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i am 48, didnt think pregancy was an issue now...

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iam 48 years old i havent had hot flashes or anything i think would be symptons of menopause my periods have allways been heavy with painful clots,backache and pain going down my leg all ways on my right side and the back ache is all ways present nbot real bad when i am not on my period, but this month all at once my back dont hurt not at all and i am nearly three weeks late i dont know what to think, we have sex at least 4 times a week and have for the last seven years and i have not used any kind of birth control at all just didnt think pregancy was an issue now i am scared it may be

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replied March 31st, 2012
Am I Pregnant Answer A33444
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The symptoms of absent/missed period, along with absence of usual pre-menstrual symptoms, could be suggestive of pregnancy if you have been sexually active without protection. Look out for development of any other new symptoms if pregnancy is suspected. 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 menopausal onset is suspected, hormonal analysis should be done to confirm/rule out menopausal onset. If pregnancy gets ruled out, further evaluation would be done to look for the underlying cause for your delayed/missed period and symptoms. Treatment as appropriate (based on examination findings and investigations results) would be started to help you. 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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