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I am 3 days late on my period and instead have had clear, very stretchy discharge. I have taken pregnancy tests as I have had several symptoms (these could also be from AF)and they have all turned up negative. I have had a crampy feeling like I am going to be getting my period, but I haven't yet. I have had the sore breasts, hot flashes, feeling of fatigue, nausea, heart burn, and achy body. If I am not pregnant, what is going on? Should I see a Dr? Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
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replied November 19th, 2012
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The symptoms of delayed periods, clear vaginal discharge, abdominal cramps, sore breasts, hot flashes, fatigue, nausea, heartburn, body ache, etc., that you describe could be suggestive of few of early symptoms of pregnancy. Wait and watch for your periods. Look out for development of any other new symptoms if pregnancy is suspected. If the symptoms remain persistent, or if periods do not start within 10 days of expected period dates, or if you have 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). 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). Be in regular monitoring and follow-up with your treating doctor/gynecologist and report any new/abnormal symptoms immediately.
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