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Sore Breasts 2 Weeks before Period is due

By Anonymous August 14, 2014 - 5:26am
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I am 38 years old and have been trying to conceive for almost 2 years. I have irregular cycles, however at most i have had sore breasts up to a week before i got my period. I have taken 4 pregnancy tests and all have come back negative, i know i am probably testing too early, it is only 10 days past ovulation today. i have never had sore breasts this far out from my period. Can someone give me some ray of hope and an explanation as to why they hurt so much.

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Hello Anonymous,

Thank you for reaching out to us with your concern.

You did test too early. Levels of hCG, which is the hormone that is produced only during pregnancy and by the cells that will form the placenta, can be detected in urine about 12 to 14 days following conception. Levels can be detected in blood about 11 days following conception.

Breast changes are a very early sign of pregnancy. A woman's hormone levels rapidly change after conception. Because of the changes, her breasts may become swollen, sore, or tingly a week or two later.

I can appreciate how eager you are to know if you are pregnant. Wait a little bit longer and then take another pregnancy test.

Wishing you only the best,

August 14, 2014 - 8:10am
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Anonymous (reply to Maryann Gromisch RN)

Hi again Maryann,

I'm hoping you have a little more insight now that I am definately past the 14 days past ovulation(well today is 14).

I am still having very sore breasts, this is the 8th day in a row and I am on cycle day 25 (i am usually a 29-30 day cycle). I know my period isn't due until at least this Friday (August 22nd). I also get nausea (no vomiting), my emotions are EVERYWHERE...mad one minute then literally crying the next. I also have had very watery, with white cervical mucus since cycle day 18. None of the HPT's I have taken even show a hint and my nurse practitioner told me taht their urine test in the office is the most sensitive around and is the same as a blood test. I begged for a blood test and she did send me for one. The lab girls thought it was crazy that the nurse practitioner said that the dr office urine and a lab blood test will be exactly the same as far as detecting. Is this true?

This is literally consuming me and I've never been this upset, mad, hurt, anxious...i could keep going. Will I just not know until my period doesn't show?

August 18, 2014 - 1:34pm
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Hello Anonymous,

Even though you are 14 days past ovulation, that doesn't mean you conceived on the actual day one of your ovaries released a fertilized egg. The conception date might be a day you had sex, or some days later because sperm can live in the body for up to five days.

Implantation needs to occur before hCG is produced.

Within 24-hours after fertilization, the egg begins dividing rapidly into many cells. It remains in the fallopian tube for about three days. The fertilized egg continues to divide as it passes slowly through the fallopian tube to the uterus and then attach to the endometrium. This is implantation.

A blood hCG or pregnancy test is more accurate than a urine test. It is more expensive. Wise and frugal not to test too early.


August 19, 2014 - 9:32am
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Anonymous (reply to Maryann Gromisch RN)

Thank you so very much for your reply. And I did know I tested too early...just very conerned with all these emotional changes, being so tired, breast soreness and so on.

I will keep you posted and thank you so much again! :)

August 14, 2014 - 8:15am
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