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Random cramping but still no period ?

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I'm starting to get a little concerned since period and pregnancy symptoms seem to be the same. I was sexually active Jan. 22-24, and on the 24th I had taken the morning after pill. As of today (Feb. 4) I am 3 days late. My random cramping started around Jan. 26, light cramps and backaches, and since then it's been random here and there cramps, my breasts are a little tender, some nausea and fatigue (or it could just be paranoia). Sometimes it feels like I'm about to start my period, but I go to the bathroom to check and it's just a bunch of white discharge. I know that sometimes the morning after pill can delay your period for a week, but I'm just getting paranoid. Any advice or suggestions?
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replied February 4th, 2010

Welcome to the ehealthforum and I am really glad to help you out. Missed periods is the earliest sign of pregnancy and if there is any prior sexual intercourse, then chances of this test being positive are more likely. The chances of contraceptive failure cannot be denied although they are very less. These symptoms look like due to hormonal disturbances caused by the post coital pills. But it is important to clear the status of your pregnancy. Ideally the urine for pregnancy test should be done 1 week after missing your periods. But you can test at 9 or 10 days past ovulation with a sensitive ( 20 - 25 mIU ) pregnancy test. Aimstrip pregnancy test gives good results and can detect 20 mIU of HCG.I sincerely suggest you to do a urine for pregnancy test and if the test comes negative, then get serum HCG levels estimated. For that please consult a gynecologist.

It is very difficult to precisely confirm a diagnosis without examination and investigations, and the answer is based on the medical information provided. For exact diagnosis, you are requested to consult your doctor. I sincerely hope that helps. Take care.

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