well.. i stopped taking my birth control in october...thats the last time i had a period... i took 4 pregnancy tests in november and they all were negative.. and i get really bloated and it used to go away when i woke up in the mornings...now it doesnt..its there all the time..and ive been having sharp pains in my sides, lower back pain, and my nipples hurt. What could be causing this?
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The symptoms of missed periods, bloating, abdominal pain/discomfort, low back pain, sensitive nipples, that you describe could be few of early symptoms suggestive of pregnancy. Pregnancy chances are possible if you were having unprotected intercourse and if your fertility/ovulation has returned back after stopping with the birth control pill use. Look out for development of any other new symptoms if pregnancy is suspected. Wait and watch for your periods. If the symptoms suggestive of pregnancy are persistent, or if you suspect chances of pregnancy, consider visiting your doctor/gynecologist at the earliest for thorough examination (to confirm pregnancy related changes/signs in body) and blood/serum HCG level test (to confirm/rule out pregnancy accurately). Sometimes you can keep getting false negative results with urine pregnancy test kits during early pregnancy as the kits are calibrated ones, so unless the hormone levels in urine reach a certain level, they do not show positive results. Urine pregnancy test kits usually start showing positive results after about 18-20 days post-conception (roughly corresponding to about 1 week after your missed/altered periods). The test should always be done on early morning first urine sample to get accurate results (pregnancy hormone HCG is believed to be in highest concentration in this sample, and you should avoid lot of fluid intake and caffeinated beverages in the night before taking the test). Be in regular monitoring and follow-up with your treating doctor/gynecologist and report any new/abnormal symptoms immediately. Drink plenty of water. Take adequate rest. Maintain healthy diet and lifestyle.
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