I went off my birth control pill on July 13. For the past week or so I've been having a lot of pregnancy symptoms (some of which I didn't even know were symptoms until looking them up) such as nipple tenderness, veins showing on my breasts, lightheadedness, difficulty sleeping, restlessness, sweating, nausea (no vomiting but dry-heaving), backaches, and what feel like "rolling" cramps in my lower stomach (no period). I've taken two pregnancy tests so far (one last week and one yesterday) and both were negative. I would be due for my period this week and I believe I ovulated (I had cramping the week after my last period, which I always did before the pill), but I don't feel like I'm going to get my period. I don't have lower abdominal bloating (which is my usual symptom), but I've had lower abdominal cramping (slight) for about 4 days now. I drink about 10-12 cups of water a day, could this cause the negative tests? Could this just be from stopping the pill or could I be pregnant?
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Urine pregnancy test (UPT) kits are calibrated ones, so unless the hormone levels in urine reach a certain level, they do not show positive results, and can also show false negative results. Blood/serum HCG level estimation is accurate. UPT should always be done on early morning first urine sample as the concentration of pregnancy hormone HCG is believed to be highest in this sample. Drinking lots of fluids or caffeinated beverages in the night before testing can dilute the sample and affect the results. If you suspect chances of pregnancy, consider repeating the test after 7-10 days on early morning first urine sample to see if you get positive results. Stopping with the birth control pill use will not cause symptoms suggestive of pregnancy unless you are pregnant. Your symptoms (nipple tenderness, veins on breasts, lightheadedness, difficulty in falling asleep, restlessness, sweating, nausea, backaches, abdominal cramps, bloating) could be suggestive of possibility of pregnancy. Look out for development of any other new symptoms suggestive of early pregnancy. Do not delay in visiting your doctor/gynecologist for further examination (to confirm pregnancy related changes/signs in body) and blood/serum HCG level test (to confirm/rule out pregnancy accurately). Drink plenty of water. Take adequate rest. Maintain healthy diet.
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