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What is the likelyhood that I am pregnant?

By Anonymous October 10, 2014 - 7:32pm
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I have been on birth control (Loestrin & Minastrin 24 Fe) for over two and a half years. I would miss a pill every now and then, but the next day I would always feel crampy or I would start spotting, which would always remind me to take it. Last month around the middle of my cycle I had ridiculous "spotting," that was heavier than any period I've had in years with horrible cramps and a lot of it was coming out in clots. (I did miss one pill the day before, but I don't know if that is the sole cause). About two weeks later I had my period and it was very light. The last day I took the first pill of my new pack of birth control, but I was extremely stressed out and not staying in one place, and I ended up missing almost two weeks after that because I had no cramping or bleeding to remind me that I wasn't taking it--which concerns me. I was active throughout that time, and over the last few months I've been on several antibiotics (one for sinus infection, another for bacterial vaginosis [that was related to a yeast infection that was caused by prior antibiotic], and another to prevent infection in my toe, along with diflucan to prevent another yeast infection). I know these things can mess with birth control and can cause the body to do strange things. My period isn't due for another week, and I've been stressing out for a week trying to figure this out and painfully waiting until I can take a pregnancy test. I'm on a lot of medications that I cannot be on if I am pregnant that are necessary for my daily functioning and I was on methotrexate within the last nine months.

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Hi Anon,

I have never heard of nor experienced the twinges that you are mentioning. 

If you take a pregnancy test 10-14 days after unprotected sex, you will with most certainty know if you are pregnant.

Hope this helps.


October 20, 2014 - 1:18pm
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Anonymous (reply to kristincaliendo)

I did a test a week after the pink discharge and it was a bfn.... But it's just strange how I've had the headaches and aches and my period still hasn't come yet

October 20, 2014 - 2:17pm
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Okay so I had sex on the 3rd September and my boyfriend came in me , my period came on the 18th but it wasn't like normal. I had stomach cramps the week leading up to it and then I bleed for two days with clots but for the next 2-3 days it was just pinkish discharge. And I cramped for the whole week. Since then my boobs have gone bigger (no soreness or any sort of pain ) and I've got on and off headaches. I get out of breathe easily and feel really bloated and fat. However my period was just this month but its 3 days late and I've got stomach cramps and backache also I do eat a lot more than I use to and feel sick most of the time.... Could I be pregnant? Also I'm experiencing twinges in my stomach which I heard was the uterus growing ..... Please someone help me out x

October 19, 2014 - 7:37am

Hi Anon,

Some brands say 5 days before a missed period-so you could test as early as today. If you test on the day your period is due, then that will definitely be accurate. if you decide to test today or tomorrow, you could still get a false negative and would need to retest on Friday. 

I have also hear the better the brand, the sooner the result..so don't buy the generic if you decide to test early. First Response has a lot of great reviews. 

Hope this helps!


October 14, 2014 - 12:33pm

Dear Anon

Thank you for your question and for choosing EmpowHER! 

Anytime you have unprotected sex, you risk pregnancy. There is no perfectly safe time, although couples who very carefully track the woman’s menstrual cycle and are very knowledgeable about her reproductive system often can, with a strong degree of certainty, avoid pregnancy. But this is not a fail-safe method. 

Even when taking the pill, women can get pregnant and the more you forget to take it exactly as prescribed, your risk goes up.

The best way to know if you are pregnant is to take a pregnancy test. Nobody can tell you over the Internet if you are pregnant or not, all we can do is let you know the risks, based on the information you have given us. Again, your own situation will vary and we cannot give you a definitive answer.  A pregnancy test can be taken 10-14 days after unprotected sex and when taken correctly, will certainly be accurate by the time your period is due. 

I hope this information helps you! If you have further concerns, taking a pregnancy test is a good idea if the time is right, or call your doctor for further instructions. He or she may want to give you a physical examination or a pregnancy test at the office. 

I hope this information helps you and you get answers as soon as possible. I know it's really stressful waiting...try to keep your mind off of it. Stress could delay your period even more.

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October 11, 2014 - 12:24pm
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Anonymous (reply to kristincaliendo)

Thank you Kristin, I know no one can really give me an answer, I just felt like I needed some reassuring. I was wondering though, if stress does delay my period (which is due this upcoming Friday) would I be able to take a pregnancy test that day and still have it be "99%" accurate, or whatever the brand advertises?

October 11, 2014 - 7:58pm
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