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Stomach problems? Sign of pregnancy?

By Anonymous June 11, 2015 - 5:37am
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I took an antibioitic for strep throat a few weeks ago. I am on birth control pills. I had sex with my partner a day before starting the antibioitics but not again until 7 days after I finished taking the antibioitics like instructed. However, during my course of antibioitics I did shower with him and his privates got close to mine and was erect but never ejaculated and we never had sex. Now I am paranoid that I have gotten pregnant from either the day before antibioitics (I heard that sperm can live inside you for up to a week) or from just showering together. I took 2 pregnancy tests about 3 weeks after the start of my antibiotics I have had no symptoms but my stomach has been acting weird (constantly feeling like I have to go #2, but can't and bloating) Could I have gotten pregnant? Also, could these stomach problems be from traveling? I recently drove 12 hours to SC for vacation for a week (didn't have stomach problems there but started when I got back.) A week later, I flew out to CA which is where I'm at now and my stomach problems have not ceased.

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Hello Anonymous,

Welcome to EmpowHER and thank you for reaching out to us.

Bloating and loose or frequent stools are a commonly experienced side effect of antibiotics. In the process of destroying the bacteria that causes an illness, in your case, strep throat, they also kill some of the good bacteria that are normally present in your gastrointestinal tract.

Taking an oral probiotic or eating yogurt with active cultures can help.

If you normally have regular menstrual cycles, and your next period is late by more than one week, then take a pregnancy test. Test in the morning and use the first urine of the day.
That is the way to know whether or not you became pregnant.

Keep in mind that high stress levels, traveling, particularly through different time zones, and illness can delay the start of your period.


June 11, 2015 - 8:11am
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