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Period late or pregnant ??

By Anonymous March 6, 2015 - 1:01pm
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Hi don't know if anyone can help me and my partner have decided to try for a baby, I came of birth control last December and have had to perfect in sync periods since 30 days apart exactly, I was due to come on again on 28/02 and it hasn't arrived meaning in now 6 days late, I took a pregnancy test the missed day of and one this morning and they are both coming back as negative, I'm confused as I'm suffering with erly symptoms for example, nausea in the morning slightly (started yesterday) headaches, can lay on front, toilet (wee) trips all the time, not sleeping (insomnia), exhaustion and I'm very Moody with slight lower abdominal cramps at night, I don't know what to do shall I wait it out or go see my gp ???? Plz help

I also had some spotting around the time of ovulation which the doctor said could be ovulation bleeding could this effect my period ??

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I was on the implant and was only on it for 9 months but since coming of it I've had two/ three perfectly times periods exactly my 30 day cycle like before the implant and I've never been late ever before so it's unusal for me , think I'm going to wait a few days if still negative will go to my gp thanxs for ur advice.

March 6, 2015 - 2:55pm

Hi Anon,

Thank you for sharing your question with the EmpowHER community.

When you stop taking birth control pills your body can experience symptoms that can closely resemble pregnancy.  Your body is adjusting to the decrease in hormones that were being delivered via the birth control pills. 

With that said it sounds like your body is adjusting to the change, however there is still a chance you could potentially be pregnant.

Are you taking antibiotics?  This could lessen the protection of birth control pills even before you stopped.  

With regards to the ovulation bleeding, going off birth control pills will definitely affect your menstrual cycle.

You mentioned taking a pregnancy test and the result was negative.  Take another pregnancy test and select one that is more sensitive for early detection or wait until you are 7-10 days late.  If it turns out negative again, chances are your body is responding to decreased hormones.

Here is a great article I think might interest you:

Preparing Your Body for Getting Pregnant

I hope this helps and congratulations on deciding to start a family!

Be well


March 6, 2015 - 2:34pm
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