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I had a period 6/10 and had sex every day through 7/8. Starting 6/28 I have had various symptoms every day as listed: feeling lightheaded, nausea, headache, and tender/sensitive breasts. Starting on 7/3 I had a pinching pulling sensation behind my belly button for 1 day on and off and a pinpoint aching twinge 1-2 inches diagonally right and below my belly button on and off for three days then starting back up on 7/9. On 7/9 around 9PM I started my period, but it was extremely light with pink and brown spotting for 2 days accompanied by the same aching pinpoint pain in my right lower abdomen that started on 7/3. As of 7/12 I have only had very light brown spotting when I wipe,there has be no clotting at all. I normally have very heavy periods for 2-3 days with severe cramping so this is very different, I also do not get sore breasts or any other pre-period symptoms. My stomach feels different. I took a pregnancy test 7/8 that was negative, is there a possibility I may still be pregnant?

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replied July 14th, 2012
Sexual Health - Women Answer A37059
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If your periods are regular, it would suggest that you are having regular and periodic ovulation, and being sexually active without protection after finishing with periods can result in pregnancy (you become closer to your fertile days after finishing with periods). If fertile mucus had been present at time of intercourse, sperms can stay alive for 5-7 days and fertilize the egg upon ovulation. After ovulation, egg has about 24-48 hours to get fertilized. The symptoms that you describe (lightheadedness, nausea, headache, tender/sensitive breasts, pinching sensation in belly, pink/brown spotting, altered periods/lighter bleeding, abdominal discomfort) could indicate pregnancy possibility. Look out for development of any other new symptoms if pregnancy is suspected. If periods have been abnormal, 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 20 days post-conception (roughly corresponding to about 1 week after your missed/altered periods). 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). You may also consider taking urine pregnancy test after 7-10 days of missed/abnormal periods. 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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