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I am very confused right now. I think that I might be pregnant because of all the symptoms I have been experiencing, but I'm not sure. My last period was around February 14th through the 16th and then March came and I didn't really get it (I might have spotted around the 22nd or 23rd.) Then I have unprotected sex with my boyfriend around the end of march/beginning of april (cant remember the exact date). Then this month (april) came along and I expected to get my period probably around the 14th-20th or sometime around there and I never did. And about 5 or 6 days ago I started getting symptoms like very bloated, crampy, nauseous, fatigue, and obviously absence of period, and also my nipples seems to be puffed up and are more tender. So i started looking at pregnancy symptoms and these all matched so i took the test yesterday, april 25th, and it came out negative to my surprise. I'm not sure if i took it too early and it could have been a false negative or if i just really am not pregnant and all these symptoms mean nothing. I'm confused, help if you can please!
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replied April 28th, 2012
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The symptoms (altered periods, lighter bleeding, bloating, abdominal cramps, nausea, fatigue, sensitive nipples) could be few of early symptoms suggestive of pregnancy. Look out for development of any other new symptoms if pregnancy is suspected. If you suspect chances of pregnancy, or if the symptoms have been persistent, or if the periods are abnormal, 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). The urine pregnancy tests done very early in pregnancy can show you false negative results as the kits are calibrated ones, so unless the hormone levels in urine reach a certain level, they do not show positive results. 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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