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My husband and I are TTC. I have been off bc for 3 months. First 2 months, I got regular periods, 28 day cycles. I have always been very regular, between 28-30 day cycles. This month, I was supposed to start on 9/25/12. It's now 10/04/12. I took a hpt 6 days late and it came back negative. 3 days later, I started getting a tiny bit of light brown discharge in the morning, then nothing all day. The next day, I had a little pink/light red discharge in the morning, then nothing again all day. Today, the next day, I had a bit heavier brown/light red discharge, but not enough to use a tampon. Midway through today, discharge tapered off to nothing. I'm now 10 days late and wondering if I could be pregnant. I have had lower back pain for the last week and have been very lethargic.

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replied October 6th, 2012
Early Pregnancy Signs and Symptoms Answer A39298
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The symptoms that you describe (delayed periods, altered spotting, pink discharge, low back pain, tiredness) could be few of early symptoms suggestive of pregnancy. 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) and you can get false negative results with urine pregnancy tests done very early in pregnancy, as the kits are calibrated ones, so unless the hormone levels in urine reach a certain level, they do not show positive results. 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). Look out for development of any other new symptoms if pregnancy is suspected. Wait and watch for your periods. 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 have got 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). 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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