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wacky cycle, or pregnant?

By Anonymous February 16, 2011 - 10:08am
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Still just a wacky cycle, or pregnant? Ever since my MC the first week of November my cycle has been all over the place with last month having a 36 day cycle. This month, I'm on day 39 and still no signs other than starving, slight nausea, some lower back discomfort. I don't want to get my hopes up that I'm pregnant again but could I be? I don't want to take a test and get excited/disapointed for another week or so since my doctor said I could still just be irregular when I talked to her last month about the the long cycles. (prior to MC I had 28 day cycles) Advice?

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My last cycle was 36 days. Right now I'm on day 39…waiting. 18 (January 27) days ago I had one real “spot” when wiping and other than that just the normal (for me recently since my MC) brown spotting sort of sporadically through out the month up until a week ago…
When I had the real "spot" I had actually thought I was having a shorter cycle – I thought I had actually started but nothing after that other than the brown spotting…

I had the normal fluttering twinges in my right ovary last weekend that usually means I'm starting the next day but nothing since. My breasts don't ache but my left one does get a slight twinge here and there and is slightly itchy. My lower back has had that dull ache I usually get with PMS and throughout my period but none today.

I also have been waking up starving, the kind of hungry that I'm basically nauseas until I eat something.

We are currently using the pull out method (natural birth control) which we know is not 100% and have had no “slip ups” that I know of.

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26 years old and no, no changes that I can think of as far as stress or health. I was sick with a stomach bug a week ago - it was one of those 24 hour bugs that has been going around our area.

We aren't actively trying to get pregnant - we will be in the fall of this year and decided after my MC to no go back on the pill. So we are using this method and if it happens then it happens if not, then we'll continue with our plan of waiting till fall of this year.

Thanks, I may go to my GP tonight after work to just get a check up and make sure I don't have a bug or something.

February 16, 2011 - 11:15am
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Hi Anon

Thanks for your post and for finding EmpowHER.

It sounds like your cycle certainly has changed in the past few months. Can you tell us how old you are?

Has anything happened to you in the last few months that could have done this? Stress, weight loss/gain, exercise, a health problem?

I'm not sure why you are waking up hungry to the point of being "starving" - are you eating enough the day before? While pregnancy can make us really hungry, it's usually in the second trimester and not a week or two after possible implantation.

Unfortunately, the only thing we can advise is to get a pregnancy test or keep waiting. While "pulling out" can be up to 80% effective (and for some people, works very well) as you pointed out, there is always a risk and it sounds like a baby would be welcome news. Additionally, stop using the pullout method - it can stop you from conceiving! If you want to be pregnant, why are you still using this method?

I wish we could give you more concrete answers but these questions leave us as much up in the air, sometimes, as our readers! With pregnancy/periods and certain kind of protected sex - as well as an irregular cycle - any answer could be the right (or wrong) one.

I do hope you get pregnant but for now, only a pregnancy test can tell you.

Please keep us posted!

February 16, 2011 - 11:04am
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