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My husband and I have tried recently to have another baby. I calculatd my days the best I could because I am so irregular. So my last menstrual was August 11. We have intercourse on the 18 and 26 of August. September 8 I felt a quite quick pain in my pelvic area hought nothing of it, but decided to take a pregnancy test it was negative. I waited and waited for my period which finaly began on the 15th of septmeber it seemed normal and I thought well im ot pregnant. Then next day I noticed it wasnt as heavy as it usually is and was thinking something might be wrong with me. Then monday morning my period was completely gone. The next two days I had a brown discharge but wit no red dark blood or clots. My periods are usuall pretty heavy dark and clotty. I have taken a pregnancy test and it came back negative. Do you think I should wait to take a test or just go straight to the doctor. I have slight pain here and there nothing to bad to were I cant handle. Thanks in advance for your help.

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replied September 20th, 2012
Vaginal and Uterus Health Answer A38828
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If your menstrual cycles are irregular, it is difficult to predict ovulation time. Ovulation generally occurs during midcycle time (for regular menstrual cycles of 28-30 days), and after ovulation egg remains alive for about 24-48 hours. For pregnancy to result, it is important that you have regular periods (indicative of regular and periodic ovulation). It is also possible to have occasional ovulation even though you have irregular cycles. If you have monitored your ovulation and have been sexually active around ovulation time, then the altered period pattern and lighter bleeding could suggest pregnancy possibility. Look out for development of any other new symptoms if pregnancy is suspected. 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). You can get false negative results with urine pregnancy tests done very early in pregnancy, as the kits are calibrated ones, so unless the hormone levels in urine reach a certain level, they do not show positive results. 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). 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 and lifestyle.
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