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Hi all, I am 25 and was diagnosed with PCOS 7 years ago when my partner and I started trying for a baby. Over the last year I have been getting regular periods and have been ovulating. I was about a week, week and a half late (they have been that regular). When I did get my period it started off with some very light rusty coloured blood which lasted half a day, I then got some proper bleeding, no clotting which last about a dayish, then it was pale pink spotting which lasted about a day. My period usually goes for 5 days from the onset of regular bleeding, with a steady flow.

Another thing I have noticed is that I have been exhausted, not just tired...I also have had random moments of nausea, especially when cooking. I had severe breast tenderness for 2 weeks prior to the bleeding, with it being especially tender in the nipple region. I have occasionally been getting some shooting pains in the breast moving from my chest to the nipple. I have also been getting headaches.

I was wanting to know whether you think I should get a test, I did 2 prior to the arrival of the bleeding that came back neg. I am wondering if I am over reacting.

Any help would be great.
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replied December 29th, 2011
Welcome to ehealthforum,
The symptoms that you describe (abnormal bleeding/spotting, pink discharge, increased fatigue, tiredness, nausea, sensitivity to smell, breast pain, nipple sensitivity, headaches) could suggest chances of pregnancy. The chances are high if PCOS is treated and if you were having regular periods as these would suggest that you were having regular and periodic ovulation. Urine pregnancy test kits usually start showing positive results after about 20 days post-conception (roughly corresponding to about 1 week after your missed periods). You can consider waiting for your next periods. If you do not get your periods within 10 days of expected period dates, or if you get abnormal periods, or if you develop any new symptoms, or if you suspect chances of pregnancy, you should consider visiting your doctor/gynecologist for thorough examination (to confirm pregnancy related changes/signs in body) and blood/serum HCG level test (to confirm/rule out pregnancy accurately). You can also consider taking repeat urine pregnancy test (on an early morning first urine sample) to see if you get positive results, or get it confirmed by a blood HCG test (avoid lot of fluid intake or caffeinated beverage intake in the previous night before test). 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.
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