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Confuse if pregnant or not.

By August 25, 2009 - 2:25pm
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I'm 25 yrs old and my feance' and I have been trying for about 6 months now. I have been having lower back pain last 4 days ago. After my last period was Aug. 13 through 17. The next day, my breast started hurting although it was mild it felt sore. It started first on my left breast. The sore starts on the middle of my areola then it goes around. it feels like a hart tissue in there. Now, my right breast feel the same way. My lower back in the other hand is now bothering me. It feels like the pain before getting my period just a little worst. I took the test 3 days ago and I was negative for pregnancy. I am confuse! Please help!

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Thank you so much for the advice. I feel a bit ease, although I wan to conceive.

August 26, 2009 - 9:12pm

I assume you are not expecting your period for another week or two, since you just had one August 13th.

Pregnancy tests do not detect the pregnancy hormone until the time you would be expecting your period. This is because it takes a while to even become pregnant. Since you are trying to conceive, and you likely know when your most fertile time is (when you are ovulating), it takes 10-14 days from the time an egg is released, fertilized, travels through fallopian tubes, into uterus, implants in uterus, then signals to the body to release the "pregnancy hormones". This is the reason the home pregnancy test doesn't detect the hormones yet---10-14 days after ovulation is about the time your period would be expected. So, you do not have an actual viable pregnancy until the fertilized egg is implanted in your uterus.

With that said, the symptoms you are experiencing could be hormone-related, but you may/may not be pregnant. And, unfortunately, you won't be able to know if you are pregnant or not until you miss your period (or take a pregnancy test when you expect your period). The same symptoms of pregnancy are the exact same as pre-menstrual syndrome: sore breasts, acne, headaches, lower back pain, cramping, moodiness, etc. (which makes sense, since they are both hormone-related).

I know it's frustrating to be trying to conceive for so long. It really does take many couples up to a year to conceive...and this is perfectly normal. Did you know that most women have "only" a 20% chance of conceiving each cycle?

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August 25, 2009 - 3:33pm
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