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Abdominal cramping 7 days before period

By Anonymous December 22, 2014 - 3:21pm
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My last period was on November 29th 2014 and ended on December 3rd 2014. I usually have pretty regular cycles so I always know around the time it is coming. For the past two days I have had very sore breasts, lower abdominal cramping, and a pink/light brownish color of something after I use the restroom. Could I be pregnant? I took a test today it came out negative, but is this because it is still way too early to tell whether I am or not?

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Dear Anon,

It could be too early to tell if you are pregnant or not, but your symptoms sound like possible implantation bleeding.

Implantation bleeding can often be mistaken for the start of a period, and if it lasts longer than a few hours, or more than a panty liner can take, it likely could be your period.

Implantation bleeding is scant spotting, pink or brown in color.

According to the American Pregnancy Association website, implantation occurs roughly at six to 12 days after fertilization of an egg by sperm. It happens when the egg implants itself in the lining of the uterus, and can be accompanied by mild spotting and some cramping, but not always. Implantation bleeding only happens in about 10 percent of all pregnancies.

I could be wrong and it could be just irregular spotting leading up to your period with PMS symptoms. You can either wait a few more days and test again, wait for your period or have your doctor do a pelvic exam and blood test to find out sooner.

I wish I could tell you if you are pregnant or not, but I can only give you my opinion based on what you have told me.

Best of luck!


December 22, 2014 - 9:14pm
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