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Why is my period acting up now?

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I am a 30 year old married female. my period was in March 2 days late and in April and beginning of May normal again. This month it was 3 days late. I normally have a very regular period since March. I have a 26 day cycle and are trying to conceive. when I was three days late I did a pregnancy test but it was negative. Why is my period acting up now? I am in the 4th day of my period and my nipples are tingling and have burning sensations. is this normal?

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replied June 8th, 2013
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Variation of 5-10 day sin menstrual cycle length s considered to be normal, and the urine pregnancy test kits usually start showing positive results after about 18-20 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 recent symptoms that you describe suggest pregnancy possibility. Wait and watch for your periods. Look out for development of any other new symptoms. If the symptoms suggestive of pregnancy are persistent, or if your usual periods do not start within 10 days of expected period dates, or if you suspect chances of pregnancy, visit your doctor/gynecologist for further examination (to confirm pregnancy related changes/signs in body) and blood/serum HCG level test (to confirm/rule out pregnancy accurately). Be in regular monitoring and follow-up with your treating doctor/gynecologist and report any new/abnormal symptoms immediately.
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