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PMS or Pregnancy Symptoms?

PMS or Pregnancy Symptoms?

PMS or Pregnancy?

This is very commonly asked question, and unfortunately, there is no easy answer. PMS symptoms and early pregnancy symptoms can be eerily similar, and it can be hard for you to distinguish between the two. The easiest way to find out if you’re pregnant is to take a home pregnancy test. (Or better – make an appointment with your gynecologist or doctor and get a blood pregnancy test to see if you have any pregnant hormones in your blood stream.)

Women who have never been pregnant before may have a more difficult time distinguishing pregnancy from PMS. But women who have had children and have indeed been pregnant in the past will tell you that it can be hard to tell the two apart.

If you’ve been trying to conceive, or on the flip side, if you are worried about an unplanned or unexpected pregnancy, this article will help you understand the difference between PMS and early pregnancy symptoms.

Common PMS Symptoms

Premenstrual syndrome – or PMS for short – are symptoms that women can start to experience 1 to 2 weeks before your period. They typically strike after ovulation (day 14 of your menstrual cycle, if you have a regular 28-day cycle). PMS symptoms go away after you start your period. And of course, they come back again a few weeks later. That is the joy of being a woman!


Women experience PMS in different ways and in varying degree of severity. For some women, they have such severe PMS symptoms that it disrupts their daily lives. For others, their PMS is just annoying.

The most common PMS symptoms include swollen and tender breasts (which can be a common early pregnancy symptom); fatigue and tiredness (another possible sign you’re pregnant); bloating (yet another pregnancy symptom); headaches; anxiety and depression along with mood swings; food cravings (which also strike when you are pregnant); joint and muscle pain; harder time with concentration and your memory; and menstrual cramps.

As you can see, all of these premenstrual symptoms are identical to early pregnancy symptoms and signs of pregnancy. So it can be super easy to confuse the two of them apart, especially if your period is late.

Women who are trying to conceive, who chart their basal body temperature on a regular basis, may have an easier time answering the question, “Is it PMS or Pregnancy?” But most women who are sexually active with a late or delayed period will have a really hard time telling the two apart.

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So how can you tell whether your symptoms are PMS or pregnancy symptoms? A home pregnancy test, or a blood pregnancy test taken at your doctor’s office, is the easiest way to find out.

Read my related post: How Accurate are Home Pregnancy Tests? You can also read my recommendations for the best, most accurate home pregnancy test at my Pregnancy and Baby Store.

Early Signs of Pregnancy

PMS or Pregnancy Symptoms?What makes PMS versus Pregnancy such a complicated issue is the fact that the earliest signs of pregnancy can appear in the first weeks after you conceive – even before you’ve missed a period.

  • Having tender, swollen breasts (just like with PMS) is a very common first sign of pregnancy. They may feel tingly, sensitive to touch and even full. It’s really uncomfortable but it may be a warning sign that you’ve conceived, and your breasts are getting revved up for breastfeeding in nine months.
  • Nausea is a classic pregnancy symptom; however, you should know that some women can also get nauseous when they PMS. It’s a less common PMS symptom, but it does happen.
  • Extreme exhaustion and fatigue (another PMS symptom) can also mean that you’ve conceived and are expecting a baby. This is actually one of the first signs that you’ll notice. It’s like an overwhelming tiredness, like you’ve been running a marathon and you just want to collapse and rest.
  • Food cravings (or aversions) can also signal that you’re pregnant. But again, some women who have PMS typically eat more and often crave certain foods, like chocolate.
  • Mood swings, crying spells and feeling weepy, is another early sign of pregnancy, but it is also very common when you have PMS.
  • Spotting and cramping may be a sign of implantation – the embryo (growing baby) has implanted itself into the wall of your uterus. Not all women experience implantation bleeding (which is very light in nature), but it is considered one of the very first signs of pregnancy. Along with spotting, some women feel abdominal cramping, similar to the menstrual cramping you experience during your period. You might just feel achy, and this might be a clue that your little one has successfully implanted itself.

Some women who get pregnant don’t experience any of these early signs and symptoms of pregnancy. But they are classic pregnancy symptoms that can be easily misinterpreted as just plain PMS.

If you think there is a chance that you could be expecting, you should make an appointment with your doctor or healthcare provider to take a home pregnancy test. Remember, if you are pregnant, the earlier you start getting prenatal care, the healthier your pregnancy and your baby will be!

Now, let’s discuss the common symptoms of PMS and Pregnancy.

Fatigue and Exhaustion – Both a PMS and Pregnancy Symptom

A vast majority of women experience fatigue and tiredness when they are PMSing. You might not experience fatigue every single month, but chances are you’ve experienced PMS fatigue before.

Fatigue is actually one of the first pregnancy symptoms to show up. It can strike about one week after conception – before you’ve even missed a period. This early pregnancy symptom is caused by increased levels of progesterone, a hormone that helps support the pregnancy and baby.

Some pregnant women describe pregnancy fatigue to be very similar to the very worst PMS fatigue. You are just so exhausted that all you want to do is take a nap. Fortunately, fatigue dissipates and goes away for a little while during the second trimester.

Fatigue is a common symptom to both PMS and Pregnancy.

Tender and Swollen Breasts – Symptoms of Both

Breast changes are common to both pregnancy and PMS.

After ovulation, some women with PMS may notice that your breasts become swollen, enlarged and are tender to touch. For smaller breasted women, this uncomfortable PMS symptoms causes your breasts to grow and they are bigger than normal. But it’s only temporary, because they will go back to their regular size after your period begins.

Tender and swollen breasts are also a very common pregnancy symptom, and one of the first signs of pregnancy. Your breasts can be tender, or they can feel sore and tingly. You might notice that they are fuller and heavier. Breast changes in pregnancy can occur as early as two weeks post-conception.

Mood Swings and Crying Spells – PMSing and Pregnant Women

PMS can come with crazy mood swings. You’re happy and laughing one minute, and the next, someone says something that you take completely the wrong way and it has you angry or in tears. You don’t know what’s wrong with you, or why your hormones are so out of whack and you are so emotional. Sound familiar?

Mood swings, crying spells, irritability, and emotional changes are also very common in early pregnancy. All those hormones in a pregnant woman’s body can make her very moody and emotional.

Because both PMS mood swings and Pregnancy emotional changes are nearly identical to each other, it can be hard to tell whether you’re just PMSing or if you’re pregnant based on this symptom alone.

Food Cravings – Premenstrual Symptom and Classic Pregnancy

This is yet another shared symptom of PMS and Pregnancy.

When you are experience premenstrual symptoms, you can definitely notice a change in your eating habits. Some premenstruating women may eat more, because all of a sudden their appetite just explodes. Others may start to crave chocolate and other sweets. And yet others have more of a hankering for salty foods. Food cravings are very common when you are PMSing.

Likewise, this is yet another common pregnancy symptom. Some pregnant women may have an increased appetite. However, in early pregnancy, food aversions are also common. Certain smells and tastes just are repulsive to you. Even a slight whiff of it may trigger your nausea and morning sickness to strike.

Food aversion is classic to early pregnancy, and it can be an indication that you’re going to have a baby.

Acne and Breakouts – Yet Another Shared Symptom

PMS or Pregnancy Symptoms?Hormones can wreck havoc on your skin, both when you are PMSing and when you’re pregnant.

When you’re expecting, you have higher levels of androgens (a hormone), which cause the sebaceous glands in your skin to get larger and these hormones also increase oil production and this can clog your pores and prompt you to have more breakouts and acne. In fact, it’s not uncommon for many moms-to-be to feel like their teenage years are back with their acne.

Similarly, premenstrual women also experience more breakouts and worst acne during PMS. Some studies estimate that as high as 78% of adult acne in women experience these unwanted pimples and zits during PMS. In fact, it’s called premenstrual acne, and it is a real phenomenon. It all has to do with the hormonal fluctuations that occur during a normal menstrual cycle. For this reason, hormonal contraceptives (birth control pills and shots) have long been used to help reduce premenstrual breakouts.

Darn those hormones causing this shared symptom of PMS and pregnancy!

Bloating and Weight Gain – PMS and Pregnancy

Who doesn’t dread the bloating you experience before your period arrives? Your bra starts to feel tight, as your breasts swell up; your stomach tends to stick out a little further, making your pants feel tighter than normal. Many women even can gain a few extra pounds. PMS bloating sucks (and luckily, it goes away when you start your period).

Out of all the annoying PMS symptoms, bloating (or water retention) and the extra weight gain it can bring are one of the most hated premenstrual symptoms.

In early pregnancy, bloating is one of the very first signs of pregnancy. And it can be incredibly difficult to distinguish pregnancy bloating from your PMS bloating, since they feel similar. Your pants might start to feel tight, and you might even notice a little pooch. The pregnancy hormone, progesterone, is to blame for your pregnancy bloating, and it definitely sucks.

Since it can be hard to determine what’s the cause of your bloating – normal premenstrual symptoms or you’re pregnant- you should take a home pregnancy test after you’ve missed your period.

Morning Sickness and Nausea – A Hallmark of Pregnancy

Even if you know nothing about pregnancy symptoms, you know that morning sickness is a classic and an infamous pregnancy symptom. According to researchers, up to 90 percent of all expectant mothers will experience morning sickness (nausea and/or vomiting) to some degree during their 40 weeks of pregnancy? The 10 percent of women who are incredibly lucky will never get nauseous or even feel an inkling of when pregnant.

Morning sickness can begin as early as two weeks after you conceive.

Nausea can be a PMS symptom, but it’s only a small percentage of women who actually experience nausea during their premenstrual weeks. So nausea can be common to both PMS and Pregnancy.

Missed Period – Only Pregnancy

PMS ends when you have your period, and an absence of a period means that you’re most likely period. However, a late or delayed period can make it tricky to figure out whether you’re going to be a mother or not.

If you’ve always had regular periods – a menstrual period every single month without fail – experiencing a missed period is definitely the first and unmistakable sign of pregnancy.

Some pregnant women may experience light bleeding or spotting, which can be mistaken for a regular period or a light period, especially if they’ve had irregular periods in the past. This spotting during pregnancy is a sign of implantation – the fertilized egg burrowing itself into the lining of your uterus, where it will make a nice and healthy home for itself of the next nine months.

For a small percentage of women, they may spot randomly on and off throughout their pregnancy. Occasional spotting can be considered normal, but it may also be a sign of a miscarriage.

In fact, because spotting is so confusing, if you’ve ever watched “I Didn’t Know I Was Pregnant” on Discovery Health, most of those women never realized they were pregnant because they experienced spotting during their pregnancy, which they mistakenly believed was a period.

Implantation spotting doesn’t look like your regular menstrual flow. It’s lighter in flow, and the color is usually a light pink or brownish coffee grounds kind of color.

PMS versus Pregnancy – A Breakdown of Symptoms

As you can see, there is a lot of overlap between PMS and Pregnancy. So I’ve broken it down for you to get a better understanding. This comparison chart compares each symptom side by side. Pay close attention and you can figure out which symptom is unique to pregnancy alone.

Symptoms of PMS Pregnancy Symptoms
   Not a PMS Symptom      Missed Period
   Bloating and Water Retention      Bloating and Water Retention (Edema)
   Breast Swelling and Tenderness      Breast Swelling and Tenderness
   Insomnia and Trouble Sleeping      Insomnia and Trouble Sleeping (2nd and 3rd Trimester)
   Acne and Breakouts      Acne, Breakouts and Skin Changes
   Fatigue      Fatigue (Worst in First and Third Trimester)
   Upset Stomach, Constipation      Upset Stomach, Constipation
   Headache      Headache (common in First Trimester)
   Backache      Backache and Back Discomfort (Second and Third Trimester)
   Appetite Changes and Food Cravings     Appetite Changes and Food Cravings (usually in Second Trimester, after Morning Sickness has passed.)
   Trouble Concentration      Trouble Concentration and Memory – called “Pregnancy Brain”
   Mood Swings and Crying Spells      Mood Swings, Emotional Rollercoaster
   Nipple discharge      Nipple discharge (Colostrum – Second and Third Trimester)
   Changes in Libido (Sex Drive)      Changes in Libido (Low Sex Drive in First Trimester, Increases in Second Trimester)
   Abdominal and Pelvic Cramps      Cramping (Second Trimester as Womb stretches for baby)
   Not a PMS Symptom      Increased Urination
   Not a PMS Symptom      Melasma (Darkening of Skin)
   Nausea      Nausea and Vomiting (Morning Sickness) – More Common in First Trimester but can last entire pregnancy
   Elevated Basal Body Temperature (until your period starts and it lowers)     Elevated Basal Body Temperature (If it remains high 2 weeks after you ovulate, you’re pregnant.)

Ovulation Symptoms

Because PMS symptoms occur in the days and weeks following ovulation, it’s important that you are aware of ovulation symptoms. Sometimes, PMS symptoms are actually ovulation symptoms. It’s important that you’re aware of these symptoms for many reasons – including the fact that it’s good to be aware of your body’s changes, especially if you’re wondering “Am I pregnant?” And if you are trying to conceive, knowing your ovulation symptoms may help improve your chances of getting pregnant.

Women with a regular 28-day cycle will ovulate around day 14 (the second week after their last period begins). Around this time, you might notice some of the following symptoms of ovulation

Cervical mucus changes – A common sign of ovulation is a difference in your cervical mucus. Around the time you ovulate, your vaginal discharge might be transparent, like the color of egg whites. You will have a lot more discharge than normal, and when you examine your mucus, you will notice that it’s sticky and stretchy. You can actually hold it between your thumb and index finger and stretch it for about an inch, and it will not break.

Basal Body Temperature Increase - As you may have noticed in the PMS vs. Pregnancy chart above, premenstrual women and expectant mothers will experience a rise in their basal body temperature. During ovulation, you can expect your BBT to rise between 0.5 to 1.5 degrees. Your BBT will remain higher until you have your period, when it will decrease. If you happen to be pregnant, your basal body temperature will remain high and not decrease.

Abdominal Cramping or Pain on One Side – Called Mittelschmerz (or “middle pain”), this is a common ovulation symptom that roughly 1 in 5 women will experience. The abdominal discomfort can be mild or severe excruciating pain. It doesn’t last too long, and it’s caused by the bursting of the egg from the follicle during ovulation.

Spotting – Light spotting is also a common ovulation symptom. Not all ovulating women experience spotting, but it can occur.

To learn more, read Ovulation Symptoms – Signs to Tell When You Ovulate

Are You Pregnant?

After reading the above PMS and early pregnancy symptoms, and you believe you might be pregnant, go take a home pregnancy test or schedule an appointment with your doctor or healthcare provider and get a blood pregnancy test.

The best time, and you will get the most accurate result, is if you take a home pregnancy test after you’ve missed your period. Different HPTs have varying degrees of sensitivity – some are more sensitive to the pregnancy hormone, hCG than others. Sometimes, if you test too early, you will get a negative result even if you are pregnant, because not enough of the hormone has built up in your bloodstream. In other cases, testing too early may give you a false positive result. In these situations, you get a positive result and then end up getting your period. What you experienced is a chemical pregnancy, or a very early miscarriage.

So if you are wondering if you are pregnant, or just experience PMS symptoms, test, test, and test for pregnancy, since it is really the only surefire way to figure out. And if you are ever worried about anything, contact your gynecologist or healthcare provider and make an appointment. Good luck!

Video – Early Signs of Pregnancy

I produced a video for a popular women’s health website on the early signs of pregnancy. Hope it will answer some of your questions about the first signs of pregnancy!

Have any other questions that this article didn’t cover? Leave me a comment below, and I will do my best to answer your questions as quickly as I can! Sometimes I get super busy and forget to answer your questions, but I am trying to be better at responding to my comments! Thanks for understanding!

About the author: DP Nguyen is founder and editor of Hip Chick’s Guide to PMS, Pregnancy and Babies. She’s an expert pregnancy and women’s health blogger. She is NOT a medical doctor and does NOT offer medical advice. Connect with her on Google+, Twitter and Facebook.

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  • chinyere November 18, 2014, 11:00 am

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  • Ginty. November 17, 2014, 10:29 am

    I aven’t had my menstrual flow 4 d past 2 months now nd i’m stil a virgin but i do feel like urinating nd on getting 2 d toilet,i wont,what might be the cause of this?urgent reply please…

  • Sha November 10, 2014, 8:32 pm

    Me and my boyfriend tried to have a baby, he came in me the last day I was ovulating and we took 2 pregnancy test and they both came out negative. I had the shortest period where I was spotting for 2 days then more like a normal period for a day and a half. Roughly 2 weeks after the bleeding I started having more symptoms like discharge, tender boobs and more cravings. My period doesn’t start until Nov 18. I have an appt with my doctor Thurs. Should I just have her test me or is it to early. I’m honestly fine either way it goes….thanks in advance

  • Jordan Engelbrecht November 9, 2014, 10:03 pm

    I need some girl advice, so I’m supposed to be expecting my period in a few days and I have all the PMS symptoms like my boobs hurt and my back hurts and I get ocassional cramps, anyway my boyfriend was fingering me last night and then he used a marker we noticed after that I was bleeding a little and now it’s gone should I be worried or is this normal, I keep thinking that It might have sparked it for a minute correct me if I’m wrong thanks and we have protect sex all the time can someone please assist me

  • DMCW_412 November 4, 2014, 11:35 pm

    Hello DP Nguyen,
    Im 27 years old, never been pregnant. For the longest time I thought I was unable to habe children until revent anout 2 years ago a reproductive endocrinologist told me I had a beautiful ovarian reserve and actually had a bigger chance of having multiples then one child if I were to get pregnant. So now that I know its possible, I just hope one day I am bledsrd enough to conceive.
    Just recently, 10/21 I started my cycle. My cycles usually are 5-6 days, starting heavy and lightening up by day 3-4. This time my cycle started light, had two heavy days (days 2-3) and pretty much stayed light and stopped by day 4-5. A little weird, but for the most part kinda normal period. About 4days later I started spotting, pinkish, yellowish discharge. Then it started to become bright red, yet really light with brownish discharge. Its been this way for about 4-5 days now. some days barely any, some days a lot. Do you think this could be Implantation bleeding? I did have sex 9/23 and 9/24 (ovulation) then again 10/18 a fews days before starting my cycle. What are your thoughts?

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  • Jasmine October 24, 2014, 11:28 am

    Hi My name is Jasmine and my period was 4 days late but I was experiencing nausea, frequent urination, shortness of breath, and body aches but today I got my period and it’s normal but this has never happened too me before

  • Nicole September 9, 2014, 11:19 am

    Hi i have been experiencing pregnancy symptoms. I am a mother of one and my symotoms are different from my first. My Period is 3 days late and i have been expetiencing numerous symptoms. I had cramping that has been going on for a week as well as nausea that began around the same time. My cervical mucas has increased and i keep running to the bathroom believing its my expected period. My basal temperature increased after a one day decrease on cycle day 27. The increase has been the same consistent temp for 6 days now. Btw my cycle is 33 days long. I am currently on cycle day 36 and i dont know if my mind is playing tricks on me or if its too early to test.

  • Salyn September 3, 2014, 3:44 am

    I had two abortions in three months and last year i had miscarriage. I left pill onmarch 2014 and getting regular period and i m ttc. Can i be pregnant again?

    • Salyn September 3, 2014, 6:25 am

      Today i did test and i m pregnant again and i m happy for it! Yay!

  • Hip Hop July 27, 2014, 3:08 pm

    Can you tell us more about this? I’d want to find out some additional information.

  • George July 25, 2014, 8:59 am

    My partner is irregular. We had unprotected sex on the 8th day (the day after her last period) and protected sex just two weeks later. I’m sure i withdrew before i reached my climax. We’ve done it before and nothing happened. Now, she just missed a period and is not experiencing any symptom of pregnancy whatsoever. We monitored her condition every week. She didn’t feel any cramps, no fatigue,no heightened sense of smell. Nothing. But there is a little blood in her pee on the 5th week. That’s all.
    There were no symptoms. Except yesterday. It’s the 7th week after her last period and she started to feel a little tingling sensation on her breasts. Is she pregnant? Or is this a symptom that she would have her period? She told me before that it was nothing to worry about, she can get delayed for up to 2 months with her period.

  • jenny July 20, 2014, 11:45 pm

    I had unprotected intercourse, it possible to get pregnant 2 days before fertile days? How soon can I take a HPT?

  • Kathy July 3, 2014, 5:24 pm

    I have a longer than normal cycle, it is usually 35 days. However, this month I’m going on 28 days late. I have taken at least 3 tests all of which were negative. My nipples are extremely sore and my basal temp, which is usually erratic, has been somewhat normal for the past week and a half as it has been above 97 degrees. (it is usually in the low 96s) Could I be pregnant even though the home tests say no?

    • DP Nguyen July 14, 2014, 9:40 pm

      Yep, it is possible for you to be pregnant even if the HPT says no. Maybe your hCG levels aren’t high enough for the home pregnancy test to pick up, or perhaps yours isn’t sensitive enough to pick it up. It’s often more reliable to get a blood pregnancy test at your doctors office to test for pregnancy. Good luck

  • Candance April 25, 2014, 10:21 am

    Could I be pregnant if my period is milder than usual and I didn’t have any of my normal symptoms for my period? I started bleeding the 24th and my period was due the 25th. I only had light cramping and I’ve been having major headaches over the past few weeks too.

    • DP Nguyen April 29, 2014, 9:12 pm

      Sometimes it is normal to have a lighter period than other months. Your flow can fluctuate.

  • ashley April 14, 2014, 3:02 am

    my friend is two weeks delayed already and she got negative results in pregnancy test she is stil waiting for another week.. and she said her urine is very yellowish or most like orange color but she never feel any discomfort is she probably pregnant? thanks and hope to hear from you soon! god bless and more power!

    • DP Nguyen April 15, 2014, 10:40 am

      Her urine being yellow is probably because she is dehydrated and needs to drink more water. She could have an infection – a UTI or something else – that is causing her urine problems. Tale another test and go see a doctor for a blood test if she doesn’t get her period.

  • Misty March 29, 2014, 4:34 pm

    Me and my boyfriend have had unprotected sex for the past two years now, and we haven’t had any problem at all. I’m not supposed to start for another couple of days, but I have just been feeling weird. I usually do not have any horrible pms symptoms and if I do its the day before I start, or The Day I start.
    For the past week now I haven’t had any energy at all, I am sleeping all the time. I’ll sleep from 11pm-7am and then fall back asleep around 8am and not wake up until after 12pm. My stomach feels bloated, and I swear I have put on a few pounds. I have been dizzy and lightheaded. My emotions are everywhere, one minute I am fine and the next I am crying. I am more snappy, I get frustrated easier. I don’t know, its just weird, I FEEL like I am pregnant, if that makes any sense. I told myself I am not going to freak out until after I either have my period or I don’t.

  • Thumeka March 23, 2014, 3:24 am

    I had my periods 3weeks ago and it was brownish plus it lasted 2days, but normaly its 3 to 4 days. Am also having back pains, cramps in my stomach and I pee regularly. I also have a bad smell coming from my vagina and it worries me a lot. Had a pregnancy test 3 times 2 weeks ago but it shows negative, so what can it be? Another thing is I sometimes feel like something is moving in my stomach, but happens not regularly and my boyfriend and I are still having unprotected sex.

    • DP Nguyen March 23, 2014, 12:49 pm

      Take another home pregnancy test, and go see your doctor for a blood pregnancy test. If you are having regular unprotected sex and the brownish spotting you had three weeks ago could have been implantation bleeding. The smell from your vagina could be an infection. but make an appointment with your gynecologist and tell them your symptoms. Good luck!

  • Dani December 10, 2013, 9:08 am

    Hi, I am a mom of three already and I am usually very in tune to my body and changes that take place.
    My husband and I had unprotected sex the last day or day after the last day of my period. Then to my surprise, the very next day, my ovulation signs began! I thought uh oh, and the ovulation signs continued, along with the pain I get once the egg is released.
    I did not think too much of it until later that week my breasts began to feel almost like there was a milk let down, and were tingly. When that happened I thought I was probably pregnant, because this is not normal for me.
    A week later now, my breasts are very sore, which is NEVER a PMS symptom for me. So this also is strange.
    I had light spotting the last two days and now it has stopped. The day after it stopped is when my breasts got very painful. This bleeding would be too early for my period, but like I said, with this cycle being very irregular, I do not know what to expect.
    I keep testing just because I can’t believe I am NOT pregnant at this point, but I know it is too early.
    All of this has taken place within the last two weeks, about. With my cycle thrown off the way it was, when will I be able to get a reliable HPT result? I have tested (early I know) and it’s been negative.
    I am also 30. Are changes in PMS symptoms common around this age, and that could explain the irregular symptoms?

  • Mary December 8, 2013, 10:03 pm

    Hello my name is Mary ok I had my period from Nov 19th-Nov24th I had unprotected sex on Dec 2nd a day or so after that I noticed my breasts were sore mostly on the sides and under my nipples at first I figured it was due to ovulation but then the pain got worse and I noticed my breasts felt fuller and heavier I’m not due for another period for another week could I be pregnant or is a bout of pms? I also have had fatigue and bloating no nausea or food cravings or aversions yet. Any help would be appreciated thanks

  • Mary December 8, 2013, 9:54 pm

    Hello my name is Mary ok I started spotting last month on the 17th and got a full period on the 19th I had sex on dec 2nd ( no protection) a day or so after I noticed my breasts started to feel sore and tender I just chalked it up to ovulation pain at first but they didn’t get better they got worse it was so bad the other night I had to sleep fully on my back instead of on my side. I also noticed they were fuller too I have had bloating and fatigue as well could I be pregnant or is it just pms? My next period isn’t due until the 17th so I’am trying not to stress and wait until after then. I also haven’t had any nausea or aversions to food or anything like that I also don’t feel like my bbt is elevated any help would be appreciated thanks

  • Chyna Johnson November 20, 2013, 8:13 pm

    I was supposed to start my period today… I thought it was going to start last night because there was some light bleeding. I bled a little bit today but it has stopped again. And for a week now I’ve been nauseous. I took a pregnancy test at home and it’s negative… I’m not really sure what to think.

  • Kari November 19, 2013, 6:34 pm

    Hello!
    My husband and I have been trying to have a baby. I’m 24 years old. My period is 23 days late. I took an over the counter pregnancy test about a week and a half ago and the test was negative. I did feel as if I was going to get my period. I have been having slight cramping, breast sensitivity, nausea, my body is sore and i’m more tired than usual. I do have a Dr appointment for the beginning of December but I just wanted to see what you ladies thought.

    Thank you!

  • ashley November 18, 2013, 12:47 pm

    i t haveing on and off light bleeding could i still be pregnate or do i need to worry about a possible miscarageook a home pregnacy test yesterday and it was a standard positve today i feel crampy and im

  • Amanda November 11, 2013, 11:16 am

    Hi last July i had an ectopic pregnancy that burst my right Hi i and it wa removeds. Since i have betwbeen ttc and had no luck. Last month i started what seemed tobe horrible pms assumptions the day after I got off my period. I am regular every month and even my pms time seems regular so i thought it was weird for it to start so and be so intense. Then while at work I’ve recently become very clumsy and can’t remember what I’m doing from 5 minutes. I’m constantly confused. Then the nausea started in with food that i like it would seem now the smell of some of my favorite foods make me gag. My breasts are sore and nipples seem constantly erect even when i first wake up. I have had mild cramping but nowhere near what period cramping would be. My boss even asked if i was pregnant because he said i was glowing and i couldn’t see how because i felt like crap i was overly fatigued to the point where i could sleep a day and a half with no problem and I’m usually a night owl because i work graveyard shift so i well sleep all day and be up all night no problem but i stayed feeling like i was moving in slow motion i even had a slight child for a couple days just alot of sneezing and small short head aches. All of a sudden it seemed like other than nausea nbd tenet reasts everything just disappeared. I am not due for my period until this Saturday but i just somehow feel pregnant i do kind of have pain in my hips and with my son who is 5 when i was pregnant the only reason i found out was a missed period and sore boobs. just i wondering could i have gotten pregnant before my last period and implantation occured right after i got off because i have never had pms.last thus long or start that soon usually its just a week before i start.and if i did can pregnancy early did come and go ouor am i just pms weird? Scared thatmy period will just start and i will look crazy for even thinkingi was.

  • Ellie November 7, 2013, 12:26 pm

    My husband and I aren’t trying to conceive, but we’re not preventing either. We figure when it happens it happens. Recently I’ve been pretty stressed and anxious because I’ve had several interviews this month and I’m also trying to start a small business. My breasts always get very swollen before my period and I also normally get “phantom cramps” a few days before it starts. I’ve been experiencing both of these things as well as typical mood swings and change in appetite, but my period is 5 days late now. Yesterday I was nauseous and threw up a tiny bit, but I thought it may have had to do with the McDonald’s I had eaten earlier. I’ve been having phantom cramps for the past week now…could I be pregnant?

    • DP Nguyen November 9, 2013, 5:50 pm

      It’s really hard to tell whether or not you are pregnant without taking a home pregnancy test… If you are having the same PMS symptoms you normally have, then it’s possible that it’s just normal PMS. Your period might just be late because of the stress and anxiety of starting your business. Your nausea might be due to McDonald’s. Or food poisoning or a stomach virus… All of these can throw your period off.. And being sick can also make your period late… But then again, PMS symptoms are so similar to early pregnancy symptoms that you could be pregnant too… So just take a home pregnancy test!

  • Kim October 30, 2013, 9:30 am

    I am so nervous thinking I may be pregnant! I have 2 children already, my youngest of which is 17 months old. Because i nursed, my period did not return until this past July. It has not been regular. My last period was on Oct 10. My husband & i had sex on Oct 21 & 25 and used the pull-out method. My concern is that I have symptoms that are leading me to believe I may be pregnant: extreme nausea, aversion to food smell/taste/look, no appetite, cramping, headache, diarrhea, gassiness, dizziness and irritability. I did take a test yesterday & it was negative. Could I be experiencing preg symptoms this early (3.5 wks) or is it more likely PMS???

    • DP Nguyen November 9, 2013, 8:24 pm

      You might be experiencing early symptoms. have you taken a preg test?

  • ChelDee October 25, 2013, 6:24 pm

    Hey Lovely ladies. I have some questions and concerns. My period is 2 weeks late. I have really swollen breast. They have grown and overlapped my bra. I pee like i have drunken 2 liter cokes back to back. I stay tired, I try to study since im finishing up school but i cant focus because I be wanting to sleep and dream. I have had cramping below that goes from one side to the other then its hits the middle, but its not my usual period cramps. SO idk. Please help Me…Please!!!!!!

    • Shannon October 26, 2013, 10:26 pm

      Maybe you are pregnant, take a over the counter test to be sure.

  • Mai October 22, 2013, 3:01 pm

    Hi!
    I really need your help! My bf and I last contact was Sept 13. We always have unprotected sex. I had my period Sept 16 to 18, and it is very light, only the first day was heavy (not sure if it was my period). It was too early for my cycle, I always have a regular 28-30 days cycle. On October 1st, i had spotting which is dark brown in color, it only appears red when I whipped. So, assuming that my last period was Sept 18th, I am now delayed for 5 days. I had my PT last Oct 17 and it was negative. I don’t really have a normal working hours, I changed Afternoon shift to graveyard shift every 2 weeks and was stress for the past one week because my bf broke up with me. Also I took the test in the afternoon, since I came from a graveyard shift I sleep all day. Now, I’m having the PMS syndrome and very gassy. Can you please help me, Could I be pregnant? I always wanted to be pregnant. But I don’t want to put my hopes up since it will be very heartbreaking. Thank you in advance!

  • rennie28 October 16, 2013, 11:40 am

    Hi. Last month my period was 3 days late and this month, i had really bad cramps,and breast tenderness from 5th, 6th, and on 7th, in the afternoon i saw light brownish discharge when i wiped afte visiting the wash room so i assumed it was my period tho i expected it to start on 10th. So on the 7th i had light flow which is normal with me on the 1st day of period but the cramps was very bad i took diclo suppository. Then on the 8th still cramping with light to medium flow which stop before i went to bed. I had only small brown discharge on 9th n 10th with cramps. I was worried cos my period has neva been that light and short so i booked an appt with a doc sunday after, he did an scan but said he couldnt see if i was pregnant or not so i did the,blood and urine test, both came out negative. But from friday my boobs began gettng sore, yesterday and today has been worse, really sore boobs with light cramping from time to time and lower back pain. Im really confused cos i don’t think im ovulating. I checked my cervical,mucus, it looked whitish creamy. Can i be pregnant though the blood test came negative cos it might have been done quite too early? Please help. My husband and i are confused.

  • kelly October 9, 2013, 1:30 am

    thank you for your reply :) x

  • kelly October 7, 2013, 8:30 am

    hi i had the morning after pill 17th september 2013 after having unprotected sex with my partner, we have still been having unprotected sex and have decided we wouldnt mind if we got pregnant. my period was due 2nd october but it came on 3rd (unusual for me as i am very regular) it wasnt a normal period though very light but yesterday (6th october) it became heavier and my beasts have become very sore and swollen! i also have bad headaches and feeling a bit sick but i am just putting that down to the pain with my breasts. do u have any advice as to what could be happening? thank you

    • DP Nguyen October 8, 2013, 10:22 pm

      If you are still bleeding, then you are probably having a period. Menstrual periods usually start light and then get heavier. Implantation bleeding is not usually heavy. Breast sore and swollen may also be due to PMS. If you are worried, then take a home pregnancy test to see… But if you are bleeding, I doubt you are pregnant. But you may want to take a home pregnancy test just in case. Good luck!

  • Steph September 21, 2013, 12:04 am

    I am 10 days late already. I’ve taken 2 hpt and they both came out negative. I don’t really have pregnancy symptoms but I am worried that I haven’t had my period yet. Just today I started feeling a little bit of cramps on my right side of my pelvic region. Last month my period wasn’t my normal heavy period. It was lighter and it lasted 4 days but was on time for my regular period and it was brownish/thick. And now this month I’m late. What’s going on?

    • DP Nguyen September 22, 2013, 10:04 pm

      If you are sexually active you might consider going to the OB/GYN to get a blood pregnancy test to discuss it with him/her, since he/she will know your gynecological history and give you some ideas. Sounds like you might have irregular periods. Have you ever skipped a period before?

  • ak September 20, 2013, 12:11 am

    Ok. so I think I am pregnant, but I haven’t missed my period yet. About 8 days after unprotected sex I had darkbrown discharge. It wasn’t like a period though, because I had just had it 7 days before. The discharge changed to clear and super thick and super sticky. About 4 weeks later, I think the symptoms of pms start. I’ve taken 4 pregnancy tests and they’ve all come up negative, but it might’ve been too early. Am I just being paranoid?

  • sona August 30, 2013, 2:08 am

    Hi… I and my Husband are having unprotected sex from past 4 months, Since we planned for a baby. I consulted a doctor 4 months ago, she told me to have sex daily from 10th to 20th day of my cycle.since we couldn’t succeed. This month to be sure i used ovulation test strips to track my ovulation day, and i found it is 17th day of my cycle i.e, on 26th of aug. From 8th day of cycle,every alternative day we had sex even on 26/8/2013. On 28/8/2013 i had severe head ache whole day and my body temperature was too high till night, even on 29/8/2013 i had head ache till noon. evening i saw small amount of pinkish bleeding. i never experienced this before. my breasts are paining like never before,like if i lift hand i feel pain in breast.
    I know its too early to ask whether i am pregnant, but i just want to know these are PMS symptoms or pregnancy symptoms?

    • DP Nguyen September 11, 2013, 12:23 am

      I think your symptoms could be both PMS or Pregnancy, but it does sound like you could be pregnant. Take a home pregnancy test or go to the doctor for a blood pregnancy test. Good luck.

  • Brianna August 29, 2013, 1:05 am

    My husband and I are TTC. I had my Mirena IUD removed on July 3rd after having it for 8 months. I had a small period on June 26th prior to having my IUD removed. Then on July 4th I had some bleeding. I then had another period on July 31st with 3 heavy days and 2 light days. Between August 10th and August 14th my husband and I had unprotected sex everyday. Yesterday I was expecting my period and it never came. Yesterday and the day before I took two ClearBlue Easy digital pregnancy tests. Both came back negative. I then tried to take one First Response pregnancy test thinking that it would should a lower HCG sensitivity. With my daughter, I took a ClearBlue Easy digital test the day of my missed period and I came back positive. Does having a Mirena previously cause my body to have lower HCG levels released?

    • DP Nguyen August 29, 2013, 10:22 am

      Having an IUD can affect your hormone levels, and it can take your body awhile to re-adjust to being without the hormones from the IUD. So you may not make you ovulate and it can screw up the regularity of your periods. But there are also lots of couples who get their IUD removed and get pregnant right away. I suggest you wait another week and re-test. Good luck

  • amber July 18, 2013, 8:48 am

    i was supposed to get my period on the 4th July but up till now (15 days late) i still havent got any. I have the symptoms of ovulating (breast tenderness/soreness, cramping, lower backache). My last period came 3-4 days earlier (5th June) and on the 2nd july i had an intercourse but he did not cum or precum at all. is there a chance of me getting pregnant?

  • Abi July 17, 2013, 2:14 pm

    Hi, I’m 33yrs old. I fell pregrant in Jan 2013 and idecided to hav an abortion. When I had the abortion in March,the nurses gave me a 2month birth control injection. I was due for my next date on 29May 2013 but did not go, I never had any other form of contraceptive after that. Iv had unprotected sex with my partner,I sometimes feel pregnant as I get symptoms but I never had a period since the abortion. When will my period return and would I fall pregnant even if I haven’t had a period yet?

    • Melissa Hodge August 11, 2013, 12:13 am

      Are you serious??? Please, go back, and reread what you have posted. No matter what I believe, it is your choice to have an abortion, and I do NOT pass judgment. However, I will say that the choices you have made afterwards are stupid. You don’t want a baby… right? You had an abortion… right? So WHY ARE YOU NOW HAVING UNPROTECTED SEX WITHOUT BIRTH CONTROL, 2 months later????? Are you expecting a different outcome?? Why are you even on here confused?? This blows my mind. And you seem so chill about it… YOU JUST HAD AN ABORTION, WHICH IS HELL TO GO THROUGH AND WILL STAY WITH YOU FOREVER. IF YOU HAVE UNPROTECTED SEX, YOU WILL GET PREGNANT AGAIN! And if you don’t understand how that works, then you shouldn’t even be in a sexual relationship, because obviously, you aren’t mature enough to be responsible about it. Oh, and one more thing, I’ve watched women painfully go through years of trying to conceive, and it’s crappy that people like you, just continue to have unprotected sex followed by abortions. Please… Just stop.

      • DP Nguyen August 11, 2013, 2:01 pm

        I am so agree. PLEASE do NOT have unprotected sex, especially after an abortion. Abortion is NOT a form of birth control! Please have safe sex so that you do not get pregnant again.

    • AreyouKIDDINGme?! September 26, 2013, 12:36 am

      What is wrong with you? I don’t judge your choice to have an abortion but to continue to practice unsafe sex after terminating one pregnancy leads me to believe you either want to be pregnant again or you don’t actually know where babies come from. In either instant, you are clearly someone who should not be having sex at all. So many women long for a child and can’t have them and you continue yo make one ridiculously stupid choice after another. What’s so confusing or shocking about the fact that you may be pregnant after having unprotected sex and are on no form of birth control. Please don’t breed!

    • Jess September 28, 2013, 12:09 am

      hello Abi,
      I can not believe that for a 33 year old woman you could think that way you should have more brains to know how pregnancy works and shame on you for coming on a pregnancy website and being so calm cool and collected about bloating that you have just had an abortion! every one is entitled to their own lives and the way you live it, not to mention your own opinion BUT… coming on to a pregnancy website and gloating that you just killed an unborn child full of women who are wishing for the opportunity to fall pregnant is dumb. It’s murderous and seeing your comment makes me so angry and sad because I am sitting here praying to the gods for ever having a slimmer of chance to fall pregnant BUT CANT and your on here saying shit like oh look at me I just had an abortion!!!! I have been trying every single month for the last 6years to fall pregnant that’s depressing enough. thanks for reminding me that there are monsters out there in the world and if I ever get the chance that I so desperately wish for every single day to be blessed of having even one child that I will love it unconditionally and make sure that he/she will know it every single day and be the best parent that there could ever be…

    • Rina October 8, 2013, 10:24 pm

      Dear, Abi

      I’m a nurse, I would like to give you some advice ; you had a depro-provera shot after the abortion Jan 2013. Your take the Depro Provera every 12 to 13 weeks ( 4 X year) , You should have taken the take shot end May 2013. Too answer you question, ” when will my period return” The depro-provera shot; delays for period from showing up; some women don’t get the period until 3 to 6 months later. I believe you truly didn’t know why, your period didn’t come back; it just takes time for the Depro Provera to wear off. No one on this site or any site; has the right to call you names ” Monster “. No ones knows your situation; and I hope you figure out that taking risks like this will only cause you pain.
      PS Depro Provera is 4x a year, you can set up a reminder with a nurse and she will call you a week in advance. God bless

  • Curious123 July 15, 2013, 7:37 am

    I am very curious if I am pregnant. It is a definite possibility since my husband and I are not doing anything to prevent pregnancy. I have rec’d three negative test results though. I took the first test the day of my missed period. I know that it may be too early to test so I waited five more days. I took a test but it came out negative again. It also didn’t have a control line so I assumed the test was defective and tested again the next day with a digital test. Again, it came out negative. Of course, I didn’t test in the morning either. I tested in the evening…so maybe I should retest in the morning? I am now officially 10 days late. Normally my PMS symptoms are sore breasts, bloating and fatigue. However, for the last four days I have been feeling nauseated everytime I get too hungry, or every time I eat (can’t win!). It is especially worse first thing in the morning… I also have less endurance to do anything. I work out a lot and I am suddenly lacking the energy to do the things that I have been doing for years. I actually feel sick when I workout!

    I just FEEL pregnant. I have been pregnant two times before. Both of which I miscarried…so I am wondering if I could still be pregnant even with three negative HPTs. Could I have ovulated that much later that the test would be showing up negative even 9 days passed my missed period? I didn’t really do anything out of the ordinary to cause a later ovulation, but I did get a really bad cold last month. Could being sick have caused ovulation to be delayed?

    I guess all you are going to tell me is to go to the doctor for a blood test if I still don’t get my period within the next week…lol I am just going insane wondering!

    • Melissa August 15, 2013, 12:40 pm

      This sounds like what I experienced in November 2010. My husband and I were trying to conceive and took a HPT the first day of my scheduled period. It never came. So I took another one the following day and the day after, all of which were negative. Third day of no period and I went in to get a blood test which came back negative. The doctor told me to let them know that if I missed my period the next month. So meanwhile, my breasts started to feel achy and I thought “oh I am going to get my period, it was only a little late then”. NOPE!!!! After waking up on a Sunday morning at 5:00 a.m. and my breasts very sore I decided to take yet another HPT. And low and behold it was POSITIVE! I was so confused but elated at the same time. So from my own personal experience it is possible for a negative HPTs and blood test to be negative and still feel pregnacy symptoms and actually be pregnant! How did it turn out for you?

      • Melissa August 15, 2013, 12:42 pm

        And our son was born July 27, 2011.

  • Riya June 13, 2013, 12:06 pm

    Hey! I’m 20 years old and i have a problem of irregular periods. Last month i had protected sex with my bf may be on 18 of may. I had my periods on 8th may last month but now my period is missed and also i’m not experiencing any symptom of pregnancy like vomitting, headache, implantation spotting. I’m also having hyponidd tablets. Also i’m experiencing something swollen inside my vagina. I’m so stressed out that i’m pregnant or not? Please suggest something.

  • markie June 3, 2013, 11:11 pm

    Hello, me and my fiance have sexually active. I was late with my period and had been nauseated and,my boob r pretty sore. I have been on my peripd and my boobs are still sore and i get nauseated. My boobs dont ever stay this sore after i start. Also the second day of my perood was a little heavy but it stopped. Pkease help

  • Tee May 26, 2013, 3:46 am

    Hi, basically I had unprotected sex 2weeks ago at the end of my cycle. There’s been changes in my discharge which I don’t usually get but its like a creamy white (no odour)
    I also broke down crying randomly & the littlest things would annoy me or upset me. Now my breasts a swollen, my nipples are erect and really sensitive,sore to touch & coldness. I really don’t know wheather its down to pms or pregnancy but I never get pms symptoms this early as I shouldn’t be due for a period for about just over 2weeks so could I be pregnant?

  • Mandy May 20, 2013, 8:37 pm

    First off, thank you for taking the time to share this information with us. Ive been trying for the last five years to conceive without the help of medication or basal temperature. So far no luck. My first pregnancy ended at 8 weeks, and I have not been pregnant (that Ive known of) since. I was on alot of medication and steroids as a baby because of heart issues and have been told that is a possible explanation of why I have only conceived once. I typically start my period between the 10th and 12th of the month. Both March and April were on the 11th. Towards the end of April I had a spotting of pinkish blood after intercourse with my husband and that is the last I have seen of it. I normally get PMS symptoms two days before I start but never this many at one time and for so long. I have been having one or two sets of cramps, per day, since mid April. The last 3 weeks I have been very fatigued come mid afternoon. The smell of my favorite deodorant turns my stomach, as does the dish detergent I have always used. I have been dry heaving and sick to my stomach when I wake up and through out the day, only having relief with small snacks. My nipples feel like they are going to fall of when my shirt brushes them and I want to slap my husband if he even gets close to my breasts. Im a week and two days late if my body continues it 10th-12th day of the month cycle but Im scared to test. We want a baby so bad, and I am deathly afraid of another negative. My husband said if I dont start by the end of the week I HAVE to take a test. Any suggestions or thoughts would be nice. Thank you.

    • jess May 27, 2013, 10:13 pm

      Hopefully this was it! It sounds like early pregnancy symptoms to a tee!…have u tested yet?

  • Kira May 14, 2013, 12:52 am

    Me and my bf had unprotected sex last month right after my period. I’ve been experiencing back pains and random cramps along with lack of appetite and being tired more often. But my period isn’t expected until next week. I’m not positive about whether or not its just my period or im actually possibly pregnant. please any help would be nice.

  • P n K May 9, 2013, 5:06 pm

    hi there, I really need some advice please. Last month I had my period but it was not normal in colour and me and my bf have been 2gether for a more than a year now and we haven’t had sex until only 3weeks ago. I was due for my period the 4th of May which was just brownish spotting for days. My bf and I have had unprotected sex and nw I’m just going insane. I feel dizzy all the time, I have headaches,boobs are hurting like crazy some smells just upset my stomach and I feel very fatique. Can this be symptoms of pms or pregnancy plz plz help! Its been 3weeks now nd all symptoms are just increasing nd I always feel hot nd feverish. What can this be?

  • PT April 26, 2013, 8:02 am

    Hi there. Unprotected sex but using the withdrawal method was 3 days after my period (which was on 25 Feb). I haven’t had a period since then. I am unable to track ovulation because I have irregular cycles. Past records showed that my cycle is something between 40-45 days. Since then the only ‘symptoms’ I have right now are minor weight gain (1kg), bloating (pretty severe) and mild headaches here and there (i am also a migraine sufferer).

    In the last 2 weeks, all my HPTs (different brands) have come back negative.

    Doctor’s appointment in the next few days but I’m driving myself crazy with all the possibilities! Any help/words of comfort/reassurance would be greatly appreciated! Thank you in advance!

  • Jess April 12, 2013, 12:24 pm

    Hi, I am 20 years old and have very regular periods on a 28 day cycle. Always have come on a Tuesday. Anyhow, my last period was March 12, 2013. Lasted its usual 5 days. My boyfriend and I had protected sex on March 22 and March 26. I was ovulating March 23-27. On March 30, I woke up with dark brownish spotting. Not much, only needed a pantyliner. This lasted for 4 days. I was expecting my period on Tues, April 9. But on Mon, April 8 I woke up that morning with light pinkish brownish spotting. This lasted all through the day and also Tues, April 9, the day of my expected period. On the Wednesday, this became slightly heavier but nowhere near the same as my periods are. The color was a more pinkish red color. Also on that Wednesday I took a hpt and came out negative. Then on Thursday the bleeding got heavier again and more redish with small tissue but still not the same as my normal periods. Today, Fri, April 12, the bleeding is the same redish color with tissue pieces. Not heavy. I am almost positive this is not my period. Symptoms I have been experiencing include; cramping lighter than menstrual cramps, frequent headaches, nausea, sore nipples, breasts seem fuller, bloated, urinating a bit more, constipated and gassy, unusually tired and slightly darker aeroleas. I just don’t feel right. I don’t mind if I am pregnant or not. I can’t find any answers about how I’m feeling. Can someone PLEASEEEE help me?

  • Hannah March 18, 2013, 6:20 am

    So Im 23 with an almost 5 yo. And 2 yo. My periods are the normal every 28 days unless pregnant. My last period was Feb. 3 and my husband and i had intercourse the 16th and 17th of Feb. We usually withdrawl but didnt i discussing tn time which is ok because we were discussing having another baby. Anyways im two weeks late, have nausea,headaches,clear egg-white like CM, tired all the time,cramping with a pulling feeling sometimes i feel a pulsating. I have taken 2 hpt that were negative and a negative blood test. I know my body so something is up. Please i need advice

  • mark February 26, 2013, 6:23 pm

    Hi,
    I have been having sex with my girlfriend for the last month and a half and she is scheduled to have her period tomorrow, but she has been having PMS symptoms for a few days now.. is this normal? She is scheduled to be every 26 days, however she has never had the symptoms this early! she is very worried she is pregnant as neither of us are ready for a child and she has never experienced this before!

    PS. earlier this month she had a urine infection could this have something to do with it? Also she had not slept with any one before me.

  • Alejandra February 14, 2013, 9:53 pm

    Hi im 21 n I just had a baby,shes five months.i was only for 3 months on the depo shot. The effectiveness ended on the 4 of feb. I had sex on the second of feb but when he was about to finish he got out. On the past week ive got this spotting for two days,the mocus for almost four dayss and the backache and cramps are still on me. Whats does that mean? Can I have and answer. Please help

  • Kelsey January 21, 2013, 5:14 pm

    I forgot to menchion that I have PCOS & a thyroid disorder. I had unprotected sex the 3rd to last day of my period and instead of continuing for the last 2 days. It stopped. Could that be a sign?? If so. Why was the HPT negative?!

  • Kelsey January 21, 2013, 5:02 pm

    Hi. I’m only 17 years old and I’fe been told by doctors that I can’t get pregnant since I was 13. However, my bf and I have been having unprotected sec for almost 2 years now. I’ve never had any symptoms of pregnancy or Pms before and my period is very regular. But for the past week or so I’fe been bloated, extremely moody, my boobs are swollen and hurt, I Haven’t Been able to concentrate on anything, smells bother me more than ever, and I missed my period. I took a home pregnancy test, but it was negative. Am I just too soon? Or imagining it? Also I’ve been taking prenatal vitamins for my hair/nails for over a year now. Never taken them with food. But the other morning I took some & threw them back up soon after. Then, while I was in the shower, I went to wash my hair and the smell of my new shampoo made me throw up. Could I possibly be pregnant?? I’m so confused. Please help.

    • Kelsey January 21, 2013, 5:06 pm

      Please e-mail me back at klm6481@truman.edu
      I really need input on this.

      • ali January 23, 2013, 5:48 am

        How late are you? And if you are only a few days late I would wait another few days before taking another one. Dr’s aren’t always right!

  • Suzie January 18, 2013, 12:08 am

    So I had a period the beginning and end of December and had unprotected sex on the 15th of December. The second “period” was very light and not at all my norm so on Monday the 14th of jan I took at test two lines one very light but then took two more the next day and nothing. Went in for another test and a blood test today but won’t here back until Tuesday the 22nd. Any ideas? I do have pregnancy symptoms and have had two children. Why are all the test different now and they say there isn’t really a such thing as a false positive….

  • Samina January 11, 2013, 3:52 am

    Hi. My period is due today. I haven’t experienced any pms like i normally do. No sore breasts, or acne. On the other hand I have seen lots of clear egg white discharge even after ovulation. My cycle has been very regular and I always have tender breasts right after ovulation but this time it’s different. I wonder if I could be pregnant.how soon can I take a test

  • Vicky January 10, 2013, 11:03 pm

    Hi.Am 16 And I Need Help
    I Bleed a Little After Intercourse The 29 Of Dec. I Had my period the 30th of December and endend The 2nd Of January. I Bleed pinkish/brownish the 3rd of January. I Bleed Brownish/yellowish The 4th Of January. Discharge Yellowish The 5th Of January. On The 5th My boyfriend and i had sex and he cum inside me twice . January 7, I Cramp, sore breast, nausea,moody, headaches,light headed, and dizziness . January 8, i cramp , heavy breast, nausea, and tirednesss. January 9, I cramp, nausea, and Sleepiness.
    January 10, cramping and tiredness.
    Could i be pregnant or not.? What Should I DO?

  • Vicky January 10, 2013, 10:56 pm

    Hi.Am 16 And I Need Help
    I Bleed a Little After Intercourse The 29 Of Dec. I Had my period the 30th of December and endend The 2nd Of January. I Bleed pinkish/brownish the 3rd of January. I Bleed Brownish/yellowish The 4th Of January. Discharge Yellowish The 5th Of January. January 7, I Cramp, sore breast, nausea,moody, headaches,light headed, and dizziness . January 8, i cramp , heavy breast, nausea, and tirednesss. January 9, I cramp, nausea, and Sleepiness.
    January 10, cramping and tiredness.
    Could i be pregnant or not.? What Should I DO?

  • vicky January 8, 2013, 10:46 pm

    Hey, Am Only 16 Years Old . I Had My Period On Dec. 30,2012 Nd Ended Jan. 2, 2013 . Jan. 3. I Had Light pinkish/Brownish Blood. And The 4th I Had Brownish/yellowish Discharge And The 5th Yellowish Discharge.
    The 7th I Felt Dizzy, Lightheaded, Nauseous, Swore Breast, And Cramping. And Today I Feel Nauseous, Headaches, Cramping, And Swore breast .
    I Want To Know If You Think Am Pregnant Or Not. I Need Help. I Really Don’t Know
    I Had Sex The 4th With My Boyfriend And HE Cum Inside Me twice.
    Please please Someone Help Me.
    Thanks

  • sam January 4, 2013, 6:52 am

    my last period was on 10 december 2012 and it lasted for 3days. i calcualted my ovulation was on the 21_25 dec 2012. I had unprotected sex and i was expecting my period on the 4 of Jan 2013……. it has not come yet . i feel all these symptoms……pliz help

  • Sully December 29, 2012, 11:09 am

    My boyfriend and I have been having frequent, unprotected sex (sometimes a couple times a day) for around eight months now. My period is never regular, sometimes skipping entire months all together. I don’t know when my period is supposed to be, really. But my last one was November 1. It is now December 29. I’m showing many of the signs for pregnancy, but it might just be my body preparing me to start my period. I took a test a week and a half ago, and it came up negative. Why have I still not gotten pregnant? Could the test be wrong?

  • Lala December 18, 2012, 1:16 am

    One more symptom I forgot to mention sore/tender breasts they also feel heavy and seem to be swollen.

  • Lala December 18, 2012, 1:15 am

    Oh and my next period is due on the 21 of December if it holds true to my regular cycle.

  • Lala December 18, 2012, 1:13 am

    Ok. My period has been irregular lately and I normally start right on time. I have a 28 day cycle and my period lasts 7 days but my last cycle (nov) lasted 23 days and the period was its normal 7 and the one before that (Oct) was 32 days and the period was 5 days and the one before that (Sep) was 22 days and the period was 5 days and before that (Aug) was 32 days and the normal 7 day period. My boyfriend’s mom suggested I take a pregnancy test due to this irregularity but it came out negative. I have been experiencing heartburn (which I have never had before), gagging when eating certain foods, often dizziness, as well as some nausea after eating sometimes and sudden fatigue. Could I be pregnant or could it be something else entirely?

  • mayra December 7, 2012, 5:26 am

    My AF was supposed to come yesterday because got here the 6th of last month. The thing is my cycle sometimes changes the days every 3-4 months sometimes more. So the expected cycle date will be pushed back or earlier than usual. So I have no idea whether yo be worried as it is one day late. I had unprotected intercourse a couple times last month. I know the pullout method is not good, so obviously I am a little worried. I had what felt like the usual pms symptoms this past week :swollen tender breasts, sugary cravings, emotional, fatigue and exhaustion especially since i work at a warehouse with heavy manual labor, acneexcept for cramping which usually I experience a couple hours prior to the bleeding.

  • anne December 5, 2012, 10:28 pm

    Hi Dr,
    I have a few questions (I think I might just be freaking out, but I wanted to know your thoughts). My bf and I had sex a few days before thanksgiving. I use a tracker on my phone and it said that the week before thanksgiving I was not fertile. My period is usually a few days late but is pretty consistent. My bf and I use spermicidal condoms and he pulls out. However, my period is about a week late and I have been experiencing really bad cramps/abdominal problems. I also got food poisoning this weekend and I feel like this messed up my period. Is this possible? I am in college and worried about whether or not this late period means I could be pregnant. I took an HPT and it came out negative… but worried that I may have taken it too early.

  • Tam November 26, 2012, 10:59 am

    I have had unprotected sex several times this last two weeks with mu husband. my last period was on Nov. 9th, 2012. I have a normal 28 day cycle. Last Wednesday, I bled during sex with my husband, but then it stopped the same day. Since then, I have had cramping on and off. My breast are sore when I wear my bra and i feel bubbles in my uterus. My lower back also hurts and I’m having headaches. My body is really doing some weird stuff. By the way, I feel hotter and have dizzy spells. I don’t know if this is my period or possible pregnancy.

    • DP Nguyen November 27, 2012, 9:56 pm

      Wait until you miss your period, and then take a home pregnancy test!

  • PPP November 26, 2012, 4:13 am

    Hello,
    I need some serious advice. I had unprotected sex several times on 16th, 17th and 18th of November. Although my BF did not ejaculate into me. Soon after that I was diagnosed with UTI and was given antibiotics for 5 days. In the meanwhile my IBS flared and not only that past 2-3 days i have been having backaches, nausea and have lost my appetite. My last menstrual cycle was 24th of October and this time my vagina feels dry and there are no signs of periods.I do not understand if we had sex during the safe period or not. I have never had these symptoms before and this is the first time that i have had sex. I am confused if what i am going through is PMS or symptoms of pregnancy as everyone says that one cannot be getting these symptoms so soon. I am confused if I should be taking any test now or wait until sometime. Please advice.

    • DP Nguyen November 27, 2012, 9:58 pm

      If you have a normal cycle of 28 days, I think it’s a good idea to take a home pregnancy test now, or as soon as you can.

  • Karen November 24, 2012, 11:09 am

    Ok so my story goes….I had a baby the end of August. I ended up with a cyst on my ovary and went in for my check up on the cyst on Nov. 9th. The cyst was gone but the Dr said I was getting ready to ovulate. I told my my husband that.the next day we had sex & about in the middle of it I realized he didn’t have a condom on. So I had him put it on. I am in the mini pill & breastfeeding as well. However I have had some spotting & cramping & a few other symptoms but haven’t started my period yet. Where as I just had a baby I’m not sure what my cycle is. Could I be pregnant already? How do I know when to take a pregnancy test?

    • DP Nguyen November 24, 2012, 6:22 pm

      It’s hard to really know when to take a pregnancy test, but if your doctor said you were about to ovulate, I would wait 2-3 weeks before taking a test. Normally, you would have your period roughly 14 days after you ovulate (in a regular cycle). So, I would test for pregnancy in 2 weeks or shortly after that.

  • Mas November 22, 2012, 3:59 am

    Hi,

    I have been trying to have a baby from past 2 years, we always had unprotected sex, but no good news till date, I am due for my period on 1st of Dec, I do not have heavy breast not craving to eat anything, I am feeling very sick and feeling very sleepy, in the morning and in the afternoon also, i still have 10 days to get my period, do you think i am pregnent? shall I take the test now?

    • DP Nguyen November 24, 2012, 6:24 pm

      You definitely sound like there is a chance that you could be pregnant. I would wait until after the day of my missed period before I test, you will get more accurate results if you wait.

  • Lauren-Elizabeth November 19, 2012, 3:04 pm

    Hi I have a really important few questions, I was on the depo injection for about 2years I came off it the end of October and switched straight to cilest b/c pills, and I took them for a week n stopped because they were making me bad, I did however have a straight usual 5day period completely normal to how they used to be b4 the depo, so I calculated my ovulation days based on this, I came on the 24th I then technically ovulated on the 3rd-8th of oct I had sex on the 4th and the 8th (unprotected) I had a slight brown discharge a few days after that my period is due the 21/22 this week so I’m 4 days before due on I’m feeling bad back ache (normal pms but don’t ever get them until the day I bleed) I’ve had lower abdominal pain only on the right hand side, slightly sick, very dizzy, constipated, extremely tired! I’ve taken 2 tests n both neg but think its too early, what you reckon? Could I be pregnant? Please help me!

    Lauren-Elizabeth

    • Lauren-Elizabeth November 19, 2012, 3:14 pm

      The only thing I haven’t gotten Is sore breasts, what do you think?

      • DP Nguyen November 24, 2012, 6:39 pm

        I would take another home pregnancy test. Or better, go to your doctor and get a blood pregnancy test. It sounds like you could very likely be pregnant.

  • Allie November 16, 2012, 7:40 am

    Hi I know that this might sound weird but I recently had sex with my bf about 1 week ago but the other night he was sucking on my nipples really hard and being rough with them and after that they were really sore and this morning my nipples are kinda crusty and dry. But during sex we used a condom and everything and it didn’t break. Can this be from over stimulation? Please help mee

  • benjy 34 November 8, 2012, 6:21 am

    Hi Dr Ngnyen,
    me and my husband have been trying TTC for over a year now. My last AF was on the 16.10.12 we had intercourse on the ,20,21,22,23,24,26 then on the from around the 30th I have had enlarged, very painful breast, and nausea, this feeling lasted till the 7th Nov I decided to take a pregnancy test which showed neg, but this was 6 days before my AF is due (12.11.12) I now no longer have any breast tenderness, just lots of watery discharge, and just wondered if all the symptoms were just PMS I normally get breast tenderness about a week before AF never this long before. Pls advise.

    Thanks

  • ikikiki October 10, 2012, 9:35 pm

    Ok me and my boy friend had sex on the last day of my period I really wasn’t bleedin as bad soo I told him it was fin e so we did it and he told me that he did cum in side me like 4 times without pulloin out sooo should I wait until my period post to come or should I take the test after 2 weeks ahead but will it give me the reresutls if I take it ths early. I have had not kind of siugb sayin I kwas but the only rhing is thayt when I eayt it feels like I want to throw up but it never comes out I just burp insideatd but it feels as I would throw up

  • Zahidah October 10, 2012, 6:55 pm

    Hi, my period was due Oct 2nd but it’s still not here. 4 days when it was supposed to come (Sept 28), I spotted blood (pinkish/brownish) and it lasted for less than 24 hours. I’ve been experiencing mood swings for more than 2 weeks now. I usually get PMS and a week after I get my period. But it never came. My period had been regular ever since I started bleeding again 5 months ago after I stopped taking birth control pills. I did a home pregnancy test 3 days ago but it came out negative. Apart from mood swings, I’ve been experiencing fatigue, occasional headaches, occasional abdominal pain on the right side of my belly, sore breasts that I only find relief when I feed my 22 month-old. The stress I feel at times is as usual as any stress before period, not the kind of stress that prevents period, I don’t think. So, what is happening? We’ve been very careful and been using condoms. But why am I not getting my period and why did the test come out negative? Some help would really be appreciated. Thanks.

  • Zahidah October 10, 2012, 6:36 pm

    Hi, my period was due on Oct 2nd but it’s still not here. 4 days when it was supposed to come, I spotted some blood (pinkish/brownish) and it came out in less than 24 hours. I’ve been experiencing mood swings for more than 2 weeks now. My period had been regular for the last 5 months ever since I stopped taking birth control pills. My PMS usually comes and a week after I usually get my period, but this time it never did. I did a pregnancy test at home 3 days ago and it came out negative. I’m not sure what is happening. I experience cramps, fatigue, occasional headaches, occasional abdominal pain on the right side of my stomach, and sometimes sore breasts, and I only feel relief when I feed my 22 month-old.
    So, am I pregnant or not? Why isn’t my period here and why did the test come out negative? Help, please…

  • Julie October 9, 2012, 3:59 am

    Hi.
    My period is always on time.
    But in last three months, my period got little irregular.
    It started two weeks late. I am a virgin.
    I do get a lot of stress and I do take diet pills.
    I was wondering if getting a too much stress and taking a diet pills can affect my period.

    Thanks

  • leeanna October 8, 2012, 6:30 pm

    okay so heres my story…
    Its been 2 weeks since my period and im not due for another week..i do have (pms) ive always had them but never this bad..im cramping really bad for the past 3 days and it comes and goes. me and my husband have been trying for another baby but its been a year and ive not had another baby yet..i normally get sick like vomiting before my period so i cant say that im preg..i am probably just letting my head spin over thinking it to much..but im having to run to the bathroom more..(which isnt normal) and the cramping doesnt start until atleast 3 days before my period..and im more tired then normal..when i got pregnant the first time it was easy for me to tell because everything set me off it wasnt the (pms) it was very easy for me to tell..just think im over thinking it to much..im not going to say that i think i am because i know im probably not and its probably just me freaking out because i wanna have another baby so badly..Any opinion? thanks!

  • sweets October 5, 2012, 12:45 pm

    I have irregular periods. My last period started September 13th. Me & my boyfriend had unprotected sex the 17th, 19th, 20th, and the 21st and he ejaculated each time. Im due for my period between October 10th and 13th because its usually a few days earlier each month. I’ve been experiencing what I think to be “pregnancy” symptoms but I dont want to get my hopes up. I’ve been SUPER tired lately & have had heartburn alot at night & I’ve been having cramping but Im scared its just my period. My nipples have more little bump things and seem wider (could be seeing things) Im just unsure! Any info would be greatly appreciated. I know the internet is the worst source for infor when you’re going through things but I cant wait to know for sure!!

  • Starla October 4, 2012, 4:44 pm

    Hi. I was almost two weeks late for my period and i was having cramps and had to go pee constantly and i have been hungry all the time and tired.. then i had a period for one day. Now i dont have a period anymore. And still have all those symptoms. Am i pregnant??

  • Brittney October 4, 2012, 10:13 am

    Hi, my husband and i have 2 children, 6 and 3 years old. i had the mirena put in in august of 2009. we decidrd we would like to try for anothet child and i had the mirena removed on may 18, 2012. i had no period or spotting whatsoever for the time i had the mirena in place.my period started in june and has been exactly every 28 days, always starting on a sunday, and lasts around 4 days. we have sex for the most part, everyday, sometimes 2-4 times a day. my period is due in 3 days and for the past 2 days i have had stomach pains, a little less intense than pms cramps and a feeling similar to indigestion, a slight pain near my ovaries for a day or so last week and minor nausea and fatigue. the stomach pain is not normal to what i feel during pms and i am dying to know if im pregnant. ive had 2 pregnancies, the 2nd one i tested positive by the time i was 2 -3 weeks pregnant. i had a gut feeling that i was pregnant and sure enough was. i have that same gut.feeling but don’t want to have false hope. how soon could i test?

    • Brittney October 4, 2012, 10:18 am

      also, i am unsure if the mirena could have affected my fertility.

  • cedes October 4, 2012, 12:36 am

    i am a 20 year old female not pregnant that i am aware of, and am going on my second day of my menstrual cycle, i couldn’t sleep last night and today i just feel very weak, dizzy (not spinning), i keep getting extremely hot, mostly my head feels cloudy, not cramping bad just a sort of sick icky feeling in my abdomen. i have been researching different things including anemia, iron deficiency, and dehydration, which are from what i have read common during a menstrual cycle, but i am not sure if these are common symptoms well they aren’t for me obviously i just wanted some opinions on what it could be. opinions would be very much appreciated thanks.

  • Abigail Armstrong October 3, 2012, 7:37 am

    Hi I’m 17 and I’m worried that I might be pregnant. I’ve been having protected sex for about a mmonth but I’m getting some symptoms that are worrying me and I have read a lot about it online saying that pregnancy symptoms are very similar to PMS symptoms, and I have taken 2 HPT and both came out negative but I’m not sure if I tested too early, as I don’t have regular periods and not sure when my next one is due. I heard that stress and illness can delay ovulation and that delays the period, and I have recently had a urine infection, and stressing over the fact I might be pregnant because I really don’t want to be! I can’t go to the doctors whithout my mum finding out so I could really use some advice! Thanks

  • CRJH September 29, 2012, 1:06 pm

    Hi,
    I have been off birth control for about 3 months and on prenatal vitamins. I have been getting regular periods since. This month however, no period. It is about 7 days late! I’ve noticed my breasts and lower abdomen feel heavier. Also that I have a lot of cramps and sometimes get a sensation that feels like butterflies in my tummy and kind of feels like a bubble. My fiance has also noticed the changes in the feeling of my breasts. I have white stuff coming out of my nipples and little bumps around it. Its noticeably darker. We have taken a cheap pregnancy test from the dollar store when I was only 2 days late and it had 2 lines, but one was in the wrong place and it curved. Do you think I am pregnant?

  • Liz September 24, 2012, 8:44 pm

    My boyfriend and I are not being careful and we do not really mind if we get pregnant because we have been together so long we believe if we are mean to get pregnant we will if not than God doesnt want us to yet. we plan to marry but havent made the time to decide the details. Anyway i had a very strange period on the 10th-ish of this month. it was a few days before the 10th and i was spotting then gone then on the 10th it came full force for 4 days REAL HEAVY. Today is the 24th and i was in my office and suddenly felt nauseated. Boss said i look pretty white in the face and i went home and i dont feel like i am going to get sick i just feel very uneasy. Like if i burp there is a lump in my throat. I started wondering what this meant and went online and realized i may have other signs here. My breast are painful to the touch but that happens sometimes before my period. I also NEVER feel nauseas but i do today. My body tempature is 98.4 but that is just with a plain old thermometer not a good basal themometer. my nipples hurt if i touch them.

    We have unprotected sex everytime but we pull out. Sometimes we get it out right as he is going. I have NEVER been pregnant before and my doctor says i have an odd shaped uterus and that pregnancy may not be that easy. I am 28 years old next month and i have never even had a scare and him and i havent been careful for years so we stopped worrying but this nausea only almost 2 weeks after my period has me wondering. can you answer without just saying take a test. My body is not a strong hormone producing body in the first place so I know I will need to wait till after I have missed.

  • Jasmine September 21, 2012, 5:17 pm

    Hi,
    My period will not start until another week (28 days cycle) but I am currently experiencing heavy bloating, backache, sore breasts and pelvic cramps (on and off). Could it be a case of bad pms. I had pms before but not this severe

    Thanks

  • Grace September 19, 2012, 8:15 pm

    Hi, I just started birthcontrol about a week ago and I’m not sure if it’s messing my body up completely or if I may be pregnant. Last time I had sex I believe was on september 8 which is right before I was put on birthcontrol which was that following Monday. my period is 3 almost 4 days late. My breasts are tender and I’m really tired. My appetite isn’t the same at all. I usually eat quite often and quite a lot but recently I haven’t wanted to eat at all (which is the exact opposite of what usually happens when pregnant) my legs hurt terribly which may be caused from the surgery I had when young. My period is never late. I’ve been extremely moody recently and NO cramps. I always have cramps when I PMS. I desperately need to know what’s going on. I’m still in school so I have no job and my boyfriend has a job but I don’t think it’d be enough to get us and a baby by without worrying to bad. I’m terrified I could be pregnant. Please help me. I need it desperately.

  • Sarah September 16, 2012, 12:32 pm

    My husband and I have been trying for about 3 months to have a baby. This last cycle has been more regular, I ovulated two weeks ago (a positive ovulation test) on Friday, August 31. I have been spotting brown and some red from the 8th of September until today, the 16th (and it may not be over yet). Is it normal to get a period 8 days after ovulation?? Was that a period or implantation bleeding? It was very light, for the most part. I was on the pill for 19 years and the periods I ‘ve been having since I’ve been off have been very light. This “period” lately though, has yielded no PMS symptoms…no cramps, no bloating, no mood swings or cravings, and I ALWAYS get those!! I took a test yesterday and it was negative, but I’m wondering why I am not getting my period now, when I’m “scheduled” to?! I’ve never had a period or spotting that’s lasted 8 days before!! Any help or suggestions would be appreciated!

  • Jo September 16, 2012, 3:37 am

    I was on the pill for about a year or two, but went off of it a while ago. I think I had one period after I stopped taking it, but not since then. I had slept with someone right after that and ended up taking a couple pregnancy tests because I get a little paranoid after sex when I’m not on the pill. It came up negative. I haven’t had a period since then. It’s been probably 7 months. I was seeing someone recently and we slept together a few times, twice using the “pull out” method. A couple weeks later I starting cramping/having stomach and gut pains and bloating (I recently went vegetarian and have had bad gas, so I’ve been contributing the bloating to that), along with a very small amount of what looked like the really old, thick, brown blood I’d get during periods sometimes and a tiny bit of light bleeding, like I’d been cut, not like period blood. I don’t know if this is because my periods are really messed up for some reason or if I could possibly be pregnant. I haven’t gotten around to taking a test yet. I’m too worried what it might say.

  • Jayne September 16, 2012, 12:30 am

    I took another pregnancy test and it came back negative, my boobs are not sore now, my back aches and i’m very emotional. I’m now 13 days late. The last time I was pregnant it only took one pregnancy test to know. Still I’ll keep you all updated.

  • Jayne September 14, 2012, 1:34 pm

    I took a pregnancy test this afternoon, which I know is not the best time of the day to take it but I was just so desperate to find out if I was pregnant or not, it came out negative, AF still hasn’t come, it’s 11 days now, I will give it another week and test again, that’s if AF shows, I got a feeling it will. Apart from being constipated and missed period, I could put everything else I down to premenstrual.

  • amanda-jill September 14, 2012, 4:57 am

    Hi I had my last normal period on the 2nd aug they are usally 28 days, on the 19th I had brown discharge and light to med spotting on and off for 4 days, dizzyness, cold like symtoms extreme mood swings etc but my af was due on the 30th but ive still nothing thlo having tiredness more dan normal, sore and hard breasts that is a normal pms for me, discharge, a litttle nausea at night time but not being sick, alot of acne all over my face. Ive did 2 hpt an both neg but i didnt test pos untill i was 8wks with my 1st child 7yrs ago, wot do u think?? Plz help!!!!

    • amanda-jill September 14, 2012, 5:03 am

      Sorry meant its not!!! A normal pms for me.

      • Jayne September 14, 2012, 8:34 am

        Sounds like you might be pregnant, go to a doctor they can run a blood test and scan if they need to

  • Jayne September 13, 2012, 4:15 pm

    I was on antibiotics end of July and the beginning of August because I was having wisdom teeth out, my last period started on August 6th, I can have my period anywhere between 28-32 days. It has been slightly irregular a couple months after I stopped birth control in April, but the past couple of times I’ve been like 5 days late, which was nothing for me to get all worked up about. I had sex with my husband August 25th, which I think was one of my fertile days. I’m on my 38th day, I’ve had cramping all week. Last week I experienced diarrhea on two days so I took anti-diarrhea pills and since then I’ve just been constipated, cramping, mood swings, breasts started getting saw yesterday and my nipples look a little bigger and darker. I’ll cramp and be convinced it’s my period, go to the toilet and it’s just a little discharge. I’m going to test this weekend if I don’t get my period. The first time I was pregnant with my son, it was only until I realized I was a week overdue for my period I knew I was pregnant. I have not found it any easier to know if I’m pregnant having had one child. If I’m not pregnant I will have to maybe see a doctor if it keeps happening because I’m usually very regular, never been this late, unless like I say…if I were pregnant. I will let you all know whether I am.

  • Marie September 12, 2012, 9:31 pm

    I’m 19 years old and my period is suppossed to come in 4 days, but I have been feeling so sick lately. I wake up at 4:30 and head to the gym at 5:00am, I have been very sleepy, with breast tenderness, nauseous since i wake till i go to bed, lots of headaches and bloated like a ballon. I had a vaginal scrape about a month ago, and the doctor told me i could easily get pregnant, didnt exactly follow his instructions and had unprotected sex 6 diferent days, more than once each time. How early can a test?

    • DP Nguyen September 12, 2012, 10:50 pm

      Some pregnancy tests allow you to test as early as the first day of your missed period.

  • Rue September 10, 2012, 8:38 pm

    Hi DP,
    I always have regular periods, and my partner says that he notices me start to PMS about ten days before my period starts. However, this month, my PMS symtoms started way earlier, by about 4-5 days earlier. We are trying to get pregnant. We have been trying for a few years actually. We have been pregnant before. My question is, could this super earlier signs of PMS be signs of pregnancy?

    Also, what do you think about people being “early ovulators” or “late ovulators”? Perhaps, we need to try harder in an atypical cycle. (We don’t have the most active sex life, so we mostly do it when we think I’m ovulating) Thanks!!

    • DP Nguyen September 11, 2012, 11:51 pm

      Hi Rue,

      If you are wanting to get pregnant, I would highly recommend that you start taking ovulation tests, to help you better predict when to have sex. Some people do ovulate earlier or later, depending on the days of their cycle. Usually though for 28 day cycles, you would ovulate on day 14 (two weeks after your period starts), but there are many factors that can complicate this. I think you should start charting your cycle, maybe even try taking your basal temperature on a regular basis and track it that way. Also, your cervical mucus is another good predictor of when you ovulate. You tend to produce more mucus around your fertile time. Good luck!

  • Helena September 9, 2012, 4:01 pm

    Hi Doctor,

    I’ve super worried right now. Last month was one of the most stressful of my life. On Aug. 3 I got my period but that’s when I began to stress. I had sex with my ex-boyfriend a total of 4 times that month, each time with a condom and pulling out before he goes. Around the 25th I started spotting I guess for four days. I was supposed to get my period the 31st. My diet was also pretty crappy during that month because I know I was stress eating (although I am a vegetarian). It’s now the 8th of September and nothing. I’ve taken countless pregnancy tests and they’ve all been negative. I’m so worried I could be pregnant and I’m not sure what to do.

    • DP Nguyen September 12, 2012, 12:21 am

      If you had protected sex, then you should be fine. If your period still doesn’t come, I’d go see a doctor for a blood pregnancy test. Good luck.

  • Kay September 6, 2012, 11:55 am

    Hello,
    I’ve had regular periods anywhere between 26- 27 days.
    Last month AF should up at day 23 and it was 3 days light flow, most of the time when wiping. But one day of red. Not my regular AF.
    It’s now 28 days and it hasn’t shown up. Concerned.
    I have gained weight, but only these last 3 months.
    I did take a test it came back negative.
    I’m not sure if it’s PMS or Preggie.

  • Jmarie September 3, 2012, 7:27 am

    Ok so i have done tons of reading and heres my dilema.. I stopped BC in May got my AF in june but its now Sept and I havent seen it since. I have Nausea, and a few other symptoms but the main one that has me concerned is I broke down laughing and crying at the same time and im very moody. I can go from happy to cranky for no reason. I did take a test in July but it came back negative. I have an appt on sept 14th but i just would like some feedback so i dont feel like im going crazy!

  • Danika September 3, 2012, 2:25 am

    I hope I can find the answer from any of you guys. I am hoping anybody is out there is experience what I am going through right now. I have been having a regular period past of few months, until I learned that I have been spotting last few days since July 30th. The color is bright pink, then it become to bright red. Is that normal?? I have been getting slightly upper abdomen, light cramping, back pain. I don’t feel any sore with my breasts yet. I don’t know if I should be concerned? is it possibility of me being pregnant after being trying for 2 years to conceive. I also have experienced of miscarriage few years ago. I am really worrying, anyone of you can give me an advice?

  • ladylondon September 1, 2012, 2:46 pm

    i think i may be pregnant, my last menstrual cycle was around the 30th of july, my partner and i have been trying for a baby and around the 11th- 13th of aug we tried, because my periods seem to be every 5 weeks, its now the 1st of sep and ive not had a period of yet, im experiencing menstrual and abdominal pains, headaches and ive noticed my car sickness is back, ive not had car sickness or feeling sick in years, im constantly tired and constantly hungry, nothing surfices my hunger can you help

  • kristie August 29, 2012, 11:08 pm

    I love the breakdown chart, it’s very helpful because I have had a lot of anxiety trying to distinguish between early PMS or early pregnancy. I’m on the pill and have been for over 2 years, but recently had unprotected sex and just 2 days later started getting my typical PMS symptoms, although my period isn’t due for another 2 weeks (so a little early for me to have PMS symptoms). It’s nerve wracking to wait, but I appreciate all of the detailed explanations you gave.

  • Jess August 28, 2012, 3:10 pm

    Ok, so I know that the only thing that will tell me if I’m pregnant is a pregnancy test, but I’m kinda in the middle of a hurricane right now, so going to the drug store isn’t an option right now and just thought someone could give some thoughts on my symptoms. I have had a Mirena IUD for a year and a half. Hubby and I weren’t sure if we wanted more than two, so we didn’t go for anything permanent. Everything has been great with the IUD. I rarely get a period, last one was in May. Suddenly, two weeks ago, out of nowhere, my libido skyrocketed. I have not felt that intense yearning for sex since I got off bc to try for our son and then our daughter. Btw, with both pregnancies, I had an awesome sex drive the entire 9 months. So, I thought, maybe I for some reason ovulated, which may or may not happen with Mirena. BUT, when I was off bc and would ovulate years ago, I had an increased libido for a few days and then it would go back to normal. This, however, has not ceased or let up for over two weeks. I started noticing some queasiness but only occasionally, my side and back ache, and my breasts are heavy and tender, which I have not had since having an IUD. Then today, I squeezed my breast and nipple, and colostrum came out. **shocked to say the least!!** I took a hpt a few days ago but it was -. I know it is only 1% chance of failure with an IUD, but all these things going on plus the colostrum today has me puzzled. It would not be tragic if I was pregnant. We are married, stable, and already have two. So, what are your thoughts……anybody???

  • Taylor August 27, 2012, 3:28 am

    Ok my boyfriend and I have been having unprotected sex in hopes offsetting pregnant. Right after my last period he got off in me and now it’s time for my period kind of soon but I have been experiencing really tender nipples which never happens I’m exhausted constantly and really bad headaches and pains in my hips ad pressure. I dont know of its pms or pregnancy.

  • Critter98 August 26, 2012, 5:09 pm

    I am glad for this site. I have recently started taking metformin and my cycles are coming about every 30 days now. This monthon we bd a couple of times while I was ovulating (just based on cm and the calander). I felt like a vibration in my abdomen nearly on and off all day around 5dpo. Now I have been cramping for 3 days. I am not due for AF for a week but keep running to check. I do not know if it is just pms or what. Driving me nuts :/

  • laura c August 22, 2012, 5:19 am

    Hi, I have recently come off the implanon implant. 9/8. I quickly had ovulation symptoms. This is when me and my fiance had sex. Since then i have had. A tiny bit of spotting and feelings like anxiety, cramps in the lower part of my belly, feeling really tired, the hiccups ( a lot) , my breasts were very tender for a couple of days but now they are less saw and now i have a cloudy creamy discharge. Is this my body going back to normal after being on the implant or am i pregnant. I havent had any period making it difficult for me to pin point any dates. Am i best to wait a couple of weeks to see if i do have a period?
    Please help. :-\

  • Karen August 21, 2012, 10:16 am

    Hello
    I am stuck in a nightmare I have notice my cycle is changing so fast. I have always been 28 day cycle but for the last 4 months it all over the place and I mean it goes from 25 days up to 36 days. Well here comes my nightmare I am 35 years old and have four lovely children and a good job and a big house which I share with my partner.
    What has happen is my partner and I had some our time and then the next day I had positive OPK for two days. Is there a very good chance I could be pregnant or could my cycle be changing to much for this to happen I don’t know what to think.

  • marielle August 20, 2012, 10:57 pm

    hi so my boyfriend and i were fooling around 8 days ago and he went in for about 5 seconds and i’m scared that precum could be a factor. since then i ovulated about a week ago, and i expect my period in this coming week. i feel nauseous, and have slightly tender side breasts, but i feel like it’s just me freaking myself out, and i fear i’m going to delay my period from worrying.

  • meme maynard August 19, 2012, 3:55 pm

    Hello i actually found this helpful last month i had an irregular period that only lasted 2 mqybe 3 days and came early this moth ive tooken twp trst and both negitive now going in 2 weeks late ive had an increase of farigue and swore breqst and alot of discharge. im not worried i been trying to concieve for about a year now. how long should i wait to tKe another test!

  • Mary August 17, 2012, 8:56 pm

    My Last 3 encounters w/ my bbf were unprotected. For the past week my nipples have been sore but my breast are not tender. I’ve been mildly nauseous but mostly after I eat. I’m a daily Marijuana user so fatige isn’t quite clear at this point. I usually have an irregular pd (I think the last one was in January ..maybe? :\) my .pregancy tell is usually the constant potty breaks but I haven’t had that problem(yet) I took 4 pregnancy tests in the past week and all were negative. Not sure whats happening w/ my my body anymore.I’m gaining weight. Got an appt w/ the gyn in 2 weeks. But the suspence is killing me

  • Angel Molina August 17, 2012, 1:07 pm

    I have 12 out of 19 symptoms on the pregnant side. I am so confused

  • Marian August 14, 2012, 9:50 pm

    OK so I have a 13 month old well my last period was July 10th shock I think makes me late. Due to 28-30 day cycles the only symptoms I’ve had now was shiny oily nipples and face a dark ring and light veins Which I don’t remember with my son so I have no idea what’s going on some headaches but I think my eyes adjusting to my glasses no sign of after though what am I missing also an outlandish taste of and of of metal or paint something that never happened with my first I’m at a loss

  • Sandria August 14, 2012, 7:23 am

    My husband and I had sex around the time I ovulated at the beginning of July. 2 weeks later I did get my period. It was just like every other period. A week after my period I got sore nipples and a little nausea here and there. My period is due again tomorrow. Is it possible to still be pregnant and get your period… And by period I mean heavy and clots and stuff… What are other reasons just the nipples would hurt? Should I take a test?

  • Marley Carter August 11, 2012, 6:13 am

    HELPFUL HELPFUL HELPFUL !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Marley Carter August 11, 2012, 6:12 am

    Very

  • bethsy August 10, 2012, 11:15 pm

    Hello

    I’m really irregular, last year for example I only had 5 or 6 periods. My last period was May the 3rd, I was really not expecting my period on June 3rd because my last period before that was March 3rd so it skipped one month so I just thought it was going to be this way in June. July 3rd came and still no period or pregnancy symptoms. I took a pregnancy test on the the 10th which was negative. The last time I had sex was the 9th of July and the one before that was June 23rd, both protected.

    I’m planning to take a preggo test, but I’ve been feeling some, which I think PMS symptoms for a couple of days, which is pretty normal. Should I wait at least a week?

  • Katy August 10, 2012, 8:05 pm

    Hi. i usually have regular periods. my cycle is always 28 days. i’m 26 years old. i have a 7 year old, a 1 year old and a 2year old.all of them were vaginal delivery. i never had any delayed cycles ever in my life. they always been on time. i missed a period and 13 days late now. last menstrual cycle was June 30th of 2012. and still no sign as of today august 10 2012. i have been taking diet supplements call phentermine 37.5 for 2 weeks now since the july 30th 2012. but im not sure if thats what effecting my cycle or not. i been taking dietary pills for the longest. and it didn’t effect me before. when my period was suppost to come by july 28th. i felt like it was going to start. but it never came. ever since then i been experiencing bloating,bubbly tumbly feeling in lower stomach everyday, a little sleepy, i pee alot and the color of it is darker then usual. i took a ept pregnancy test but negative. i still have no signs of spotting or light bleeding to dark. can you please give me some advice dr.nguyen?

  • safron August 10, 2012, 4:04 am

    Hi wondering if you could help i had a period over a week which was very painful and lasted longer than my other ones. I have been having cramps since and a bit of an upset stomach i started feeling sick on a night but i have never vomitted and just recently my breasts have started to become very sore and i never get sore breasts. i have noticed more discharge over the past few weeks could there be a chance i could be pregnant. Me and my partner have been trying for two years now.

  • Sen August 9, 2012, 11:57 pm

    Hi Mrs. Nguyen,

    Just wanna ask your expert opinion on my case. I always had my menstruation regularly. And was expecting it last Aug 4-6. But till now, it did not show up. I had a protected sex with my boyfriend last Aug 19 using a condom. He had also a hard time penetrating to me because it was our first time. He just penetrated a little inch inside me. When he felt he was about to cum, he pulled out. He checked for any leaks on the condom and found none. I’m just a bit paranoid though because of this late menses. Is there any possibility of being pregnant? Now, I’m experiencing all the PMS/pregnancy symptoms excluding spotting, and nausea. Your reply would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

  • Dom August 4, 2012, 5:47 pm

    Hi Dr…what a great site may I say-I am totally confused here…been ttc for about 1 and a half years. Cycle is usually between 34-40 days. Its now 47 days since last mp….2 home tests neg and doc test neg…got extremely senstive nipples and boobs and unusual white/cream discharge and more emotional-none of which happens to me ever.Doc told me to come back for another urine sample in a week if no af…please can I have some advice???
    Many Thanks

    • DP Nguyen August 5, 2012, 11:59 am

      Sounds like you might be pregnant. Go to the doctor an ask for a blood pregnancy test!

  • Jay August 1, 2012, 2:49 am

    Okay, so I feel really embarrassed talking about this but I’d say it’s pretty important. So 3 or 4 weeks ago my boyfriend and I were I guess you’d say playing around. As we are both pretty young we don’t have sex. But he was fingering me. He went into the bathroom a few mintues to an hour before he fingered me. He said he washed his hands with soap and stuff. And my period is due either sometime this week or next. Well lately my stomach has been really hard(take note I’ve been doing 22 toe touches every night before I go to bed) but still my belly is bigger than normal. Well today I felt like I may have started so I decided to look and there is a light brownish in it but I don’t know if that’s just a sign of my period coming or if I could be pregnant. My stomach has been hurting a bit too. When I wake up I feel nausea but I don’t puke or anything. My breasts have been really sore and the part around my areola is a bit dark(but that’s pretty normal) I can’t get a pregnancy test because I’m pretty young and I’m WAY to afraid to mention it to my mom. Also everyone says I’m super moody lately. I really need help with this because it’s killing me. Oh and I have been craving food alot. Plus when I eat it’s like I can’t get enough. I don’t know if it’s just my period coming or anything else but it’d be really nice someone could help me with this.

  • blanca July 28, 2012, 8:57 pm

    Well hi I’m blanca I’m 23
    I haven’t started my period for a month and a week
    I was supposed too start before my mom did but never did
    My breast feel super heavy and I’m leaking milk out of 1 breast I took 2 pregnant test they came out positive but the line disappeared so I’m confused.
    I dnt know what too think and my other 2 pregnancys were not like this they were totally different.
    Someone help

  • Nicole July 25, 2012, 5:33 am

    Hi I was on trifeme for 5 years but I stopped taking it a few weeks back for a week then I got my periods so I started levlen Ed on the sugar pills I took them for 5 days then had unprotected sex with my partner and about a week later I had bad cramps one night but didn’t last long only a few mins and I had this sticky looking clear discharge a few days ago.. I’ve been still taking my pill.. Could I be pregnant ?? I also had sex last night and today I had a bit of sticky discharge again..

  • Hoping July 21, 2012, 4:41 pm

    Hi,
    My breasts have felt very heavy and have significantly swelled since ovulation. I have felt slight pulling in my lower stomach (similar to mild surgical discomfort after a gall bladder op a year ago). Like a mild cramp for a few days, but not a period one. My swollen breasts seemed to have slightly shrunk today. I have tested negative on day 27 of my cycle and my periods are regular (26 to 30 in length, but generally 28 days long). Until this month I have often felt nausea and sometimes vomited, but then later in the cycle had my period. I will test again if my period is late. Just not sure what’s going on and this last cycle seems a bit out of the ordinary. Hope it’s still possible that I could be pregnant? Any advice?

  • Diamond July 20, 2012, 2:41 pm

    Hi I nned an answer im 15 my last period was on june 10th and now im 12 days late for my period ive had sore breast for 3 days straight could I be pregnant?

  • Sonya July 19, 2012, 6:49 pm

    Hello..Okay, yes I know I could get a pregnancy test to find out for certain…but I want to know the communities experiences first before I do that….Okay, this is my situation right now…I am hoping to be pregnant…I was suppose to start my period on the 17July12…but I started spotting some brownish stuff on the 15thJuly12…I have been spotting like this since then…but not enough to wear a pad or a tampon…I only see this when I use the restroom but thats it…if this is a period, its the strangest period I have ever had….cause I start off light and get very heavy especially the last 2 days of my period…it will be very heavy, so much I have to use a lot of tampons….my period last for 7 days…so if this is a period its very off…could I be pregnant? Anyone out there have something similar and end up pregnant? Can i hear your story…Thank you

  • Rochelle July 19, 2012, 5:42 pm

    Hi,
    About a month ago during the 5-7th day of my period, my boyfriend asked me for sex, I refused as we didn’t have condoms, so he asked me if he could finger me instead. I told him to wash his hands in case he had any dirt or sperm from before. He washed his hands and they were dry and we continued the act.
    My period is usually irregular, but this time my breasts hurt on the sides; if I press on my stomach(lower down) it hurts; I get tired quicker but I do have bad sleeping patterns. My discharge is usually clear but the odd time can have a taint of an odorless yellow. My bowel movements have been good. Is it possible that I’m pregnant?

  • patience July 18, 2012, 11:42 am

    Hi,i’ve my period on d 7 bt dis mnth i had it on d 8 a day late,i had unprotected sex wit my husband on 56789 still on my period after dat a blood flow much lighter b4 smdrays later i start noticing signs abdominal pain,stomach crampe,tiredness,neausea,breast increass,white discharge,headach pls hel

  • Coco July 17, 2012, 1:59 pm

    My period is two days late. I usually have a 27 day cycle, but from time to time it has taken up to 30 days. The difference is: I usually have cramps all month. Like from ovulation on. This month I only had one sharp cramp on cd 11 and then never again. I haven’t been bitchy and I usually have to use the bathroom a lot when my period is starting but I have been constipated all month for the most part. My breast hurt for one day( day period should have started) and that was it but I never have sore breast. I had unprotected sex from cd 5-8 and then the pull out method for the rest of the month. I feel wonderful though. Not sick in any kind of way and that’s so unusual. I will test if it doesn’t show 2moro. And I will update just for anyone who might see this and wonder the results. Thanks.

  • mel July 17, 2012, 2:36 am

    Hi! I dont know if I am pregnant, so please help me. I feel dizzy everytime and my lowerback is somewhat aching. The thing is we had oral sex and he did finger me but his thing just somewhat ‘touched’ my opening, Am I pregant? I am a week or so delayed now. Please help.

  • ava July 13, 2012, 1:57 am

    Test has been neg in two days late when a good time to test again if i ovulated on the 28th of last month

    • DP Nguyen July 13, 2012, 9:54 am

      Sounds like there is a good chance that you’re pregnant to me. Go see a doctor and get a blood pregnancy test. Sometimes Home Pregnancy Tests aren’t as accurate, if your hCG levels aren’t high enough yet. A Blood Pregnancy Test should be able to pick it up.

  • ava July 13, 2012, 1:49 am

    I get sick when i smoke now and cramping but only spilling out discharge in two days late had sex every day this month i drank protien this morning automatically threw up am i prego

  • ava July 13, 2012, 1:44 am

    I had a weird period last month so light it was hard to tell if i needed a pad i had sex every day this month period due two days ago negative test i drank some protien and vomit immidiatly having cramps but just oozing discharge am i prego?

  • DatgrlKaajun July 10, 2012, 5:39 pm

    My period came on May 29,2012 and end on the 1st of June no period and only symptom are body pain and breast tingle….

  • kayla July 8, 2012, 12:32 pm

    Hi I’m Kayla I’m 18 and I know I’m young but my husband and I. Have been trying to conceive for a month now I have irregular periods I always have but my last period was different they usually last at least 8 days but last month my period was only 3 days and relly heavy and it just completely stopped. Since then I’ve had extremly tender nipples and I noticed a cople days ago my boobs feel heavier and I’ve started getting really gassy and feeling bloated and I’m constantly eating and my sex drive has increased which usually doesn’t happen until the middle of my period. I should start my period anytime now bt I usually have my pms 2 weeks before. Please help

  • TTC AT 37 July 7, 2012, 2:57 pm

    I am 37 and hubby and I are ttc for two months. I know not long, I have other children and never difficult to get pregnant, but with age wondering if I have become infertile. Always had normal periods like clockwork, can even know the time of day. Last month I was one day late and instead of a 7 day it was 4. We have been intimate almost every day of the month, never waiting more than two days past. I am very moody, constipated, abdominal pain (dont usually get this until day of period – started 9 days before period is to start), sore, swollen breasts with the bumps, soreness in breasts different from norm PMS, headaches, and if I dont eat then I become nauseated, but then when I eat the stomach cramps are worse. Pulling or stretching sensation behind belly button. Also starving all the time, exhausted, face looks tanned and havent been in the sun. Took HPT 7 days before period and it was negative. Also, no apparent signs of ovulation, but never had implantation bleeding with other children. Also restless legs. PMS or possible Early Pregnancy signs?

    • kathy July 14, 2012, 8:27 pm

      hey
      i had also got all the symtoms that u had before a missed period.it came positive when i checked 5days afer missed period.i woud say just wait patiently til the day n check again..you should be positively pregnant..

  • Ashley July 4, 2012, 4:57 pm

    hey DP, i had unprotected sex right after my period on the first day and he came in me and we let it stay in for a while before he pulled out, now i have these strange feelings, my breasts are really heavy but not sore or tender and its been like three weeks now, i have a swelling on my right side, what could it be?… i was expecting my periods today cz i have a 21 day cycle.. any idea before i go for a home PT? coz i dont think i have access to any pharmacy at the moment… thanks ::)

  • pcos July 1, 2012, 4:28 pm

    Hi i have pcos so my periods can be all over the place but since august 2011 they have been regular ish (once a month i have one) not always same amount of days between some times couple of days earlier or sometimes couple later, any way about 4 weeks ago i had unprotected sex it was about a week before i thought i was due ( i have an app for myu phone i put in last period it tells me roughly when next is due) according to that i am 22 days late from last period, i took a test about a week ago it was negative, should i try another one, i have been feeling sick and really tired but i dont want to get my hopes up to then find its jsut the pcos again flairing up

  • huniebeeee28 June 30, 2012, 4:04 pm

    so, heres the thing.. i had my period last 28th of may and i started taking regevidon last 7th of june a week after my period and now im on a 7 day pill free break. today its my day3 and i still havent got my period what should i do? iv got abdominal pain, headache and tender breast as a symptom. help

  • huniebeeee28 June 30, 2012, 3:58 pm

    so, heres the thing.. i had my period last 28th of may and i started taking regevidon last 7th of june a week after my period and now im on a 7 day pill free break. today its my day3 and i still havent got my period what should i do? iv got abdominal pain, headache and tender breast as a symptom.

  • miracle June 27, 2012, 7:40 pm

    Hi,my last period was dark brown discharge like period and just came in spots my nipples are painful,i sometime experience abdominal pain/cramps,i feel bloated,urinate alot and my discharge is alot and its white and thick.i feel nauseated. i have been trying for baby for four years now. i took clomid. i have used home pregnancy test but it came negative twice. can i be pregnant or its because of the clomid i took.

  • kathy June 27, 2012, 9:21 am

    hello..i am one of those who are experiencing early symtoms .fwe are trying for second baby since jan.but this june we tried in the most fertile days.just a week after the last try i got the metallic taste.so let me list out the symtoms i have till today.my period is due on 3rd or 4th. 1. metallic taste in mouth. 2 .indigestion and breathlessness for no reason for 3-4 days nonly.(was a very strong sign for me..which resulted in faster heart beats. 3. nausea without vomitting,throwing up..getting tensed for no reason. .4 .light tiredness ,dizziness and headaches for no reason would stay for long times n vanish. 5. no back pain at all which i usually have days before period everymonth.n goes off after period comes. 6. craving for pickles n no craving for sweets.usually i love sweets. 7. bloating in stomoach sometimes withor without food. 8. today i noticed ialmost forgot instantly something i was about to speak or do n would stand thinking y?happened 5-8 times.(pregnancy brain-trouble concentration and memory).which happened for my first baby also. 9. breasts started hurting long back but have become very soft n suptle from yest.and presense of montgomery’s tubercles in the areola. 10. yes …frequent urination around 7-9 times a day nevertheless of climatic conditions. 11. darkening of nipples n veins in my hands. 12. elevated body temperature. 13. no vaginal discharge n dryness n sometimes light yellowish or whitish creamy discharge while washing after peeing..13..no cramps,no moodswings,crying..no one side pain..blah blah…i guess i have listed everything i didnt feel anyof this for my first baby.this is too early for me.i tested 2 times 4days back n got -ve.will have to wait till 2nd n test again….hope this would be helpful all.i pray to God all this must be a signs for a good news…give me all strengthn courage for however n whatever next week is going to be..good luck for others,keep posting.

    • kathy June 27, 2012, 9:34 am

      i also had itching in stretch marks n other areas in legs n breasts..

  • StephanieMK June 22, 2012, 8:38 pm

    My boyfriend and I have been trying to concieve for the past few weeks now. Not long at all. My period is irregular and I cant seem to figure out my ovulation times. However I do have an app on my phone that helps a little to figure all that out and according to that my period should have started a full 7 days ago. My boyfriend and I have had sex 3 times and he came everytime inside. The past 2 days I have noticed whitish clear discharge and very mild cramping. I have also had diareah, and I know that is a sign of pregnancy. I am trying to remember what simptoms I had during my first pregancy but its hard that was about 4 years ago. I took a preg test and it says neg, but Im thinking maybe I took it too early. We are both hoping that we are pregnant, but not sure how much longer to wait to take another test. Can you give any advice, or what you think could be going on.

    • kathy June 27, 2012, 9:28 am

      you should check your texture of ur vaginal discharge.ovulation started 2 or days before the whitish discharge(like egg when boiled the white part becomes dark white from slippery transparents glassy color) changes to transparent slippery stretchy discharge like raw egg white.from that day or a3-4 days before u can start having intercourse n then try on alternative days till the consistency returns back to boiled egg white color.try to notice the change in the color around 6th to 11th day..it is usually advised to try on alternative days from 11th day to 18th day n continuously on 13 14 15…good luck..see my other posts where is have listed mys ymtoms.n wish u good luck.

  • uchenna June 22, 2012, 5:19 am

    Hello,for the past two weeks I’ve been totally exhausted. I wake up a lot more tired and totally dizzy, pains in my abdomen. My breast has been going from been really heavy, discharge, normal. And back again. Four days ago I started having very bad cramps. Two days ago I had brown discharge,yesterday too. My period started this morning. I’ve always had a 31days cycle but this month is 27days as my period last month was on the 25th. I had these sever pms last month too for the first time. Before now the only pms I have are slight cramps for a day or two and tender breast. I’m really confused and scared that something might be wrong. I’ve been to two doctors and they can’t seem to explain what is going on. I’m 31yrs and trying to have a child with my husband. Kindly advice

  • latavia June 22, 2012, 1:08 am

    Hi,
    I have unprotected sex all the time with my bf and i came on my period june 1st which was normal . Then a week later i had my period again with cramping, dark brown blood with blood clots, my nipples have been sore for about a week, mood swings, frequent urination and dizziness. I’ve also been feeling nauseous . I may be pregnant but its too early for a test… HELP ME PLEASE!!!

  • faom June 20, 2012, 5:05 am

    Hi,

    My husband and I are trying for a baby. I am due my period in 3-4 days. I’m spotting and have pre menstrual dull aches. Is this a sign of my period coming?

    Thanks,

  • faom June 20, 2012, 5:03 am

    Hi,
    I am due my period in 3-4 days however I’m experiencing pre menstrual dull aches and light spotting. My husband and I are trying for a baby. The pregnancy tests are showing up negative. Is this just a sign of my period?
    Thanks,

  • Meg June 19, 2012, 1:11 pm

    Hi I’m sixteen years old and my period is regular but I just recently had sex and it’s been three weeks now for about four of those day I experienced the symptoms of a missed period tender breasts and nausea but all of a sudden all those symptoms have gone away my breasts feel fine and I can eat with out puking but I still haven’t had my period I know the only way to know for sure is to take a pregnancy test to know if I’m pregnant but I was just wondering if it’s normal for they symptoms to just go away like that

  • Gabriella June 17, 2012, 11:45 am

    Hi I’m 16, had unprotected sex 3 weeks ago, and missed my bc pill and started bleeding the next day from an orgasm, I’ve been spotting a lot and I am on birth control but have had headaches,fatigue, constipation,gas lol I know tmi but I wanted to know if this could be pregnancy

  • K June 16, 2012, 1:12 pm

    My and my husband have been having unprotected sex for a few weeks now, I guess you could say we are trying to concieve. I’m supposed to start my period next week but I’m anxious to know if I am pregnant or not. I am tired, have a lot of cramping, my nipples have been sore (which they never have before). Minor back pain as well. A few days ago all I wanted was water, I couldn’t get enough of it. Is it too early to test?

  • Kate June 11, 2012, 9:17 am

    Hi there,

    My period in may was 6 days late and only lasted a day and half plus a little spotting after. And my periods are never late. But once it came I figured there was nothing to worry about. But then a few weeks ago I noticed these blue veins on my breasts that are very dark. I’ve never noticed them before so I looked into it and I assumed it was because my period was going to start the next week. Well that period was 3 days late and was hardly worth wearing a pad because it was so light. The blue veins are still there, maybe even a little darker as well as the tenderness still hasn’t gone down since my ‘period’ ended a week ago. There are also a few other symptoms but the blue veins are what im most concerned about because it’s the most unusual one. Is there a chance that I am pregnant?

  • shannon boyd June 9, 2012, 3:52 pm

    Hi,
    I’m just wanting help if I could be pregnant. my partner and I have been trying for a baby for 5 months. I am due my period in 5 days and I am getting dull cramp at the bottom of my belly, feeling dizzy, I’ve been getting a lot of headaches and I feel I am getting to hot all the time. At the moment I’m on antibiotics because I have a bladder infection. I really hope I’m pregnant. Could I or could it be my imagination or my period.

  • luna June 9, 2012, 6:05 am

    Hi DP Nguyen,
    Me and my boyfriend were fooling around the other day. It was one or two days after I’ve finished my period. We were naked and we’re trying for anal. Before that, I gave him a handjob and he cummed and wiped it off. It was like half and hour after that or less we decided to try anal. We used lube but it couldn’t get in and actually slipped and his penis touched my vaginal opening. Happened like twice and we decided to stop and I quickly wiped the lube off my vagina with tissue. Do you think there a chance of pregnancy occurring here because I can’t seem to be able to stop worrying about this. Thanks and have a good day!

  • tk May 25, 2012, 11:41 am

    Hello
    Sorry for the last comment I meant to indent, but hit submit…

    Here is the version of my story, usually when I get my periods, they come and go without a fuss, I have a 5 year old boy, and after I had him I haven’t had PMS symptoms, EVER. I just dont get them I cramp the day my period starts and then it stops the next day and I am done, I don’t get moody, or have crying spells, nothing. Not even bloating! I would say I have it pretty easy with my periods. They are normal 28 day cycles, with 4 days of bleeding

    Here is the problem, I got my period 4/29, completely done on 5/2. I started becoming intimate with my bf on 5/3 and well its a new relationship of course there is going to be alot going on. well the saturday after that on 5/12 i started spotting (never have a day in my life between periods) so I ignored it, thinking I have been through a lot of stress maybe spotting is normal, the spotting stuck around for a good couple of hours and then just stopped. My actual ovulation day was set for 5/13, silly me not looking at the calendar went ahead and did what I was not supposed to do. No protection either, long night. on 5/14 up until today 5/25 I have been miserable. I have been extremely bloated, gassy, constipated, had period like cramps the whole time. yesterday and today my breasts have been “stinging” and feel really heavy, today I have wanted to just murder anyone who looked at me the wrong way, my mood has been up and down, I cant seem to get control. I cried like 4 times for no reason, and was extremely pissed off for no reason. My flow is due on sunday 5/27 and so I have 2 days left, I took a test this morning and a big fat negative showed up.. am I losing my mind? or should I just wait to take another test?

  • tk May 25, 2012, 11:33 am

    Hello

  • shamy May 21, 2012, 1:57 pm

    hi, i’m i pregnant .. why i get back pain …nasuea, breast sore..after my last pill depo-provera..then i started getting these symptoms why???? after 2 weeks….now it’s a month i didn’t get a period..

    please somebody reply to me.. i need to know
    thank u…

    • DP Nguyen May 22, 2012, 9:55 pm

      You don’t get your periods when you are dep-provera. I am guessing all the symptoms you’re experience is because of your body’s reactions to the hormones.

  • shamy May 21, 2012, 1:50 pm

    well, i took depo-provera, a month ago so i’m thinking why does my back hurts now…i didn’t get my period.WHY????

  • Jamieca Gandy May 20, 2012, 8:01 am

    Hey,looking for someone’s opinion,I was on the shot for 2years and half, the last time I went in and got the shot was in 2011 of October, I still haven’t came on my period I been having cramps, headaches,lower back pain,tender nipples,dizzy,can’t sleep some times,feeling like I’m gone to throw up but never do,gain weight and stomach has gotten bigger,I took three pregnancy test they all were negative also I have an 8 year old but I never had any of those symptoms while pregnant r when I had my period………….. thanks for your opinion

  • hope May 16, 2012, 3:12 pm

    i’m not sure if im pregnant or not, about a month ago i had unprotected sex with my partner, i took the morning after pill, can this be why my period is late? the unproitected sex was just after my period had finished.
    my ‘period tracker’ says im 8 days late for my next period, but my periods are quite irreguar, there usually every 43 days. i have had sex since the unprotected event, but i have alwayes used a condom, or he has pulled out :L
    is it possible that i could be pregnant? i feel really tired and have stomach cramps, they feel different to my normal period feeling though. im not sure if my period is just delayed because im stressed for my exams
    what do you think?

  • Dominique May 15, 2012, 6:38 am

    I’m confused and have never posted anything here.
    I’m 2 months late…my last period was in March…and I usually have reg periods…however I know I’m overweight. I have been feeling moody and have had migraines and felt a bit dizzy at times within this duration of time. I’ve also experienced fatigue and hunger cravings. I have used 3 hpts and all were negative. My husband has noted that my breasts seem swollen and I don’t know what to think. I’m almost 28 and we’ve been trying to get pregnant. I’ve never experienced anything like this before…Any advice?

  • Yukiko May 14, 2012, 9:50 pm

    well, is there a high possibility effect when i consume some about of contraption pill which make me feel like everytime when my period come i will feel like vomit but i dint? besides, even when having sex, i never have any protection for almost 1 year.? .. this time, my period havent come yet, but i feel my vagina is feel a bit pain and vomit ( but not really vomit out) every time when is my menstrual. so is it this time is the same ? a PMS or early pregnant symptoms?

  • SierraD May 12, 2012, 9:38 pm

    hey doc ,
    my cycle came on the 14th of April and I had unprotected sex on the 24th of April . my boyfriend definitely ejaculated in me and a week later I had been feeling sick and very tired. i even broke out bad on my face which doesn’t happen even when my cycle is suppose to come. I ave been having cramping pains but my cycle isn’t scheduled to come till the 2 days . could this be that I’m pregnant or just paranoid?

    Please Help !

    • olie May 21, 2012, 9:14 am

      Hey Sierra,

      You & I are exactly on the same boat… My peroids also started on the 14 April 2012 and my partner and I had unprotected sex from the 23rd right through to da 1st of May… 2day is the 21st and still no period! Been cramping these past few day, having very heavy discharge, a sudden break out and cracked skin on my face and not much of an appetite even though I get hungry! My breast hurt a little so I’m just hoping that finally it happened cos we’ve been TTC. I’m just too nervous abt hetting an HPT. Please keep me posted on your outcomes!

      Sending baby fairy dust your way ***

  • Crystal May 11, 2012, 9:12 pm

    Does it sound like pregnancy ? Or maybe something else? I’m not really worried its just really annoying to have so much discharge and nausea all the time and a lot of headaches.

  • Crystal May 11, 2012, 7:47 pm

    Hi, my first time every posting on a blog. I just had my period 10 days ago. The day my period started I started to feel sick stomach., and every day it just got worse. I thought it might have just been because of my period but it still hasn’t went away. The other morning when I woke up it felt like a huge “hang-over” but I wasn’t even drinking alcohol so that isn’t the reason. As well past the last 10 days Ive been having huge headaches to the point I can cry. I’ve also been feeling very “fat” and bloated past the last 2 weeks as well. Please note that I am not over weight. I’ve tried walking everyday and it makes me feel better for the time being but give me half an hour and I feel the same again. Please help! :)

  • Arlene May 10, 2012, 3:00 am

    idk if i found this site useful or not. i was looking for “period symptoms” on google and i came upon this site. I’ve been experiencing spotting the past 2 days and my period isn’t due for another 4 or five days. i never have light bleeding before my period. i always wake up and its there. i noticed my breasts have gotten bigger and im breaking out. i usually have an immaculate complexion even during my period. i noticed i have been using the bathroom a lot (2-3 times overnight even) and I have gotten significantly tanner lately, but i thought it was because summer’s approaching. im just really worried because i had unprotected sex with my FWB about a month ago and it was during my period and he did not pull out, but i was sure i was safe because… i was on my period! I hate this anxiety and my 21st birthday is next month so that is why i am even more worried. I DO NOT want to miss out on that and it would be just my luck! im in college right now and even though i love kids, im not financially ready and i just want this week to hurry up and pass because i hate periods and being a girl and all that jazz! a se change wud make life so much more simpler

    • pankaj May 20, 2012, 11:39 am

      Now you are safe, but be careful next time. Use condom during sex.

  • Dominique May 6, 2012, 11:40 am

    Hello!!!
    Well first of all…I would like to say that my last LMP was April 13th-18th. I had sex on the 22nd, the 27th (the day I ovulated), and the morning of the 28th. On the 30th I started feeling literally like I had ran all day…I was so tired. All I did was sleep. I had this white liquidey discharge. I sniff it (yes, I know that’s nasty) to see if it had a smell cause then I would go to the doctor. It had no smell. So I was like weird. It didn’t know if that had anything to do with me ovulating. So anyways, the 30th-the 6th (today is the 6th of May) my symptoms were fatigue, headaches, white discharge, breast tenderness, and pain in my abdomen. Now the pain in my abdomen sometimes happens on one side or the other side or just all at once. My period is due May 11th or 12th. Now being the person I am….I go to the doctor if my hair looks slightly different. I notice little changes in my body and since I get worried over the little stuff, this was a huge noticeable thing to me. I told myself the white discharge was my ovulation, but it’s still here. I said maybe I really am having PMS symptoms 2 weeks early. But I NEVER had that before. It’s usually 4-5 days before my period. Maybe even 6 days. But 12-13 days? Never! My fiance and sister thinks I’m pregnant. I just wanted to wait until the 11th to take the pregnancy test to check. I took one on the 4th (because my sister is so impatient) and it was negative….duh! lol…i knew it was way to early. But do you think this is like some early early PMS symptoms, maybe cause I was ovulating? And why would this happen all of a sudden and never happen before? I’m not stressed out or anything. Thanks for any little bit of information you might have!

    • SierraD May 12, 2012, 9:47 pm

      his sounds JUST like me . from day to day .. I need help too

  • Laura May 3, 2012, 2:34 pm

    Can the signs of a period be the same as early pregnancy? I’m being very inpatient to wait for my period! Getting mood swings as normal and acne but also lower back ache and fatigue.

  • Anupama April 29, 2012, 1:38 pm

    hi! we are planning for 2nd one for couple of mth. well i’m 34 yrs. i have regular periods just. max delay has been for 2-3 days. my last periods started on 19 mar 2012. we had unprotected sex throught this time. i felt period like pain during every 5-6 day intervel. i did pregnency test digital on 19 apr 2012 and came out neg. my periods came on 27 apr 2012 morning but dosent have any period pains. the period started black red with some thick thin muddy texture. it started slow and went bit heavy till 28th afternoon. didnt need to change the 1st pad wasnt fully covered. from 28th afternoon changed 2nd pad and had little spotting and the blood is still bit dark red and some time bright red orange, and today is 29th eve and still spotting. btw feeling nausea, bloating and tired . I havent tested for the second time. do you think i could be pregnent???? please help coz very very confused.

  • karen April 29, 2012, 1:17 pm

    hello, im a little confused on how im feeling. I came off the pill on the 23rd March and had my withdrawal bleed on the 29th March but on the 10th April which i reckon i would have been ovulating my partner and i had unprotected sex but he pulled out but now i am feeling extremely tired, going to the loo every hour, back ache and my nipples are tingly and dark in colour, my period was due on the 28th april but as of yet has arrived. Im not sure if it could be pregnancy or just my period tryin to come back to normal. Please help

  • Jane April 27, 2012, 5:35 pm

    Hello,
    I am a female in my late 20’s and I had a day of spotting (light pink when i wiped, light brown on my panty liner). This is not a normal occurrence for me and has actually never happened to me before. I feel bloated, which is not uncommon for me ( I always feel bloated every time after eating). I have been extremely tired for the past week and am lacking energy. I am usually a pretty active individual but haven’t had the energy to do my regular physical activity routine this week. I also have to constantly urinate, and have trouble controlling it. I am worried about a uterine fibroid, but more so pregnancy. My current boyfriend and I have never “technically” had sex (there has been no penetration, just contact). Could pregnancy be even possible?

  • Sammy April 27, 2012, 5:23 pm

    Me and this gut had unprotected sex. He went to put it in and we pushed slow because it was our first time to try it out. We had it in carefully for around 8-10 seconds. I think he had a dab of Pre-cum on the tip but I’m not sure if I could get pregnant off of that. Could I? Thank you

  • Pj April 25, 2012, 11:35 pm

    I’m so worried already since I’m 6 days delayed now. I had my first baby last year. He’ll turn one this July and I had a C-Section. I’m worrying on getting pregnant again because of my stitch and few financial difficulties. By the way, I had my menstruation last month – 20th. For February – 17th. I’m expecting that for this month it would be somewhere 20-24. I usually get delayed for about 4 days, but now it has been 6 days. I had unsafe sex with my hubby from the first day my mens stops which was March 24th and continued it to the 28th. After that we used condoms and withdrawal. We resume in having sex last week – April 16th, expecting I’m about to have my menstruation. I really can’t tell if the symptoms I’m experiencing now is for PMS or pregnancy. I’ve had sore breast, slight lower back pain, fast heartbeat and cramps for a week already. Can it be I’m pregnant? I’ve had some problems in monitoring my ovulation and peak days. Before being pregnant I can surely tell if I’m fertile because of my mucus/discharge. But after giving birth and having my first menstruation back to normal, I’m always dry. Dry to the point that there are no mucus sticking on my undies. I don’t have to wear pantyshields.

  • shalla April 25, 2012, 6:43 pm

    I have a bit of a problem, my period is 27-30 days and when it comes the first 3 days are heavy and the last say 2 days are medium .light , this time round my period about 5 days late have cramps and gurgling, i started to bleed very light for like a second and the next day it was light again very very light ,my period has never acted strange it comes maybe at different times but never really really light first few days…and nothing in my lifestyle has change so i am having trouble thinking what it might be

  • shalla April 25, 2012, 6:34 pm

    Hi

    I have a bit of a problem, my period is 27-30 days and when it comes the first 3 days are heavy and the last say 2 days are medium .light , this time round my period about 5 days late have cramps and gurgling, i started to bleed very light for like a second and the next day it was light again very very light ,my period has never acted strange it comes maybe at different times but never really really light first few days…and nothing in my lifestyle has change so i am having trouble thinking what it might be.

    I have also been of the pill for just over a year now and i have not gotten pregnant yet.

  • Leigh April 24, 2012, 2:17 pm

    I had a period in jan and feb 2012. I didn’t have a period in march and it’s now April 24,2012 still no period. I have to pregnancy test and all neg. I had strep throat in march was on meds 10 days. My boyfriend came and visited april 6,7,8 and 13 14,15th. Last week I had cramps. This week my breast hurt, head hurts, feel nauseated , still mild cramps. Well 3 days ago I woke up with a white discarge in pants no smell or burn ect. Have a doctors appointment may 8 th . Do you think I am pregnant??

  • Gem April 24, 2012, 12:34 pm

    also very huge spots broken out since day 20 and vivid dreams

  • Gem April 24, 2012, 12:30 pm

    hi i felt diff this month. tiredness and loss of appetite some days. have been ttc for 5 months. i have had similar to period pains but lighter since day 20 and now due on tomorrow.( normally i just hav pains the day af starts) i took 1 hpk yesterday and got bfn. could i be pregnant or am i imagining it??

  • samantha April 23, 2012, 7:42 pm

    Hi
    im slightly confused in march on the week of my fertile days and ovulation i had unprotected sex three times about a week later i noticed my breasts were sore i felt nauseas and was using the bathroom more often i have very regular cycles every 25 days only pms symptoms are moodyness and cramps and consistent pain in my lefy ovary (have had ovarian cysts for yrs) my periods are usually light then very heavy and clotty well my period was due april 9 but it didnt show up until the 14th it was very light reddish brownish no clots but my left ovary real hurt i only had that for three days since that went away im still having symptoms my nipples feel tingly on and off nausea mainly at night constantly using the bathroom clear white mucusy discharge increased libido eating alot reallly bloated not sure if i may be prego this would be my fourth chils and i also took a pregnancy test three days after my period was late it was negative some advice please

  • jade April 21, 2012, 12:47 pm

    hi,
    my last period was the 28th march which was normal (5 days) my and my partner have been trying for the last 3 years to conceive without any luck but now Ive got very tender breasts very emotional ( like crying over not be able to have chicken) gained weight and my period is now 3 days late which never happens. I took a hpt which came out negative any advise.
    thanks.

  • Please Help April 21, 2012, 9:51 am

    Hello,
    This is the first time i use this website. i really need some advice. I got my period on the 6 of March and had sex on the 23th of March. Nothing weird happen (such as broken condom, or something else) that i know off. My next period came normally on the 30th on March and it lasted for 7 days as usual. No more sex ever since. But from the 10th of April i started having breast tenderness and it hasn’t stop ever since. No other symptom except that it seems that the past 2 days i have been having a weird yellow discharge and i have been leaking a little as well (sorry for the TMI :s). My period cycle it’s irregular from 23-28 days. So i should start any time between the 24-28 of April. Do you think i might be pregnant? If yes should I been having more symptoms? I’m freaking out here! I have been stressing a lot about this. is there any chance the stress is causing all this?

  • F April 19, 2012, 1:58 am

    so, me and my husband have unprotected sex.. ALOT and he never pulls out, but for some reason i never end up pregnant. well in march i think it was on the 25th i spotted and it was brownish-pink (enough to fill up a pantie liner) then that was it nothing more than that.. i was cramping and bloating and my nipples looked larger they where obviously darkening in color and had blue veins running through them. me and my husband was sure we was pregnant. i was feeling tired all the time. my period usually comes around the 10th every month, but it was a week and a day late i started on the 17th but my nipples are still the same. is there any chance that i could still be pregnant?? please help

  • Guest April 18, 2012, 2:48 pm

    Okay This might be long
    On the 1st of march i had my period like i always do on the 1st and it lasted 5 days and then on the 27th of march i had another one that last 4 days..Its now the 18th of April and i havent had a period my breast are sore they have been for a few weeks i have been feeling really tired and every time i eat i feel like im going to vomit but i never do,my back hurts like really bad and just out of the blue i been really mad and crying alot..i have took some HPT and they have all been negative..i have read on some websites that some women wont get a positive test if there pregnant until there months pregnant i just really need some advice i dont no what to do! Help

  • JaneDoe April 17, 2012, 5:01 pm

    Hi, I was wondering if it’s possible to still have your period and be pregnant. My boyfriend and I always make sure we use a condom and practice safe sex. Well we tried a certain position one day where a condom wasn’t needed, at least we didn’t think. A little bit of semen came out but I cleaned up right away. I’ve had my usual pms symptoms along with others I don’t usually have. I was three days late but got my period none the less. It lasted 5days when normally it’s 6-7. It wasn’t very light but not normal for me. I’ve been overly emotional and I cry for literally everything. I have headaches like there is no tomorrow and my breast are sore. I can’t help but think there’s a slight chance I’m pregnant.

  • Looking for Aunt Flo April 15, 2012, 6:00 am

    I am 39 y/o. I had unprotected sex about 3 months ago. My period came in Jan day 31, Feb day 28 and Mar day 29. My cycle usually is 28 days. Those periods seemed normal (not light at all) My period was due on April 4th…..and I am still waiting… I kept feeling like it was going to start but nothing. After it was almost a week late, I starting feeling some lower back pain and and some nagging cramp like pain…still no period. Let me add, I do have a couple of fibroid tumors. Could I still be pregnant or could the fibroids prevent the period from starting???

    • Looking for Aunt Flo April 15, 2012, 6:03 am

      I forgot to mention that I do have breast tenderness and nipple appear slightly larger.

  • Les Foster April 14, 2012, 10:02 pm

    There is often some sperm ejaculated before pulling out and obvious this was the case here.
    I do not recommend that you do this as it usually ends up with a pregnancy. Use a safe precaution method. Good luck with your first pregnancy babe.

  • Amanda April 11, 2012, 6:53 pm

    So I should start off by saying that I am addicted to hpts. I am probably also somewhat of a hypercondriac. For the last 2 months I have been getting pregnancy symptoms about half way through my cycle. Last months period started March 15. It was a little abnormal than usual. I normally get cramps the day of and the day after it starts. This one no cramping at all. I usually have quite heavy periods (as I am a little overweight) and have to change a super absorbancy tampon every 2 hours or so for the first 1 to 3 days. This time I didn’t. I would describe my flow as med and slow. It lasted for 6 or 7 days. This month according to the calendar I ovulated on April 2. I noticed some pink discharge after hubby and I made love. (ovulation bleeding) that has never happened before??!! Since then and especially the last 3 days I have headache ( not norm pms) sore breasts ( usually not norm but happened last mp as well) fatigue (maybe norm pms) had some sharp pain/ cramping on left side 6 dpo ( not norm but also have undiagnosed bowel problems) I have taken multiple hpts and all have been neg ( I know it’s early but as I said I’m addicted) I haven’t taken one in about 4 days. I suffered one mc and one ectopic last year which I think is y I’m so impatient. My hubby dosn’t believe me anymore when I tell him I feel preg. I feel very alone in all this and sooo frustrated! I’m ok with not being preg I just am so tired of feeling like I am!!! I am 32 years old and have had 2 previous cesareans and 2 angels one in March 2011 and one in Oct 2011.

  • Elsa April 11, 2012, 2:09 pm

    I have a question: I had unprotected sex 3 and a half weeks ago. I really thought I was pregant: my breasts were darker and puffy, and I was peeing it seemed more then usual. I week after sex I took a pregancy test and it came out negative. I finally got my period..it was only about 2 days late,but it was lighter for about 2 days and then normal for 2days.
    But I am still confused because my breasts are still darker and have blue veins around the edges,and I am fatigued a lot of the time.When I drink normal amounts of fluid I pee alot it seems.
    Any advice? thank you!

  • mo April 11, 2012, 8:28 am

    Okay ive been due for my period for about 5 days now.I thought i got my period because for 5 days i have been having brownish discharge/spotting. I have never spotted before and the only time i had brownish blood was at the end of my period. I took a HPT and it came up negative.
    Ive also been experiencing mood swings, slight cramping, and exhaustion.
    Should i wait to take another one? Should i be concerned?

  • Kind-of-Scared April 3, 2012, 4:32 pm

    how long should I wait to see the doctor? he times I have been pregnant before (3 miscarriages) I usually have negative tests (urine), and even the blood one only comes up positive after re-taking it like 3 times. so should I wait until until after the week i’m supposed to get my period? or should I wait longer?

  • Kind-of-Scared April 3, 2012, 4:11 pm

    Ok, so here is the thing, when I’m not on the pill I am pretty much regula (29 days), when
    I’m on it (extended pill(yazz)–> only 4 days on placebo) I usually get spotting or light bleeding for a few days (keep in mind I don’t always remember to take the pill); that said,I’m on the pill now and have been feeling exhausted, nauseous, joint pain, headaches/light headed, abdominal discomfort, backaches, extremely air-head (kinda dumb really/forgetful), even salivating a lot!!! those are definitely not y normal PMS symptoms, the problem is that the times (when I had sexual intercourse and when I was “ovulating”) don’t really match, and I started feeling like less thank a week after (…if u know what I mean), if I am pregnant, isn’t that a bit too early to feel like that and if not, do PMS symptoms change that drastically out of nowhere?

  • Danie March 29, 2012, 8:40 am

    Hi,

    For about 3 months consecutively, I felt cramps, cold feet and hands, sore breasts one week after ovulation. I always thought I was pregnant, but af come. I never had these symptoms before, do I have a problem or just PMS? I talked to my doctor about it, but she does not seem to find this an issue.

    Thanks

  • Sara March 24, 2012, 12:51 am

    Hello!
    Im really worried and any advice would be appreciated.
    I had protected sex on the 7th of March, and my boyfriend didn’t ejaculate at all. My periods are somewhat irregular (last period on the 17th of Feb, before which it was 22nd Jan, and before that 18th of Dec.) So I got my period on the 20th of this month, but its much lighter than usual. Not spotting. There is definitely bright red blood. My period lasts 5 days, but this time it started lightening up on the 4th day and became normal on the 5th day (today). I had a large breakfast and threw up after that, could it be morning sickness? I really don’t want to be pregnant. I will take a test soon but can you please tell me what you think is going on?

    Thank you!

  • Kate March 23, 2012, 8:31 am

    Hi,

    At the beginning of feb i spotted a little bit, but then i had my period at the end…. then i just started now and its brown and light, and for 3 months ive been having symptoms of pregnancy, but when i took a test last week it was negative..my husband and i are worried cuz we have 4 kids now….. am i pregnant? or am i just too worked up and making my body think im pregnant?

  • guest March 22, 2012, 11:28 am

    Hi
    Ok so I went off the pill round 18 oct 2011. I still got my period on 23 oct when i was due. It was normal. Then had no period for 4 months which I know can be normal-i went to the gynae in jan. I got my period again on 13 feb for 5 days and it was normal. I never suffer from pms really. I normallu get the bloatedness,etc only the day before or once my period starts. Then – had unprotected sex on 22 feb and my boyfriend didn’t come inside me but on my stomach. A quite a bit of come was wiped on my vaginal area though.in the past 2 weeks I have been very tired especially in the afternoon and havnt been sleeping very well compare to normal.I have had quite a few days in the past 2 weeks that I have been very light headed and feeling week. I havnt been eating a lot but even after eating I still felt this way. I have been suffering a lot with bloating and constipation-i also have not been eating fruit and veg. Then also in the past 2 weeks or so – have noticed blue veins in my chests and breasts but they have not been sore or swollen at all. I then only got my period lateish in the night on the 19th march and noticed my breasts got larger but not sore or tender,etc. Except my period was very dark brown and very abnormally light and finished early this morning. Also had a headache a few times. Could I be pregnant? Just need to know if it it a possibility as I don’t know when I ovulated.

  • Caroline March 20, 2012, 3:36 am

    Hi im 16 and i had protected sex on sunday although i was messing around with my boyfriend when i was on my period and he was rubbing his dick against my vagina and bum, and then i came of my period on sunday and had protected sex on sundaya and the condom didnt split, alothough for the past week now ive felt sick and had a really bad headache and now a 2 weeks on its still the same but im getting period cramps and im not on my period what do i do ?

  • kim March 20, 2012, 12:25 am

    ok so I am probably more confused now than i was weeks ago. I have always been very much on time with my period. we had been planning to have a baby, checked ovulation, and got things set up to try for a baby. my cycle is 27 days. i had started my period on the 3rd of feb which means i should have started on the 29th. i began experiencing quite a few things that i had never had problems with before. first was the intense increase of smell. next, i began getting sick to my stomach over things that i would usually love to eat, my appetite decreased, and i just felt “different.” i became very tired, and was extremely constipated. of course i began to test early as i was quite excited to find a positive result after. the 29th came and went with no positive results.
    i went in to the hospital to see if they would give me a blood test to find why i had missed my period and to ease my mind. they instead gave me a urine test and then planned to do xrays. needless to say, i refused them and walked out of the hospital quite agitated. on the third i experienced some major pain in the abdominal area and at 11 am i started clotting very badly. after clotting i started bleeding brown. i did the bleeding brown thing for about an hour and quit all together for 2 hours just to start bleeding brown again and then a red blood. i again returned to the hospital due to the pain. they told me that it was just an abnormal period due to another urine test coming back negative (they still refused to do blood tests yet tested for everything but pregnancy through blood!) they then sent me home. i bled clots for quite awhile. my period was then longer than it has ever been. i keep telling myself it wasn’t an early miscarriage but, it really does seem like it. here’s what gets me though. my mother had the same thing while pregnant with me. when this came into play she was unable to get a positive result from tests for 6 months while pregnant, she continued to have “periods” and the doctors continued to tell her she was not pregnant. is this just a coincidence? could i be just like my mother. this was so different than my normal periods. i took a ovulation test again after all of this which was telling me i was ovulating again the 15th so we attempted again and then five days later it stated that i was still ovulating. i am so confused! i really wish i knew what was going on!

  • Chelsea March 15, 2012, 3:44 pm

    hi, so I had sex with my boyfriend on 3/8 and the condom broke before he came, but the next couple days I had a weird fuzzy feeling in my tummy and my breasts swelled more than they ever have, I took emergency contraception but it was 5 days after we had sex. I have really light cramps and little pains in my lower tummy and around my hips, im bloated, I feel tired all the time, and I have headaches. i had my last period on 2/15 and that was a longer cycle, 33 days. I’m expecting my period sometime this week and im planning on taking a test next week. im 17 and in no position to have a child and I just want to know how likely it is that I’m pregnant, or is it just pms?

  • irina March 9, 2012, 7:01 pm

    hello!
    i am a little embarrassed to say it. i tried to have sex with my boyfriend almost a month ago. i was a virgin. we used a condom, he tried to get it in, but he couldn’t, not even an inch, because he was very nervous. we gave up and just slept naked next to each other. in the morning he fingered me hard and i was no more a virgin because of that. i am pretty sure he didn’t have semen or precum on his fingers.
    afterwards, i got my period on time (heavy flow- for 5 or 6 days). i am still very nervous and paranoid about pregnancy and i don’t know how to relax about it. i look in the mirror and i have the sensation my belly got bigger and that i am pregnant. this is why i ask you: could i be pregnant? please show me how to relax

    • DP Nguyen March 11, 2012, 3:05 pm

      Hi Irina,

      If you got your period (heavy flow, for 5-6 days), that was a normal period. Try not to be paranoid. You are NOT pregnant.

  • Monella March 9, 2012, 5:56 pm

    Hi DP Nguyen,

    Thank you so much for this list! It can be very stressful trying to figure out what’s going on around that time of the month.

    I’m hoping for some guidance, I’m 5 days late, my body temp is 99.2, I’ve been very forgetful and can’t think clearly sometimes, I feel lethargic but haven’t been sleeping well at night and sometimes I feel dizzy out of nowhere. I haven’t been nauseous or vomiting and no tenderness in the breast. I’ve taken 3 tests… all negative. Could it be too early to tell, or is it just PMS?

    • DP Nguyen March 11, 2012, 3:08 pm

      It might be too early to tell. But It does sound like you might be pregnant.

      Make an appointment with your gynecologist or healthcare provider and ask for a blood pregnancy test. Keep track of all your symptoms and be sure to tell your doctor about them. Good luck.

  • Taylor March 9, 2012, 8:33 am

    hi, i need help. in feb. i had my period normally, (3-7). my husband and i did the deed, while i was ovulating (i believe?). i have tender breasts, bloating, and sometimes nauseous, and frequent urination. my period was due on march 7th. and i am now 3 days late, which isn’t normal for me. i normally have cramps, or some kinds of indicator that i am about to start, but didn’t this month. i have now taken 3 home pregnancy tests, which have come back negative.

    help! thanks! :)

    • DP Nguyen March 11, 2012, 3:16 pm

      Sounds to me like you might be pregnant. I would definitely suggest that you contact your healthcare provider and get a blood pregnancy test. Also, keep track of all your symptoms and tell your doctor about them.

  • Taylor March 9, 2012, 8:26 am

    Hi, i had my period on the 3rd to the 7th of feb. and then about a week & half later i ovulated (i think)? and my husband & i did the deed. i was suppose to start on mar. 7th. and now i am 3 days late.. normally i have horrible cramps a day before, but there was nothing. i have taken 3 home tests, and all have come back negative. but i have very tender breasts, bloating, and sometimes i feel nauseous & little of rumbling”. and i normally have a period around 33 days, now i have nothing.

    please help! :)
    thanks!

  • marisol g March 6, 2012, 12:24 pm

    ive been trying for a bby but two days ago i got my periond (i think) well it only lasted one day . before and still i am have pregnacy symtoms. could i be pregnant?

    i posted that up
    but i wanted to aslo know if u think theres a chance i could be pregnant still?

    • DP Nguyen March 11, 2012, 3:25 pm

      Hi,

      It’s possible that you could have had implantation bleeding, so yes, you could be pregnant. Please take a home pregnancy test right away, and schedule an appointment with a doctor for a blood pregnancy test to confirm. Good luck.

  • marisol g March 6, 2012, 11:04 am

    ive been trying for a bby but two days ago i got my periond (i think) well it only lasted one day . befor and stil i am have pregnacy symtoms. could i be pregnant?

  • Confused March 2, 2012, 4:40 am

    The last normal proper period I had was on 21/12. had unprotected sex 3, 31 dec. My next period due the 23 january – On the 1st of feb I was at the doc and he did a test it was negative. Had sore breasts, nausea, bloatedness that is why I went to the doc. (period was 23 jan and was unusually light and had unprotected sex on the 14 and 15th of jan – more than once those two days). Had unprotected sex on the 11th and 12th (more than once those 2 days) only found out afterwards according to ovulation calculator on internet that I ovulated on the 11 February. my bf said he thinks he squirt a bit inside of me I am not on any contraceptives, been off it for 1 year already. Me and boyfriend has been together for 7 years already. On Sunday the 26th of Feb I had severe period cramps and there was some brown blood, and then later some dark brown reddish blood, on Monday the same and Monday evening it looked a bit pinkish, tuesday morning brown blood again, no need for me to wear a tampon just pantiliners. The amount of blood for the 3 days (sun – Tuesday morning is less than what my usual period is on one day) Monday evening I was also very nauseous and had bloating as well. 29 feb, I am bloated, constipated, my skin is suddenly very oily and I have acne as well, had some heartburn just once in the evening.

    • DP Nguyen March 5, 2012, 4:43 pm

      Wow, it does sound like your symptoms are pregnancy symptoms. Go back to your doctor and get another blood pregnancy test. Tell him about your symptoms and ask what could be causing them. I do think you are pregnant though.

  • Jessica February 29, 2012, 11:45 pm

    Hi im 21. My period is 15 days overdue. I did take a home pregnancy test about a week ago. The first one was faulty and the second one read negative but the line was very light. I also took it around 8pm at night so im really not sure if it was correct. I also suffer from Hypothyroidism which makes my periods really irregular but i always get a period every month, even if its late. I was suppose to get my period on the 14 of February and it is now March first. About 11 days after my period was due i started getting brown spotting which could only be seen when wiping. About 3 days later i had a little blood when i wipes with the spotting so i thought OMG yes i got my period thank god. But i have been still having brown spotting and dark red that does not fill up a tampon or a pad which is very odd for me. I always have a very heavy period for 3 days and then it starts to slow down. I have also been suffer mild to severe cramping in my upper abdomen and lower abdomen with itchiness under neath my breast where my ribs start. I am feeling really constipated, like i cant move my bowels like i used to be able to. I dont have any breast soreness, I really dont know whats going on. PLEASE help me

    • DP Nguyen March 5, 2012, 4:48 pm

      Take another home pregnancy test, but take it in the morning. The faint line means that there is a chance that you are pregnant. So I am thinking that the spotting that you had may have been implantation bleeding, which is an early sign of pregnancy. So, I really do think you need to schedule an appointment with a gynecologis and tell them your symptoms. They can also do a blood pregnancy test to confirm your pregnancy. Good luck

  • Yessica February 29, 2012, 11:04 pm

    Hi, I was just curious my daughter is now 17 months old and I stopped breast feeding her after a week that she was born. I just squeezed my boob out of curiosity and milk came out.. Just a little. Although my husband does do some suction there I don’t know if that can cause the breast to keep producing milk. I dot believe I’m pregnant, although I have felt nauseous lately and bloated… And I have feel I have been urinating more frequent but My husband has not ejaculated in me … But we do start off without a condom and then put it on. What do you think?? Is it normal to have breastmilk after so much time??

    • DP Nguyen March 5, 2012, 4:49 pm

      I think you need to take a home pregnancy test. Precum, which your husband cannot control, does have sperm in it. So there is a chance that you may be pregnant.

  • chloe February 28, 2012, 8:42 am

    i do have an irregular period, i had a ultrasound which resulted into a polysystic ovary. my bf and i have sex and after a week we do it again. now i am having this spotting or more on like bleeding of brownish red spots (a very light one). i feel like very sleepy in the afternoon even 8pm in the evening which is very unusual. i am also having a severe headaches. Do you think that i am pregnant? thank you in advance

  • livingyoungandwildandfree February 26, 2012, 10:32 pm

    im 16 nd idk if im pregnant or about 2 hav my period. i had sex. we were doin it nd he came in a condom. since he had already come he tuk the condom off nd we did it for like a minute and i got scared so we stopped. den like two weeks later we did it again. my period is messed up. sometimes iy shows up 2 early or late. so im expecting it in 3days to 2weeks( yep. its dat messed up) im so scared because the symptoms are so closely related. im not on bc so dat is even scarier. im dead if i really am pregnant

  • Sami Jo February 26, 2012, 12:17 am

    i’ve had all but like 2 of the pregnancy symptoms, but i skipped 2 period. i’ve taken 7 hpts, all negative except a blue dye one but it was extremelyy light and was only visable in the picture on the computer. my doctor won’t do blood work, i don’t know what to do..

  • Nah February 25, 2012, 7:17 am

    Theres a lot of symptoms that are wrong as far as timing. Cramping does not just happen in second trinester.

  • Deeann February 23, 2012, 12:49 am

    Im ttc it’s been 3 weeks since I missed my period taken 3 home test all negitive my breast are extremely tender like my whole breast also feel sick to my stomach having very bad headaches also feeling crampy not like a period cramp but having this stringy slimy dishcharge when I got pregnant with my son I conceived on October 25 took a home test around thinksgiving it was neg and found out right around Christmas that year so could I have a chance that I am pregnant but won’t test positive until later what should I do

  • Ash February 20, 2012, 1:57 pm

    Hi. I have a question. I’m not sure what all is goin on with me. My last cycle was on 01-07-12, according to the calendars online I would have ovulated on the 28th or 29th and my next cycle would be due on 02/11/12. Well, about a day or two before AF due I had the white lotiony discharge, which i figured was my Af coming. On the 10th I had light spotting only when I wiped and only once. On the 11th I had the same, spotting that didnt fill up the pad, Sat night I had mild/dull cramping in low back and a wet feeling down there so I ran to the bathroom to change my pad and nothing was there,not even when I wiped. From Sun to Tues I had the same spotting only when I wiped, I didnt even wear a pad. Tues and Wed I only got spotting when I wiped when I got the mild/dull camping on the right and left side and my low back. Thurs I took a test with fmu and it was negative, I took another test on Sun and negative also…was this my period or could I be pregnant? The symptoms I have are bloating, low back pain, tiredness and sleeping really hard, nausea sometimes, heightened sense of smell, headaches off and on and sore breasts, and today i have the lotiony discharge again, what does this all mean? Please help!!!!!!!!!!

    • DP Nguyen February 23, 2012, 12:53 am

      Well sounds like you might have had ovulation symptoms. Spotting, white lotionary discharge, and mild cramping can be a sign of ovulation. Take a home pregnancy test, though.

  • Elena February 20, 2012, 9:49 am

    Hi DP Nguyen (: my last period started on the 20th or 21st Jan and ended around the 25th to 27th. Me and my boyfriend had protected sex on the 25th and 27th. I have an irregural cycle as sometimes it might come in 28 days, sometimes more. At one point, the condom came out but his penis wasn’t inside me but I’m quite sure I was on top on him and my vagina kind of touch his penis. But he wasn’t ejaculating nor erecting(that’s why at that one point the condom came out. So I should actually be getting my period on the 17th this month if it’s a 28days cycle but I haven’t gotten my period yet. I’m really afraid that I might be expecting. I do get some PMS symptoms like breast tenderness, bloating, tingling sensation on my lower abdomial and back pain, but no others. And sometimes I have discharges too. So I was wondering if I’m pregnant or I’m just over worrying ? Thank you do much (:
    Ps : I took some pregnancy tests after first and second weeks of sex and it all turned out negative.

  • Elena February 20, 2012, 9:47 am

    Hi DP Nguyen (: my last period started on the 20th or 21st Jan and ended around the 25th to 27th. Me and my boyfriend had protected sex on the 25th and 27th. I have an irregural cycle as sometimes it might come in 28 days, sometimes more. At one point, the condom came out but his penis wasn’t inside me but I’m quite sure I was on top on him and my vagina kind of touch his penis. But he wasn’t ejaculating nor erecting(that’s why at that one point the condom came out. So I should actually be getting my period on the 17th this month if it’s a 28days cycle but I haven’t gotten my period yet. I’m really afraid that I might be expecting. I do get some PMS symptoms like breast tenderness, bloating, tingling sensation on my lower abdomial and back pain, but no others. And sometimes I have discharges too. So I was wondering if I’m pregnant or I’m just over worrying ? Thank you do much (:

    • DP Nguyen February 23, 2012, 12:55 am

      You may just be overly worried. But I would take a home pregnancy test just in case.

  • steph February 19, 2012, 6:08 pm

    ok well my period schedule has been acting up and i been having unprotected sex but he pulls out all the time but i want to know if i am pregnate becuase i am only 16 im sick, tender breasts,been able to eat more, emotional, drinking alot of water, headaches, felt like period cramping but im confused if i am or not becuase i am still waiting for my period it was suppost to start the 25 hasnt happened yet how would i know for sure im pregnate

    • DP Nguyen February 19, 2012, 11:11 pm

      On the day of your missed period, go and buy a home pregnancy test. That’s the only way to know if you are pregnant or not. From what you are describing, it’s possible that you might be. The pull out method isn’t very good since precum still has semen in it.

  • Diana February 16, 2012, 3:55 pm

    Hi…

    My husband and i are really trying to have a baby. My last period was on the 25th jan last month. I always have normal and regular period. But last month my period was a day late and it was very light. Prior to that, I had lots of pregnancy-like symptom except my breasts weren’t tender. I went to see my GP and she confirmed with a blood test that I wasn’t pregnant. So this month my ovulation was supposed to be on the 7th, 8th or 9th according to my ovulation test kit. We made love everyday during the ovulation week. On valentines day few days ago, we made love and on the bed sheet, we found some blood and when I went to the toilet I just realized that I had some pale light vaginal bleeding or spotting. I wore a panty liner and it didn’t even soak it. It was very light. I have never had a week early period or experience any light spotting ever since I first got my period when I was 13. My question is, was it a spotting or did i bleed bcoz of sex? The sex was normal and ok, no pain whatsoever. I can’t take pregnancy test right now as it is still too early. Since that valentine’s love making, I have been experiencing some period-like cramps. My period is suppose to due on wednesday next week. Please advice.

    • DP Nguyen February 18, 2012, 10:41 pm

      I think you are going to have to wait until you miss your period to take another test.

      You may have spotted because of sex, or an infection or a polyp. Any number of reasons. So, I would just wait and test, if you don’t get your period.

  • NickyM February 16, 2012, 2:42 am

    My period is usually 4-5 days long. My period was on the 23

    rd January and my next period is due 27

    th of February. Had unprotected sex on the 11

    th and 12

    th (more than once those 2 days) only found out afterwards according to ovulation calculator on internet that I ovulated on the 11 February.

    we had some alcohol in our system and my bf said he thinks he squirt a bit inside of me and cause of the alcohol intake we kept on fooling around. He usually wash off after he comes but did not this time, he did not get up if you know what I mean (I was sitting on top of him  and his sperm was all over – sorry if tmi) I am not on any contraceptives, been off it for 1 year already. Me and boyfriend has been together for 7 years already. Is there a chance that I could get pregnant?

    • DP Nguyen February 18, 2012, 10:42 pm

      There’s a good chance that you could get pregnant. If your period doesn’t arrive, go and take a home pregnancy test.

  • katie February 14, 2012, 11:26 pm

    hello i need some help!
    my and my bf have been having unprotected sex now for about 2 yrs(havnt gotten prego!!), most of the time it is unprotected but we use the pull out methode,at first is wasnt unprotected,we did use condoms. I did have one break but i didnt get pregent.
    My question is, my periode was 1/24/12 and its 2/14/12(valentines day:o) )
    so anyways,ive been having unprotected sex since i ended around the 30th of janurary and i actually started earlier then what i was sapouse to but only by likee two days. I dont know if im pregnet or not. Im having sharp pains underneath my ribs,my face is breaking out (but thats normal for me) around my periode time,but i always have pre cramps like a week before and i havnt realy had any,the only symptoms pain wise is sharp pains up by my ribs and my upper stomach area,sometimes im nosiated and i noticed my appitite has increased a little ive been peeing every hour in a half or so, i cant realy say my breasts are soar bc they dont get soar around my periode time. Im just worried bc i always start a week before my sister(thats how i know AF is comming!!) and she informed me that hers is in a week..so im a little worried..should the pain in my rib area be something i should be worried about?
    also about a week ago i had a discharge but it was thicker and clear..not white ,more like a gummy sticky substance(srry dont mean to be gross) and i was just woundering what that could be. my nipples seem a bit larger(kinda weired actually) lol but dk if that has anything to do with it. im just so confused..i havnt had any spotting or anything like that.
    thanks!!

    • DP Nguyen February 18, 2012, 10:48 pm

      Well, from what you’re describing, there is a good chance that you might be pregnant. You should take a home pregnancy test!

  • Vanessa February 14, 2012, 9:32 am

    Just one critique, something I think it’s important not to overlook or take for granted: please don’t make the assertion that swollen breast are a “perk” for small breasted women. It’s not. It’s just as uncomfortable for small breasted women and also makes ther clothes not fit right, etc. not everyone wants big breasts. The statement is irrelevant to the information in the article, and is ignorantly perpetuating this idea that women should want big breasts, and be dissatisfied if they have small ones.

  • Jemjem February 14, 2012, 6:11 am

    Hi,
    I my period ended on the 26th jan and I was fertile around 3-6 feb which we had intercourse on the 4th of feb unprotected. 3 days after I had light brown discharge then became darker with a bit of blood but not enough to be PMS. This lasted for 6 days also I have been bloated and tender to touch breasts during these six days. I am not due on my period till the 20th and have always been regular and never experienced this before. I am also eating loads too.
    I have taken a test today 14th feb and has come back negative. Can you help as to what is happening with my body. I am still bloated now very gassy and have tender breast to touch.
    However on jan 16th I had an ectropion tissue froze off on my cervix and can it be down to that.
    We are trying to conceive and would be delighted to bring a baby into our lives.
    Please help thanks

    • DP Nguyen February 18, 2012, 10:56 pm

      You may have tested too early. Wait until the end of February, around the time of your missed period, to take another test.

  • Elaine February 11, 2012, 11:39 am

    Hi
    I have a 28 day cycle. 3 week ago today I started my period. I expected to ovulate last Saturday. I normally feel it but this time I did not. Instead my breasts were sore and tender. My abdomen has felt hard. Since then I have had extreme fatigue and my breasts are still tender. I used to have PMT a week before I was due but I stopped drinking tea and coffee over a year ago. If I get PMT now it is a day or two before I start. The length of these symptoms are completely new to me. I am also eating a lot and was getting cravings for fried chicken. I did a pregnancy test last night on the chance I ovulated very early. This was negative. My sisters say you can have PMT symptoms from when you ovulate until your period comes. My sister used have extreme PMT also and also gave up tea and coffee and it went away.

  • Rachel February 10, 2012, 10:47 am

    Im soo confused! We have been trying to concieve .. Husband and I,jannuary 13, the last day of birthcontrol. We had sex week later. I have taken multible tests all say negative. Went to doc february 8th for pregnancu test came out negative. Last night the 9th I started producing dischatge from my brests. Is it possible to produce colostrum in first trimester!? I would be only three to four weeks long if possible! my period should come on 13th. Dr said too early to tell. So why the nipple discharge!! All other symptoms lead to me being pregnant. Also this would be my second pregnancy. My son is going on three. And didnt produce til end of pregnancy

  • Rachel February 10, 2012, 3:16 am

    I recently had a baby 4 months ago.. the condom broke with my luck i thought id get pregnant again so I took plan b hours after… I had my period two weeks early then what I expected it was heavy so I was relieved and not concerned. Then its been a month and I started to feel really sick enough to throw up not bad nausea like when you are sick but alot like how i felt when I was pregnant with my daughter.. I went to my doctor and he said the feeling of being sick from the plan b should of already wore off by now and scheduled me to get test results done.. My original period was supposed to come already so could I still be pregnant after having my period? Im realy confused after having my daughter since I had her I been always dizzy and tired its just the whole adjusting to motherhood so im not sure what im feeling is pms or the pill or pregnancy or just after effects from having my daughter

  • may February 9, 2012, 2:43 pm

    Hi I have bEen feeling like I want to vomit straight after eating , have lots of gas I’m constipated, and every time I burp I feel vomit in my throat and it reaches my nose could I be pregnant

  • Catherine February 9, 2012, 11:27 am

    Advice needed or is it paranoia. I’m 39 and childless (miscarriage some years ago) I’m not on any protection. I’m usualy fairly regular 28/29 days been like this the last couple of years I had a period on 14th jan 2012 me and my partner had sex on the Tuesday and Thursday before I was due to ovulate on the fri and then again on the Monday. I knew I was ovulating due to the twinges I was getting in my left side. These twinges have remained and feel like a cramping twingey type feeling and they are the on and off through the day. It kinda feels like a bubble there waiting to burst, wierd really iv had lower abdominal cramps like period ones but not as strong. One day my nipples look different and look like little white spots but they are still fairly pinkish, they are very tend now and have been for the last week but my 28 day is tomorrow. Iv just felt tired and generally unwell for the last week and a half bad tempered and have little patience, hot flushes mainly at night. It’s more this feeling in my left side and feels a bit gurgley like bubbles really weird. Not sure what’s going on right now any advice, don’t want to get my hopes up but suppose you can’t help it. I know I will have to wait for my period to know for sure but these symptoms are weird?

  • Neejoo February 9, 2012, 6:48 am

    I am worried that i may be pregnant but i am not sure, We had unprotected sex on 29th January and i had my period on 14th January but my period is always irregular and normally i am suppose to have my period 14 February and right now i am waiting for my period but after we had sex i am having back pain, lower stomach ache, side pain, and cramp in uterus. I don’t have any morning sickness yet so i don’t know if this are symptoms of pregnancy or just PMS symptoms and i am so not ready to have baby yet !! i am freaking out. I am planning to take home pregnancy test but should i wait for my period date which is 14 or take it now?

  • Chantel February 6, 2012, 8:16 pm

    Hello,
    Im a 27 year old healthy women, with two children. I had an IUD-Mirena 6 months after my second child and then removed it a year later. My periods started to come regularly about 5 months after removal. Then as time went on, I notice that they started to become really irregular. So far, that I baught 6 boxes of tampons in September and I still have 4 un-openned boxes left. When I do finally get my period, they are light but last for 3-6 days. I can go to bed without a tampon and then wake up do my thing and then get it half way threw the day. So weird and I hate it. However, my husband and I have been trying to conceive for the last 3 years and nothing has happened. I was wondering if the Mirena had something to do with it? But to add as of today, I had white/milky discharge from my breast. I was wondering is it either from hormonal inbalance or finally being pregnant? If it is just a hormonal inbalance; then what are some other things that I can do to ensure a positive result.

  • anonymous February 6, 2012, 5:26 pm

    I don’t keep track of my periods, but I believe the last one ended on January 5ish. I’m usually very regualr and should have started by now. I also started exercising and eating healthier the past month. I have had tender breasts and also noticed very slight bleeding from my breast 10 days ago. I’ve been moody lately as well. I’ve also felt nauseas. I’m really hoping its pms. I’ve also taken 3 tests within the last week all showing negative. I have been pregnant before, but I never had a single symptom besides low iron causing me to be tired. Help!

  • Stacey February 6, 2012, 5:04 am

    Hi all, I had my last period on the 2nd December what lasted 5days (normal) I was than due again on the 30th December ( my regular periods every 28days for 5 days) this didn’t come, a few days later I had light sporting only when I wiped, which lasted about 2days nothing since, I was than due my period again on the 27th of January this again never came,iv done a number of different pregnancy tests all negative! My symptoms are 2 missed periods, light spotting after first missed period, increase in vaginal discharge, slight back ache up and down temperature! Please help if u can, my other 3 children I had all of the positives I had didn’t show until around 9weeks pregnant :/

  • Bubbles February 6, 2012, 4:55 am

    hi ive bassically had sex on the last day of my period and a couple days later i am starting to have belly cramps my breast are very sore i am getting headaches and backaches do u think im pregnant please get back to me ?

  • nicole February 5, 2012, 10:03 am

    Hi I am 33 yrs old ttc for last 3 mths. 1st day of last period was 11 jan lasted 4-5 days. had sex 18th period came back lasted till 21st had an hSG done 23rd. free bilateral spills tube clear have been having sex every other day since 25 th but keep getting one sided cramps bloated gassy. Spotted once . and one sided cramp immediately after sex yesterday. What’s up with me. Period has never restarted before like it did in jan

    • DP Nguyen February 5, 2012, 9:22 pm

      Your one side cramps and the spotting may be a sign of ovulation.
      I don’t know how long your periods usually are, but it might be too soon for your period to come back. If you wondering if you’re pregnant, take a home pregnancy test around the time that you expect your period and see what happens. You can also go see a gynecologist and get a blood pregnancy test. Good luck.

  • Luna February 5, 2012, 8:44 am

    Hi Dr. Nguyen(:
    I am just wondering, because I’m currently kind of paranoid about my condition. I had a protected sex with my boyfriend on 25th and 27th of January, and it’s the last few days of my period. On 25th, he wasn’t erecting and he just couldn’t get into me. But I was on top of him. Now the problem is, the protection came out but he quickly told me to get off. But I was on top of him and i think my vagina touched his penis. But he was totally dry and didn’t ejaculated. I was just wondering if there are any chances of getting pregnant. I surely DON’T want to as I’m still young. But on the second day, which was 26th, I felt tired and have been feeling the same thing since, my stomach is gassy. But I have gastric problem too, gastric acid. And I do feel nauseous after my meal but I don’t have any cravings and my appetite is not really high. But I’ve been kind of stressed to (about this). Sometimes my abdominal is tingly. Especially the left side and have clear white discharge too. I took two home pregnancy tests on the same day but different timing, it’s around 8days after the first intercourse on 25th, but both are negative. Can u explain what’s happening. Could I be pregnant? (which I hope not) thanks you so much and have a great day (:
    FYI: he changes the protection every intercourse and it didn’t break.

    • DP Nguyen February 5, 2012, 9:32 pm

      Hi Luna,
      I’m not a doctor, but given your description of what happened, I highly doubt that you are pregnant. I think you are just paranoid. Don’t worry!

      • Luna February 6, 2012, 11:40 pm

        Thank you for the response! But I’m starting to feel that my breast is kind of tender and painful when pressed. Is it PMS? my last period started at 20th Jan. Could it be PMS or ovulation period?

        Thank you (:

      • Luna February 7, 2012, 1:30 am

        And some more things, I’m starting to have lower back sore too and feel kind of tired. But this tiredness have started since the day I had intercourse. I took another pregnancy test yesterday and it’s negative but I’m afraid it’s because it took it too early. I know i asked to many questions but I hope you will respond because this has been affecting my life since. :(
        Thank you very much Ms. Nguyen!

  • Michele February 4, 2012, 7:21 pm

    i know it’s possible to get pregnant during your period but highly unlikely. here’s my story: me and my boyfriend are very intament and this past week i had my period, we had sex multiple times every day during it. Each time he went inside me could that have made my chances greater? could i have gotten pregnant or should i be good? my cycles are usually 26-28 days if that helps

    • DP Nguyen February 5, 2012, 9:35 pm

      It’s possible that you could get pregnant, especially if you happened to ovulate early. If you miss your period next month, then take a home pregnancy test. Good luck.

  • Nicky February 4, 2012, 5:03 pm

    Hello Dr. Nguyen,

    I believe the last day of my most recent period was December 29th. (So consider that either it was the 1st day of my last period or the last day…right about now, I can’t remember). Around January 25th I began experiencing slight cramping, slight sharp pains on either sides of my lower abdomen, and extremely sore breasts w/raised Montgomery’s Tubercules. For the past 2-3 days I have felt dizzy (not often, may 1-3 times), and extreme nausea. For the first time in my life, when I was eating something that tasted good to me, just the look of it made my stomach turn. Then today (February 4th), I got a brownish/yellowish discharge and am feeling all of the symptoms I mentioned. Am I pregnant or is my period just late and trying to come down? This is driving me crazy because pregnancy test results came up negative (I took test about 5 days ago), and I am told not to take any medicine in case I am pregnant. I feel sick when I am hungry. But then feel nausea (stomach begins to turn and feel like I want to vomit, but I never do) when I have food to eat. I have headaches. All of these symptoms are related to PMS, but the issue is that I have been “pmsing” since last month but have yet to see a period. What do you think?

    Thank you.

    • DP Nguyen February 5, 2012, 9:36 pm

      I’m not a doctor.

      But you do sound like you have some early pregnancy symptoms. I would take another home pregnancy test, or ask your doctor for a blood pregnancy test.

  • emalee February 4, 2012, 1:23 pm

    hi,
    i am so impatient, i just started bf my 11 month old only 3x day, waiting 6 hours or more between feedings to get my cycle back to try for another lil one. in dec i had a 1-2 day spotting which i believe was the body telling me my cyle was coming back:) i was excited and bummed it wasnt implantion. now i had my cyle a weekish ago. thursday was day 14. ive tried everyother and everyday with the husband. today is day 16 after the cycle. how long should i keep trying, and will i ovulate. ive noticed 1 day of discharge a lot which was yellowish. then a couple days later white, then clear. which coud be leakage from him. . . ive had a lower right side backache for 4 days now. and headaches off and on. not much of an appetite. gas flutters. more bathroom trips than normal. and mood switches :) yey for that. lol whats the chances of concieveing? or if i did? how long to continue trying? thanks for the help! praying hard!

    • DP Nguyen February 5, 2012, 9:37 pm

      There’s always a good chance that you have conceived. Take a home pregnancy test and see.

  • Sharisse February 4, 2012, 5:06 am

    Hi I’ve hadn’t had a period in 52 days and I’m getting worried I haven’t gone to the doctor yet and I took a test and it came out negative and the only symptoms I have are tender breast Thts it so can anyone tell me what’s going on plz

    • DP Nguyen February 5, 2012, 9:38 pm

      Please go see a doctor to figure out what’s going on with you. I do not think that you are pregnant, if its been 52 days and no other symptoms. Make an appointment with a gynecologist to figure out what is happening with your body.

  • stacey-leigh February 2, 2012, 6:29 am

    hi everyone i need some help! let me explain my symptoms etc.
    me and my husband have been trying for 4 years now and failed, i had an op which they discovered cysts, dermoid cyst and alot of scar adhesion caused by an op when i was a baby, they removed the cysts and adhesions and did a salpingostomy to clear one of my tubes when i came round they said theoretically there should be no reason that i cant concieve now where a prev to op they advised ivf.
    after my op i had a seven day period which was differnt for me as i usualy had 2-3 days. this month im seven days late, very sore breasts, frequent headches and i thought nothing of it as i always got my hopes up, yesterday i had a few cramps and small amounts of brown blood. today i woke up to a horrible headche came down stairs a little dizzy went outside let the dog out came bk in not feeling too good and ended up dry heaving into the sink!!!! I AM NOT A SICK PERSON NEVER HAVE BEEN! it wasnt until i had a drink of water and sat down i felt back to normal after 20 mins??? i still have light cramping. other things iv noticed is when i go bed i cant sleep, headches more at night time, some sharp pains down my left side that go, just not feeling my self i have taken 3 tests all negative. please help me

  • Erika Deich January 31, 2012, 2:55 pm

    Hi dp nguyen me and my husband are trying for another baby , I am on thyroid meds and my cycles r 38 days , I usually get sore breast and feel sick when it’s time for my cycle to start but rgt now I’m suppose to start tomorrow and my breast have been hurting for the last three days I feel like I’m pregnant but I’m not sure if I should take a test or wait.

  • sumi January 31, 2012, 2:15 pm

    Hi

    I have a bloated stomach for almost a month my breast where very painful I couldn’t wear a bra. I looked pregnant my period came only after a month I thought I was surely pregnant what was the cause of this in this time I took pregnancy test they all were negative

  • Nadia January 30, 2012, 8:24 pm

    Hye all..This is my first time ever joining a preggo web such as this. I’m nervous to be honest ;)
    Well, been ttc for 8 months now. DH is being supportive and we are both trying our best, besides praying to God for His wonderful gift. :)
    This month, I been so tired, fatigue more like. And I feel feverish and hot (even my mom noticed that when we hugged), but my bbt seems normal, 36.7. I feel chilly though sometimes. And I kinda feel like I might be pregnant this time (but of course it might be because I think of it too much. My period will start in 4 days. So I was thinking that the symptoms are PMS’s :(
    Does PMS make you feel like you’re down with fever and your body hot?

    • DP Nguyen January 30, 2012, 9:22 pm

      Hi Nadia,
      PMS doesn’t make you feel like you are down with a fever. Sometimes, feeling hot and fatigue can be a sign you’re coming down with something. At this point, it’s too early to take a home pregnancy test. You will have to wait until you miss your period. Good luck, though. I hope you are pregnant!

  • Sophia January 30, 2012, 10:52 am

    Hi im new on here but i just want to no what you think,do you think im pregnant or its pms.
    The symptoms im having is:
    * Always urinating every 2 mins
    * Sore boobs
    * Light cramping
    * Light backache
    *Always tired
    Can someone please tell me what you think.Thanks

    • DP Nguyen January 30, 2012, 9:24 pm

      Well frequent urination can be a sign of urinary tract infection. Sore boobs, light cramping, backache, and fatigue could be PMS, or it can also be a sign of early pregnancy. Have you taken a home pregnancy test yet? It is possible that you are indeed pregnant.

  • jenni January 30, 2012, 5:18 am

    I had my last period on 27th dec 2011. Had unprotected sex with husband on night of 15th january and continued having sex onwards. I have missed my period 3 days ago and i am having cramping in lower stomach, slight nausea and mood swings. Yesterday my urine hcg test returned negative. Could i be pregnant? Please help

    • DP Nguyen January 30, 2012, 9:26 pm

      You could be pregnant, and it’s possible that your hCG test was taken too soon and the levels aren’t high enough in your system. Wait a week and take another test.

      • jenni February 7, 2012, 2:50 am

        I am 11 days late now. Took a test last night and it came negative again. What it could be coz in my first pregnancy the test came positive 10 days after missing my period.

  • Lexie January 30, 2012, 3:16 am

    I have a quick question. My period is usually 4-5 days long. In December my period was on the 21/12/2011.Had unprotected sex on the 31 December.  On the 2 Jan I went to the loo and wiped and there was this light brownish discharge, which happened just that once. I had unprotected sex again on the 14 of January.  The week of Monday the 16

    th I had period type cramps and nausea but that’s just pms, cause I usually get that symptoms a week before my period. My period started on the 23 but I did not wear a tampon at all, just pantyliners, there were hardly any blood, just when I wiped, it lasted from the 23

    rd till the 26 January (the pantyliner was basically clean and just some blood when I wiped.  It is now the 30 January and I am still having the bloated feeling, constipation and sometimes nausea and emotional.  I did do a test on the 28 January but it was negative ( I used first morning urine) Any advice what it could be?

    Oh by the way, with my first pregnancy 9 years ago the only symptoms I had was fatigue, I had no other symptoms apart from missed period.

    • DP Nguyen January 30, 2012, 9:27 pm

      Well, Lexie, it does sound like you are possibly pregnant. Especially if you are still having the symptoms, and your period wasn’t normal. The light bleeding you had may have been implantation bleeding – one of the earliest signs of pregnancy. I would wait a week and take another home pregnancy test. You can also schedule an appointment with your doctor for a blood pregnancy test.

  • sumi January 29, 2012, 1:59 pm

    Hi doc,

    My cycle is 26 days now its 31 days what caused the change, I was 5 days late, how do I no when I ovulate , why does my breast get sore so often is it a sign of ovulation, how do I improve my chances of getting pregnant faster ?

    Does stress from daily life really causes you from not falling pregnant

    if you have a cyst can you still fall pregnant if so will you have a healthy pregnancy

    What causes implanmentation bleeding after your period

    Why do I have red light spots a week after my period very unnoticeable spotting just see it when I go 2 toilet

    • DP Nguyen January 30, 2012, 9:45 pm

      I am not a doctor.

      But Stress can cause your period to change. To figure out when you ovulate, just subtract 14 days from when you are expecting your period. That’s just an estimate, not exact. So many things can change ovulation, and stress can be one of them. You can still get pregnant with ovarian cysts, but it can cause problems with your pregnancy. I also have articles on implantation bleeding on my blog.

  • darrian dils January 29, 2012, 11:42 am

    thank you my cylce is usual 30-31 days and how long should i wait to take the pregnancy test? should i take it now or wait and see if my period comes since its the end of the month? I just need to know if its gna be able to tell this early or not.

    • DP Nguyen January 30, 2012, 9:46 pm

      You need to wait until you miss your period before you take a home pregnancy test. You will get an inaccurate result if you take it beforehand.

  • halie January 28, 2012, 2:09 pm

    I really would appreciate any info help here it is I have been ttc and this month I got ready for my period and it didn’t show instead I had spotting only when I wipe for 11 days and then on the 12 th day it got a little heavier to where I had to put a pad in and had horrible pain not cramps but pain and the pain lasted for 2 days but the bleeding continued for another week I bled a total of 18 days straight and now I’m feeling nauseous and my boobs are a little sore again what do yall think?

  • Ash January 28, 2012, 12:31 pm

    Hi Dr Nguyen.
    Me & my boyfriend had sex January 14 of this year & he cumed in me. My period came on(im irregular) but it doesnt seem like a period. Im having mood swings,im crying on and off,im tired all the time all the time,i wanna eat weird food like cookies dipped in cheese. Could i be pregnant because im very confused and need help

    • DP Nguyen January 28, 2012, 1:13 pm

      Hi Ash,
      I am not a medical doctor, just a women’s health writer. I just want you to know this.

      But If your boyfriend ejaculated inside of you, and you didn’t have a regular period, are very emotional, fatigue, weird food cravings, then I would say YES there is a good possibility that you might be pregnant. My suggestion from one woman to another is that you need to go take a home pregnancy test right away. It may also be a good idea to contact your doctor’s office and get a blood pregnancy test. Good luck.

  • darrian dils January 28, 2012, 12:04 pm

    Ok I need some real advice. I started my period December 31,2011 (which is regular) and two weeks or so after i was off, I started to spot. I went to the bathroom and it just started to come out, then the next day it stopped and then later that night it started again really light but its a real red color it was doing this for about 4-5 days in a row really light. My boyfriend and i have had sex like the whole week.(unprotected). I have been bloated, I have bad gas, headaches, and weight gain. I really need to know if I could be pregnant can you please help me with your advice.

    • DP Nguyen January 28, 2012, 1:16 pm

      It’s hard to say whether or not you could be pregnant. I don’t know how long your cycles are. If you have a shorter cycle – like 21 days, then you could possible become fertile the week after your period, and so two weeks afterwards, it’s possible that you may have conceived and the spotting is implantation bleeding. Bloating, gas headaches, and weight gain are also common signs of PMS. I would please advise you to take a home pregnancy test, or schedule an appointment with your doctor for a blood pregnancy test.

  • Maiyah January 25, 2012, 8:13 am

    Hi

    I had been following my period and it was always a 26 day cycle I was 5 days late, then I got my period on the 16 of Jan 2012, my period lasted for 5 days there after I spotted for 3 days, Why is this so, I have these really bad headaches, it hurts during sex, I don’t want to have sex anymore, my breast is starting 2 get very tender it pains a lot is it Ovulation

    Guess my question is what can it be why was I late why did I spot for few days.

    I forgot to add that I’m Constipated aswell have a bit of lower back pain

    Please help me understand it tough being a women.

    I’m 25 years old my husband and I trying to get pregnant and when do I Ovulate again because my period was on the 16 Jan and I spotted how do I calculate my days

    • DP Nguyen January 28, 2012, 1:46 pm

      Pain during sex can be a number of problems, like a vaginal infection, fibroids, endometriosis, cysts on your ovaries, etc. So I would go get that checked out by a gynecologist. Sometimes, women do spot before their periods. From what you are explaining, I would highly recommend that you go see a doctor to figure out what’s going on with your body. Good luck.

  • Meli Mel January 24, 2012, 11:28 am

    I have a question and I took a test but had a negative last week but i think its just because it’s way too early.

    I am currently on Oral Contraceptives but I had Bronchitis and was given the z-pack. I was taking my Z-Pack the same days as my placebo pills. First, I got my period late while on the placebo pills and just had it for a day but not heavy at all. It was the weirdest thing, since i usually get it like clock work. My boyfriend and I have sex every single day, except for when I have my period. I know, I must be on my sexual peak to want to have sex every single day. But anyways, for the past two weeks and a half, I’ve been super Nausea and just feeling over all not myself. Feeling exhausted and the past 7 days, my breast have been super tender, my co-worker even commented that my breasts look extra large. And I’ve been falling asleep early and so exhausted by 3 pm. My period is not due until another 3 days. The Nausea even comes to me when I’m talking on the phone for more than 5 minutes. It’s just so weird. Can I possibly be pregnant?

    • DP Nguyen January 28, 2012, 1:57 pm

      Sorry for the late response. But you do sound pregnant to me. I would take another home pregnancy test and schedule an appointment with your doctor for a blood pregnancy test.But anyway, yes you do sound pregnant to me.

  • jacqueline January 23, 2012, 2:16 am

    Hi DP. Nguyen,
    my name is Nicole and i been experiencing some things. i’am 21 and last time i had sex was January 10, i always have unprotected sex with my ex-bf and i am trying to get pregnant. the month of December i got my period during sex, then after that i had sex twice in the last week of December then once in january6, then January 10. i been have some type of feeling in my breast i never gotten before on a period. i been throwing up cant keep anything down. and have serious head aches. I’m always sleepy . My stomach hurts sometime then i get lower back pain and also pain on side of my stomach. i wake up out of my sleep because i get every hot. also been campy and my mama been having dreams about fish .. could I be pregnant or what. my period was due January 21, but it has not came yet.

  • Rosaliehope January 22, 2012, 10:43 pm

    Hello, I have been experiencing sore breasts for about 3 months now, not on and off, but almost constantly. I always had a very regular cycle with my periods, until about november. I ended up starting to get smaller periods, at 2 week intervals, then my period became normal once more at a very specific 28 day cycle. I know exactly when it will come always. However this morning I noticed that my breasts are leaking a milky no odor liquid. not alot, only a few drops, but it still set me to thinking. I have felt mild cramps, and even small bumping feelings in the uteral area, as well I have experienced, heat burn, fatigue, nausea, head aches, as well as frequent urination. however, my tubes are clamped, and all the pregnancy tests I took are negative. I have even seen a doctor and had a pregnancy test there, and nothing. however even my fiancee says when he puts his hand on my lower abdomen that he can feel movements.

    Please, can any one give me any advice..?

  • sophie January 22, 2012, 1:55 pm

    Hi there. I had sex about 10 weeks ago. We used a condom but I was paranoid so just to be safe I took plan b within 48 hours. About a week later I had a heavy long(about 5 days) period. Then about a month later I started having nausea. For that whole month I had nausea 24/7. I finally went to the doctor. The blood test was negative– which was taken about 9 weeks after sex– and she reassured me that I was not pregnant. I also got a heavy normal(5 day) period the day after my appointment. The doctor diagnosed me as having irritable bowl syndrome. But now the nausea has subsided… but I have become very bloated and gassy and cant suck in my tummy like I used to be able to– and it doesnt ever go away. I feel like I can feel something in my lower stomach and I strain to tighten my abs, which is unusual. could I be pregnant?

  • sophie January 22, 2012, 1:54 pm

    Hi there. I had sex about 10 weeks ago. We used a condom but I was paranoid so just to be safe I took plan b within 48 hours. About a week later I had a heavy long(about 5 days) period. Then about a month later I started having nausea. For that whole month I had nausea 24/7. I finally went to the doctor. The blood test was negative– which was taken about 9 weeks after sex– and she reassured me that I was not pregnant. I also got a heavy normal(5 day) period the day after my appointment. The doctor diagnosed me as having irritable bowl syndrome. But now the nausea has subsided… but I have become very bloated and gassy and cant suck in my tummy like I used to be able to– and it doesnt ever go away. I feel like I can feel something in my lower stomach and I strain to tighten my abs, which is unusual. Im so so worried–could I be pregnant?

  • Melinda Tate January 20, 2012, 12:18 am

    I am 32 and my last period cam normal on time as always. This time though it was a little different, I bleed lightly and then I got a clot just one, I have not had clots in 12 yrs so this kinda scares me. I also missed the first 3 BC pills. Since then I have spurts nausea, bloated, crampy, and have had headahes, I also have yellowish discharge it is light though. I have taken two pt and both neg. My period will start in 4 days. what could be wrong.

  • Sweetpea January 19, 2012, 7:22 pm

    So I have had 5 pregnancies and no live births. I have had a miscarraig and 4 ectopic pregnancies, one resulting in the loss of one of my tubes. I have been trying to conceve for some time so I do keep track of my cycle and symptoms. I remember when I had the miscarraig I was extremely exhausted all the time and my breasts were tender as well as pretty crappy neasua(no vommiting), but with the ectopic pregnancies I have not had those symptoms. I am due to start my period on Monday 1/23 so I am not yet late. I experienced what I believed may have been ovulation spotting last week which I have never had before. Then this week I start feeling very “off”. My breasts are way more tender than they are before I start my period, my neasua has given way to vomitting, all I want to do is sleep, and I just don’t feel like myself. Now I have done a ton of research on my body and what it goes through, but I am a little unsure on this one. Could I be off on when I ovulated and that spotting have been implantation bleeding or is it possible to get early pregnancy symptoms that soon after conception? I’m so lost please help.

  • Rose January 19, 2012, 7:55 am

    I am experiencing a lot of the pregnancy symptoms, I am feeling sleepy all of the time, but I am also getting some very strange pains in the womb area and it can be really painful, I am worried that its something more serious than pregnancy! I also still had a period but it was slightly lighter!?

  • candy January 19, 2012, 7:33 am

    hi my partner and i have been trying for a baby for 9 months and i think im pregnant this time. i have missed my period i have sore boobs for 2 weeks b4 my period was due. i feel queasy in the evenings and have had sinus problems for the first time. i have also had light cramping. im hoping i am pregnant but putting off tacking a test cause dont want to be heart broken again. do u think i am pregnant.

    many thanks
    Candy x

  • jody January 19, 2012, 4:55 am

    im experiencing pregnancy symptoms but dnt know if its also my period.i was on the nuvaring and didnt go back on since my last period in dec.23,2011 and im very crampy but no period can i be preggers or is it my period thats coming so anxious.

  • phadra January 19, 2012, 3:23 am

    Ok I have been trying to get pregnant. We had unprotected sex twice in the past two weeks since the last time about a week ago iv experienced some things I experinced before during my first pregnancy. Such as sensitive to smells…..light but moderate cramping…..dry mouth… Nasuea….really really tired and exsausted….and lucid dreams but the last pregnancy those were at the end of my third trimester. Is it to soon to think i maybe pregnant again when my period is in a week and few days? And can lucid dreams be a sign of early pregnancy? Idk but don’t wanna give my hopes up an i hate these lucid dreams

  • Erin January 18, 2012, 6:57 pm

    My husband and I have been trying to get pregnant for a couple of months now. For the last week I have been extremely tired and dizzy. I have fallen asleep before 8 pm 4 nights in a row and I’m still tired the next day. I have never felt like this before (except maybe when I had the flu). My period isn’t due for another 1-1/2 weeks from now. Is this just a bug, PMS, or could I be pregnant? Any comments or help would be great. I’m really driving myself crazy :)

  • Lizane January 17, 2012, 7:26 am

    Hei. I am late with my period and have cramps in my bladder. I also have headackes are dizzy. I bought 2 home pregnancy test which had possitive reaults. 3 Days later I went to the doctor. He also did 2 pregnancy tests which came out negative. He said it is a bladder infection. After the doctors appointment I went and bought 2 different kinds of home pregnancy tests. Result positive. This morning I did another test also positive and later in the day I started my period. Or I think it is my period. I am going to see the doctor again, because I am confused. Why do all the home pregnancy test showed positive? Am I pregnant or can a bladder infection give a false positive result, and the period….????

  • joanne January 16, 2012, 1:13 am

    hi i had my period dec 18th for 5 days everything normal, had sex 26th dec and after noticed a small amount of pink blood after toliet (ive had this before with my 2nd child at the similair time in the month) my periods now late by 2 days. ive had cramping on and off all month and my temp has remained high instead of lowering. im starting to worry now that i may be pregnant

  • Bcards January 12, 2012, 10:29 pm

    Hi I had my period in November on the 24th thru the 28th then last month in Dec on the 20th and ended it on the 24th we started trying to conceive right then and did it everyday except the 30 of dec and the 6th my ovulation predictor says I was fertile the 29th thru the 3rd so we made sure we did it alot before and the week during all the way up until the 10th I am supposed to be due for my period this upcoming week I am having tender breast cravings and just typical period symptoms from what I can tell I did have mild cramps with morning as well and I am definitely bloated…I dont understand ovulation if you do it so close to your period is that really enough time to come up with a positive pregnancy test? I am afraid to take one now in fear of it saying NOT pregnant. I am only 25..The only weird thing I noticed is I noticed around time of ovulation is usually when I have tender breasts and I notice milky discharge and I didnt have that..I didnt know if it was because of so much unprotected intercourse or because I might be pregnant?? Definitely hopeful. Thanks!

  • PlayinTheWaitingGame January 12, 2012, 5:20 pm

    My cycle is usually about 26 days. My LMP was 12/20/11. I had sex on 12/30/11. I was supposed to ovulate on 1/1/12. Since then the only symptoms I’ve had are my breast feel fuller, but they’re not sore. I’ve had awful head aches, to the point of “dry heaves”. I’ve had some mild cramping, but it usually goes away after I use the bathroom. Also, some slight pain in my hip. I took the Clear Blue Easy test on the 11th, and it came out negative. I’m supposed to start on the 14/15th of January. I usually get terrible pms, so trying to tell the difference is impossible right now. I would appreciate your opinion on this. Thank you.

  • Paula January 12, 2012, 3:01 am

    Hello ,
    My husband and I started w/a fertility Dr. This was my first month on clomid. The Dr. had me purchase a HSG shot to take when I started to ovulate…However I started ovulating early before the appt and it couldnt be given. My period ended Dec 17., I got checked on Dec 31st (and they found out I was already ovulating). My husband and I messed around everyday for 4-5 days during that time frame. My breasts feel heavy/sore w/the one a little yellowish fluid leaking (if I squeeze a little), I am having lower stomach cramping and today I started feeling little nausea. I am not due till this weekend (Jan 14-15th). I have tried taking a couple early preg test w/all coming back negative. I am hoping Im pregnant and that these arent pms signs. Cross your fingers for us. Thanks :) Any suggestions or your thoughts?

  • Ashley January 11, 2012, 4:19 pm

    Ok here is the deal AF came on the 22nd of November and lasted 3 days i had some brown spotting on the 15th of December that lasted for a day and a half at the most, Majority of my periods are really heavy and last for 5-7 days. I did not get a period at all in December tho, just the brown spotting. Me and my fiancee are ttc and would love to have another child its the 11 of Jan. now. No nausea or vomiting severe constipation tho. breasts havent really changed . feel full and slightly bloated . And i had a MRI done liek the 27th of December and it looked like a black blob with a white thing inside with a big head and a tail and it looked like it was attached to something that was attached to the black blob. the location of this thing is like almost underneath but a little in front of where the spine meets the pelvic bone. taken 2 tests but one the “sample” was 2 hrs old and the other was in the middle of the day. Could you please help?????? thank you

  • Mary January 10, 2012, 9:28 pm

    I am wondering whether or not to repeat a pregnancy test. I had my last period Nov. 15th 2011. I missed my period in Dec. I tested Dec. 30th and got a negative test, but I used the dollar store kind and I tested in the middle of the day. I am very moody , I have had cramps and tingly feelings near my ovaries every other day since around the time I missed my period. I am also having a creamy white discharge sometimes clear its quite heavy. I am bloated, I have a lower back pain at night and a stuffy nose at night as well, i’ve also been getting mild headaches and I’m tired and overly emotional. I have also had some twinges in my abdomen and I have been peeing a little more than normal. Also I have been craving watermelon and oreo’s as well as watermelon and vanilla ice cream which is very strange! I am wondering if these sound like early pregnancy symptoms. I am a few days shy of 2 months late right now. Thank You!!!

  • Heather January 10, 2012, 7:50 pm

    I have searched and searched for an answer and I’m still confused. I would say for the past 3 months we’ve been really trying, although it feels like 2 yrs to me. I already have one daughter and she just turned 8. I didn’t have any cramping, didn’t feel the ovulation or anything else. I noticed I was 4 days late, so I took a pregnancy test and it came up positive. A few days later, I started having really bad cramping, so I went to the ER. There was also some blood that came out, too. They said everything was fine I was just REALLY pregnant. Since now trying for my 2nd one, it feels a whole lot different. I felt when I ovulated and here in 5 or 6 days I’m supposed to start my AF. A couple days ago (after going to the bathroom) when I went to wipe, I noticed some brown discharge. I was thinking to myself.. Its not supposed to be another week and a half. It stopped. Well, earlier today, the same thing happened to me. My stomach is really bloated and for a couple days now on and off I’ve felt nautious. Which I’m never like that before my AF and the bloating is way more than I’ve ever had w/ any AF. Also the 1st pregnancy my boobs weren’t sore. They really aren’t now either. I don’t know what to think because as much as I want to be pregnant again, Last month I just stopped thinking about it and figured it would happen when it was going to. No stress at all either. Before this period feels different than all the rest of them. So, what I’m wondering is if I am pregnant. I know I need to wait to see if the AF that I want to go away lol will appear or if its going to disappear for me for 9 mo :D I just am wondering if I definitely could be or it is very well possible.

    • Heather January 10, 2012, 7:54 pm

      I also forgot to mention that I’ve been really tired the past 2 days that will hit me out of no where and I’m not like that before my period is suppposed to start either.

  • Madeline January 10, 2012, 4:19 am

    On New Years Eve last year I had protected sex with my boyfreind and apparently he touched his penis to allow stimulation before he put on the condom. Little did we both know that he forgot to wash his hands before putting on the condom. We are both very worried about the chance of a pregnancy happening.

    To add to the worry, i found out that there was a bit of blood on my underwear the day after we had protected sex the second time which was on the 6th of January- i thought this was my period and normally when i find out that i have my periods i usually take my period medication immediately. However, this time it was different. After i took the medication (thinking that i had my period), the blood stopped.

    I dont know why the blood stopped (was it even my mentrual period?) after took the medication and i am not sure if im pregnant or not since my period was suppose to come on that day that i bled a little. I am now 3 days late from my period.

    What could have caused the blood to stop? Could it be my iron levels or changes in my hormone levels?

  • Ashlynnd January 9, 2012, 3:16 pm

    Hi,
    I’m taking the birth control & am noticing a delayed period. Dont mean to be too detailed, but my doc is out for another week i could use some ideas…

    Whenever i take the sugar pills(i take them at night before i go to bed), i’m bleeding extremely heavily by the morning, and am having some mean cramps. I’ve noticed some brown spotting yesterday morning, very light and very mild cramping. I took my sugar pills last night, woke up and no blood, no really painful cramps (which is VERY unusual, has never happened before). Just some scanty spotty brown… I had sex 3 days ago, about 5 days before that, and on & off during the past 1 1/2 months depending on whether or not it was “that time” when i was having breakthrough bleeding which is often. When i spot before my period, (which is only on breakthroughs) its always somewhat heavy spotting, definitely noticable. Its either red, dark red, or brownish red… but its always red. This time its just brown and the spotting is very light & barely noticable.

    I just looked up the medications i’m on (i always get info & do my research on any new medication since i’m allergic to so much!), and found out that the other medications i’m on lessen the birth control effects of the pill. I’m being told the light brown spotting & delayed period could be implantation bleeding, i’m really scared and would really appreciate any ideas or suggestions.

    Help please? Thank you :)

  • Valerie January 5, 2012, 7:04 pm

    Hi Dr. Nguyen,
    I am on the pill and have 2 children. My period was due last Tuesday so I am over a week late and I have never been late while on the pill. I have taken two HPT and both were negative. I took the first when I was 2 days late and the second when I was 5 days late. I feel like I have some Pam’s symptoms (acne, tired and bloated) but none of the same symptoms I had when pregnant with my two pregnancies. I was on a z-pack during mid-cycle as well as a steroid to help with headaches. I have a doctors appt scheduled for next Tuesday but am very anxious as this would be a totally unplanned pregnancy with very bad timing since we will be moving around the due date of pregnant. I lead a very stressful life but as I stated earlier I have always been regular while on the pill and stress nor medications have seemed to affect my cycle before. Would love to hear your thoughts. Thanks!

  • mandy January 5, 2012, 12:55 am

    HI, i have 2 children, and have had my tubes tied. but im having swollen tender breast, mood swings and extrem fatigue, wich i had with both of my pregnancys before….the only differece this time is i am getting very sick at night… to the point i wake up and even sometimes puke. im worried i might be pregnant. im not wanting to have anymore children, are these pms or could i be the 1 in a million girls who got pregnant with her tubes tied???

    • mandy January 5, 2012, 12:58 am

      iv have heard and read taht you CAN get pregnant after having tubes tied, as soon as 3 months after

  • Quita January 4, 2012, 2:45 pm

    Ok my last period was dec 15, 2011! My period always come around this time! But today jan 4, 2012 my period came! I’ve never had PMS before because I would only get cramps when I’m about to have my period! Sad to say me & my partner never uses protection & we are trying to conceive but lately I’ve been having to vomit in the mornings and lately certain smells and foods have been making me sick and I NEVER VOMIT before my cycle! Minor detail me and my partner had sex this morning! Unprotected again and then 2 hours later my cycle started but I took a test yesterday & it said NEGATIVE! Help please

  • Hayley January 4, 2012, 2:39 am

    Hi, I am on the pill. I have irregular periods. I had a normal period lasting only 3 days, very light. 2 weeks later I had brownish discharge for about 6 days and was due for my period 3 days ago and had nothing. I have been feeling more tired but nothing out of the ordinary. Could is be pregnant?

    • Hayley January 4, 2012, 2:42 am

      Sorry I forgot to say I also missed about three pills scattered throughout the month

  • Christina January 3, 2012, 7:09 pm

    Howdy,
    I am a normal birth control user, not wanting to be pregnant anytime soon, and just this month i skipped it, and also a different medication. I have taken 2 home pregancy tests and both are negative. I am a week late. I have been having normal period cramps but just no blood. Can not taking both my birth control and my other medication mess up my cycle?

  • Jessica December 29, 2011, 8:18 pm

    Okay, so I’m supposed to get my period in 2 days, but 2 nights ago I had a little bit of a dark brown discharge. That was it though. I do have regular period symptoms like breast tenderness and some swelling which is normal, light mood swings, and cramps. The thing I’m most scared about is that I read during implantation bleeding, someone’s heart can sometimes skip beats and mine has been. I had unprotected sex 6 days ago. My boyfriend and I use the pull-out method. I think I might be pregnant and I’m going to take a test in a couple days if I miss my period. Do you think I’m pregnant? If so, when should I take the test? I read first thing in the morning a couple days after a missed period is good…

    • DP Nguyen January 1, 2012, 9:31 pm

      I would take a home pregnancy test, especially since you do the pull-out method. Precum still has semen in it, and because men cannot control precum, there’s always a chance that there’s one strong swimmer that impregnates you. You will get the most accurate result with a home pregnancy test the week after your missed period. Take the test first thing in the morning, since the concentration of hCG (the pregnancy hormone) is often higher then. Good luck

  • Cimonye December 29, 2011, 2:23 am

    Hi, my periods are always regular. I always have swollen breasts, dull pain in my pelvic area and creamy discharge. Well 2 weeks just after my period went off I begin get this pain in one side of my pelvic area, in which I begin to spot a little blood. The spotting was only for that day only. And next day I begin to have this clear slimy looking discharge. Since aboutv monday I have been having swollen sore breasts, very thirsty, frequent urination, darkening in color, swollen pelvic with some pain, fatigue , easily aggravated and dry mouth. My cycle is due Jan. 1st. So my question to you is: am I ok or should I take a home pregancy test??

    • DP Nguyen January 1, 2012, 9:38 pm

      I think the one-sided pain and the little blood that you experienced that day was ovulation pain and ovulation spotting. This is common in some women. All your other symptoms sound like regular PMS symptoms to me. I am pretty sure that you are OK. If you miss your period, however, don’t hesitate to take a home pregnancy test.

  • Jocelyn December 26, 2011, 3:13 pm

    I have been trying to get pregnant and last couple months have been disappointing. We had intercourse almost every day I was supposedly fertile. Now my breast are super tender and swollen I am tired and I’ve had waves of nausea. What do you think my chances may be if we had intercourse while I was fertile?

    • DP Nguyen January 1, 2012, 9:52 pm

      I think there is a good chance that you are pregnant, especially if you had sex during your fertile period. Breast tenderness, fatigue, and nausea are all early signs of pregnancy. Take a home pregnancy test and schedule a visit with your doctor for a blood test to conform. Good luck.

  • chez, December 24, 2011, 5:07 am

    hiya! just another quick question ..
    period was on 8th december, ended on the 12th had sex on the 13th, had sex around 19th and the 20th, i didnt ovulate until the 22nd, we didnt have sex on the 21st, or after the 22nd could i still get pregnant?
    1DPO – slight pumping in the sides of breasts,tingling in the uterus,heart racing && every bad headache in the bath.
    2DPO which is today!!! – slightley lower backache,slight discomfort in the lower abdomen , stomach feels dodgey like ive got flue but i havent,been peeing alot since my period really! .. anyone help please?

    • DP Nguyen January 1, 2012, 10:01 pm

      Since sperm can stay alive in the reproductive track for up to 5 days, there is always a chance that you could be pregnant. If you miss your period this month, take a home pregnancy test.

  • MALLI December 23, 2011, 3:36 pm

    My periods have always been regualar 28 days, last pm was 11/29. This week I spotted 2 days while i wiped myself(brownish, pinkish discharge) Looked liked implantation bleeding. I am also having nocturnal insomnia which i have never experienced in my life before. I wake up at 3am and can’t sleep till late afternoon. My face is filled with pimples, i usually do breakout but not all over my face only on cheeks. Today is 10dpo, took pregnancy test it was negative. I called my gyn and nurse told me to wait until i pass my period date. It could be due to stress and holidays. I am hoping i am pregnant.

    • DP Nguyen January 1, 2012, 10:02 pm

      You will have to wait until you miss your period to take a test. Insomnia can be caused by all kinds of things, and breakouts can also be caused by stress. Keep testing though. Good luck.

  • Sarah December 22, 2011, 10:52 pm

    Hi Mrs. Nyugen.
    I don’t remember exactly when I got my period last month, I remember it was 2-3 days before Thanksgiving so probably around the 21st. My cycles are very regular and I should have been due for my period on Monday, it’s now late Thursday and no signs of blood at all. My boyfriend and I have regular unprotected sex. He always pulls out, but 2 weeks ago we had sex about 3 times in one week and one of the times was only about an hour after he had cum already so there might have been sperm left in the urethra.

    I haven’t been nauseous, but my breasts are very swollen and a bit tender (if I press on them there’s a dull aching but it’s nothing agonizing) all I want to do it eat (I ate an entire can of pringles today, two chili dogs and like three brownies! Yesterday was even worse) I’m very fatigued, I’ve been going to sleep at 9 or 10 at night and I just woke up from a nap about an hour ago. I have a dull headache but headaches haven’t really been a problem. I had a stomachache the other night and I’ve had gas (not sure if that’s a symptom, I did eat a lot the night I had the stomachache so it may have been from that. I’ve had a bit of discharge but I usually have discharge. The thing that is worrying me the most is breast tenderness and swelling, I really never get PMS except for a bit of moodiness which I do have, I literally had a two mental breakdowns in a row last week over nothing big at all.

    To be honest I can’t even really afford a HPT, much less a child, I live on my own and can barely cover my rent and bills with my paycheck and I work 6 days a week. If I had a child it would destroy my world so I’m completely terrified. I saw pregnancy tests at the dollar store today, are they as accurate as the more expensive brands? Is it too early to test?

    • DP Nguyen January 1, 2012, 10:06 pm

      I think you should test. Depending on how sensitive the home pregnancy test at the dollar store is, they may be accurate. I am sure they’re fine. Just keep testing until you have your period.

  • tegan December 22, 2011, 12:39 pm

    my periods have always been pretty irregular.  it’s been about 3 months since my last period.  the one before that was also 3-4 months prior.  my doctor gave me progesterone to re-start it.  i was supposed to take it for 6 months but only took it for 1.  i got a normal period in mid september 2011, that was 13+ weeks ago.
    my boyfriend and are are ttc and have had a lot of unprotected sex n the last several months.  since my period i’ve been extremely exhausted and felt quite bloated and nauseous on occasion, but no other normal pregnancy type symptoms.  (i have a child already; that pregnancy was very typical.)  i have taken 3 hpt, just in case, but each has come back negative.
    for about the last week my breasts have suddenly become very sore and i’ve been experiencing mild cramping, as if my period is about to start, but nothing yet.  

    • DP Nguyen December 22, 2011, 12:55 pm

      If it’s been three months since your last period, I would go see your doctor and tell them that you’re TTC to figure out what’s going on. If you aren’t ovulating and not having periods as a result of not ovulating, then pregnancy is impossible. So, for this reason, I would really recommend that you go see a doctor and hear what he/she has to say about how to help. Good luck.

  • dee December 20, 2011, 10:46 pm

    my first time having sex, it was unprotected. i took a plan b the next day.. a few days later i had unprotected sex, he pulled out but i’ve been feeling really nauseas from oders for the past 2 weeks. i’ve been spitting a lot. i have a on and off pain in my stomach and im 2 days late..

    • DP Nguyen December 21, 2011, 11:06 pm

      I would take a home pregnancy test to see if you could be pregnant. Anytime that you have unprotected sex, even pull out method, can put you at risk for pregnancy. So take a home pregnancy test and see if you’re pregnant. Good luck.

  • shay December 20, 2011, 2:29 am

    do u think im pregnant

    • DP Nguyen December 21, 2011, 11:09 pm

      I am guessing that all your symptoms are due to IUD. Your body isn’t used the hormonal contraceptive, and IUDs can have nasty side effects. I am thinking that your symptoms are due to the IUD. If you are worried, I would recommend taking a home pregnancy test. If you had your period, I wouldn’t be too nervous about pregnancy. Plus the IUD is very effective in preventing a pregnancy.

  • shay December 20, 2011, 2:28 am

    hello
    i need sum advice on what to do i had an iud put in about 4 months ago now the firts 2 months a bleed everyday pretty much the 3rd month it was aboout 2weeks i bleed then this month it was about 4 days which isnt how long my period would last its normally 6-7 day long but i noticed it wasnt as heavy nd the last 2 days it was light thn the last day it was a redish brown color i had sex abot 2 weeks before it started and then on day 3 and 4 of it and he ejaculated inside of me everytime we had sex on those days but the first couple days i was vomitting and tired didnt want to move just wanted to sleep my breast havent been sore jst fell heavier then they normally would i feel bloated out of this world bowl movements havent been normal and i feel more gassy then normal also acne has been crazy getting it on my neck and places that i normally wouldnt. im scared and dont no what to do i already have 2 kids the first pregnancy i didnt have all the symptoms that you would and my last 1 i was sick everyday with vomitting. this period that i had came really early this month it seems like please give me some advcie what to do. i seem to be more emotional my partner says then normally and my hair is falling out like crazy ADVICE PLEASE

  • AV December 19, 2011, 12:40 pm

    I have irregular periods. I usually get my periods 2-3 times a year. But this year I’ve had my period from June-October 2011 usually landing on the 12th or 16th of the month lasting about 5-7 days. I never get any symptoms from my PMS except food cravings and some bloating. When I do ever get my periods I usually have cramps a day before and light spot bleeding then during the middle of the week it’s a little bit heavier then I have lighter bleeding at the end and then it’s done.

    I’ve had unprotected sex with my boyfriend in September three times in that month and he came three times. I never had symptoms but I did take pregnancy tests just to be sure in October and November and they were all negative.

    In November and December I haven’t had my period. I missed both in those months. As of now, I have cramps, nausea, fatigue, constipation, upset stomach, really good sense of smell, headaches, tingling breasts, acne, trouble sleeping even when I’m really tired, & moodswings.

    My boyfriend and I have had unprotected sex during those months but he pulls out when he releases. I took a pregnancy test about a week ago and it came out negative. I’m planning on taking another one, but I’m waiting a couple of weeks before I take it again. If it turns out negative I guess I’m going to have to go in to check. I would like some help or ideas what it could be. Thanks.

    • DP Nguyen December 21, 2011, 11:12 pm

      If you have irreglar periods, I wouldn’t be too nervous. However, your irregular periods – only have two or three a year signal that you might have a reproductive or ovulation problem. Possibly PCOS. So I would highly recommend that you go see a doctor and get diagnosed. You want to know what’s causing you to have irregular periods, since it can affect your health and future chance of having kids. So, go see a doctor and figure out what’s going on with you. You might be pregnant, or it could be another health issue all together. Go to the doctor!

  • Jenn December 15, 2011, 9:46 pm

    Hi!

    I track my cycles pretty regularly and my last period Started on November 10th. I had protected sex on the 19th, and my ovulations are supposed to start on the 24th. There were no problems with the condom and he wasn’t inside me without it. About a week later, I had a cold which went away. Then the next week, I had a sore throat, cough (with discolored phlegm), congestion, and vomitting for about five days. I had been really stressed at work too. I finally took a regular benedryl and I was no longer nauseated. I took another pill the next night and was feeling almost 100% better the next day. This all ended last week. I was supposed to start my period on the 14th. I had my normal pre-period acne a few days ago but it went away with no other signs of my period happening. I haven’t been any more tired or eating differently than usual and don’t have any other symptoms. Since my period hasn’t started, is there a chance I could be pregnant and there was a problem with the condom or could it be due to the sickness?

    Thanks!

    • DP Nguyen December 21, 2011, 11:25 pm

      Illness can mess up your period, so I am sure that your period this month is just late due to being so sick.

      • Jenn December 22, 2011, 5:01 pm

        Thanks! I haven’t been that sick in a long time and didn’t know if i should be worried. Do you know how long periods can be delayed from it? I am a little over a week now.

  • Sara December 15, 2011, 8:06 pm

    Hi DP Nguyen!

    My last period started Nov 13th. On Nov 29th my fiance and I had sex and there was a condom mishap. I started a moderate workout program on Dec 5th and all that week I had a lot of thick, white discharge. I started taking prenatal vitamins Dec 3rd just in case we are pregnant. I was due my period December 11th and all signs pointed to it coming. I started cramping on the 10th, I was moody, had tender breasts, was tired, etc…My period still has not come. I took a test Dec. 13th and today (Dec 15th). Both tests are negative. I have been experiencing dull, “period-like” cramps since the 10th, I threw up the morning of Dec 13th, and I’ve had off and on nausea, headaches, backaches, and extreme fatigue all week. Do you think this is pregnancy? I’m thinking that the new exercise program is causing this and is probably the reason my period is late…maybe too much stress on my body? Its alot of lifting mixed in with a little cardio. Thanks so much!

    • DP Nguyen December 21, 2011, 11:26 pm

      I do think that it’s possible that all your symptoms are signs that you are pregnant. I would recommend that you schedule an appointment with a gynecologist and get a blood pregnancy test to see if you might be pregnant.

  • Sadie LS December 15, 2011, 10:36 am

    Hi DP Nguyen, me and my partner are trying for a baby and at the moment i am four days late. But to give you a bit of history i had an implant fitted for 8 months and got took out august 2011 as i was bleeding every day. I recieved my last period on the 12th november and it was like every other period i had lasting 5 days and giving me pains in my stomach.
    Now i am concerned as i have a bloated/swollen stomach and it feels hard when pushing it in, acne, back ache, headaches everyday, feeling like i need to be sick, tired all the time, going to the toliet more often and my breasts seem bigger but no colour change.
    I would love to hear you advice please.
    Sadie LS x

    • Sadie LS December 15, 2011, 10:37 am

      Also i have an aching pain under my ribs

    • DP Nguyen December 21, 2011, 11:30 pm

      I think what you are experiencing is PMS symptoms. You may have a late period this month, but I am sure that it will come. Take a home pregnancy test if you are still worried.

  • Mykiel December 9, 2011, 10:09 pm

    We’re trying to conceive. My 1st day of last menses was on 16/11/11. We had sex on 26, 27, 29 & 30th of Nov. My next period should be due on 13th Dec. I’ve been having dizzy spells, nauseous feeling & vomitted few times after eating my usual preferred food for the past few days. Feeling very tired & sleepy while working. But I took a HPT last night & this morning and it turns out negative. Is a bb on the way? Or is it just pms?? Did I take the HPT too early?

    • DP Nguyen December 12, 2011, 9:41 pm

      It sounds like you took the home pregnancy test too early. I would wait until the day of your missed period and take another home pregnancy test. If it tests negative and you’re still having symptoms, wait a week and test again. HPTs are more accurate the week after your missed period.

  • Laura December 9, 2011, 3:40 am

    DP Nguyen-
    Please help! I can’t seem to recall the date of my last period but I’m guessing it’s somewhere towards the end of October. My periods are very short and somewhat irregular, even on birth control. I was about halfway through my last month’s birth control pills and misplaced it so I didn’t take anymore. I engaged in unprotected intercourse twice in November. I usually get cramps right before my period along with irritability. For the past week I’ve had extremely sore nipples, felt extra tired, snapped at my fiance over small things, and have had cramping in my lower stomach area off and on. In addition, everything smells funny to me. I don’t recall my nipples ever feeling sore. Is this just a bad month for PMS? And how long should I wait to take a pregnancy test, since I’m not sure when AF should arrive?

    • DP Nguyen December 12, 2011, 9:46 pm

      Hi Laura,

      If you stop taking your birth control pills and you have unprotected sex, there is a high chance that you can get pregnant. From your symptoms, it does sound like you might be pregnant. I would take a home pregnancy test right way. Take the old fashioned HPTs, instead of the digital, since they tend to be more accurate sooner. Keep testing until your period arrives. I do think you may also want to make an appointment with your gynecologist to get a blood test.

  • cheri December 8, 2011, 2:16 am

    okay so i started spotting brown blood last night and it wasnt heavy! it is not heavy today either, i havent got period cramps but my breasts are still sore! could this be implantation bleeding that has came late or is it my period?

    • DP Nguyen December 12, 2011, 9:58 pm

      I think you will have to wait and see. There is really no way of telling based on the info that you gave me. Good luck.

  • stephanie19 December 6, 2011, 7:45 pm

    Hello, weird!! I had my implant removed two weeks and two days ago after having it for 6 months. I had to very light periods for a couple of days. Since being off it I’ve had no period and unprotected sex… The first week I felt not myself because if the hormone change.. But recently symptoms have got stronger. I’m nautious, tired, cramps, bloated, back ache, headaches and now I’ve felt light headed when I move from sitting down, and peeing more frequently seems far too early for pregnancy symptoms I just don’t know what’s going on!! Advice please? Thanks

    • DP Nguyen December 12, 2011, 10:07 pm

      I would take a home pregnancy test to make sure that you are not pregnant.

  • nicki December 5, 2011, 5:12 pm

    i recently stopped taking my birth control about 3-4 weeks ago, i usually get my period the last week of every month, i didn’t get mine for november. I’ve had unprotected sex up until the point i stopped taking birthcontrol, i’ve been having protected sex since i stopped, but theres a possibility that it was unprotected once or twice. I have very sore breasts (& larger), as well as bloating & fatigue. i’ve had a lot of cramping & upset stomachs, i’ve been eating a little bit more lately also. I had a pregnancy test at the doctors office about 2 and half weeks ago, should i be concerned about pregnancy?

    • DP Nguyen December 12, 2011, 10:14 pm

      I would keep testing. All your symptoms do sound like normal PMS symptoms though.

  • cheri December 3, 2011, 4:54 am

    i need help! my last period was on the 31 of october,, and i ovulated around the 14th.
    i had sex on the 11th,12th,13th,.my period was due on the 26 of november,its now been 8 days since my period was due!, on the day that it was due, i had sharp shooting pains in the lower abdomen, and the morning after i wiped myself and noticed i had a smear of brown blood on my tissue and wiped myself again and there was nothing! also ive got tender breasts and nipples,.i have been going the toilet alot but ive not been alot for my bowels, ive had period like cramps and pains on the inside of my legs and cramps down my legs for the last couple of days now,also when im waking up i am still tired and have headaches straight away, waves of feeling sick and hungry at the same time.. im normally regular, i never ever miss my period, maybe a day or so but not 8 days i have being pregnant before and didnt get a positive until i was 3 months gone! but i lost it unfortunatley,my boyfriend is also telling me to get a test because he really thinks i could be pregnant? also everytime i eat i can only eat a littlle bit as im feeling sick after, and the foods i do eat taste a little different,also my aerolas have gone a little bit darker and my nipples have been so itchy! when should i test because i done one two days before my missed period and it said negative? thankyou.

    • DP Nguyen December 4, 2011, 1:53 pm

      Hi, if you’ve always been regular and you’re suddenly missing your period, you are probably pregnant. You can test now, since it’s been 8 days after your period. Because of your history of not getting a positive result until 3 months, I would recommend that you go see a medical doctor to get a blood pregnancy test. Tell the doctor your symptoms and ask for an ultrasound, if you’re still having these symptoms. You do sound pregnant, though. Good luck.

  • Nick December 2, 2011, 10:32 pm

    Nguyen,

    I’m probably the first guy to post on here… Anyways, about a month ago, my ex and I had unprotected sex. She’s on Nuvaring, and I did nothing wrong to “mess up”. Her period starts on December 4th (in two days), and two weeks ago she was complaining of nausea, vomiting (not morning sickness she said), headaches, and occasional cramps. As of three days ago (5 days before her scheduled period) she told me that her breasts have been starting to feel sore. I have to add that some days she felt perfectly fine, some days she was just cramping (these cramps she experienced weren’t severe at all, they were “just noticeable” she said.) I also have to add that she has been extremely stressed out. She was biting the sides of her fingers to the point where they were really red and swollen, she’s been stressed because of college, and our unfortunate break up. She’s told me recently that her stress has gotten better, and with me paying close attention to her symptoms and how stressed she was, her symptoms have gotten better, too, as her stress level lowered. I’m only worried because she’s the one who sent me a “btw text” two weeks after we officially broke up saying: “Oh, by the way, I’ve been having headaches and feeling sick and throwing up, so if I’m prego it’s your problem, too.” :/ I will be here for her and trust her and work things out if she is pregnant, but I’m hoping she isn’t. I’m 20 and 2 years into college and going into the air force and finishing up my schooling. Stress can also make a girls period late.

    To add to the stress, for me, she said she was on Z-Pak when we had sex. Z-Pak is an antibiotic that hinders the effects of birth control. But still… I didn’t “go inside her” and I really don’t think pre cum was a factor. 2-4 weeks before her period she’s been having mild cramps, headaches, nausea, occasional vomiting (not morning sickness), recently sore breasts, and sometimes she won’t get enough sleep (I think it’s stress). She has a busy schedule and occasionally works out, so I don’t think fatigue is something she ever complained about, nor has her eating changed. I don’t know. I typed a lot here, and for a guy, I really don’t know what it’s like obviously. I just want some more logic other than what my mind can supply to hopefully make me feel a little bit better…

    -Nick

    • DP Nguyen December 4, 2011, 1:55 pm

      All of the symptoms that you’re describing sound like PMS symptoms. You need to tell her to take a home pregnancy test to see. If you didn’t go inside of her and precum isn’t an issue, then I don’t see how she could be pregnant. Maybe she just wants sympathy from you. But ask her to take a pregnancy test, so that you can be sure. Good luck, Nick. But personally, I don’t think she’s pregnant.

  • Tip December 1, 2011, 4:56 pm

    Duni
    At times my fiance feels it and sometimes I do. The nurse recommended the iud because she had one she says its better then tieing your tubes. But its recently ive been having these syptoms. Its a little scary.

    Nguyen
    Problem is I don’t have any medical insurance.. I didn’t renew it because my mom told me she was going to put me on hers. Dumb I know and I’m currently not working. Wow iud has a double rate of a miscarriage and preterm. I cant go through that again. I’m a high risk when I’m pregnant as is.

    • DP Nguyen December 4, 2011, 2:00 pm

      I’m sorry you don’t have medical insurance. You still need to get medical care, though if you think you’re pregnant with an IUD. See how much it costs to see a doctor without insurance. The IUD needs to come out if you’re pregnant. That can lower your risk.

  • Tip December 1, 2011, 11:01 am

    And also I have been very moody. And tired . Wierd cravings. I mean I ate fried fish dipped in ketchup while eating a pbj sandwhich.
    Help

    • duni December 1, 2011, 12:18 pm

      @ Tip

      I had the iud for year and I went crazy.i had to take hpt every month because I felt pregnant and had every pregnancy symptom in the book. I also gained a lot of weight. It’s the iud that is giving you these side effects. And on top of that my husband was always complaining that he felt the string. The doc had to keep cutting it shorter. After a year I said forget it. I had it removed and al the side effects went away I will never get a iud again.

    • DP Nguyen December 1, 2011, 12:21 pm

      Hi Tip, I’m not a doctor, but you need to go see one.

      If you think you might be pregnant with an IUD, you HAVE to go to the doctor right away. IUDs dramatically increase your miscarriage risk (I think you have double the miscarriage risk as a normal woman), and it can also cause preterm birth.

      The IUD can also have side effects, such as breast tenderness, mood swings, headaches, and acne.

      Anyway, go see a doctor about what’s going on. Make sure you’re not pregnant.

  • Tip December 1, 2011, 10:58 am

    Hi Dr.Nguyen

    Im currently on the iud I can still feel the wire. And my period is due tomorrow. But for the last few wks I’ve been eating more than normal. My breast are tender n my back aches along with lower abdominal pain. I’ve been vomiting. I took 2hpt but it says neg. Can the iud make it a neg? What should I do.

  • Coco December 1, 2011, 8:08 am

    Just an update. Still no period, my nipples are still killing me… And I feel so miserable when I’m hungry and then when I try to eat, I’m forcing the food down. I did a pregnancy calculator just to see what week I would be, and I’m on 3 and a half weeks. Does this sound like a typical three week person? Thanks :)

    • DP Nguyen December 1, 2011, 12:16 pm

      Sounds like you’re in the early pregnancy to me. Did you take a home pregnancy test yet?

      • Coco December 2, 2011, 4:18 pm

        Another update. No test yet I am waiting until tomorrow because that is the day my period will officially be late. I think I had implantation bleeding yesterday !!! It was light almost orange and not a lot at all justa few wipes an that was it. I’m so nervous. I guess we will find out soon. Thanks for all the advice and wish me luck! :)

        • DP Nguyen December 4, 2011, 1:56 pm

          Good luck, Coco!

  • Jaden November 30, 2011, 7:36 pm

    I am in need of some advice (as is everyone else). For the months on September and October I had my period on the 1st of the month. Was having unprotected sex here and there in October. My period came 2 days late this month (November). It came on the 3rd. I took a test on the 2nd- negative. However the period was very light, mostly brown. And in the middle of it, it turned red, got heavy for a few hours, and turned out brown and light again. It was strange to me considering my periods usually start out pretty heavy. Anyway, I have been expecting to have this month’s period between the 1st-3rd. My appetite has been strange and my back is killing me today. Normally I feel lower abdominal cramps but haven’t felt many today. Needless to say I am concerned it is pregnancy but don’t know. Also I am concerned that this month’s (November) period was a false period. Advice, please!

    • DP Nguyen November 30, 2011, 10:33 pm

      Hi Jaden,

      I think it’s a toss-up. You might be pregnant, although if you did have heavy bleeding, it may have been a regular period. I highly recommend that you take a home pregnancy test, once you miss your period this month. That’s the only way to know for sure.

      • Jaden December 5, 2011, 11:24 am

        Well, here is my update. I am now (if I calculated correctly) on what would be day 31 of a cycle. Still no period. Feeling like total CRAP all the time. Have taken 2 pregnancy tests and both are clearly negative. Having a little lower back pain. Lost my appetite and no change in weight. Any thoughts ? Should I assume the tests are correct and wait for the period or see a doctor with the assumption that I am indeed pregnant before too much time goes by ?

  • duni November 30, 2011, 2:13 pm

    Hi,
    Is it true if you have a period that is consistent then you have a shorter LP? The reason I ask is because I get my period on the 6 of every month around the same time ( 6-8pm). I keep track of my CM and I just recently started keeping track of my BBT. I know by the day when I ovulate but we have been trying for 8 months now and no baby. We have three healthy boys and would give it one last try for a girl. We got pregnant real quick with our boys but I dont kow what is going on. I am 26 and healthy so is my husband. after we BD I elevate my legs and sometimes when we are rally tired after we BD then we just fall asleep while he is still inside of me. ( i know tmi sorry). I ovulated on the 23-24 of this month and my BBT have been consistent of between 97.1-97.3 til today. This morning it was 98.1. What does that mean. Am i not doing something right. Any advice would help. Thank you

    • DP Nguyen November 30, 2011, 6:05 pm

      A woman with a normal menstrual cycle has a luteal phase of 12-16 days. A shorter luteal phase is often related to infertility. So, if you have a regular menstrual cycle, I wouldn’t be too worried.

      I’m sorry that you’re having a harder time getting pregnant this time. A surge in your temperature means that you’ve ovulated. As a rule of thumb, you have ovulated when your Basal Body Temperature is 0.2 degrees higher than any temperature from the previous 6 days, and it stays high for at least 3 days.

      Because your egg only stays alive for 12-24 hours after you ovulate, in order to maximize your chance of conception, you need to have sex right before you ovulate. Sperm can stay alive for up to 5 days, so if you have sex during your fertile time (the week leading up to ovulation), then you can increase your chance of pregnancy.

      Also, when you’re trying to conceive, you can help improve your chances with using any sexual position that deposits sperm close to your cervix (like the man on top) and use a pillow underneath your butt to help keep sperm inside. Make sure you don’t have sex too often though. Once every 24 hours is best. Sometimes, sperm quality and quantity needs to be replenished.

      Sometimes, conception is hard, especially when you really want a baby. Don’t be stressed about it, though. Stress only makes it harder for you to conceive.

      Good luck!

      • duni December 1, 2011, 6:27 am

        I already ovulated this month. My bbt was 97.9 when I ovulated. My bbt today was 97.9 it’s still higher then my cover line. Does that mean I ovulated again or is that a sign that I might be pregnant? I took a hpt today ,not with morning urine, and it was a bfn. Did I test to early. I am trying to get pregnant on my own since I don’t want to go to the doctor because they always look at me funny when I tell them we are ttc. We are military family and pple tend to be against us having larger families. Usually 2-3 kids. Any more then that ur considered trailer trash. I know horrible but that’s how military women are. So any advice on how to get it to happen and why bbt is high again would help. Thanks

        • DP Nguyen December 1, 2011, 12:14 pm

          Sounds like you might be pregnant. If your BBT stays elevated for 18 days after you ovulate, this is often a sign that you’ve conceived.
          Have you missed your period yet? Home pregnancy tests aren’t accurate until after the day of your missed period. They are typically more accurate the week after your missed period. But if you take them too soon, or if the test isn’t accurate enough, it won’t be able to pick up the levels of hCG in your system just yet.
          Anyway, keep taking the pregnancy tests and good luck!

          • duni December 1, 2011, 1:35 pm

            I haven’t started yet. I start on the 7th. So I’m guessing I tested to early. I did see a line and it is visible but doesn’t have color to it so I’m thinking it’s probably just the evap line. I’ll let everyone know if I’m pregnant or not. Baby dust.

  • meg November 30, 2011, 1:13 pm

    I misscaried in late aug. my periods have been typically normal since. Last month i had some brownish spotting a few days prior. But this month i started light spotting and light bleeding 9 before my expected period (for 9 days). NOWHERE near the same thing as my period. Now i am 3 days past my expected period. could i be pregnant again? I did test 4 days before my expected period it was negative. Thank you!

    • DP Nguyen November 30, 2011, 5:39 pm

      Hi Meg,
      Home pregnancy tests aren’t very accurate until AFTER you miss your period. So I would suggest that you take another home pregnancy test this week, and another one next week and see what the results are. If you still haven’t gotten your period, make an appointment with a gynecologist and get a blood test. Good luck!

      • meg December 2, 2011, 1:58 pm

        Hi! Ok so i just tested yesterday which is 4 days past expected period..negative. Now i know you said test again in a week, and i will…but if still negative would i count those 9 days of weird spotting and light bleeding as a period?? Thank you!

        • DP Nguyen December 4, 2011, 1:58 pm

          I wouldn’t count the light spotting as a period, it’s something that you need to make a note of. Just pay attention to your symptoms as well.

  • LeeLee November 29, 2011, 4:19 pm

    I’m having sore, full feeling breasts, and I’ve had bumps on them I’ve never had before, I have to pee every few hours(even waking up at night) and I suddenly get dizzy for no reason even while sitting down. I have been trying to get pregnant but my last pregnancy i had morning sickness before i could even take a positive test, now, no sickness. I am due to get my period any day and am trying to decide if it is my period, pregnancy, or just me psyching myself out because I want to get pregnant so badly. It doesn’t feel like my period, or like my last pregnancy. What do you think? is my period more likely or could i possibly be pregnant??

    • DP Nguyen November 29, 2011, 4:50 pm

      In your case, it sounds like a toss-up. You could be pregnant, from the symptoms you are describing. I guess the only way to know is take a test, if you’ve missed your period. Every pregnancy is different, too. You don’t always have the same symptoms. But I am guessing that you could be pregnant, since your symptoms sound more like early signs of pregnancy than PMS. So take a test and find out. Good luck!

  • lindz November 29, 2011, 11:03 am

    Hello..just an update..i had a blood test done it was negative..i due for my mp on dec 3 so we will see if i miss it

  • Coco November 29, 2011, 8:45 am

    Hey so the fiancee and I have sex through our the month.. We have been using the pull out method for about 2 years now. This month however my nipples are super sore although they do randomly do that sometimes before a period, but usually only a few days before a period and it doesn’t last long. My period is not due for another 3 days at the least and I have been feeling this way since before thanksgiving. Next I’m so tired I can barel make it through the day and when I can sleep in I sleep till after one. I usually wake with the sun lol. Constipation, peeing a lot, my tummy just feel super weird I really can’t describe it. Sometimes it hurts but for the mos part it just aggravates me. I have these random feelings like I need to throw up, it only last about 30 seconds but I haven’t neede to throw up in years.. So like I said period is due in a few days..too early to test. I just need advice :/

    • DP Nguyen November 29, 2011, 11:57 am

      It does sound like you might be pregnant. But the only way to know is for you to take a home pregnancy test when you miss your period. If the symptoms continue and you still don’t get your period, go make an appointment with a doctor for a blood test. Good luck

  • Inez November 28, 2011, 4:54 pm

    Also on the third day I thought the blood was red but it happend to be a very dark brown that kind of looked red. I took a home pregnancy test today and the second line looks like it kind of wanted to come out but it didn’t.

  • Inez November 28, 2011, 4:44 pm

    Hi Dr. Nguyen!
    I normally have a 4 day cycle. I started my cycle on Thursday 11/24/11 and 2 and a half days later I noticed brown blood. What can this mean? I am now on my 4th day and I have very light brown spotting. It comes and goes.

    • DP Nguyen November 29, 2011, 11:47 am

      Hi Inez,
      I’m not a doctor, but I do recommend that you make an appointment with a gynecologist for a blood pregnancy test. If the pregnancy test was iffy, then there’s a chance that your period was implantation bleeding. A medical doctor will help explain what’s going on. In the meanwhile, take another home pregnancy test and see what it says.

  • shanna November 27, 2011, 9:14 pm

    Hello, I’ve been breastfeeding since my daughter was born, no period yet, and I take birthcontroll regualary. My baby started fighting feedings so I looked online and saw that it could be pregnancy.. do you get your period when breastfeeding?

    • DP Nguyen November 27, 2011, 9:53 pm

      Hi Shanna,

      No, you do NOT get your period when you are breastfeeding. The hormones that help you produce milk suppress ovulation and you menstrual cycle. If you are taking birth control regularly and you are breastfeeding, I would not be nervous about getting pregnant. Breastfeeding (exclusive) is also a natural birth control method.

      • Shahnila January 30, 2012, 6:04 pm

        Actually, you can get your period even if you are exclusively breastfeeding. It is normal and many women have. You can check out kellymom.com for more info or details on how. I got my period when my daughter was 10 mo old… my friend got her period back when her daughter was 6 mo old (while exclusively BF).

        Hope that helps!

  • Ang November 25, 2011, 1:30 am

    Hello!
    I’m in need of some desperate advice! My AF is regular every month(within a few days), and last month arrived on the 10th and lasted about six days. Same with the month before. Last month my boyfriend and I had sex on the very last day of my period and didn’t use any protection( as we usually don’t; randomlly condoms(stupid, I know)) and the day after he came in me. I followed that up immediately with a Plan B pill. That was on the 15th or 16th. This month my period just skipped the date it usually arrived and i have been having random cramps from time to time, shin pains, tiredness, random dizziness, slight nausia, it almost feels like i have to get sick kind of constantly in the last 24 hours or so.. Yesterday at about 4:00 i started to bleed out some REALLY dark blood, like brownish with a bit of reddish in it. Usually when I get my period the first day is really heavy and I have to change my tampon about 5-6 times. It has been almost 10 hours and I havn’t had to change it at all. I’ve been having frequent urination as well. Also I had a bladder infection. I’m really worried and not sure what to do! I took 2 pregnancy test and the first one showed up negative but later another line showed up indicating pregnancy…& then i took another and it was negative and stayed that way. That was within the last 10 hours. Help! Am I pregnant?

    • DP Nguyen November 25, 2011, 10:35 am

      Hi Ang,
      Yeah, I would say there is a strong possibility that you’re pregnant. When you took the preg tests, hCG levels may not have been high enough or the test wasn’t sensitive enough yet. So I would suggest that you go to an gynecologist, get a blood test done, and tell them your symptoms. The dark, brownish blood may have been implantation bleeding. Or a very early miscarriage. Implantation bleeding usually is light and shouldn’t last for more than a day or two. But definitely go see a doctor. From what you’re describing, it does sound like you are pregnant for me.

  • lindz November 23, 2011, 5:34 pm

    hello dr, im in need of some advice…i always have normal periods no spotting cramps or anything..my lms started nov 5 and ended on the 9th..my fiance and I had sex 3 days after I was done with it..using the pull out method..i know stupid right..but anyway the 15th I started with reddish brown spotting that lasted two days…i have never had that before! now I have yellowish sticky liquid coming out of my breasts..only when squeezed a lil..cramps, headache and very very tired to the point where I almost fell asleep at my desk at work..is thete anything else that would cause these symptoms..i have 3 children already…the liquid out of the breasts happened when I first got pregnant with my last baby who in may will be 3…idk if im pregnant again or if its something else..thanks for yout help

    • DP Nguyen November 24, 2011, 12:13 am

      Wow, those do sound like you might have been pregnant. The reddish brown spotting could have been implantation bleeding. You should take a home pregnancy test on the week of your missed period to see if you could be pregnant. I mean, it does sound like you might be. But a pregnancy test is the only surefire way to know. Best wishes.

      • lindz November 24, 2011, 7:10 am

        thanks so much for your reply!! I will take a test and let you know how it come out??is there anything else that may cause these symptoms if im not??

        • lindz November 24, 2011, 7:11 am

          also have a great thanksgiving!!

          • DP Nguyen November 24, 2011, 9:00 am

            Well, if you’re not pregnant, some women do have spotting around the time they ovulate. But the yellowish sticky liquid from your breasts cannot be explained unless you are pregnant. (Although I am not a medical doctor so I may be wrong about that. There might be another issue that could cause you to have leaky breasts). Headaches, cramps, and fatigue are all PMS symptoms. But usually extreme fatigue to where you almost fall asleep is often a big sign that you’re pregnant. Anyway, take a home pregnancy test, or schedule an appointment with a doctor for a blood test. Good luck!

          • Lindz December 6, 2011, 2:00 pm

            Hello again, i am still having all the symptoms as posted above…i am 4 days past when my period was supposed to come but i have had a blood test monday the 28th of november,( before i was due for my mp) and it was neg..i have also taken another htp and it also said neg…what else could be going on or could i still possibly be pregnant??

            • DP Nguyen December 12, 2011, 10:10 pm

              I would go see a doctor if you are worried.

              • Erin January 18, 2012, 7:02 pm

                Is it too soon to see a doctor or should I wait until it is closer to my period in case it is pregnancy related? I’ve never been pregnant before so I don’t know what is normal.

              • babe February 13, 2012, 9:04 am

                hello doc,
                my last period was jan 21st and it lasted for 5 days which was normal, on 28 and 29th of jan i had unprotected sex with my fiance but he pulled out before he came. starting from monday on the 6th of feb, i have been feeling really neaseous, fatigue, lower abdominal cramps,backaches, and off white like slight yellowish discharge coming out of me, the discharge isnt smelling or itchy, i also urinate alot every hour or so , i sleep during the day time alot from like 3pm till 11pm in night everyday, also my breats feels fuller with slight pains and green veins on sides, does it mean am pregnant? cos am really confused, we are not really palnning for now.

                • DP Nguyen February 18, 2012, 11:11 pm

                  It does sound like there’s a good chance that you could be pregnant. Take a home pregnancy test.

                  • hope May 16, 2012, 3:15 pm

                    if i am pregnant, and i get an abortion, is it true that abortions can make people less fertile?

                  • scarlett July 19, 2012, 1:51 pm

                    Hey I just wna knw doc iv been on thee 2month injec for 6months I stopped in may I’m trying to concieve but nothin is hapening and its crazy cos it will b my first tym as a mother and I dnt knw what to expect when I see the sign or I take a test its negative I so much want a baby my stomach is bloated at the moment and kinda hurts but I dnt wna disapoint myself agen I knw I’m not

                  • scarlett July 19, 2012, 1:53 pm

                    Hey I just wna knw doc iv been on thee 2month injec for 6months I stopped in may I’m trying to concieve but nothin is hapening and its crazy cos it will b my first tym as a mother and I dnt knw what to expect when I see the sign or I take a test its negative I so much want a baby my stomach is bloated at the moment and kinda hurts but I dnt wna disapoint myself agen I knw I’m not we also hav sex hey then his sperm drips out like water out of a tap

                  • Taylor August 27, 2012, 4:31 am

                    Okay I will.. I really hope I am though!

              • hope May 16, 2012, 3:14 pm

                is it too soon to go and see a doctor, my periods are irregular :L
                should i leave it a little longer?

              • DatgrlKaajun July 10, 2012, 5:41 pm

                ????

              • ava July 13, 2012, 1:55 am

                I want a baby not worried but just had a dnc and a weird periodl ast month and i get sick then vimit air in cramping like my period is coming note i don’t usually cramp i took like 7 tests this week all neg but no bleeding at all?

              • Taylor August 27, 2012, 3:49 am

                I’ve had most of the signs that I have read on here as well as a couple of other sites. I don’t want to get my hopes up.

              • Jayne September 13, 2012, 4:27 pm

                I will test first and rule out pregnancy.

          • lindz December 6, 2011, 2:10 pm

            Also sry, i have had 3 children and knew like a day before my missed period with them

  • Sarah November 23, 2011, 1:04 pm

    Hi Dr Nguyen,

    My fiance and I have been trying for a kid on and off for a year now. This past two months, we’ve started giving up on trying since a friend of our told us if you stop worrying about it you could get pregnant. My last period I believe was the 30 or 31st of October. The past week, as of 11/15, I’ve had a bad migrain one day, tender breast and sensitivity in my nipples the day after that. As the week went on, I started having cramps in my lower adominal that have been on and off and been experiencing lower back pain that comes and goes. Not to mention distaste for certain of my favorite foods. It’s now the 23 and I’m still experiencing these things. My fiance and I have also notice that I’ve been needing to change my undies more than once a day because I’ve been ‘leaking’ more than normal. My periods are always the same and the only PMS I usually have is the migrain, food cravings, and a few cramps. My period isn’t due til next week. What should I do?

    • DP Nguyen November 24, 2011, 12:10 am

      Hi Sarah,

      (I’m not a doctor).

      But all of those symptoms are also very common to PMS symptoms. Unfortunately, there is no way to tell whether or not you’re pregnant until you miss your period. It’s too early at this point to take a home pregnancy test. So, I think you are going to have be patient and wait. It’s really helpful when you’re trying to conceive to get a period calendar app, so that you can figure out when your best fertile time is during the month :-)

      Good luck

  • DP Nguyen November 19, 2011, 4:19 pm

    Those do sound like normal pregnancy symptoms, but you just won’t know whether or not you’re pregnant until you take a home pregnancy test in 2 weeks. I’m sorry you have to wait, but there is just no way of telling whether or not you’re pregnant. If you have conceived, sometimes the pregnancy won’t stick. Sometimes it will. Anyway, just try to be patient and take a home pregnancy test after you miss your period. It’s too early right now to test and get an accurate result. Good luck.

  • kaitlyn November 18, 2011, 3:00 pm

    Hi!
    My husband and I aren’t trying to have a baby yet, I have been on birth control for a year. There has been a time or two ive forgotten to take it but I always took it with my next pill the day after. I’m supposed to start my period in a 2 weeks. Lately I’ve been very nauseous and having hot flashes. I’ve had strechy pains in my abdomen, that feels like I’ve worked out or exercised but I haven’t. I’ve never been one to get bloated but lately I get so bloated that it looks like I’ve got a baby bump. I’m also achy all the time and just feeling yuck and very moody, which is unusual. The two week wait to see if I miss my period is killing me. I haven’t had much breast tenderness. Do you think I’m pregnant? or are these not normal pregnancy symptoms?

  • Janae' November 14, 2011, 10:31 am

    I recently suffered a early miscarriage in september from the 19th-22th at 9 weeks pregnant. I also had a normal period in October from 20-23. However, I have been having unprotected sex throughout the time since the miscarriage. I feel pregnant again I have tender breasts the nipple seems to be expanding, nausea, frequent urination, and increased appetite. I don’t have PMS but during my period I have severe cramps and sometimes vomit once on the first day. None of which happen on my last period. I took a HPT it came back negative. But my period isn’t due till the 17th could I be pregnant?

    • DP Nguyen November 14, 2011, 10:47 am

      It’s too soon for you to take a home pregnancy test, especially since you haven’t missed your period yet. (HPTs aren’t that sensitive; most only give you an accurate result the week after your missed period). I think there is a chance that you could be pregnant. Take another HPT next week. Good luck

  • Dee November 14, 2011, 1:02 am

    Hello DP Nguyen,

    I am a bit confused because of several symptoms I’ve been experiencing for the past 2 weeks. It started out with vaginal discharge, which I know is normal. However, soon after, I felt very fatigued and tired, and my muscles ached. I figured it was from my exercise program. Then I started getting very nauseuos and have been nauseous everyday since. I also have lower back pain and abdominal cramps, though the cramps are not consistent, and at times, one side hurts more than the other. My breasts are very tender and swollen, and i have inconsistent headaches/dizziness. On top of everything I have a slight yeast infection! :/ My period was due yesterday so today I took a home pregnancy test and it came out negative. Is it possible to have these kinds of symptoms from the yeast infection? What are your thoughts? I think I will be scheduling an appointment to take a blood test and see how to take care of my yeast infection!

    • DP Nguyen November 14, 2011, 10:46 am

      I think you need to go to the doctor to figure out what’s causing your symptoms. And if you took a home pregnancy test, taking it the day of your missed period is typically too soon to get an accurate result. You need to wait until a week after your missed period to get the best result. I think there’s a good chance you might be pregnant, but yes, please go see a doctora bout your symptoms. Good luck!

  • Valerie November 11, 2011, 1:24 pm

    Oh I am so happy I’ve found this website! I’m very tired of reading the same old, same old from people who have no real knowledge of pregnancy or pms symptoms. I, too, am in the middle of this two week wait. My partner left to go overseas on 10/29, of course there was some intimate time spent together up to the evening that he left. I felt like I ovulated on the 31st, but I’m really not sure. I have 2 ovp apps on my phone one said the 31st and the other the 2nd, so I really don’t put any faith into them. Since the 31st I’ve experienced breast tenderness and for the first time ever, nipple sensitivity.. and wow, sometimes it was painful. Both of these are intermittent but when they hurt, they hurt. I’ve had lower right sided cramping off and on thru this weeks as well. Especially on 11/6 and 11/9, very painful. It feels like my period cramps but nothing comes. Other than that, not much of anything else. Some moments of dizzyness and nausea, some cm but very minimal. I would love to be pregnant, but I fear that I was too far out for ovulation. What are you thoughts on this? I’m really trying to look at these symptoms as just PMS related, but I do wish for so much more. We both do. Thank you in advance :o)

    • Valerie November 11, 2011, 1:29 pm

      BTW, regulary 26-27 day cycles, lasting 3-4 days. I had what I call “old blood bleeding on the 19th and full bleeding on the 20th”. I’m also curious to know what you consider the first day of your period. I’ve heard both days can be considered but I’m leaning more towards regular bleeding or rather, when you need to use a pad or tampon.

    • DP Nguyen November 11, 2011, 2:14 pm

      Hi Valerie,

      It does sound like you could be pregnant. If you’re starting to notice symptoms (like the nipple sensitivity) that you’ve never had before, there is a good chance that you could be pregnant. If you are pregnant, then the cramping would make sense (implantation cramping). And remember that sperm can stay alive inside your reproductive tract for up to five days, and your period app could have been wrong. Anyway, I guess you are going to have to wait until you miss your period to figure out if you’re pregnant or not. Good luck!

      • DP Nguyen November 11, 2011, 2:15 pm

        Also, for your second question, I consider the first day of your period as the day that you start bleeding. So In your case, I would say the 19th.

        • Valerie November 11, 2011, 3:35 pm

          Thank you! I will post on here as to if I am or not :)
          I really appreciate your website and what you’re doing. What a great job you have!

  • Paris November 10, 2011, 6:33 pm

    sorry error on bbt Nov 9th that should be (97.85)

  • Paris November 10, 2011, 6:24 pm

    Hi DP Nguyen,

    Are you related to Dr. Lisa Nguyen who works at Cedars Sinai in Beverly Hills, CA ? thats my doc. lol. Anyways heres my story….

    I started my period On Oct. 5th Im’ irregular so my doc prescribe me metformin 500mg to regulate it an i stop on Oct. 14th. Well me and my spouse had intercourse alot during those weeks after a few weeks I experienced slight nausea no vomitting, very fatique however Im anemic, my nipples hurt only started Nov. 7th. I have not yet have a period yet, been waiting. Me and my sis normally start together but I havent yet. I took a bbt Nov 8th (97.29) Nov. 9th (97.5) Nov. 10th (98.09) are those reading normal…since I had to ovulate already because I pass the ovulation mark. Ive took notthing but HPT all are negatives (-). However, I feel like it, My stomach feel like it tightening, and stuff before I eat, and when I eat I feel worst and even tired. I never been prego. I will wait for AF…until then if I dont see my period then I’ll take my last hpt and then see what it reads if not then a blood test it is. What do you think? I’ll keep you updated.

    • DP Nguyen November 11, 2011, 2:11 pm

      Sounds like you’re on the right track. I’d wait to take another home pregnancy test one week after you miss your period. Then, schedule for a blood pregnancy test at your doctors office. Good luck!

      (And nope, I am not related to Dr. Nguyen. But its a super common Vietnamese name!)

      :-)

  • Ktff November 10, 2011, 5:02 am

    Hi dr,
    Just curious and would like your thoughts. My last period started on the 15 October. My husband and I had sex on the 30 October but we had issues with the condom. I have a 28 day cycle. So should be due tomorrow or Saturday. I have the same standard symptoms as pms and pregnancy, except the last week I feel like I am alergic to my dogs I have owned for two years. My husband is on oxycontin, dithiathiazide, hypnodorme, alpurinal and anti depressants. ( has a medical condition). I would like to know my chances of being pregnant.

    • DP Nguyen November 10, 2011, 12:33 pm

      I think you will have to wait for your period to come. There is really no way to tell whether or not you could be pregnant. It’s always possible, but I think you should wait for your period to come before you can really know. (I’m sorry about the allergies to your dogs. That may just be due to your immune system being down for whatever reason – a cold/flu coming on. I don’t think that’s related to pregnancy.)

  • Michelle November 7, 2011, 6:31 pm

    Thank you for your response. I forgot to mention on 10/31, I did go into the doctor to have a blood test performed. The results came back as negative for any HCG and Thyroid problems. Since I was not slated to have my period until 10/23-10/27 is it possible the blood test was performed too early or should I accept the results? I just find it quite odd that I was regular each month up until the one month I decide to have sex.

    • DP Nguyen November 7, 2011, 10:53 pm

      I think it may have been too early. Have you taken a home pregnancy test this week? This week, you should get an accurate result with a HPT. It’s been long enough. It may also stress that could be causing a delayed period if you’re not pregnant. (Or something else.) Anyway, good luck.

  • Michelle November 6, 2011, 6:46 pm

    I know this may sound foolish but I am needing some advice. I had my menstrual in late September (but for the life of me I cant pinpoint the date maybe around 9/22-9/26). I do know that it was towards the end but I am not too sure. I’ve had sex from 10//08-10/15 with my bf (who is dying for me to have a baby). I have began experiencing cramping like AF was on her way and a few times I have literally ran to the bathroom thinking she was starting only to see this milky white discharge. Now my breasts are beginning to have a burning sensation and they are sore closer to the chest and armpit area if i press on them. I am also beginning to feel hot as well.

    Thing is although we had sex pretty much everyday from 10/8-10/15 and every other day in Octoboer, I took it upon myself to do 4 pregnancy tests on the 18th, 21st, 24th, 25th 29th,and the 31st of October and all were negative. Do you think I tested too early being that we just started having sex last month? It is now November and my period should have started at least last week but there’s nothing. I am still experiencing cramping like my AF is about to start but all I see is milky/lotiony discharge. My breasts have a slight burning/tingling sensation, but those are the only two symptoms besides my missing period. can you please give me the best time to test to really make sure that I am negative, I would really appreciate it! Did I test too early????? TIA!

    • DP Nguyen November 6, 2011, 8:47 pm

      You may have tested too early. Take another test this week, and next week. If you are still having symptoms and your period hasn’t come by next week, contact your doctor and get a blood pregnancy test. Good luck!

  • Anna November 5, 2011, 11:20 pm

    I’m nervous and need some advice.. Last week I had my period Monday-Friday. Had sex Wed-Fri..the condom was put on halfway through each time pretty much. Then we had unprotected sex using the pull out method twice on Sunday, one time right after the other (stupid, I know). The reason I’m freaking out is because I’m on Lyrica and Perocet and I know those are two things you cannot be on while pregnant. I think I ovulated today. My period isn’t due for two weeks. Is there any way I can find out now? Blood test? Or do I have to wait to take a HPT? How soon can I take it?

    I’m wondering if I should call up my neurologist and speak to him about my meds. I can’t tell if I’m being paranoid here. I had been weaning down off the Lyrica and am now at 75mg 2x/day. I’ve read scary things about Lyrica and birth defects.. This is completely 100% unplanned. I get bad PMS symptoms (bloating, cramps, sore breasts) so I don’t know how I’ll distinguish them from pregnancy symptoms.

    Any help would be appreciated. Thank you.

    • DP Nguyen November 6, 2011, 10:31 am

      Hi Anna,

      I am guessing that you have a 3-week cycle then? A shorter one than the regular 28-day cycle? Try not to panic, but there’s really nothing you can do but wait. I know that’s not what you want to hear. But the most sensitive home pregnancy tests – and blood pregnancy ones – won’t start picking up HCG until the week of your missed period. If you did happen to conceive, the fertilized egg would be imbedding itself into your uterine wall this week (implantation), and since hCG isn’t produced until implantation takes place (and it takes it a week or two before the levels are high enough to be detected), you need to wait until the week of your missed period to find out if you’re pregnant or not.

      I am hoping for your sake that you aren’t pregnant. It’s possible that you had sex too early, before you were in your fertile/ovulation time.

      If you are worried, you can talk to your neurologist. But remember that Lyrica is a Class C drugs, and while yes, in animal studies, it has been proven to cause birth defects, low birth weight, and miscarriages. There haven’t been any human studies yet. And animals don’t always respond the same way that humans do to medicine. Class C drugs are safer than Class D drugs… So, I guess I am saying not to panic. Sometimes, doctors still prescribe Lyrica during pregnancy if the benefits outweigh the risk, but this is something you may want to talk to your neurologist about.

      But at this point, it’s really too early to tell whether or not you’re pregnant, if an egg was even fertilized, or if implantation took place. Please try to be patient and wait for your period. Good luck!

  • Xiao Yuen October 30, 2011, 8:14 am

    Hi
    We have been trying to get pregnant for last five months. and as given in the net i have been calculatuing my ovulation, but seems it was wrong si i figured out dat i ovulate early i.e after 4-5 days of my pms has ended. and we did the deed. uand now my pms is due in 5 days. but i have been feeling mild dizziness at times and also feels sleepy during afternoon. Do you think i could be pregnant. Also before my cycle wask 28days but for last two months its 36 days, is there something to worry and pms also has been very less tho it goes on for four days. its so less that only two pads r enough. (ofcourse i change it everytime). Help needed as we are so much wanting to have a child.

    • DP Nguyen October 30, 2011, 9:40 am

      As long as you have your period once a month, I wouldn’t worry about your cycle changing. It’s only after three months that doctors really worry. The mild dizziness and sleepiness sound like premenstrual symptoms. If you are worried, please take a home pregnancy test. If you really want a child, you should keep having sex on every single day on the week that you ovulate. Sperm can survive inside a woman for 5 days, so just keep having unprotected sex to maximize your chance of getting pregnant. Good luck!

  • Nyo October 29, 2011, 4:09 am

    Hello Dr. Nguyen, I had protected sex on October 17th and I had spotting for 3-4 days after sex. It was red at first, then turned light brown. I’m suppose to be on my period this week (Oct 24-30) but i’m worried that I won’t… and this is my firstime spotting… My symptoms are bloating, pelvic/abdominal crapms, breast swelling/tenderness and food craving. I usally get these symptoms 4-5 days before my period… Any thoughts? Thank you.

    • DP Nguyen October 29, 2011, 12:42 pm

      Hi Nyo,

      Some women do spot between periods. It could be ovulation spotting, in your case. All your symptoms right now are definitely PMS symptoms, but if you are worried, be sure to take a home pregnancy test. Good luck.

  • Marienne October 28, 2011, 12:54 pm

    I had unprotected sex with coitus interruptus on october 4th, and had my normal AF period on october 6 (up to october 11). But I had brownish spotting on october 22 and several days with headache. This week I’m feeling a weird pain in my right side (maybe an ovary). Right now I have tender breasts and very sensitive nipples, and I felt a little sick this morning. I really don’t have any idea if it’s PMS or pregnancy, I’m very irregular with cycles from 16 to 33 days. Any suspicion??

    • DP Nguyen October 28, 2011, 1:21 pm

      What this sounds like are ovulation symptoms. The weird pain on your right side is called “middle pain” or (mittleschmerz), light spotting can also occur when you ovulate. And headaches, tender breasts, and nausea can also occur when you ovulate. So, I am guessing all your symptoms are just signs of ovulation and nothing serious.

      I blogged about this recently. http://www.mypregnancybaby.com/ovulation-symptoms-signs/

      • Marienne November 6, 2011, 10:34 pm

        I thought of ovulation too. But my period is 4 days delayed right now and I took 2 home pregnancy tests and they are negative.

  • Samantha October 26, 2011, 2:22 pm

    Im about 5 days late for my period, and a couple days ago I noticed my breast were swollen an tender (they were hurting to the point they woke me from my sleep). I went to the doctor an they did a test which came back neg. She told me it could be too early to tell an if things didnt get better or if I didnt get AF to come back an re-test. Well they havent gotten any better. I just wanna knoow if Im pregnant or if AF is just late???

    • Samantha October 26, 2011, 2:28 pm

      I also forgot to mention that about a week or 2 before AF was due I had a couple of days that I had kinda like brownish spotting, which I thought was AF coming early but it wasnt. So idk whats goin on please give me your expert opinion!!

      • DP Nguyen October 27, 2011, 11:50 am

        Samantha, Brownish spotting may have been implantation bleeding, or a very early miscarriage. Your doctor is right. It may have been too early to detect whether or not you’re pregnant. If your brownish spotting was implantation bleeding, then that is a sign that you’re pregnant. Go back to the doctor and take a re-test. Tell your doctor about your symptoms. Good luck!

    • Kait April 23, 2012, 5:06 pm

      Me and my bf have unprotected sex all the time. I am almost two weeks late, I have NEVER missed a period or been even a few days off. I’ve been exhausted I sleep all the time. I am always hungry lately and all I want is cookies and milk everything else grosses me out. I get headaches everyday that last all day and I also get light headed and dizzy. My stomach is so bloated I feel like a balloon and I get so hot I swear I’m going to pass out. Also I’m having slight stomach and back pains and nasioua. I took a hpt a day after my missed period and it came out negative I don’t know what to think but I’m scared bc the meds I’m on can cause birth defects :/

  • Rachel October 26, 2011, 1:09 pm

    Hi Dr. Nguyen. Last month my cycle started earlier then usual and this month I have not started my cycle yet. I am hoping to get it this weekend. Lately I have been having breast tenderness for the past 2 weeks and a lot of abdominal pains. My back has been killing me and my legs have been hurting as well. I took a pregnancy test last weekend and the test came out negative and with my fist son I took the test too early. I’ve also had this feeling in the pit of my gut that I need to vomit sometimes in morning and sometimes in the evening. I’ve been more tired then the usual and at times I feel very light headed and dizzy. Are these pregnancy symptoms or possibly the case of PMS?

    • DP Nguyen October 27, 2011, 11:52 am

      You do sound pregnant. Nausea and vomiting can come with PMS, but considering all your other symptoms, you do sound very pregnant. Wait to take another pregnancy test. If you took the test too soon with your first son, then you probably will have a positive result later than other women. You should also get a blood pregnancy test with your doctor, since they tend to be more accurate. Good luck.

      • Rachel November 3, 2011, 3:19 pm

        Hi Dr. Nguyen!
        I did receive my cycle this past weekend. I ended about 2 days ago and I am still having the same symptoms. My cycle was very normal the last day of my cycle there was brownish spotting. My legs do not hurt anymore but the right side of my very lower back hurts still and every time I have a meal the pit of my stomach hurts and by the very next hour I vomit due to so much pressure in that area. I start to feel very dizzy and out of breath after vomitting. Do you still recommend blood work? Does this sound similiar to anything else? Can I be anemic? Thank you for your advise.

        • Rachel November 3, 2011, 3:22 pm

          Additon to that my breast no longer hurts but same symptoms.

          • DP Nguyen November 4, 2011, 3:13 am

            I would go to a doctor to figure out what’s causing you to have all those symptoms. They don’t sound normal. But stomach aches can be caused from a variety of the reasons. Go see a doctor to figure out what’s going on.

  • amanda jean October 24, 2011, 12:11 am

    Hooray for the side by side chart deal. Awesome :]
    Pretty freaked haha my boyfriend and I had serious unprotected sex… if it leaks out is that a good indicator I’m NOT going to be pregnant ?
    What if it didn’t leak out?

    • DP Nguyen October 27, 2011, 12:06 pm

      Even if sperm leaked out after sex, there’s always a chance that one lucky sperm made its way up into your uterus and fertilized your egg. So take a home pregnancy test to see if you conceived. Good luck!

  • browny October 23, 2011, 11:37 am

    I’m 23years old iand have been trying with my hubby for 6months now and I have been keeping track of my cyle days for 5months now, 32days, 33days,32days ,35days,42days,I’m presently on the 33rd day of my cycle,I have been having unprotected sex,now my breast is sore temperature high , feeling nausea and hve been bloating for a while now, what could be possible going on cos I wish I’m pregnant..

    • DP Nguyen October 27, 2011, 12:07 pm

      You should take a home pregnancy test to see whether or not you’re pregnant.

  • savannah October 21, 2011, 9:29 am

    Hi, well I had may last normal period 5th september and then fooled around with my bf on 18th sept which should of been one of my fertile dayS I think. I’m very regular now in October I waS due my period 2nd october but it was late and came on 5th october which finished 7th october with 2 day brown spotting after. Since 27th sept till now I’m experiencing: tired all the time spending most of my time in bed, headaches, acne, cramps, lower abdominal discomfort, back ache, right earache, leg pains, nausea, blue veins on my breast, lumps around my nipples, urinating alottt I even some timess find myself leaking to. I have had nearly a month of these symptoms. In total I’ve taken 3 tests and a urine test and it cam back negative. The dr did a abdominal examination and just kept beating my stomach like a drum and said it didn’t sound right well not to his satisfaction . And is sending me for a ultra sound to check. But he did get a negative test back with my urine sample. Could I still be pregnant Really confusd helpppppp. ( Sorry for the essay)

    • DP Nguyen October 27, 2011, 12:08 pm

      It’s really hard to say without an ultrasound. Go get the ultrasound and you’ll know for sure whether or not you’re pregnant.

  • savannah October 21, 2011, 9:24 am

    Hi, well I had may last normal period 5th september and then fooled around with my bf on 18th sept which should of been one of my fertile dayS I think. I’m very regular now in October I waS due my period 2nd october but it was late and came on 5th october which finished 7th october with 2 day brown spotting after. Since 27th sept till now I’m experiencing: tired all the time spending most of my time in bed, headaches, acne, cramps, back ache, right earache, leg pains, nausea, blue veins on my breast, lumps around my nipples, urinating alottt I even some timess find myself leaking to. In total I’ve taken 3 tests and a urine test and it cam back negative. Really confusd helpppppp

  • Kozo October 21, 2011, 3:42 am

    Please help me.

    We have been trying to conceive for almost a year now. About 4 months ago, i experienced a lot of nausea and spitting and my period was 2 days late. just when i was ready to take the test, my period came! and now, am experiencing similar symptoms of slight nausea, back discomfort and feeling as if my uterus is moving around (I never used to experience PMS before) although i still have 5 days to go till my next period is due. what is this? am i pregnant or am i suddenly getting pms when i didnt before?

  • swastika October 20, 2011, 4:04 am

    i had unprotected sex on August 6th 2011, that same month i saw my period on the 27th( 27 days after the last one), the next month being september i saw my period on the 23rd ( i have an irregular cycle between 24-28 days but mostly 26 days.

    Now october is here and my period is 4 days late and i have swollen and tender breast, light cramps, light discharge from my nipples. i have done two hoome test and it all came ot negative though i’m still worried cos this have never happened.

  • Eris October 15, 2011, 10:09 am

    Ok, so my period has always been on time, about 28 days and lasts up to 3-4 days, 5 being the latest. I got with my ex back on the weekend my period was finished (last month) and we did the deed. He had put the condom on a lil late, before ejaculating. I didn’t really think anything about it, but noticed a bit of spotting about a week later, but nothing unusual. My period for this month was due on sun or mon of this past week. I am currently 5 days late as of today. THIS IS A FIRST! I took two tests so far since tues and both came out negative. I’ve been rather tired the past few weeks, feelin a little crampy lthis week ike I do when my period is about to start, and today my breasts feel a little sensitive after I got out of the shower. Not sure what’s going on with me and I’m goin a lil nuts now.

  • Bless October 14, 2011, 7:28 am

    Am 21yrs old my husbaNd and I av been trying for a child for the past two years nw. We av unprotected sex almost every day. My period would be due in the next 4days but my boobs are killing me, they are so heavy and tender, I also feel dizzy in fact I sleep always, heightened sense of smell and i feel as if my period is abt come…. Could I be pregnant? Cos I really wish I am.

  • natalie October 10, 2011, 1:08 pm

    I am concerned that i am pregnant….
    Recently I have been casually seeing someone, and we slept together a couple of times. Both were unprotected, which was stupid. He did not come whilst inside (sorry tmi) but I am still concerned that I am pregnant.
    up until about 3 months ago I was on the pill, and my periods were regular. However the last 2 cycles have been 32 and 35 day cycles.
    I last had a period starting the 13th September, and slept with this person on the 25 sept,. and 2nd oct. I’ve been trying to judge at wether or not I was in a fertile time?!!? but dont have a clue.
    Anyways, the past week I’ve been aware that my boobs are getting achy. Not the complete agony I was in when I fell pregnant with my daughter, but I dont know if this is a pms pain or a pregnant symptom.
    I have taken 3 pregnancy tests, and they have all come back negative but I still have a fear.
    My actual period is scheduled for the 11th Oct. (going on a 28 day cycle)….
    I actually feel a bit silly typing this all out, but i’ve been literally driving myself mad with worry.
    When I look at what I’ve written : he didnt come, negative tests, etc etc… it looks like i’m not pregnant. BUt I just feel totally paranoid. What if maybe a little come happened?!!? what if that was enough to make me pregnant?? And what if the boob pain is pregnancy related?? Do you still get the agonising pain the 2nd time round???
    I categorically DO NOT want to be pregnant. If anyone is reading this and has some advice or just some words to calm my fears down I would appreciate it hugely.
    thank you very much.

  • Kate October 5, 2011, 7:09 am

    Up until today I was so sure I was pregnant, my symtoms ticked every box, tingling nipples, headaches, dizzy spells, full breasts, slight cramps at 8dpo, slight nausea… I was convinced. Until the cramping got so bad this morning and af showed. I was also so convinced because I have never experienced such severe pms before.. Well before I came off the pill and had an early miscarriage in July. Has anyone else found that there pms/ period changed alot after the pill and/ or after a miscarriage?

    • DP Nguyen October 5, 2011, 10:40 am

      There’s a possibility that you were pregnant, and you suffered an early miscarriage (or a chemical pregnancy). However, since the symptoms of PMS and early pregnancy can overlap, you might have just suffered from a bad bout of PMS. I think that coming off the pill can sometimes change the symptoms that you experience – due to your body’s hormonal levels getting readjusted. If you’re under a lot of stress, that can also wreck havoc and make your pMS symptoms worse. If you’re worried, talk to your doctor.

    • Hillary June 27, 2012, 8:33 pm

      Hi Kate,

      I had a miscarriage a year and a half ago, and ever since then I have had absolutely astonishingly bad PMS. I also quit taking birth control around that time, which may have added to the severity of my symptoms. A year and a half later, though, and it’s still horrible! So yes, from personal experience, miscarriage does change PMS a great deal!

      Talk about your body kicking you while you’re down, eh?

  • Jennifer October 1, 2011, 3:56 am

    My last “normal” period was Aug. 9, 2011, which lasted 4 days (again, “normal” for me) and had intercourse before, after, and around my ovulation time (approx. Aug 23rd/24th). My cycles generally are 28-29 days apart and very regular.
    I spotted light pink then dark brown (very lightly) for one day on Sept. 6th, with no beeding since then. I took 2 hpt on the 4th with neg results, and went to the ER on the 17th for severe nausea & vomitting in the evening hours. They did another preg test (urine), which came out neg and was sent home with a script to relieve the nausea (zofran 4mg, which doesn’t help much).
    I haven’t taken a preg test since then.
    My breasts feel more full but not too sensitive (nursed both of my children), frequent urination (sometimes going once or twice in an hour!), still have nausea & vomiting (more nausea than vomiting now), intermittent cramping (since Aug), feel more emotional at times, very lucid dreams, and have been having headaches for a week now. Some days I’m more tired than others. I’ve also noticed a milky/clear slimy discharge for the last week (approx).
    I’m 36, have been trying to conceive for about a year now, and have children ages 13 & 14, so it’s been quite a while since I’ve been pregnant. Not sure if I’m having PMS or preg symptoms. Hoping it’s finally pregnancy! With my son, I tested pos a couple days before my period was due. With my daughter, I didn’t test pos until almost 3 months into the pregnancy.
    If not preg, I should start my cycle again around Oct 4th. I have an appt with my OB/GYN on the 11th because of possible endometriosis. I’m not sure what’s going on with me and would greatly appreciate your input. Thank you :)

    • DP Nguyen October 4, 2011, 4:21 pm

      Well, you certainly do sound pregnant to me. If you’ve had a history of not testing positive until the second trimester (like with your son), then you could be pregnant and the home pregnancy tests just can’t pick up the hormones yet. Yeah, go see the OB/GYn and get an ultrasound to see whats going on. Good luck!

  • M September 30, 2011, 12:44 pm

    I had unprotected sex on the 16-20 and my period is due Oct 3. I have been having slight cramping/twinges since Sunday and now my breasts are slightly sore (they usually are before my period) and I’ve been very tired the past few days. I did a HPT and it came out negative. Could I still be pregnant? Or am I just having PMS symptoms?

  • Katie September 27, 2011, 8:34 am

    I am 2 days late and have all of my usual PMS symptoms including “gurgling” noises in my uterus. These usually happen and they don’t sound like stomach growling. Could these “gurgling” noises mean I will have my period as usual???

    • Laura September 28, 2011, 12:19 am

      Katie,
      as a seasoned RN, I can confidently say that the uterus does not make gurgling sounds. What you might be hearing is increased peristalsis, or increased bowel sounds. This wouldn’t be all too uncommon as menstruation sometimes causes increased motility in some women, aka: your period might bring about more frequent bowel movements. If in doubt take a pregnancy test, especially if you’re 2 days late…good luck!

  • T September 23, 2011, 2:06 pm

    I should start my period anytime, however I have been fatigued, tender breasts, emotional, and just not feeling well. But a little over a week after having sex, I bled really bright blood for one trip to the bathroom and then it was brown and then gone (all in an afternoon on the 20th), could that have been implantation bleeding? I took a test this morning and it was negative. What do you think?

    • DP Nguyen September 23, 2011, 2:34 pm

      I don’t think implantation bleeding is bright red, I think it’s more brownish. It’s possible that you had an early miscarriage? I’m not really sure. Wait a week and Take another pregnancy test. Your period may come. If you’re concerned, definitely go see a doctor. Hope that helps.

    • leeanna October 8, 2012, 6:42 pm

      with my first pregnancy i did that but it was bright red for 2 trips to the bathroom and then nothing..i waited until the end of the month to take my home pregnancy test..which i was over 2 weeks late for my period when i took it..made my christmas better tho cause i found out the day after christmas..which i knew i was because of the symptoms i was having..but now my body is so crazy..wait another week then take another one..if its still neg..wait to see if your period comes if it doesnt then take another one..if it is still neg..go to the dr to get a blood prego test..hope it helps…

      and right now im cramping like a week be4 my period and im having whitish discharge which i dont get like this..i never have discharge before my period like this..its like thick and creamy but i have no burning or iching and theres no smell to it either idk right now..im just going to wait for my period and btw dont stress about it because that can cause your period to be late..hope it helps…
      :) sorry im really chaty

  • Stephanie September 22, 2011, 9:09 am

    Ok so heres the story…. I was recently on Amoxiclian for strep throat, which should have been a 10-day treatment, but I missed a few here and there so it turned into a 13-15 day treatment. I have been on birth control for about 8 years now due to irregular periods. I know antibiotics lessen the effects of birth control but I was not worried because my boyfriend and I have been together for over 10yrz now so a baby would be very welcomed. Just last week I was treated for a yeast infection and have been having PMS like symptoms but a few mornings ago had extreme nausea and vomiting. My period is due sometime this wk and still has not come yet. Should I test or does this sound like my period is just late due to the antibiotics?

    • DP Nguyen September 22, 2011, 9:25 am

      I would wait to test a WEEK after your period is due. It’s probably too early this week to get a result. (Unless you’re already farther along than you think.) There’s always a chance that your birth control pills were less effective because of your antibiotics. If you’re having extreme nausea and vomiting, there’s a good chance you could be pregnant. Either take a test next week, or maybe go to a doctor and see. Blood tests are usually more reliable than home pregnancy tests, especially when it’s this early.
      Morning sickness typically starts at 6 weeks pregnancy, though, so there’s a chance that if you are preggers, you may be farther along than you think. SO yeah, either take a test or go see a doctor. If the test is negative this week, wait a week and take another one.
      Good luck.

  • jade September 22, 2011, 3:43 am

    hi,

    Ive got slightly tender breasts blue veins showing and nipples are sore and around them are bit darker and look like little goose bumps. have had bit of a cramping feeling like my period avout to start although dont think due till another two weeks!! never had any of these symptoms before due before so dont know what think!! any opinions??

    • DP Nguyen September 22, 2011, 9:21 am

      I think you’re just having a bad case of PMS. My breasts always get tender before my period. Sometimes, the cramping may be due to ovulation (called Mittelschmerz – middle pain). Some women have it. Here’s a link about it http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0002472/

      Ovulation occurs two weeks before your period starts, so I am guessing the cramping is due to Mittelschermz but if you’r’re worried, definitely talk to a dctor.

      Good luck.

  • carina September 21, 2011, 1:13 pm

    Well the first day of my last period was 5 weeks ago today, about a week and a half after that i started spotting off and on for 4 days, brown and then turned to a light red. since then i have been very fatigue ,acne coming out of the wood works, mood swings headaches,hightened sense of smell so im told lol ,heart burn, sleeping patters are thrown off, back is a but sore and bloating! now ive taken two pregnacy tests and my period was due today. any thoughts??

    • DP Nguyen September 21, 2011, 2:30 pm

      I’d wait a week and see if your period comes. Sometimes, lots of things – like stress – can really screw up your regular periods.

  • Monica September 20, 2011, 10:44 pm

    I am irregular and i had protected sex and i thought my period was done the next day i had it still, but after sex he ejaqulated and he removed himself and i believe as he got of the condom fell. and we looked and it seemed the normal amount so could there be a chance or am i just parionid and delaying my period?

    • DP Nguyen October 4, 2011, 4:19 pm

      Take a home pregnancy test!

  • liz September 18, 2011, 10:44 pm

    I’m waiting to see which list I’m experiencing this month. I have boobs that feel like they are slowly inflating fatigue, and now headaches. I usually have no PMS since having 2 babies. But this month my husband and I weren’t as careful and had unprotected sex on the 12th day of my cycle.. I’ve taken so many HPT all BFN but my body is telling me other wise. Currently 12DPO.. I guess I need to be patient and wait for AF.

  • candykay0605 September 16, 2011, 8:11 am

    I have to say that I have had two babies and i am still tricked by my menstural cycle, of course I have to say that my symptoms have changed. I used to just have the bloating cramps, back pain, and mood swings. Now I get the breast tenderness, headaches and nausea, and this months symptoms include fatigue. I feel pysically tired all the time, I feel like im getting old but im only 26 :(.

  • Elizabeth August 31, 2011, 9:27 pm

    Im 14, I messed up, but I got alot of the signs that show up during the 2nd trimester before I even had sex, which was only for like 3 minutes cause he said he felt like he was about to so he out . Im still scared though, just because Im not sure what to think at the time being . Please help

    • DP Nguyen September 3, 2011, 3:56 pm

      Hi Elizabeth,

      Did you take a home pregnancy test yet? Good luck.
      Precum can have semen in it, so you’ll need to take a test to be sure.

      Good luck.

  • Tiffany August 31, 2011, 3:58 pm

    I took the plan b about a week ago and shortly after I began feeling discomforts, iv been feeling lightheaded, fatigue, nauseous in the morning,and I cant seem to hold down my food,iv been having some kind of off white, slightly yellowish discharge frequently, I hadn’t heard of PMS before, this article is the first iv read and some what understand, I’m just wondering if these are pms symptoms??

    • DP Nguyen August 31, 2011, 5:11 pm

      Tiffany,

      Those sound like early pregnancy symptoms. Have you taken a home pregnancy test yet?

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  • Ladybug August 2, 2011, 8:10 am

    I really wish I can begg my period not to come then. I hate it when you always think yourr pregnant and then stupid AF arrives. Well to be honest, I have been more exhausted than usual its like I took a sleeping pill or sumthin. But idk, I dont wana say “i think” because I will end up bleeding. Just really do hope I can get pregnant. *Babydust*

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  • Kristi March 9, 2011, 3:18 pm

    I like the breakdown. The only thing that let me know I was pregnant was the pregnancy test! I was feeling premenstrual and I was begging my period to “come on and get it over with already!” Well, it didn’t. I had a baby. Yay!

    Looking back there were a few things that were a little different, but as that was my first pregnancy, I couldn’t tell.

    • DP March 9, 2011, 3:23 pm

      It is always hard with the first pregnancy to tell the premenstrual symptoms apart from pregnancy. Pregnancy test is definitely the only way to know!

      And a baby is better than a period, that’s for sure :-)

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