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Could I be pregnant?

By August 18, 2010 - 5:38pm
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Switched from sronyx birth control to Ortho Tri Cyclen and forgot to take pill.

Okay, here goes.

I'm 19 and have been married for a year now. I got on the birth control pill Sronyx in March of '09. I just switched to Ortho Tri Cyclen (for my August cycle) and I am a Sunday starter. On August 4th, I got my period. My husband and I went away that weekend for our anniversary. I was supposed to take the first pill of the Ortho Tri Cyclen on Sunday the 8th but I had forgotten to pack the pills. We didn't get home until Monday night, and I took my pill at my regular time (I have never heard of "doubling-up" on pills.). My husband and I had unprotected sex on the 14th-17th, I also started the antibiotic Cephalexin for an infected ingrown toenail on the 15th and my last day of meds is tomorrow. I accidently forgot to take my pill on the 16th and 17th. Lastnight I had a really sharp pain in my left ovary-area and today I have had alot of really stringy, clear discharge and there is some light pink blood in it. It's not really spotting, just a little bit when I wipe. I also had some cramps for about 20 minutes and then about 15 minutes of nausea after that. I've eaten dinner and now I feel fine, just extremeley tired. I don't know what's going on or what to do. The information with my birth control doesn't say anything about doubling up on pills.

So, could I be pregnant? I'm married and although we are not wanting a baby, we could deal with it if this is what's going on. I would appreciate any and all input! Thank you!

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So i did start bleeding, not heavily but it was a flow. It's kind of tapered off and pretty brown right now. I read on one website that Breakthrough bleeding can be a sign of pregnancy on the pill. I am EXTREMELEY exhausted. I feel completely wiped out, all I want to do is sleep. But when I lay down to take a nap I can't get comfortable enough to go to sleep. My boobs are sore, especially the left one and I'm pretty gassy. None of this is normal for me and I am considering stopping my pills. If an egg was fertilized, I want to implant correctly and I want to have a healthy pregnancy.

I am about %99 percent that I ovulated and I had unprotected sex before and after that happened, so how can you say that pregnancy is unlikely?

August 22, 2010 - 1:39pm
(reply to Anonymous)

A few reasons I say that:
1. Women do not ovulate when they are using hormonal contraception. One of the many ways "the pill" works is by preventing ovulation (release of an egg). Of course, when you miss pills, they are not as effective, and you could ovulate during that time. You missed two pills in-a-row, so it could happen, but not highly likely.
2. Breakthrough bleeding is not a sign of pregnancy. Bleeding is actually a pretty good sign that you are not pregnant. It is the absence of bleeding that can indicate a pregnancy. Bleeding may happen during a pregnancy, but this could indicate a problem with the pregnancy; it is not the usual circumstance.
3. You had sex 7 days ago. It takes 10-14 days after ovulation (assuming you ovulated) for a woman to even become pregnant. It is actually quite a process from the release of an egg, the egg to be fertilized in the fallopian tube, then travel all the way down to the uterus, where it finds a place, and implants. It is not until this time (again, 10-14 days) that a women would have a viable pregnancy, have any pregnancy signs or symptoms, because she is not physically pregnant with a viable pregnancy until the fertilized egg implants into the uterus. It is only after implantation that the "pregnancy hormones" kick in, and these hormones are the "culprit" to many of the pregnancy symptoms.

Since you started bleeding, and it is a "flow", and you are experiencing many symptoms that could either be interpreted as menstrual symptoms or pregnancy symptoms (depending on what you WANT the symtpoms to be). The most reasonable explanation is that you are having a period.

It sounds like you are feeling defensive, and I'm interpreting your response as you are wanting to be pregnant...are you feeling disappointed that you may not be? I'm sorry; it is difficult to be on this emotional rollercoaster of not knowing if you are pregnant, not knowing you WANT to be pregnant until you have a "scare", etc.

What you can do: take a home pregnancy test now. It will not be as effective, but it can put your mind at ease that the symptoms you are feeling are most likely not pregnancy-related. Nothing is 100%, and perhaps all of the stars aligned and you did happen to ovulate at the time you missed two pills and had sex...that is why I say pregnancy is "unlikely", but not impossible.

If the test is negative, wait until September 1st to take another pregnancy test. It would be reliable once you miss your regular period.

Good luck, and please let us know how you are doing.

August 22, 2010 - 7:12pm
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Anonymous (reply to Alison Beaver)

Okay, well, I have decided to just not think about it all. And yes, I was being defensive. I apoligize! I was grouchy and stressed that day! I kind of wanted to be pregnant when I thought there was a chance that I could be. But I just started college yesterday and a new job and..ugh..anyway, I am going to test when my period is due just in case because I don't want to start a new pack of pills if there's a baby in there.

I have another question.

I was sitting at my new job yesterday in training and at about 5-ish I got this horrible pain in my upper abdomen area, pretty much right in the middle of my belly button and sternum. I was sitting at a computer and it just kept on hurting. I went to break at about 6 and I thought if I ate a sandwich it might help. It didn't. If I sat really still, the pain wasn't as sharp. But if I moved, it felt like someone was stabbing me. Obviously it wasn't severe enough that I felt I should go to the ER, I sat through 6 hours of training, but it was reeeaallyy uncomfortable. I didn't get off work until 10 and I was worrying about driving home but I made it okay. My husband gave me some ibuprofen and I went straight to sleep, with the pain still there. I slept all night long. I got up at 6:30 this morning and I felt the same pain, but it was really faint. Then the rest of the day it's just been weird sharp pains here and there. I have no clue what it could be and I thought maybe you would know. My husband suggested maybe constipation but over the weekend (TMI) I was pretty gassy and went to the bathroom several times. So, any ideas?

August 24, 2010 - 11:10am
(reply to Anonymous)

No problem on the defensiveness...I just wanted to make sure you were feeling OK!

Regarding your new question: it does sound related to a "GI" problem (gastrointestinal). Starting a new job is stressful, and some people "hold" or "feel" or "react" to their excess stress more in their stomachs, compared to others who may feel it in their shoulders.

Have you tried any gas relief pills (simethecone is safe and effective). It could really help!

August 24, 2010 - 11:49am
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Anonymous (reply to Alison Beaver)

I haven't tried taking anything, the only thing I have is pepto bismol. I haven't felt it since I was in class at about 9:00 this morning. Could it be anything serious?

August 24, 2010 - 12:16pm
(reply to Anonymous)

You are the best judge of the pain.

Pain is an indicator that something is not quite right with our body, whether it be something like gas...or a medical condition that needs treatment.

You can always call your doctor if you continue experiencing pain, especially pain that either is described as "shooting" or is "severe". Try the most reasonable approach first, which is most likely that you are over-stressed, gassy and may opt for some gas-relief medicine. If this does not help, or if the pain worsens, then you may want to call your doctor.

August 24, 2010 - 1:39pm
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Anonymous (reply to Alison Beaver)

So, I have another question, haha. This has nothing to do with the topic but I think maybe you could help me! When I started the "breakthrough bleeding" It wasn't really fresh red blood, It was mostly just this brown stuff. It was pretty heavy then it got really light and then heavy and so on...I thought it FINALLY stopped yesterday, so I stopped wearing a pad, and when I woke up this morning my y panties were full of it. And there's like this black, tarry, clotty looking stuff when I wipe. There's no odor and I'm not having any pains or anything. I've been having this stuff ever since the 18th and I'm getting really tired of dealing with it.

August 28, 2010 - 12:42pm
(reply to Anonymous)

Is this bleeding during your expected period?

Women can have many different colors of menstrual blood: brown, red, pink and any combination of those colors. It can be heavy, light, heavy..the flow amount can change over time, too. This is all within what would be considered normal.

I am not sure about the black, tarry, clotting stuff. Menstrual blood can be really dark, almost dark purple or even black. Menstrual blood also contains clumps of tissue from the uterine lining; it is not all just watery/liquid.

When you would need to call the doctor:
- If you have been experiencing bleeding for more than 7 days

Since you have asked previously about other reproductive questions, and are now experiencing bleeding that is going on 10 days, it sounds like it is time to call your gynecologist for a check-up/medical exam. Please let us know how it goes!

August 29, 2010 - 10:35am
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Anonymous (reply to Alison Beaver)

Well, I wasn't expecting my period until at least the 1st. I'm going to try and get into the womens clinic tomorrow, but if I can't then I'll have to wait because I cannot afford a doctor's visit! It's kind of scary because I have never seen anything like this before. My mother had lots of problems with having cysts on her ovaries, could it be anything like that?

August 29, 2010 - 8:52pm

I am not expecting my period until th 31st or the 1st. I have not had any spotting all day long.

My doctor did not tell me about the antibiotics because I did not go to the doctor for them. My brother in-law and I both battle ingrown toenails and he had some meds left over from when he had one removed earlier this year. I took the antibiotics to get rid of the infection so I could get the ingrown part out. I didn't even think if it affecting my pills and I guess that was stupid on my part.

If there is a chance I could be pregnant, should I keep taking my pills? I don't want to harm the fetus if there is one!

August 19, 2010 - 4:16pm
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