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Hi im 23 yrs old n last had my period on feb 1 lasting 5 days I had unprotected sex on feb 15 n have since been feeling nausea cramps in lower abdomen n thighs as well as headaches n fatigue could I be pregnant or is it just pms? Thnks for ur help!

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replied March 2nd, 2012
Am I Pregnant Answer A32303
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It is difficult to distinguish between pre-menstrual symptoms and symptoms suggestive of pregnancy as they are similar during early pregnancy. If your cycles are regular, then the time of your unprotected sexual contact could be close to your probable ovulation time (for a regular menstrual cycle of 28-30 days, the usual fertile days would lie between days 8-18 taking day 1 as first day of bleeding). Wait and watch for your periods. The recent symptoms that you describe could suggest possibility of pregnancy. Look out for development of any other new symptoms if pregnancy is suspected. If periods do not start within 10 days of expected period dates, or if you get abnormal periods, 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). If pregnancy gets ruled out, and if you are not ready for pregnancy, but intend to remain sexually active, you should consider visiting your gynecologist to get started on suitable regular birth control measures to be protected (after your periods). Be regular with birth control use as instructed. Avoid having unprotected sexual contact if you are not ready for pregnancy. Be in regular monitoring and follow-up with your treating doctor/gynecologist and report any new/abnormal symptoms immediately. Take adequate rest. Drink plenty of water. Maintain healthy diet.
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