needing to pee so if that goes on without a positive test it might be worth seeing a doctor.

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      Chloe 

      19 months ago

      My bf and I had unprotected sex on April 14th and my lmp was March 26th. Ive been feeling nauseous when I’m around food and also when I wake up. My breasts are sore but I figured that could just be pms. I’ve also had the urge to go pee frequently lately. I took a pregnancy test April 19th and it was negative (I realize it was way too soon to test but I was curious.) Any ideas on what’s happening?

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      Jackie Grant 

      19 months ago from UK

      It can take a number of months to get pregnant (even though it happens for some people very quickly!) so if you have been trying for a while maybe check out this article https://wehavekids.com/having-baby/why-cant-i-get-...

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      Neisha 

      19 months ago

      So me and my boyfriend been having sex since the 18th of March and we have been using unprotected sex and every test I took said negative but I really want to get pregnant what should I do

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      Jackie Grant 

      19 months ago from UK

      Hi lolly I can't tell you what is wrong as I am not a doctor but pregnancy tests (and certainly blood tests) are not usually wrong so if you are feeling unwell it might be worth seeing your doctor.

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      lolly 

      19 months ago

      Can u pls help m I have vomited after a meal than later that day i got my period it only took 2 days normal it takes 4 days it was not heavy it was light since than i start having symptoms of a pregnant lady even water coming out of my breast i took a home test and blood test show negative but I still have the symptoms what is wrong with m pls

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      Jackie Grant 

      19 months ago from UK

      Hi ami there are different reasons why you could be missing your period (pregnancy and stress are just 2 of them!) If this is unusual for you then it is worth going to see your doctor.

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      ami 

      19 months ago

      I have missed my periods for two months and when I test it says negative so I don't knw what's wrong or am I sick or what?please help

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      Jackie Grant 

      19 months ago from UK

      If she had her period and you had protected sex then that is extremely unlikely. As I am not a doctor if she continues to feel ill it is probably worth seeing a doctor.

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      Roman niroula 

      19 months ago

      I had protected sex at the 7 th day of her periods..as far as i know condom was fine and also i didnt ejaculate speam inside her vagina..

      She got mesuration 7 days late.. And it lasted for 7 days as always it was normal.. But she is now suffering from back pain and vomiting from past 2 days...she doesnt want to eat any food.. Whenever she eats,all of those comes outside through vomit..

      Moreover,she is very weak girl from beggining

      Is she pregeant?

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