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Pregnancy symptoms, negative tests

By December 24, 2016 - 1:22pm
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My boyfriend and I have been having protected sex (using condoms and the pull out method, and checking it afterward every single time) for a while now. Over the past month after my last period (November 11), I started experiencing pregnancy symptoms- sore breasts, exhaustion, sensitive nipples. I assumed they were PMS symptoms & my period would be arriving soon, but now I'm approaching 3 weeks of sore breasts and my period is almost 2 weeks late. I took 2 pregnancy tests of different brands, and they both came up negative. Over the past 2 weeks, I started getting lower back pain right above my tail bone that radiates to my legs at times depending on how I'm sitting. Just a few days ago, I started cramping and thought maybe my period was finally coming, but it never did. I've been cramping on and off since then, and it gets worse with bowel movements.

So now I am having light cramps (barely), sore breasts, tirdness, lower back pain, and a missing period. I'm 20, so menopause is out of the question!
The last time I had sex was 3-4 weeks prior to taking the first pregnancy test, so I'm assuming (HOPING) it's accurate.
I also had sex after I took the pregancy tests (all protected).
This has been really stressing me out, on top of the stress of final exams in college. The only thing I can think of is an ovarian cyst, but I don't feel any dull pain on one side or frequent urination.
Going to the doctor is an absolute last resort because I have no money.
Do you have any suggestions as to what might be happening?

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Hi, Apj2957

Thanks for reaching out to EmpowHER.

There is no way for me to tell you with certainty exactly what is going on. Only a doctor can after an examination. It sounds like you are under a good deal of stress, though, and stress can cause a delay in your period. It's unlikely you are pregnant if two tests were negative. Unless you had unprotected sex after taking them. But you said the sex after was protected sex. I really think you have to see a doctor, Anon, and find out what is going on. Perhaps there is a low-cost or free clinic you can go to if money is an issue.


December 24, 2016 - 1:49pm
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