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Could I be pregnant?

By Anonymous June 19, 2009 - 12:48pm
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I am a 45 year old female, who was diagnosed with fibroids three years ago. I had two uterine embolizations, however I never lost my monthly periods. My doctor told me that these embolizations could cause premature menopause, but this was not the case for me. I was taking birth control, and stopped last month. I spend the weekend with my boyfriend, and just found out that I had intercourse the days when I am fertile. On Monday I noticed a lot of a cloudy discharge so I went to see my doctor and he said it was just a yeast infection and he gave me antibiotics. However, I should have my period on June 23rd, but I do not have any of the usual symptoms I have a week before getting my period, no brownish discharge, no cramps, however I do get a twinges in my lower abdomen, I feel very sentimental and easily cry, I also get mild headaches and mood swings and I have been checking my temperature and it varies from 97.5 to 98....I took a preagnacy test and it came out negative, maybe I should wait until the 23rd or a week after the 23rd that is if I don't get my period, but like I said I know when I am getting my period and I ain't feeling any of those symptoms at all...any help/suggestions or comments will be truly appreciated.

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Hi, Anon, and welcome to EmpowHer. Thanks so much for your question.

Most home pregnancy tests are set up to be accurate only after you are late for your period. They measure a hormone in your urine called HCG for short. HCG only shows up in your urine when you're pregnant. If you test too soon, there may not be enough of it for the pregnancy test to detect.

A lot of things can cause us to be irregular, even when we're usually as accurate as a clock. Stress, changes in temperature, changes in activity, nutrition or medicine. My thought is that the fact that you stopped your birth control last month means that your cycle is a little off from that -- and that could explain why your premenstrual symptoms (or the lack of them) are different as well. You are used to what they are while taking the pill, but they may be different as your body settles in to do its own hormonal work.

If I were you I would wait at least until the 24th or 25th before taking another HPT, and use a test that says it is accurate if you're just late by a day. (I would tell you to wait a little longer, even, but I don't think you'd be able to. =)

Hang in there, be patient (I know, I know, it's so easily said and so difficult to do) and give it a few more days at minimum. And be sure to come back and update us, OK?

June 20, 2009 - 6:48pm
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