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started Nuvaring, showing symptoms of pregnancy?

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I Had a baby on OCt 21, 2011 and had my period 5 weeks later that lasted a week, I then started Nuvaring, Since then the past couple weeks I have been showing symptoms of pregnancy. About a week ago I took two at home pregnancy tests and they both came out negative. Are these sypmtoms side effects of nuva ring or could I really be pregnant?

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replied January 5th, 2012
Birth Control Answer A30011
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Few of your symptoms could be attributed to the contraceptive use. However, if pregnancy is suspected, 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), as sometimes you can keep having false negative results with the urine pregnancy tests done during early pregnancy. If pregnancy gets confirmed, go ahead with getting serial HCG levels estimated. Doubling up of the hormone levels in 48-72 hours will show that pregnancy is going on smoothly. An ultrasound scan done will also help to confirm gestational age of fetus/baby along with fetal wellbeing and viability. Consider being in regular monitoring and follow-up with your treating doctor/gynecologist and report any new/abnormal symptoms immediately. Take adequate rest. Drink plenty of water. Maintain healthy diet and lifestyle. If pregnancy gets ruled out and you are worried about next pregnancy, use back-up protection while having intercourse for additional protection against pregnancy.
Take care.

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