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Pregnant or PMS?

By July 31, 2012 - 7:45am
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I quit birth control about 2 months ago. I had my period July 4th through the 8th. I believe I could be pregnant looking at when I ovulated and had unprotected sex. However, I'm getting a mix of PMS and what I believe are normal pregnancy symptoms. I've been getting nauseous here and there throughout the day with major swings of being hungry and not. I'd make food because I thought I was hungry and then get sick at the smell of food. So I thought I was pregnant. I have gotten naseous while PMSing before though but the food is new. However, I am having major signs of my normal PMS symptoms. I have the usual zits, cramps, bloating and a backache. The backache is new for this month, but I have gotten those during PMS before. Since I'm newly of the birth control, I'm not sure what my "normal" cycle would be. I took a pregnancy test but it turned out negative. Is it still a possibilty that I am pregnant or is there something else that could be causing this? Is it coming off my birth control that is worsening my PMS symptoms? Before birth control, my pms symptoms were never this horrible. Did I take my test too early?

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It's possible you might be having the symptoms again of a regular cycle, since you are no longer on your pills.  But if you are still concerned about being pregnant, it might be best to retake an HPT in a few days or see a doctor to have blood work done. 



July 31, 2012 - 4:08pm
EmpowHER Guest

Hi taliak,

Welcome to EmpowHER.  If your period is due, you should be able to get an accurate HPT result.  You might want to wait another week and retake another one.  The symptoms might be due to the birth control.  


They include:

Nausea, weight gain, swollen breasts, mood changes, spotting, lighter periods. 




July 31, 2012 - 11:08am
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

Right, but I quit it 2 months ago. Is it from quitting?

July 31, 2012 - 12:01pm
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