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Hi Im very confused to what is going on. I came off my pill middle of December 2011, I'm in a long term relationship. my periods pretty much stopped when on the pill but since coming off I've only had 1 period in January lasted 3/4 days but since then nothing.

This week my breasts are sore, being feeling really tired, pain in my left side ovary area, going to the toilet lot more often and been passing wind alot too. Iv done 2 home tests and both negative. if signs are pointing to being pregnant it would only 2 weeks since is this too early for home pregnancy tests to pick up a positive result?

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replied April 4th, 2012
Early Pregnancy Signs and Symptoms Answer A33536
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After you stop with your birth control use, your normal fertility to return can take few months to 1 year’s time. Sometimes, it can get back to normal immediately after stopping with birth control use (depending on type and duration of birth control used). Chances of pregnancy are possible if your ovulation has returned and if you have had unprotected intercourse during ovulation time. The recent symptoms that you describe (missed periods, sore breasts, increased tiredness, abdominal pain/cramps, frequent urination, feeling gassy) could also suggest pregnancy possibility. Look out for development of any other new symptoms if pregnancy is suspected. 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). The urine pregnancy tests done very early in pregnancy can show you false negative results as the kits are calibrated ones, so unless the hormone levels in urine reach a certain level, they do not show positive results. 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). If pregnancy gets ruled out, further evaluation would be done to look for the underlying cause for your symptoms and absent periods. Treatment as appropriate (based on examination findings and investigations results) would be started to help you control the symptoms and regulate your periods. Be 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.
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