Having spent over two years trying to get pregnant, I spent a lot of time doing research, and I 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 go 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?
- Sore breasts/nipples
- Heightened sense of smell
- A 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 prenatal vitamins, and these can sometimes cause either of these symptoms to occur.
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.
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 theTWW, 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.
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.
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, 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
Jackie Grant (author) from UK on July 22, 2020:
Hi Lewis, it is very unlikely that you will get pregnancy symptoms 2 days afterwards so maybe something else is making you sick?
Lewis on July 21, 2020:
I had sex on my peak day and two days after peak I now feel sick as a dog my body is so weak
Jackie Grant (author) from UK on June 23, 2020:
Hi Bego, it is so difficult to tell if these are pregnancy symptoms isn't it?! I certainly wouldn't be worried, symptoms do vary as our bodies change and also when we are conscious of all the things that are happening. Good luck with your test next week.
Jackie Grant (author) from UK on June 23, 2020:
Yes I agree Misserinyes, stopping when you get a BFP is a good plan, otherwise you could be putting your life on hold for a while!
Bego on June 23, 2020:
I am 33 years old and TTC for the second time, I have a son that is 20 months old.
My husband and I had sex 5 times last week during my fertile window, I believe my O day was around the 17th, so today I would be 6 DPO.
During my first pregnancy, I had early symptoms around DPO 8/9 that basically resume in back pain, white CM, and sore breasts that ached badly especially on the arm sides.
This time, I had exaggerated sore nipples from DPO 2 to DPO 5 and today my nipples were no sore anymore, I been feeling a lot of nausea with an excess of saliva, and have some spontaneous headaches, I feel fatigued but having a hard time to sleep through the night.
I know it is too soon to tell and I am planning to test until next week, not before DPO 12.
I am also aware that these symptoms could only mean that my progesterone levels came up after the ovulation. However, I never had symptoms like this in a normal cycle, and particularly not this early. My breast and nipples are never sore nor after my ovulation nor before my period.
Should I worry about these rare hormones changes or could really mean that I will be pregnant, once the implantation takes place in the following days?
I desperately need your comments!
Misserinyes on June 23, 2020:
I always roll my eyes at the insistence on abstaining from alcohol during the TWW. There's no way for alcohol to directly affect the potential embryo at that point! No chance for birth defects (due to alcohol) or FAS/FAD until there's a working placenta... To me, it's just treating women as lesser beings incapable of making their own decisions and not deserving of bodily autonomy just because they can get pregnant. Stopping all alcohol use immediately after a getting a BFP when testing as early as possible is good enough for me! :)
Jackie Grant (author) from UK on May 31, 2020:
Hi Ebony, if you had unprotected sex then yes it is always worth doing a test, regardless of the symptoms!
Ebony on May 30, 2020:
So I had the birth control insert Nexplanon for a total of 8 years, I decided to get it taking out about April 30th of this year due to me having some complication and side effects. On the birth control I had got my period sometimes 2x a month and would bleed for a long period of time. I haven't been using protection with me and my fiancé. Now i have had some spotting light pink for not even a whole day, a week or so after having unprotected sex. I also have been having real bad headaches and fatigue, lower stomach cramps, and constipation. Some nausea but these are all signs I used to get before I had a period when on the Nexplanon. minus the light bleeding. I have had trouble sleeping at night and I also noticed i'm starting to bloat more frequently. My discharge is white and its happening way more often then my bodies used to. No smell just theres more than my body usually produces on or around a period. Please let me know if I should even bother with a test just yet.
Ceci on April 29, 2020:
Is this where you leave how I was suspicious of pregnancy? Well, Im gonna write about it anyway. Usually I got brown spotting a few days before my expected period. I can’t remember the detailed PMS symptoms because I never paid attention to them. But that month, it was just clear during the luteal phase. No nothing. So I thought maybe I was having a longer cycle, which then a few days later I had the brown spotting. So, then, I though alright, it’s coming. But the spotting went rather abnormal. First of all, it stopped after one day. The color changed light brown to pink, and there was so little. And a few days passed by. I was so confused. I thought that spotting was a weird kind of period that sometime older in the age you experience?! And that was when I first googled “spotting before period”. It was the first time that I ever was informed about ovulation, pregnancy, and stuff like that. The last thing I ever was interested in was about my cycle and pregnancy - I was a very busy career woman. I bought a hpt, and got a bfp. My beautiful girl is now 5.
Jackie Grant (author) from UK on March 24, 2020:
Hi Shantae, if your period was due 4 days ago then have you tested yet? I'm not sure what you mean by 'coming down with my'. If your period hasn't arrived though it is definitely worth testing.
Shantae d from Detroit mi on March 23, 2020:
Im trying to get perganat and i had sex on the day if ovulation and 4 days ago i was supposed to have my period n didnt come But a day or two before be for my period was supposed to start I was spotted and then nothing til now it feel like I'm coming down with my. Why is that
Jackie Grant (author) from UK on November 05, 2019:
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.
Jackie Grant (author) from UK on November 05, 2019:
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.
Brittany on November 01, 2019:
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.
kit on November 01, 2019:
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
Nicole on June 12, 2019:
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
Jackie Grant (author) from UK on March 06, 2019:
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.
Leila on March 04, 2019:
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?
Jackie Grant (author) from UK on March 04, 2019:
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.
Liv on March 01, 2019:
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
CassieKing on January 27, 2019:
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.
Jackie Grant (author) from UK on January 27, 2019:
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.
CassieKing on January 27, 2019:
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!
- 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
Jackie Grant (author) from UK on January 25, 2019:
Fingers crossed for you Ashley!
Ashley on January 25, 2019:
Thank you Jackie I will try testing again, hopefully it’s good news!
Jackie Grant (author) from UK on January 25, 2019:
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.
Ashley on January 24, 2019:
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.
Jackie Grant (author) from UK on January 08, 2019:
Hi Ava, I think the only advice would be to test in a couple of days if your period doesn't arrive.
Ava on January 07, 2019:
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.
Jackie Grant (author) from UK on January 07, 2019:
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.
Hana on January 07, 2019:
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
Could I be pregnant?
Jackie Grant (author) from UK on December 30, 2018:
Hi Curiousmum, yes if she had unprotected sex on day 9 of her cycle then there is a chance she could be pregnant.
Curiousmum on December 29, 2018:
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
Jackie Grant (author) from UK on December 03, 2018:
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.
Sophie on December 02, 2018:
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?
Jackie Grant (author) from UK on November 28, 2018:
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.
Leyla on November 27, 2018:
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
White slippery discharge
Lower back pain
Sick two days ago
Help Jackie please
Jackie Grant (author) from UK on November 17, 2018:
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.
Alicia on November 17, 2018:
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?
Jackie Grant (author) from UK on November 15, 2018:
Probably worth testing when your period is due then Alicia.
Alicia on November 15, 2018:
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
Jackie Grant (author) from UK on November 15, 2018:
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).
Alicia on November 14, 2018:
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?
Jackie Grant (author) from UK on October 23, 2018:
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!
Irene Elie on October 22, 2018:
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).
Very Sore nipples and boobs (usually never sore)
A lil bit tired, sluggish.
Currently 10 DPO. I feel pregnant but the tests are saying negative, either i am crazy or indenial.
Alayna Renee on October 19, 2018:
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
Genabelle on September 22, 2018:
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.
Jackie Grant (author) from UK on September 06, 2018:
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.
Mikalas on September 05, 2018:
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?
Jackie Grant (author) from UK on September 05, 2018:
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!
Taylor sewell on September 04, 2018:
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.
Jackie Grant (author) from UK on September 04, 2018:
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.
JULIANA06 on September 04, 2018:
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.
Jackie Grant (author) from UK on September 03, 2018:
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!
Sara on September 02, 2018:
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.
Jackie Grant (author) from UK on September 01, 2018:
Hi Juliana06 well that sounds possible that it could be pregnancy related but unfortunately this can also happen when you are not pregnant!
JULIANA06 on August 31, 2018:
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
Jackie Grant (author) from UK on August 30, 2018:
Hi Felicity, if it is more than 2 weeks since you had unprotected sex then you should be OK to test now.
Jackie Grant (author) from UK on August 30, 2018:
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.
Felicity on August 30, 2018:
When do you think would be a good time to test?
JULIANA06 on August 30, 2018:
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
Jackie Grant (author) from UK on August 29, 2018:
Hi Felicity, if your period was really light then it might still be worth testing just in case.
Felicity on August 28, 2018:
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.
Jackie Grant (author) from UK on August 27, 2018:
Hi Shely, yes I would definitely test again.
Shely on August 27, 2018:
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.
Sammy on August 10, 2018:
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
Sunell on July 24, 2018:
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.
Jackie Grant (author) from UK on July 14, 2018:
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.
mayang on July 13, 2018:
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
Sasha on June 25, 2018:
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?
Jackie Grant (author) from UK on June 25, 2018:
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://discover.hubpages.com/health/What-Are-The-...
Syl on June 24, 2018:
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.
Jackie Grant (author) from UK on June 23, 2018:
Good Luck LizBeth34, you never know, you may get lucky the first time!
LizBeth34 on June 23, 2018:
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.
Jackie Grant (author) from UK on June 23, 2018:
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.
Gianna on June 22, 2018:
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
Niki on June 18, 2018:
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.
Jackie Grant (author) from UK on June 15, 2018:
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.
Niki on June 14, 2018:
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?
Jackie Grant (author) from UK on June 07, 2018:
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.
Sahra on June 07, 2018:
I did a test again on 7th june but still bot a negative and i am 3 weeks late
Jackie Grant (author) from UK on June 05, 2018:
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!
Jackie Grant (author) from UK on May 14, 2018:
Hi Precious, yes you can get a test now for sure!
Precious on May 14, 2018:
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
Jackie Grant (author) from UK on May 11, 2018:
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.
Rashana on May 09, 2018:
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!!!
Jackie Grant (author) from UK on May 05, 2018:
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!
HannahMalone on May 05, 2018:
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 ❤️
IsabellaEdgar on May 04, 2018:
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.
blackwell2018 on May 04, 2018:
Haha, yes! :) okay, thank you so much for the help!!
Jackie Grant (author) from UK on May 03, 2018:
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).
blackwell2018 on May 03, 2018:
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.
Jackie Grant (author) from UK on May 02, 2018:
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...
Blackwell on May 02, 2018:
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.....
Jackie Grant (author) from UK on May 01, 2018:
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.
Vanessa on April 30, 2018:
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?
Tia Haskins on April 30, 2018:
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
Jackie Grant (author) from UK on April 29, 2018:
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.
Tia on April 29, 2018:
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.
Jackie Grant (author) from UK on April 26, 2018:
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.