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once in a while I feel cramping below my belly button

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Goodmorning my name is michelle, I am a 23 year old female, I think I might be pregnant but I am unsure because I have been taking birth control pills for over a year now. but one month ago I ran out n iforgot to pick up my packs i missed seven days of active pills. I also had unprotected sex numerous times with my husband, a few day later I started feeling nauseaous, i also became constipated for a few days. my cycle came on but it was dark brown for four days and then turned scant red for three days. laslty, I also developed swelling on the left side of my abdomen, my stomach seems firmer now also, my breasts are not sore the only problem is they feel hot and my stomach is hard, every once in a while I will feel cramping below my belly button, so I am not sure if i am pregnant or if its stress, or a hormonal imbalance, please help me figure this out!.

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replied July 20th, 2011
Birth Control Answer A25244
Hello Michelle,
Welcome to ehealthforum,
Your symptoms could be suggestive of possibility of pregnancy. If you miss taking 2 or more than 2 active pills, or start with pill pack later than 2-3 days from scheduled time, you will no longer remain protected. Since you started the pills late, you should have considered taking additional protective measures while having intercourse to remain protected. Consider visiting your doctor/gynecologist at the earliest for further examination (to confirm pregnancy related changes/signs in body) and blood/serum HCG level test (to confirm/rule out pregnancy accurately). Do not continue with your birth control pill use if you suspect to be pregnant. do not start with next pill pack unless pregnancy gets ruled out.
Take care.

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