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Could I be pregnant?

By July 21, 2009 - 10:30am
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I take Ortho-Cyclen daily. Everyday at 10pm. I never miss a dose. Never. My last period came out of no where. (I'm 19, however, my periods have always been very regular - Always beginning the Wednesday after my last hormone pill and ending the next Tuesday when I start the new pack. This time - it began on the Tuesday of my last cycle of hormone pills - 8 days early! Then my period lasted me for over a dreaded TWO weeks! It finally ended 3 Wednesdays after it began. (Began June 16- Ended July 1) Now it is July 21. I should be getting my period tomorrow (if it is back to being "regular" again). However, I'm not experiencing any of the typical symptoms I usually have. I have no cramping (WOW) ... but every night before bed- my stomach gets swollen. I wake up and after an hour or so of being awake and it feels better and normal. I have not been in a "poor mood" like normal. I've been actually pleasant to be around for the past few days. Which never happens those few days before my period. I have not taken a test yet. I was planning on waiting for about a week - but I just wanted to know if the irregular cycle was a hint that I could be pregnant. Thanks! - Megan

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An irregular cycle is not unusual, and not a clue that you could be pregnant.
A missed period is usually the first sign of pregnancy.

If you miss your period by a few days, this is also nothing to worry about, but you can take a pregnancy test just to make sure. It is very, very unlikely that you would be pregnant with the correct & consistent use of hormonal contraception (less than 1% chance).

If you have too many irregular periods while taking your pill (which is unusual for you), and if your periods are lasting more than 1 week, it would be wise to call your doctor to rule out any medical reasons.

July 21, 2009 - 11:44am
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