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Very tender nipples! Has anybody else had this?

I've been taking Alesse 28 for almost a year now, but in the past few months I'm having some weird things going on.

I missed my period last pack, and it was the first time this had happened to me while on the pills. (I had a blood pregnancy test done and it was negative by the way)

But after the missed periods, my nipples have gotten so sensitive it hurts when anything is brushed against them! I've never had this before. More veins have also appeared in my breasts.

Would I be starting to get side effects after this long on the pill? I thought I understood that I'd be experiencing stuff like this in the first few months, not after almost a year. It's been freaking me out because these could be pregnancy symptoms as well (and I can't afford to keep taking tests to make sure)
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replied November 1st, 2012
Welcome to ehealthforum,
The symptoms that you describe could be attributed to side effects of hormonal content of the pill as well as pregnancy. It is difficult to distinguish between the two without going ahead with examining you (to confirm pregnancy related changes/signs in body) and repeat blood HCG level estimation (to confirm/rule out pregnancy accurately). If the symptoms have been persistent, but your tests keep showing negative results for pregnancy, consider getting ultrasound scan done to rule out pregnancy. Go ahead with further hormonal analysis to look for any other hormonal derangement that could be causing the symptoms. Be in regular monitoring and follow-up with your treating doctor/gynecologist and report any new/abnormal symptoms immediately.
Take care.

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