Hello, I am kalah and I'm 23 years old. I have a bit of a situation and trying to find out what explanation there may be for me. I am currently a little over 3 weeks late for my period. I have been regular for a long time and have NEVER been THIS late. I've had a few scares before with my period being a little late (again, never THIS late) and a couple "possible" symptoms but never anything like this. I am not on birth control pills/shots or anything and haven't been for about 3 years but my partner and I always use protection. I have taken 3 home pregnancy tests all negative, and 1 blood test at a laboratory which detected my hcg level to be <2 (which is also a negative). I had that test just 2 days ago. For the past 2 weeks I have Been experiencing some of the common symptoms of early pregnancy. The first one that I noticed was my missed period (didn't worry for the first few days, just figured it was a little late), next was a clear odorless discharge, my partner noticed I'd been a little more moody/emotional than usual a couple times, and then a motion sickness/nervous/nauseous type of feeling along with mild cramps (both of these symptoms come and go and both seem worse when I'm hungry). I noticed a bloated look in my abdominal area. I also noticed a slight increase in appetite. I have had problems with fatigue for years and can't tell if it's gotten worse. I have been peeing a lot, but I drink lots of iced tea which goes straight through me and has also been a problem for a while and I can't tell if it has gotten worse either. The past 2 days I have been gassy and constipated and my cramps have gotten worse (almost severe at times) and have become more constant and seem to now not only be in my lower abdominal area but also down lower near my pelvic area and also in my lower back. A few days before my period was due I got all my regular premenstrual symptoms as usual. However, I do remember my breasts being much more sore than usual, they hurt REALLY BAD but i didnt think anything of it at the time. The Breast tenderness lasted about a week and still has never came back. All my premenstrual stuff went away and my period never came. Then when my period was about a week late my premenstrual symptoms returned (aside from breast tenderness) and these other ones started showing up. I again just thought my period would start soon but a possibility of pregnancy was becoming a concern. I have read mixed reviews on how accurate blood tests can be in detecting pregnancy. What else could cause these symptoms? Im very intune with my body and it's not playing tricks on me. I have heard of women bringing symptoms on themselves just by making themselves believe they are pregnant or wanting it so badly. But I can assure you that is not the case here. We weren't even trying to conceive, and pregnancy was the last thing on my mind. Sure I got a little hopeful after it sunk in that I could be pregnant and that it wouldn't be the end of the world if i were but not nearly hopeful enough to make myself believe I'm pregnant. I will accept either way and i know with a negative blood test im probably not pregnant. I have totally accepted that so I guess I'm trying to find out what else could cause this. I'm afraid something serious could be wrong. Are there any medical explanations for all of these symptoms without being pregnant? Or is it at all possible for me to be over 3 weeks late for my period and pregnant with low hcg levels? I've done so much research and it's gotten me no where, and I can't afford to go see a doctor yet. I'm confused, frustrated, and just would really like expert advice or to hear from some other women who have been in similar situations and what came of it.
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All your symptoms could be suggestive of pregnancy. You can consider repeating the blood HCG test after a week or two to see if the levels have risen. This would tell you if you are pregnant. Other possibilities include ovarian cyst, hormonal derangement etc. if pregnancy gets ruled out with the repeat test, then hormonal levels should be checked along with an ultrasound scan done to look for the underlying cause for your symptoms. Consider visiting your doctor/gynecologist for examination (to look for signs of pregnancy changes in body) and to have further evaluation done to look for the underlying cause for your symptoms to get started on treatment to help get your periods back.
I was 4 weeks late when I started testing with hpt.. Took over a dozen.. All came bak negative. Went to the doctors and had a blood preg test.. Negative. Went back a week later. Also negative.. Si I figured maybe it will come if I stop stressing.. I had a extra hpt.. It was 7 weeks missed period.. And I took the test.. To my surprise ... It came back positive.. Indeed you can test negative.. Hpt and blood test and still be pregnant.. Have. Docs appo in Friday. My doctor was in disbelief.
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