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Could I be pregnant?

By Anonymous April 9, 2014 - 1:52pm
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My period is not due till next week.. 6-7 days approx. I started bleeding very lightly three days ago. At first it was a bright pink, but very light.. not enough to even use a tampon.. Over the last couple of days it has remained very light, lighter each day, but the color has now darkened to a dark, dark brown. I have had very light cramping compared to the cramps I get with my regular period. I have felt very tired, but that is not always an uncommon thing for me since I do not always rest well when my husband is working nights which he did this week. I did try a test after the first day of spotting, expecting I might be pregnant, but it was negative. I am going to try testing again, but I am not sure with my period still being several days out, if it would tell me. If it is not the possibility of implantation bleeding, what could cause this? I am just trying to decide if I should wait it out, or try and get an appointment for this to determine what could be causing this bleeding.

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Hello Anonymous,

I would like to welcome you to the EmpowHER community and thank you for reaching out to us to help you with your health question.

Let me begin by asking you if you have had unprotected sex since your last period. If so, there is a possibility that you could be pregnant.

Implantation bleeding normally occurs a week to a few days before your period would normally start. Implantation bleeding is scanty and usually pink or brownish discharge.

Spotting can sometimes be the sign of an early period. If this is the case, the spotting will pick up to heavier bleeding.

During pregnancy, the cells that form the placenta produce the hormone, hCG. Levels of hCG can be detected in urine about 12 to 14 days following conception.

Anonymous, I suggest you wait and see if the vaginal flow changes to heavier bleeding. If not, you may want to repeat a home pregnancy test or schedule an appointment with your gynecologist.


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