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possibly pregnant...

By Anonymous September 7, 2011 - 2:42pm
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I am 38 years old, married, one child (15 yrs old) and not on birth control. I have a period every month, but its never "on time", usually early. Periods last anywhere from 5-8 days. My last period was 8/3. I have taken 2 pregnancy tests, both negative. Also experiencing discharge and leaking. However, I still feel like I do when I'm about to start my period. Should I wait or have a clood test?

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Hi Anonymous,
The sudden change in your menstrual cycle could be a sign of early perimenopause. Women start perimenopause at different ages, generally in their 40s, but some begin as early as their 30s.
Your late period could be a sign of pregnancy. If you are pregnant, you want to start getting prenatal care,taking prenatal vitamins, eating healthy and getting adequate amounts of folic acid.
Making an appointment to have a blood pregnancy done is up to you. Since the blood test is more accurate than a home pregnancy test, you can get a definitive answer and peace of mind. If the blood test is negative, this is a good opportunity to mention the missed period with your doctor, who can explore the cause.
Keep us posted,

September 7, 2011 - 4:12pm
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