11 Simple Ways to Confirm Pregnancy Without Doing a Test

Confirm Pregnancy Without Test

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Am I really pregnant? Yes, this is a confusion most women come across after a missed period!

Shall I paint pregnancy dilemma in a picture for you?

A woman has skipped her period and is now two weeks overdue; the couple was physically intimate only three times since the last period and that too far from the days of her ovulation. She takes a pregnancy test once and it is negative; she takes another one a week later, and it comes back positive! What can be more maddening?

Until you go and get that confirming scan or blood test, you may neither feel ecstatic nor plan ahead. Phew! If only there were some ways on how to tell if your pregnant without a test!

Causes of Confusion in Conception:

Most of this confusion is caused by delayed ovulation, which happens when the woman ovulates very late in the cycle. Another factor that causes confusion regarding pregnancy is irregular period. If you have regular periods, you can easily map your ovulation days, hence making sure of the exact dates your ‘fertile period’ falls on. Also hormonal imbalance can cause problems like PCOD (polycystic ovary syndrome) and thyroid diseases; all these may make conception dubious.

Factors That Delay Ovulation:

A woman’s menstrual cycle is between 28-32 days; sometimes the duration is shorter or longer. Ovulation is actually calculated from the first day of the last menstrual period (LMP) or by calculating 12-16 days from the next period. Most women ovulate between day 11 and day 21 of their menstrual cycle. It is very important to keep track of your ovulation cycle. If you conceive, the doctor will definitely ask you about the duration of your last menstrual cycle because the expected due date is calculated on the basis of the last menstrual period (LMP).

Sometimes, the ovulation doesn’t happen in the right time. This is the main cause behind infertility. There are many factors that disrupt the normal ovulation cycle. These are:

a. Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS):

This is a common cause of female infertility. The reproductive hormones estrogen and progesterone are out of balance, this triggers ovarian cyst.There are changes in the pituitary glands, hypothalamus and the ovaries that cause the delay in ovulation.Other than delaying ovulation it also causes abnormal growth of hair in the face and neck, insulin resistance and acne.

b. Hypothalamic Dysfunction:

The pituitary gland secretes two hormones – the follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) and Luteinizing Hormone (LH) that is responsible for ovulation every month. Physical and emotional stress, obesity or low body weight can disrupt the hormone flow and pattern. This affects both ovulation and menstrual cycle. This is the main cause behind irregular menstrual cycles.

c. Premature Ovarian Insufficiency:

This disorder happens due to an autoimmune response, when the body attacks the ovarian tissues by mistake. This naturally leads to loss of eggs. Genetic and environmental factors can also cause ovarian insufficiency. Also with age the amount of estrogen decreases and thus fewer eggs are formed in the ovary.

d. Over Secretion of Prolactin:

The pituitary gland can cause excess production of prolactin. This condition is called hyperprolactinemia. The over secretion of prolactin disrupts estrogen production and this eventually cause infertility.This problem occurs when the pituitary gland doesn’t function properly.Sometimes, medicines also cause excess of prolactin and cause infertility.

Signs of Pregnancy / How to Confirm Pregnancy without Test?

If you were trying to become pregnant, you will naturally want to know if you were successful in the attempt. You don’t need to buy those expensive pregnancy test kits over and over again, and fret about the results. If you have conceived successfully, your body will definitely show some signs, you just need to listen closely to your body to observe the changes.

If any of the above mentioned causes of delayed ovulation make a mere ‘missed period’ a feeble sign of pregnancy to you, you can try looking for these other, softer signs of pregnancy. Here is how to tell if your pregnant without a test, if you happen to notice these signs.

1. Missed Period:

If your ‘otherwise regular period’ is delayed by more than ten days, it is time to consult a doctor, as it might be good news!

However, missing menstrual cycle is not an accurate signal of pregnancy. Sometimes, medications like contraceptives and eating disorders like anorexia or bulimia can affect the menstrual cycle. So missed period is sometimes a false alarm, you have to ask your doctor the reason behind missed periods.

It takes time for the Human Chorionic Gonadotropin Hormone to rise to a certain level. If you rush with your pregnancy tests, sometimes the results show negative. This means there is no rise in HCG levels. If there is a rise in HCG levels the test kit will show positive results. If you think you are not having regular periods, confirm with your doctor first. Since, if you are detected pregnant, the prenatal care has to start without delay.

[ Read: Pregnancy Symptoms After Missed Period ]

2. Spotting:

If you notice a few drops of blood about between 1-2 weeks of your last period, this could be implantation bleeding. Implantation bleeding occurs when the embryo implants itself into the wall of the uterus. However, this is not the scene with every expectant mom.

[ Read: Calculating Expected Date of Implantation ]

3. Nausea And/or Vomiting:

As early as three weeks into your pregnancy, you may experience nausea and/or vomiting due to no apparent reason. Any smell or taste can trigger such unpleasant response to pregnancy.

Nausea is the most visible symptom of pregnancy. If you are rushing to the restroom often due to nausea, then it is an indication that the hormonal levels are rising. It is a sure sign that your body is preparing for pregnancy. You don’t even have to do a test to confirm pregnancy.

4. Bloating:

A feeling of fullness or abdominal bloating is also a sign of being pregnant. The hormonal changes in your body cause the body to bloat. You may also experience cramps along with bloating. Your clothes may feel tight across your waist, even though your uterus is still small.

Now that you know, bloating is a sign of pregnancy, you should ask the doctor beforehand to prescribe you medicines to tackle bloating. Never do self-medication when pregnant.

5. Soreness of Nipples:

Changes in your breast are often an early visible signs of pregnancy. You will find that your breasts are tender and painful to touch. A close look at the mirror will tell you, that your breasts are bigger and fuller. Also the areolas and nipples are darker. There are small bumps on the nipples that show you are pregnant.

6. Frequent Urination:

If you find yourself rushing to the washroom every 20-30 minutes, you are displaying a bigger symptom of pregnancy. Frequent urination, especially in the first trimester, occurs because of the increased water retention and blood flow in your body.

Due to hormonal changes, there is an increased blood flow through the kidneys. As a result, the bladder quickly becomes full. The intensity of urination increases as the pregnancy progresses. Since the blood volume increases and the bladder gets filled up as a result. Sometimes the growing baby exerts pressure on the bladder, causing frequent urination.

7. Backache:

If your lower back aches just like how it does before and during a period, it could imply pregnancy. Some women experience back ache throughout the day if they are expecting and it does not go away with rest or massage.

Pregnancy back pain occurs around the sacroiliac joint. This back pain occurs due to many reasons, they are:

  • Weight Gain: There is a sharp rise in weight. You may weigh between 25-35 pounds. The spine has to support the weight, this causes back pain. Also the expanding uterus puts pressure on the blood vessels, nerves, pelvis and back, causing acute pain.
  • Posture Change: With increased weight gain there is a change in gravity. You start adjusting your posture and there is change in the way you move. Sometimes you tend to waddle. The posture change also cause back pain and strain.
  • Hormonal Changes: During pregnancy the body secretes a hormone called relaxin. This relaxes the ligaments in the pelvic region. The joints also become loose in preparation for the delivery. The loosening of ligaments causes the instability and pain.
  • Muscle Separation: As the uterus expands, the rectal abdominis muscle starts separating at the center. The rectal abdominis muscle is the parallel sheet of muscle that extends from the rib cage to the pubic bone. The muscle separation can cause intense pain.
  • Stress: The body and mind goes through stress during pregnancy, this aggravates the back pain or spasms.

However, the good news is that the pain eases gradually. All you need to do is exercise. Regular exercise doesn’t mean hitting the gym; you can do a light prenatal yoga, meditation to calm your mind. You can exercise on a stationary cycle or swim to boost muscle strength and flexibility. Ask your doctor or physical therapist to give you some muscle strengthening exercises. Staying active during pregnancy ensures a smoother delivery.

You can also apply hot and cold compresses on the pain. However, don’t apply it on the abdomen. Place a hot water bottle on the painful areas for relief.

You need to adopt a proper posture while sitting, sleeping and working to ease back pain. Slouching will exert pressure on the spine and cause back pain. Like sleeping on the side with pillow between the knees will help relieve the pain to a great extent. If you are sitting at the desk, keep a rolled up towel on the back for support. Keep your feet on stool and keep your back straight.

You can also try acupuncture; it helps to relieve back pain to a great extent. You can also undergo chiropractic manipulation of the spine. You have to take your doctor’s permission before trying this alternative treatment or chiropractic to relieve pain.Only go to well-known chiropractor, so that the treatment is done accurately.

[ Read: 11 Treatments to Ease Back pain During Pregnancy ]

8. Headache:

Due to the stress your body goes through; added with drowsiness, cravings and physical changes, it is a common symptom to have headaches during pregnancy. These headaches normally go away with a little rest and some tender loving care!

9. Irritability or Mood Swings:

You may seem to lose your temper without much provocation! Even though you may not know it, your irritable, moody behaviour is due to pregnancy hormones. It is another easy sign to confirm pregnancy without test.

The hormonal changes affect the level of neuro-transmitters or chemical messengers to the brain. This results in heightened emotions, both good and bad. Suddenly, you are ecstatic and the very next moment you are depressed. All you need is patient hearing or try to counsel yourself. Talk to a friend, divert your mind and try to keep a cheerful disposition. It is tough, but possible!

[ Read: 5 Most Common Mood Swings During Pregnancy ]

10. Food Aversions/Cravings:

If you find yourself desperately craving for something at odd hours of the day, you have the most common sign of pregnancy. Similarly, some women become so terribly put off by certain foods that they won’t even go near them (this may include foods that they previously loved to eat!)

With the rise of levels of estrogen in the body, you tend to react to different foods. The heightened sense of smell also happens for the same reason. You might turn away from the smell of some food that you loved, or even a perfume that you liked. Some smells can trigger nausea, so avoid them. Instead smell lavender.

11. Disrupted Sleep Cycle:

Due to all the physical changes, your body’s sleep cycle might become disturbed. One day you sleep well, the other day you toss and turn all night. Before thinking you have a sleep-related issue, consider that you might be pregnant.

Another Way To Confirm Pregnancy:

Fatigue:

Fatigue or exhaustion is a common symptom of pregnancy. The rising levels of progesterone cause this unusual drowsiness. Vomiting and frequent urination adds to the fatigue. So just take it easy and get some rest. This fatigue decreases as you progress towards the second trimester of pregnancy.

Don’t fret over whether or not you are pregnant! Before taking a blood test you can always take a home pregnancy test and put your heart and mind at ease. You can also take your body temperature, if it is high for say consecutively 18 days. It is a sure sign of pregnancy, and you can always confirm it with a pregnancy test kit.

We hope our article helps you in understanding first signs of conception without even going for a test. But it is always advisable to consult your doctor for confirmation. Remember, the sooner you visit the doctor, the better you will feel.

Now that you are aware of how to know pregnancy without test, you can confirm your pregnancy before going for a medical test.

Do share your first experiences of pregnancy with us in the comment section below.

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  • vidya

    Can pregnancy be prevented with 1-2 months

    • Hi Vidya, whether an unplanned pregnancy or an unhealthy pregnancy its best to be firm and to terminate the pregnancy at the earliest. Early termination of pregnancy is considered when a pregnancy is less than 10 weeks counted from the first day of your last menstrual cycle. The first and most correct thing to do to avoid pregnancy early is to go and see your doctor. Your doctor will do a thorough check up and suggest when it is appropriate for you to have an abortion. Since the pregnancy is at an early stage, there are chances that your doctor will prescribe you medicines through which you can safely terminate your pregnancy.

  • rebecca_sonu

    @ Preeti –

    Spotting is normal during first trimester since the fertilized egg tries to implant itself in the lining of the uterus. The bleeding may last from a few hours to a few days which is nothing much to worry about. You better go to a well reputed gynecologist for an early pregnancy assessment unit (EPAU).

  • rebecca_sonu

    @ Ashley –

    You may get a negative test result if your body doesn’t produce
    enough HCG. Body produces HCG only after a fertilized egg implants itself in
    the uterus. This can happen during the very early stages in pregnancy. You
    might have undergone the test too early. But if you still show these pregnancy
    symptoms, try doing the tests after a few days or get checked with a gynecologist.
    Finally, I want to advice you not to go for unprotected sex too often as it is
    harmful for your health.

  • lady

    I bled for 2 1/2 months and my tests were still negative. I got fed up with the a.m sickness and I lost a tremendous amount of weight. Got a bloodtest and it was positive

  • summer

    I have a ? I’ve been having hot flashes and dizzy and feeling like I’m going to vomit and I don’t sleep good at night and I haven’t had a period in 4 weeks and I did spot bleed but I took the test and both said not pregnant the .. so am I pregnant ?????

    • Hi Summer, there can be lot of reasons for hot flashes and dizziness such as dehydration, sleep deprivation, heart rhythm disorders, panic attack, low blood pressure, motion sickness etc. As u have already taken the pregnancy test and that has come has negative, then wait for another one or two weeks and take a home pregnancy test. If your symptoms reoccur then i would advise you to consult a gynecologist.

    • Niharika

      Hi Summer, there can be lot of reasons for hot flashes and dizziness such as dehydration, sleep deprivation, heart rhythm disorders, panic attack, low blood pressure, motion sickness etc. As u have already taken the pregnancy test and that has come has negative, then wait for another one or two weeks and take a home pregnancy test. If your symptoms reoccur then i would advise you to consult a gynecologist.

  • Dear Shy, it can be too early to say that you are pregnant or not. So it is advisable to take home pregnancy test after one or two weeks….it is advisable to consult a gynecologist if you miss your periods post 25th of May.

  • Yati Ignacio

    I already did the pregnancy test but its shown negative. My last menses is on the 10 April 2015. Mostly my menstrual cycle is between 27 day to 28 days. Its to early for me to check?
    But I backache until cant sleep well, I also have pain at my ovary part…

    • Dear Yati, as you are closer to your menses a little pain may occur and this pain can be in the form of backache or your lower abdomenal part. You can take a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, like ibuprofen and naproxen to reduce pain. Applying hot and cold compress will also provide relief. It is advisable to consult a gynecologist if the pain and symptoms persists for a longer period of time.

    • Niharika

      Dear Yati, as you are closer to your menses a little pain may occur and this pain can be in the form of backache or your lower abdomenal part. You can take a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, like ibuprofen and naproxen to reduce pain. Applying hot and cold compress will also provide relief. It is advisable to consult a gynecologist if the pain and symptoms persists for a longer period of time.

  • Hi Katt, for some women, conceiving can be as easy as tossing out their contraception, whether they’re working on their first baby or their fourth. For others, reaching the goal of fertilization becomes a nightly chore. However few of the ways to speed up the process of getting pregnant are:
    1. Frequent Sex – If you’re not timing your cycles or you have irregular periods, you can cover your bases by having sex every other day.
    2. Figure out when you ovulate – Women with very regular 28-day cycles can just count 14 days from the first day of their period to determine their ovulation date. If your cycles aren’t regular, an ovulation kit can help you pinpoint your most fertile time.
    3. Step up sex before ovulation – As soon as you pick up a hormonal surge, have sex that day, plus the next two days. Another reason to have sex before you ovulate, as opposed to the day it happens is that an egg survives for only 12 to 24 hours after ovulation, so if you begin to ovulate in the morning and wait until nighttime to have sex, the egg may lose its viability by the time the sperm gets to it.
    4. Give time – Barring fertility problems and other conditions or habits that can interfere with conception, half of all couples get pregnant within six months and 85 percent do so within a year. So its important to enjoy the process rather than looking it as a chore. Hope you find these tips to be useful !!

  • Hi Jasmine, you can try taking another pregnancy test at home after one or two weeks. If your cramps or nausea continues or increases then it is advisable to visit your gynecologist and get a ultrasound test done.

  • Hi Aria, the symptoms mentioned by you are of menses…but if your periods do not start in a couple of days then you can take a pregnancy test at home.

  • shiny

    Plzz do reply me a bit faster it’s really urgent.. Plzz for God’s sake..

  • Dear Shiny, as you had protected sex then the chances of you getting pregnant will be very slim. It is normal once in a while for a delayed periods by four to five days or a week. Abdominal pain and crams can be a form of PMS too. Consult a gynecologist if your periods get delayed by two weeks or so and also take a pregnancy test at home.

  • Dear Krystal, yes it is too soon to take a test now. You can wait for your next menstrual cycle and if you miss your periods for the month of May then you can take a pregnancy test at home.

  • joy

    Hi good day,I have a irregular menstruation,my last period was on march 18, and I had intercorse on april 20, its already may but I never had my next period,I do always go to the comfort room to pee,sometimes I like to eat sometimes I don’t,I feel lazy and can’t sleep at night,is there a possibilities that I am pregnant?

    • Dear Joy, there can be various reasons of missing your periods or irregular periods like lack of nutrition, sleep deprivation, stress, PCOS etc. The symptoms mentioned by you may not necessarily be sure way of confirming your pregnancy. Therefore you can take a home pregnancy test and whether the test is positive or negative, you need to consult a gynecologist to help to combat irregular periods.

    • Niharika

      Dear Joy, there can be various reasons of missing your periods or irregular periods like lack of nutrition, sleep deprivation, stress, PCOS etc. The symptoms mentioned by you may not necessarily be sure way of confirming your pregnancy. Therefore you can take a home pregnancy test and whether the test is positive or negative, you need to consult a gynecologist to help to combat irregular periods.

  • paleme

    hi, got my periods on April 7th and now it s may 11th and im late on my periods. had unprotected sex and I really want to terminate if im pregnant. Had sesame seeds with honey once and having cranberry juice. Anythin else that can save me? please HELP!

  • kala

    I have an iud but I think I might be pregnant. My two tests said no but I’m lactating my son is 10 months old haven’t breastfed in 5 months

    • Niharika

      Dear Kala, sometimes lactation happens when you are not pregnant or breastfeeding. This milky white discharge from the breasts is known as galactorrhea, and it is usually a sign of an underlying problem, such as a disorder of the pituitary glands or a side effect of some medications. The good news is that galactorrhea usually goes away on its own, especially when the underlying medical condition is treated. Certain medications, herbs, hypothyroidism etc can also cause lactation. Also take a pregnancy test again after two weeks or so and consult a gynecologist to diagnose your condition.

  • Niharika

    Dear Krystal, yes it is too soon to take a test now. You can wait for your next menstrual cycle and if you miss your periods for the month of May then you can take a pregnancy test at home.

  • Niharika

    Dear Shiny, as you had protected sex then the chances of you getting pregnant will be very slim. It is normal once in a while for a delayed periods by four to five days or a week. Abdominal pain and crams can be a form of PMS too. Consult a gynecologist if your periods get delayed by two weeks or so and also take a pregnancy test at home.

  • Niharika

    Hi Aria, the symptoms mentioned by you can be of menses too…but if your periods do not start in a couple of days then you can take a pregnancy test at home.

  • Niharika

    Hi Jasmine, you can try taking another pregnancy test at home after one or two weeks. If your cramps or nausea continues or increases then it is advisable to visit your gynecologist and get a ultrasound test done.

  • Niharika

    Dear Shy, it can be too early to say that you are pregnant or not. So it is advisable to take home pregnancy test after one or two weeks….it is advisable to consult a gynecologist if you miss your periods post 25th of May.

  • Niharika

    Dear Browneyes, ovulation usually happens about 14 days after the first day of your last period. An egg lives for about 12-24 hours after it’s released. For you to get pregnant, a sperm must fertilise the egg within this time. Pregnancy tests check for the presence of the pregnancy hormone, human chorionic gonadotrophin (HCG) in your urine. After you conceive (when the sperm fertilises the egg), your body begins to produce HCG. Around two weeks after you conceive, there’s enough HCG for most pregnancy tests to detect it. Hence you need to wait for two weeks and then take a test.

  • Niharika

    Hi Sumathi, you can take a home pregnancy test. This kit can be purchased at any medical or pharmacy store. You will also receive a instructional sheet with the kit, which will explain you the steps as to how to check and use.

  • Niharika

    Dear Yolanda, pregnancy is caused by semen (ejaculate or cum) or pre-cum getting inside the vagina. There are certain times of the month when it’s more likely that you’ll get pregnant from having sex. You can look for the symptoms like missed periods, nausea, bloating etc and if you suffer from any of the above mentioned symptoms then you can take a home pregnancy test or visit a gynecologist.

  • Niharika

    Dear Cheyanna, as you are using a Nexplanon, it gives an option of upto 3 years of continous pregnancy prevention option. So you need to check with your doctor about the period of the implant. In some cases if your doctor cannot feel the Nexplanon implant then you need to use other birth control methods until your health care provider confirms that the implant is in place. You can also take a home pregnancy test to further clear your doubts about your pregnancy.

  • Jenna

    my husband and i had sex 2 weeks ago.. he cum outside of my butt and the sperms drip down to my vagina area.. can i be pregnant even though the sperms were not inside of but just at the mouth of the vagina???? please help..

    • Niharika

      Dear Jenna, even if the sperms come in the contact with the area around vagina….there can be a possibility of you getting pregnant. Look out for the pregnancy symptoms and also if you miss your periods by two or three weeks then you can take a home pregnancy test to confirm your doubts.

  • Niharika

    Dear Vannya, inside a woman’s body, sperm can live for up to five days depending on the conditions. If you have unprotected sex even a few days before your partner ovulates, there is a chance of achieving a pregnancy.

  • Niharika

    Hi Olivia, It is possible to have a period after you become pregnant. Most women who do report that it is not quite like a normal period – perhaps lighter or shorter. This is usually due to implantation bleeding as the placenta attaches. You can repeat the pregnancy test to be sure but positive usually means just that unless there is a miscarriage. This is also a possibility if the period was heavy. It is believed that a number of miscarriages occur before the women even realizes she is pregnant. Again, repeating the test would be the best thing to do.

  • Niharika

    Hi Carrie, if you have your IUD removed near the time that you are ovulating, you could be at risk for becoming pregnant if you have had recent intercourse before the IUD is removed. Sperm can live inside the vagina for up to 5 days. It is advisable that you wait for one or two weeks more and then take a home pregnancy test.

  • Niharika

    Hi Sweety, don’t fret over whether or not you are pregnant. If you have conceived successfully, your body will show some signs or symptoms. You can wait till your next period to check. If your periods gets delayed by two or three weeks, then take a home pregnancy test.

  • Niharika

    Hi Jessica, you can wait for the next periods and if you have missed your periods by one or two weeks then you can take a pregnancy test at home.

  • Rebecca Maria McMillan

    Hi I was just wanting to know why does my boyfirnd sperm come out of me ??

  • Niharika

    Hi Neeta. it is too early to take a pregnancy test. It is advisable to take the test again after one or two weeks. Your periods may have been delayed due to travel and change in the climate…environment..Wait for a 10-12 days and then take the test again.

  • Tah’Remme

    Hello i just turned 28 on the 12th of June I’m married wit a 7 year old son I haven’t had a period since may 9th my stomach cramps and have adnominal lower pain breast tender and always tired I took a pregnancy test this morning and it was negative what do I do is it possible I can be pregnant

    • Niharika

      Hi Tah’Remme, all the symptoms mentioned by you can be the signs of pregnancy, however if your recent test showed you negative results then may be it was too early to take the test. You can wait for another one or two weeks and take the test. If the results still comes as negative then consult your gynecologist to know the cause of your condition.

  • Niharika

    Hi Asmita, the periods may last between three to five days and that is normal. As you had your periods and as well as you took an i pill immediately after the intercourse then the chances of you getting pregnant is very remote. But if still are in a dilemma then you can take a home pregnancy test to remove any kind of doubts from your mind.

    • shukla asmita

      Tysm niharika thanks a ton…. feeling safe…. 😅😅

  • Niharika

    Congratulations Neeta :-) as you have shown all the symptoms and got a positive result…it is possible that you are pregnant but until and unless you go and get that confirming scan or blood test in a hospital, do not feel ecstatic or plan ahead. Wish you health and wellness and all the best for your further plans !

  • shukla asmita

    Can u hlp me knw m i pregnant or not i still tense…. Plz

  • Erica

    My last period was the 21st may and was supposed to be due on the 18th but I’m not 100% sure. I’ve a four month old baby already and I’m practically raising him on my own and I’m just wondering what should I do?

    • Niharika

      Hi Erica, as your periods got delayed by two weeks…it is advisable to take a home pregnancy test and look out for other symptoms. Also consult your gynecologist as possible as possible if you are not prepared for another pregnancy.

  • Niharika

    Hi, three days of delayed periods is too less time to say that you are pregnant. These symptoms might be of menstrual cycle. So it is advisable for you to wait for one or two weeks and if your periods do not start…then take a home pregnancy test to confirm your doubts.

    • hopingforababy

      I am now five days late with no sign.

      Still hoping,
      Nicole

  • Sage Warren

    Hello im pretty sure i am pregnant , i stopped taking my BC and my BF and I only used the pullout. I had only a couple of days of light bleeding and then my breasts stated to hurt not long after now its two weeks later and very lil smell is bothering me and even waking up in the middle of the night with cravings. I already have two kids 11 and 5 and i knew right away when i was pregnant with them and i am having all the same feelings, so i would like to know what u think please

  • Briana

    Hi, I know this may sound stupid but I really need help with this, I don’t understand. I am a young girl and I don’t know if I’m pregnant or not. I had sex for the first, and so far only time, almost 4 months ago. I had late period, nausea, bigger boobs, swollen ankles, head aches, food cravings, and I was almost always tired but couldn’t sleep. I was wondering if I were pregnant or not so I took a few online tests both said I may be pregnant. I haven’t taken a real test though… Am I pregnant?

    • Niharika

      Hi Briana, the best thing to do right now is to take a pregnancy test at home and also consult a gynecologist to understand your sudden symptoms. If you got your regular periods in the last four months then you may not be pregnant. However, do take the test and also consult with a gynecologist.

  • Niharika

    Hi Suhani, It is unlikely that you will become pregnant after your period, but it isn’t impossible. It is the phase when you move into your fertility period. An average cycle lasts for 28 to 30 days, and the fertility period falls in between day 11 to day 21. Studies conclude that sperm can live in the reproductive tract for 2 to 5 days. If your bleeding time lasts for 5 to 7 days and you indulge in sex right after that, you might become pregnant. If your periods stop on day 6, you have sex on day 7 and ovulation occurs on day 11; there is a possibility that the sperm of day 6 is still residing in the fallopian tubes for fertilization. Your chances of getting pregnant after period increase day by day once your period stops. If you want to have a baby, this is a real good time to have sex. Also, indulging in sex for the following 14 days improves your chances of becoming an expecting mom.

  • Niharika

    Hi Pankaj, an ipill should be taken as soon as possible after sex. You will have 72 hours to prevent an unplanned pregnancy after unprotected sex. Pregnancy is established only after the fertilized egg attaches itself to the womb. This process can take 2 to 4 days. You need to act within this time frame to avoid the risk of pregnancy. The girl should take i-pill as soon as possible and not later than 72 hours. The sooner you take i-pill, the more effective it is. i-pill is 95% effective within 24 hours of unprotected sex, 85% between 25-48 hours and 58% if taken between 49-72 hours. Blood clots in the urine may suggest periods too…so wait for the next periods..if it does happen then take a home pregnancy test.

  • Niharika

    Hi Sanya, it is very unlikely that you may get pregnant as you took an ipill after intercourse. Missed periods can also indicate issues like stress, major weight loss, excessive exercise, thyroid irregularity or PCOS. It is advisable that you take a home pregnancy test and also visit a gynecologist.

  • Niharika

    Dear Priya, it is crucial to discuss your situation with family before you take a step to terminate your pregnancy, as you will need the support and help of your family and husband to go through this phase. Also do consult your gynecologist before you take any pills. Taking pills with a prescription and guidance may put your life in risk.

  • Niharika

    Dear Leslie, missed periods need not necessarily mean that you are pregnant. Stress, nutritional deficiency or any other health issue can lead to delay in the periods. Also bilateral tubal ligation or tied tubes is 99.9% effective in preventing pregnancy. However, in a small percentage of cases, despite the tubes being severed, they can grow together again during the process of healing and a connection between the two cut ends of the fallopian tube can reform. This can allow an egg and sperm to meet and a pregnancy to develop. If a pregnancy does occur after a tubal ligation, it is more likely to be an ectopic pregnancy (a pregnancy that implants in the fallopian tube instead of in the uterus). Take a home pregnancy test and if you are getting a positive urine pregnancy test at home, it is very important that you see your doctor to first confirm that you are in fact pregnant, and second, to make sure you don’t have an ectopic pregnancy.

  • Niharika

    Dear Izzy, symptoms like sleep pattern, food cravings alone cannot confirm pregnancy, they may serve as indications but there is no base for its accuracy. Look out for regular periods, if not do take a pregnancy test at home to be sure. You could also visit your gynecologist to put your doubts at rest.

  • Jennifer

    So I got my period 2 days late and I got my period on the 3rd of July and it ended on the 6th but for 2 days brownish stuff was coming out then it stop. On July 19 i got a massive headache, my lower back pain began I couldn’t go to sleep I was just sweating so I wake up on July 20 still with a massive headache and my back pain so I took a cold shower to cool it down but it got me more tired now I got diarrahea and I feel like throwing up what I eat this doesn’t feel normal to me and I don’t like to take pills for headaches and one thing my boyfriend and I had unprotected sex last month can there be a possibility to be pregnant?? Please help

    • Niharika

      Hi Jennifer, less bleeding during periods may happen due to lack of nutrients like iron in the body, stress, hormonal imbalance etc. You can wait for a period of 28 – 30 days from the last day of your periods… if your next cycle is late or your periods does not occur then take a home pregnancy test or consult a gynaecologist.

  • Niharika

    Dear Rani, it can be too early to say that you are pregnant or not. So it is advisable to take home pregnancy test after one or two weeks….it is advisable to consult a gynecologist. Few of the ways to speed up the process of getting pregnant are:
    1. Frequent Sex – If you’re not timing your cycles or you have irregular periods, you can cover your bases by having sex every other day.
    2. Figure out when you ovulate – Women with very regular 28-day cycles can just count 14 days from the first day of their period to determine their ovulation date. If your cycles aren’t regular, an ovulation kit can help you pinpoint your most fertile time.
    3. Step up sex before ovulation – As soon as you pick up a hormonal surge, have sex that day, plus the next two days. Another reason to have sex before you ovulate, as opposed to the day it happens is that an egg survives for only 12 to 24 hours after ovulation, so if you begin to ovulate in the morning and wait until nighttime to have sex, the egg may lose its viability by the time the sperm gets to it.
    4. Give time – Barring fertility problems and other conditions or habits that can interfere with conception, half of all couples get pregnant within six months and 85 percent do so within a year.

  • Niharika

    Hi Katelynn, all the symptoms mentioned by you are the signs of pregnancy. So to confirm your doubts… take a home pregnancy test… and this should be done early in the morning that is the test test has to be performed with the first urination.

  • Niharika

    Dear Lyra, you can feel tired due to physical exhaustion, lack of proper diet or any mental stress. Take good rest and eat well. Despite that if your pains continue to bother you then consult a doctor.

  • fredrick crider

    i just read this to my wife and we now thin k we are having our first child praise the lord

    • Niharika

      Congratulations Fredrick :-) May you be blessed with a healthy baby…enjoy this journey of fatherhood and many more wonderful years to you !!

  • Niharika

    Hi Barb, usually a burning sensation when urinating; this is the most common sign of a bladder infection. Others such symptoms are frequent urge to urinate, passing only small amounts of urine at a time despite the urge to urinate, urine that is cloudy or bloody with a strong, foul odor and bladder spasm. If you are facing any of these then it is advisable for you to visit your doctor as soon as possible. And if you are not facing any other symptoms the take a home pregnancy test.

  • Niharika

    Hi Skylar, it is common to have pains after the first intercourse and the pain will eventually go away. The fact that you had a protected sex…rules out that you are pregnant.

  • Niharika

    Hi Praveen, sometimes women with PCO syndrome can get pregnant. Contraceptive pills can be taken up to 5 days after unprotected sex, to prevent pregnancy. Irregularly bleeding or bleeding twice in month is common for women with PCOS or in this case second bleeding or spotting can be implantation bleeding. So to be sure take a home pregnancy test or visit a gynecologist.

  • Niharika

    Hi Rosalee, where you on the pill when you had intercourse? If yes, then it is unlikely that you are pregnant.

  • Niharika

    Hi Carlee, four days delay in periods is too early to suspect pregnancy. So wait for one or two more weeks and if your periods do not occur then take a home pregnancy test.

  • Ticeses Teasley

    Hello, I’ve been trying to conceive for months with no action… Me and my bf have sex every other day some times less… No health issues just no luck….. Lately I’ve been experiencing some symptoms sore breast, fatigue, bloating, some heavy eating..my period is due in a week or so.. I’ve never really had symptoms with my other pregnancies… I’m scared to test… Tired of not seeing a positive…. Advice??!

    • Niharika

      Hi Ticeses, the best time to conceive is to engage in intercourse during your fertile window that is when you ovulate. The fertile window can last up to six days every month. These six days are the five days leading up to, and the day of, ovulation, when your body releases an egg. You are most likely to conceive if you have sex one or two days before you ovulate. It is best to have sex every two to three days throughout your cycle and also sex every two to three days improves the quality of sperm compared to daily sex.

  • Niharika

    Hi Sara, if your menstrual cycle is normal and there are no other symptoms then there is nothing to be worried about. The results of home made pregnancy test can be vague and inconclusive So if you are still doubtful get a kit from the nearest pharmacy and check the results. Symptoms like feeling dizzy and cramps can occur due to stress or nutritional deficiency. So consult your doctor.

  • Niharika

    Hi Skylar, its is unlikely to get pregnant if you had protected sex, and if your periods occur on time then there is nothing to be worried about. There is no way of being sure right now. If there is a delay in your periods by two weeks or more then take a home pregnancy test.

  • Niharika

    Hi Katherine, normal periods signal that you should nt be worried about pregnancy. A little cramps and pains post-periods can be normal and it will subside with time. Strange growling in the stomach may be due to some kind of food or acidity. Check with your GP on this.

  • Niharika

    Yes Carlee, five days is early to suspect pregnancy. Wait for two weeks or so and then take a test. Also check for other pregnancy symptoms too.

  • Niharika

    Hi Sara, delay in periods for a day or two is nothing to be worried about and it is too early to confirm if you are pregnant or not. Wait for one or two weeks and if your periods has not arrived, then consult your doctor.

  • Niharika

    Hi Carlee, visit your doctor as soon as possible.

  • Niharika

    Hi Gina, there can be several reasons as to why your breasts hurt, such as while you are PMSing, strenuous work-out, if you were your lifting furniture or heavy bags that may have strained those pectoral muscles, if you are wearing a wrong lingerie and if you are taking too much of caffeine. Always choose to wear bra of the correct fitting, go for a sports bra when you work out. If your breast pain is not related to periods then consult a doctor.

  • Niharika

    Hi Sara, a change in the hormonal cycle may alter the number of days. 4 or 5 days of periods and normal bleeding is nothing to be worried about. If your periods occur on time then it is unlikely that you are pregnant… pregnancy signals other symptoms too like change in weight, appetite, cramps etc. If you do not show any of these signs then it is just a normal periods. Sometime PMSing can be confused with pregnancy too.

  • Niharika

    Hi Gina, your last period was 9th of June…so your next period may be around the same time in August, so this pain is probably PMS. The pain might eventually go away after periods. Also if your breasts pain while having intercourse then you need to avoid pressing or putting excessive pressure on them.

  • Niharika

    Hi Mitchem, if you having regular periods then you might not be pregnant. Once your body starts producing the pregnancy hormone human chorionic gonadotrophin (hCG), your periods will stop.

  • Niharika

    Dear Freanca, it is important that you talk about this to someone you trust or family like your mother or elder sister to help you. As a teenager you need to be careful and do not let anyone touch you with your permission. Seek help and guide and also consult a gynecologist.

  • Niharika

    Hi Mia, having an intercourse without protection or birth control may lead to pregnancy. So if you trying to avoid pregnancy then do take some precautions. Tummy aches cannot tell if you are pregnant or not. The only sure way to determine if you are pregnant or not… wait for your periods.. and if your periods get delayed by more than two weeks then take a home pregnancy test or visit your gynecologist.

  • Niharika

    Hi Amber, the only way to be sure if you are pregnant or not is by take a pregnancy test or consulting your gynecologist because sometimes symptoms can be misleading. It is always important to get checked.

  • Niharika

    Hi Diya, if you had an unprotected intercourse and if you want to avoid unwanted pregnancy then you can take an emergency pill within 72 hours of the intercourse.

  • Niharika

    Hi Lexa, if your vagina has not come in touch with the semen then it is not possible for you to get pregnant. However if it has accidentally then take a home pregnancy test to remove your doubts. Back pains can also be the cause of delayed periods or PMS.

  • Mumgeorgette@gmail.com

    My period is a week late my body acheing everywhere im not feeling like eatting I only eat bit now and then mostly at like midnight I get movements in my stomach not strong like it will just jump and wiggle u cant see it but I can feel it im cant sleep at night time too alway need the toilet , feeling kinda dizzy now have been takeing test put there all comming back negative im shy to go doctors tho

    • Niharika

      Dear Mumgeorgette, there is nothing to feel shy about, it is important for you to visit a gynecologist. Delay in periods, body aches, lack of appetite and dizziness can be due to weakness or other reasons. So do visit a doctor who can prescribe few tests to diagnose your condition and help you further.

  • Niharika

    Hi Mridul, a woman cannot get pregnant without penetration. However, there are some rare exceptions. For conception to occur, all it takes is for semen to come in contact with the vaginal canal. If ejaculation occurs and semen comes in contact with the vaginal canal, conception can occur even without penetration. This is rather unlikely, but it is remotely possible.

  • Niharika

    Hi Lindsey, as you have shown all the symptoms …it is possible that you are pregnant but until and unless you go and get that confirming scan or blood test in a hospital, do not feel ecstatic or plan ahead. Wish you health and wellness and all the best for your further plans !

  • Niharika

    Dear Angelie, you might get a false negative test result if you take a home pregnancy test very soon after you think you may have conceived, or if you don’t follow the test instructions correctly. A home pregnancy test will be positive only if it detects the pregnancy hormone human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG). When an egg is fertilized after you ovulate, it takes about a week to travel through a fallopian tube to the uterus. And your body starts producing hCG only after a fertilized egg implants in the uterus. And a few women have such low levels of hCG during pregnancy that home tests can’t measure it. If your period is weeks late without a positive test result, talk to your doctor to figure out whether you’re pregnant or need help getting your menstrual cycle on track.

  • Niharika

    Hi Lilian, it is possible to get pregnant just before period, but it is not very common. Fertilization usually occurs around the time of a woman’s ovulation, which happens between the 12th and 16th days of the menstrual cycle. However, it is still possible to become pregnant later than this time, or just before your period. If your ovulation takes place later than expected (mid-cycle), say on the 24th day of the cycle instead of around 14th day, and fertilization and implantation take place, then pregnancy can occur right before your expected period. Wait till your next periods and if does nt occur then take a pregnancy test.

  • Nikita

    Hi. I had sex with a friend about two weeks ago and we used a condom although it was properly used and I don’t think he came in me. However it’s been two weeks and I’ve not yet gotten my period, my periods are usually irregular and I’ve not gotten any signs of pregnancy yet but I’m very stressed out and scared because I’ve read that some women do not have any symptoms. Can I possibly be pregnant??

    • Niharika

      Hi Nikita, as your periods are usually irregular then it might be little difficult to predict. If you both have used condoms and if your are sure that no semen has entered inside of you then you need not worry much. Wait for a couple of days and if you do not get your period then take a home pregnancy test or visit your gynecologist.

  • Niharika

    Dear Mrs J, a delay in periods for ten days may be too soon to detect any pregnancy. Be patient and consult a gynecologist. Look out for other symptoms apart from a missed period. A single episode of missed period may signal hormonal changes in the body.

  • Niharika

    Hi VSK, the ideal body weight for a female of 5’5 height is between 70 to 85 kg. As you body weighs 89 kg, it would be good to lose few kg of weight before trying to get pregnancy. By reaching a healthy weight, you increase your chances of conceiving naturally and reduce your risk of the problems associated with being overweight in pregnancy. If you get pregnant before losing weight, try not to worry – most women who are overweight have a straightforward pregnancy and birth, and have healthy babies. However, being overweight does increase the risk of complications for both you and your baby.

  • Niharika

    Hi Trisha, the best time to take a home pregnancy test is in the morning. Use your first morning urine to do the test because it has more hCG in it. For best results, read package directions and follow them, especially instructions about how and when to do the test, and waiting enough time to read the results. Also check for the date of the kit. Take a test after a couple of days or visit your gynecologist.

  • Niharika

    Hi Harishitha, it is not possible to get pregnant without penetration or if the semen as not come in contact with the vagina… so consult a gynecologist as delayed or missed periods may have other underlying reasons.

  • Niharika

    Hi Lutfun. having an unprotective sex may lead to pregnancy. But if the sperm has not come in contact with the vagina then you may not be pregnant. However to confirm your doubts…wait for few more days and take a home pregnancy test or visit a gynecologist.

  • Niharika

    Hi Molly, an unprotected sex may lead to pregnancy. Do take an home pregnancy test. If it come as a negative then visit a gynecologist to know the cause of delayed periods. Delayed periods can signal nutritional deficiency or other reasons…..so do visit a doctor before you start you new fitness regime.

    • Molly

      Okay thank you

  • Niharika

    Hi Mrs J, it is advisable that you consult a gynecologist and under go a thorough test.

  • funmi

    hello

  • Niharika

    Hi Rashika, pulling out before ejaculation does little or nothing to prevent pregnancy. Men do secrete sperm (precum) throughout the sex act and it only takes one. If he did any vaginal penetration at all there is a chance for pregnancy. It depends on if the time was right and if there was a mature egg ready for fertilization as to whether or not you will get pregnant. I’ve known of many girls who got pregnant on their first time. I do know that if you didn’t get pregnant this time, and you continue to be sexually active with no protection, you can get pregnant sooner or later. If you are going to be sexually active, you need to get yourself some kind of birth control.

  • Niharika

    Hi Funmi, it’s a common misconception that if a woman has sex during her period she cannot become pregnant. It is possible to get pregnant during your period. You’d have to have a very short menstrual cycle, which is the time from the first day of one period to the first day of the next period, or a tendency to have long periods. A typical menstrual cycle is about 28 days long, but some women have cycles as short as 22 days. If you have a shorter cycle, you could ovulate just a few days after your period ends. And since sperm can survive in your reproductive tract for up to six days, if you have sex during your period, it’s possible that the sperm may still be hanging around when you ovulate, ready to fertilize the egg. If you had unprotected sex during your period and are concerned that you may be pregnant, look out for symptoms like mild lower abdominal cramping, spotting (implantation spotting, a fairly common cause of bleeding once the egg has been fertilized), breast tenderness and moodiness. These symptoms can occur as early as two weeks after ovulation. If you are trying to avoid pregnancy then always take precautions. Use birth control pills or condoms.

  • Niharika

    Hi Jessica, with all the symptoms that you have mentioned, there can be two possibilities, either you had normal periods and symptoms will eventually disappear and secondly there is a possibility of implantation bleeding. There are a couple of reasons behind negative pregnancy test such as :
    1. Absence of conception
    2. Too early pregnancy, when the HCG can not yet be defined
    3. Ectopic pregnancy, in which case secretion of the hormone is slower and less intensive
    4. Threatened miscarriage – the HCG level drops before fetal wastage, which may be interpreted by the analysis as incompatibility for the stated period of pregnancy.
    Apart from the above reason, you might be taking the test in a wrong way. Morning urine (the first urine during the day) contains the highest level of chorionic For this reason, most of the test producers recommend using morning urine for testing. In any case, do visit your gynecologist and describe your symptoms, menstrual cycle, dates etc for a clear picture. All the Best !

  • Niharika

    Hi Donna, having an unprotected sex may lead to pregnancy. If you wish to avoid pregnancy then you can opt to take an emergency pill within 72 hours of unprotected intercourse. The only way to know if you are pregnant or not is by taking a home pregnancy test or a scan at doctor’s clinic.

  • Niharika

    Hi Satish, if you have used protection and did the withdrawal method then there is very remote chances of your girl friend getting pregnant. However if she is doubtful then as a preventative method she can take an emergency pill within 72 hours of unprotected intercourse.

  • Niharika

    Hi Jessica..as you are two weeks late for periods, it may be possible that you are pregnant. It would be advisable that you take a home pregnancy test or consult a gynecologist.

  • Niharika

    Dear Sara, if your last intercourse with your boyfriend was in August 2014, then there is no way possible that you can get pregnant now ! If your periods have not occurred for the past two months then it may signal many issues like weak health, PCO’s, improper functioning of thyroid gland, stress etc. It is advisable that you consult a gynecologist .

  • Niharika

    Hi Satish, if your girl friend has missed a period for the month of August then it is advisable for her to consult a gynecologist to know the cause for her missed periods.

  • Niharika

    Hi Manoj, if your partner did not get her periods for the past two months then it is advisable for her to take a home pregnancy test. Also consult a gynecologist as there could be other reasons of missed periods. If you both are trying to avoid pregnancy then use protection or follow any birth control method before having an intercourse.

  • Niharika

    Hi Gilbert, yes it is possible for your wife to get pregnant again if you have not taken any birth control precautions.

    • Gilbert T. Amor

      can you please give me advice what to do so she will avoid pregnancy..please..thank you…

      • Niharika

        Hi Gilbert, if your wife don’t want to get pregnant while nursing, begin using birth control as soon as you start having sex again. Many doctors recommend barrier methods such as condoms or a diaphragm, but some think the newer low-dose oral contraceptives are safe to use while breastfeeding and pose no harm to your baby. Ask your doctor about the mini-pill, which doesn’t contain estrogen, a hormone that can interfere with lactation, only progestin. Talk to your wife and find out if she is ovulating or not. If she isn’t then there is nothing to be worried about now.

  • Niharika

    Hi Priya, if you are trying to conceive then keep a track of dates of your ovulation period. If you consistently have sex two or three times a week, you’re almost certain to hit a fertile period at some point. Maintain a healthy weight, include moderate physical activity in your daily routine, eat a healthy diet, limit caffeine and manage stress. Take the help of your health care provider who can assess your overall health and help you identify lifestyle changes that might improve your chances of a healthy pregnancy.

    • priya acharya

      Hi nihharika thank u for ur suggestion just want ask u I had period today again 13 September so which day is better for me to do sex and I want know after sex when my husband take out his sp. then what kind of care I hav to do for get pregnant plz help me I really want hav baby thank u

      • Niharika

        Hi Priya, if you are trying to conceive then some of the simple things to do are:
        1. Have sex regularly. If you consistently have sex two or three times a week, you’re almost certain to hit a fertile period at some point.
        2. Do have sex once a day near the time of ovulation. Daily intercourse during the days leading up to ovulation might increase the odds of conception.
        3. Make a healthy lifestyle choices. Maintain weight, include moderate physical activity in your daily routine, eat a healthy diet, limit caffeine and manage stress.
        4. Take vitamins. A daily prenatal vitamin or folic acid supplement beginning a few months before conception helps.

  • Niharika

    Hi Bella, get a home pregnancy test done again after a couple of days again and if does still give you a negative results then consult a gynaecologist as you have missed your periods for two months. Get a treatment done for irregular periods. In some cases pregnancy kits fail to give accurate results so it will important to consult a doctor once.

  • Niharika

    Hi Nita, the pain, being moody and all might be the signs of PMS and they may go away once your periods or bleeding ends. If your pain and symptoms continue to show even days after the bleeding ends then consult a gynecologist and also take a home pregnancy test done once again.

  • Niharika

    Dear Priya, first of all do not take stress. Keep trying and do not fret. Just keep the track of your ovulation days. Your chances of getting pregnant after period increase day by day once your period stops. If you want to have a baby, this is a real good time to have sex. Also, indulging in sex for the following 14 days improves your chances of becoming an expecting mom. Take a home pregnancy test only if you have missed your periods by two or more weeks.

  • Niharika

    Hi Lisa, you can get pregnant only when you go through unprotected vaginal intercourse, during which a man ejaculates sperm into the vagina. Then the sperm can then travel up through the cervix, into the uterus, and, if an egg is present, the sperm may fertilize it. It is also possible — but less likely — for women to become pregnant through any kind of sex play in which semen, or ejaculate, comes in contact with the vulva. The sperm can travel through the moisture on the vulva into the vagina. If you and your partner have gone through any of this then there may be the possibility of pregnancy.

  • Niharika

    Hi Samantha, if you haven’t got your periods for four months, then you need to consult a gynecologist as soon as possible. Also check the symptoms with your doctor and ensure if these are related to diabetes or something else.

  • vanessa

    Hi I,m Vanessa and I was just wondering. Can your boobs produce milk without being pregnant?

    • Niharika

      Hi Vanessa, it is possible to produce breast milk when not pregnant for several different reasons. sometimes milk production is caused by squeezing the nipples, sexual arousal or clothing rubbing. Other causes include: Hormonal medications or psychotropic drugs, Herbs (Anise, Fennel), Illegal drug use (marijuana), Tumors in the Pituitary gland and hypothyroidism.

  • Niharika

    You are welcome Samantha !

  • Niharika

    Hi Tasha, a week’s delay in periods may necessarily not mean that you are pregnant. Delay in periods may happen due to hormonal changes, any medical condition, stress or over exertion. Wait for another one or two weeks and if your periods do not occur by then…then take another pregnancy test or consult an gynecologist.

  • Niharika

    Hi Felicia, it is possible that what you are facing is usual PMS. However if you miss your next period by two or three weeks then take a home pregnancy. If you wish to avoid pregnancy then do use some kind of protection or follow a birth control method.

  • Niharika

    Hi Elise, usually the birth control implant is very effective. Less than 1 out of 100 women a year will become pregnant using the implant. It lasts up to three years. Everyone’s body responds to birth control differently.It is also possible that the implant is wrongly placed or so. Do get a check up done by your gynecologist. And taking a home pregnancy test will help you to know if you are pregnant or not.

  • Niharika

    Hi Kenny, as you have taken the test 10 days ago, may be it was to early then. If your periods have not occurred till now, then take another test in the morning i.e with the first urine of the day.

  • Niharika

    Hi Kayle, usually last seven days of the cycle i.e as you get closer to your periods the chances of getting pregnant is low. As you do not see any symptoms or signs of pregnancy then it is possible that pain in breast is due to PMS or you are closer to getting your periods. Wait for couple of days and if your periods do not occur then take a home pregnancy test.

  • Niharika

    Hi Rieduwaan, it is not necessary that antibiotics prevent pregnancy. On the other hand certain antidepressants, antibiotics, painkillers, and other drugs used to treat chronic disorders may cause temporary infertility. Next time if you like to avoid unwanted pregnancy then use protection or follow a birth control method.

  • Niharika

    Hi Anom, if you are off the pill and had unprotected sex then it is likely that you could get pregnant. However sometimes spotting occurs before normal periods too. So wait another one or two weeks and take one more home pregnancy test. Taking pregnancy test at initial stages may not give you an accurate results. If the next test is negative and no periods then it is advisable that you consult a gynecologist for a thorough check up.

  • Niharika

    Dear Tara, although getting pregnant after having your tubes tied is highly unlikely, it is possible. If you feel like you may be pregnant, the easiest thing to do is to take an over-the-counter home pregnancy test.

  • J

    Hi i am a 27yr old female n have never been pregnant. I had sex aug 10 and aug 20 i had a period but i didnt have pains like usual but it lasted the usual 5 days. And this month i have yet to have a period and i am actually 6 days late. My calendar says i shouldve started around the 16th but my periods are irregular. I really want to be pregnant and i am scared us i dont know if its stress or if im actually pregnant. Do you think theres a chance?

  • Flex

    Hi im 29 and have never been preg, i had interxourse aug 10 and started my period aug 20, i usually have a very painful period but this one wasnt and this month my period is now 6 days late according to my calendar. My periods are very irregular so i dont know if thats the case or if im pregnant. Im scared to take a trst cus idk if i can handle another negative test what do u think

    • Niharika

      Hi Flex, the only way to know or to confirm that you are pregnant or not is by taking a test. As you mentioned that your periods is late by six days then wait for one more week and till then if your periods have not arrived then take a home pregnancy test or consult a gynecologist.

  • Niharika

    Hi Klove, symptoms like nausea and tiredness can be experienced once you are close to monthly periods..if so, then you need not be worried as these symptoms will subside along with your periods. But if there is delay in your periods by one or two weeks then do take a home pregnancy test or consult a gynecologist. Exhaustion, stress, lack of proper diet can also be the reasons behind these symptoms.

  • Niharika

    Hi Vivian, if you had a protected sex then you are not likely to get pregnant. Bleeding during the sexual intercourse or itchy vagina can also mean an infection. So it is important for you to get a check up done by a gynecologist.

  • Niharika

    Hi Brit, sometimes delayed periods can be the signs of nutritional deficiency, stress, drastic weight loss or over – exercise etc. Wait for a couple of days and if your periods do not occur in a week or so, then take a home pregnancy test. It would be wise to talk to your parent about it and make a visit to a gynecologist. Also remember to go for protected sex instead of exposing yourself to unwanted pregnancy in teens.

  • Niharika

    Hi Cyarra, missed periods, change in appetite, tiredness can signal pregnancy. However to be sure you will need to take a pregnancy test. Missed periods can also be because of nutritional deficiency, stress, fatigue etc. It would be advisable for you to consult a gynecologist.

  • Niharika

    Hi Margaret, missed periods or delayed periods can happen due to others reasons other than pregnancy such as major weight loss or excessive exercise, stress, hormonal imbalance, thyroid irregularity or polycystic ovary symptom. It is advisable to check with your gynecologist for any of these reasons.

  • Niharika

    Hi Sandrita, it is unlikely to get pregnant when you have intercourse during your periods… however in future go for a protected sex if you wish to avoid unwanted pregnancy.

  • Niharika

    Dear Unique, is there any particular reason for your irregular periods and did you discuss this issue with your gynecologist ?? There may be many reasons behind irregular periods and it would be wise for you to talk about this issue with your doctor and find a solution. Also, all the symptoms mentioned by you are usually considered to be the signs of pregnancy….so take a home pregnancy test and consult a doctor.

  • Niharika

    Hi Marie, sometimes spotting can occur a little before periods too. If your periods do arrive in a week or a couple of days or so, then take another pregnancy test or visit your gynecologist.

  • Niharika

    Dear Monique, you might experience severe breast swelling and discomfort some months, while others reveal less distinct warning signs that your menstrual cycle is right around the corner. Once your periods finish, the pain in the breast usually subsides. If not, please consult your gynecologist about the pain.

  • Niharika

    Dear Laura, the only way to confirm that you are pregnant or not is by taking a pregnancy test or you can consult your gynecologist.

  • Destiny

    Hi I’m 17 and married yes I know that’s young I got married at 16 for certain reasons but any who we’ve been having unprotected sex and we had it on my ovulation day it’s been a week since I’ve missed my period have all signs of pregnancy but all test show negative… Wats going on I’m so confused I called my obgyn and all she said was if your negative there’s nothing we can do to help and I’ve never missed a period and I haven’t been stressed or anything

    • Niharika

      Dear Destiny, there can be number of reasons for a late periods or missed periods other than pregnancy, such as low body weight, major weight loss or weight gain, thyroid irregularity, PCOS or any other medical condition. Take another pregnancy test after a week or so and if it is still negative then consult a doctor. Your doctor can properly diagnose the reason for your late or missed period and discuss your treatment options.

  • Niharika

    Hi Riya, stomach cramps may not necessarily be a sign of pregnancy. It can also mean that your periods are on their way. However to be sure…do take a home pregnancy test.

  • Niharika

    Hi Isha, if you have been careful about not letting any fluid stay around the vagina then that should help you to avoid getting pregnant. However if your periods get delayed by one or two weeks then it is advisable to take a home pregnancy test or consult a doctor.

  • Niharika

    Glad to be of help to you Monique :-)

  • Niharika

    Hi Ashley, you look out for the symptoms like change in appetite, body weight, mood swings or cramps etc. However taking a home pregnancy test or consult a doctor and getting a check up done is a sure way to know if you are pregnant or not.

  • Niharika

    Hi Reecha, it would be wise to consult a doctor. Weakness, feeling dizzy, fatigue, nausea and loss of appetite can take a toll on your health in a long run and you should not ignore these signs.

  • Niharika

    Dear Isha, when the condom breaks, the sperm in semen or precum can get into vagina and it’s possible that the sperm fertilizes an egg. However if you were quick enough to wash away the fluids then you can avoid a pregnancy. Also, the only way to avoid a pregnancy if a condom splits while the penis is still inside the vagina is to take emergency contraception no later than 72 hours of having sex. If you do not use a condom or birth control pills, you need to use emergency contraception within 5 days of having unprotected sex if you don’t want to get pregnant. Try to take it as early as possible to make it more effective.

  • Niharika

    Hi Jacinta, if you have observed all the symptoms mentioned in the article, they can be the signs of pregnancy, however if your recent test showed you negative results then may be it was too early to take the test. You can wait for another one or two weeks and take the test. If the results still comes as negative then consult your gynecologist to know the cause of your condition.

  • Niharika

    Dear Ana, nearly 50% of all women are afflicted with some degree of menstrual cramping and in 15% the abdominal pain is severe enough to cause hindrance in day-to-day life. If the pain is severe then it would be advisable for you to consult a doctor.

  • Niharika

    Dear Shea, if you both indulge in unprotected sex, then there will always be the risk of getting pregnant. If you both want to avoid a pregnancy then it would be advisable to follow a birth control method. Also, as you have mentioned that you missed your periods, then take a home pregnancy test or visit your gynecologist.

  • Niharika

    Hi Loveth, heaviness in the lower abdomen alone cannot be the sign of pregnancy. Lower abdominal pain or heaviness can happen before or during periods too.

  • Niharika

    Hi Isha, there can be a delay in periods for one or two weeks once in a while due to hormonal change or stress or change in diet can be the reasons. Wait for a couple of days or a week or so. If your period do not arrive by then, after 10-12 days, take a home pregnancy test.

  • Niharika

    Hi Tania, if you are not expecting or pregnant then any kind of discharge or pain in the nipples is not a good sign. Abdominal pain or dizzyness may be the sign of weakness. It would be advisable for you to consult a doctor as soon as possible.

  • Niharika

    Dear Riya, delayed or missed periods can happen due to various reasons other than pregnancy. Stress, nutritional deficiency, sudden weight loss or weight gain, thyroid malfunctioning or hormonal imbalance can cause delay too. Do check with your doctor.

  • Niharika

    Hi Lydia, if you have observed all the symptoms mentioned in the article, they can be the signs of pregnancy, however if your recent test showed you negative results then may be it was too early to take the test. You can wait for another one or two weeks and take the test. If the results still comes as negative then consult your gynecologist to know the cause of your condition.

  • Niharika

    Hi LeShon, the only way to confirm if she is pregnant or not is by taking a pregnancy test or making a visit to a gynecologist. Symptoms like back pain or nausea cannot confirm if she is pregnant or not.

  • Niharika

    Hello Christina, the only sure way to confirm whether you are pregnant or not is by taking a pregnancy test. You can opt to take a home pregnancy test or consult a gynecologist.

  • Niharika

    Hi Hyl, pregnancy occurs only when the sperm comes in contact with the vagina or enters the fallopian tubes. If your physical contact did not lead to sex, then you are not likely to get pregnant. The symptoms experienced by you can be due to stress or PMS.

  • Niharika

    Hi Lisa, two days after sex is too early to know if you are pregnant or not. It will take at least 2 weeks or more to get symptoms after sex.

  • Niharika

    Dear Rene, there is a very small chance of becoming pregnant after having fallopian tube sterilization. It is important for you to discuss this with your gynaecologist. Pregnancies following tubal sterilization are often ectopic, which means that the fertilized egg grows outside of the uterus, most commonly in a fallopian tube. Ectopic pregnancies must be treated immediately to prevent harm to the pregnant woman, so it’s important to consult with an obstetrician right away if you suspect a pregnancy following tubal sterilization.

  • Niharika

    Hi Cheyenne, if you are unsure about the result of home pregnancy test, then it would be wise for your to consult a gynecologist.

  • Niharika

    Hi Varun, as your girlfriend took an ipill as a precaution and also got her periods, then she is not likely to get pregnant. Nausea, breast tenderness, delayed menstruation, lower abdominal ache, headache, vomiting and irregular menstruation are some of the temporary side-effects of the emergency contraceptive pill. However, these effects subside within a day or two depending on the metabolism of the woman.

  • Niharika

    Hi Jess, you should never use more than one condom at a time. Using two condoms actually offers less protection than using just one. Using two condoms can cause friction between them, weakening the material and increasing the chance that the condoms might break. If your periods are late by a week or more, then take a home pregnancy test.

  • Niharika

    Hi Sonia, yes pregnancy can be controlled or prevented after a month. However to do so, you need to consult a gynecologist and any method should be followed under a medical supervision.

  • Niharika

    Hi Elizabeth, if you have missed your period, and you’ve always had normal menstrual cycles and regular periods, you should get it checked out as you have a high chance of being pregnant. Other reasons of missed period can be caused by hormonal imbalance, stress or major changes in diet. As you have missed periods for two months with negative pregnancy tests, consult a gynecologist.

  • Niharika

    Hi, pregnancy happens when a man’s sperm fertilises a woman’s egg, which can happen even if you’ve not had sexual intercourse (penetration). It’s possible for you to get pregnant without having sexual intercourse if : sperm get into your vagina – if you or your partner have semen or pre-ejaculate on your fingers and touch your vagina, or if your partner ejaculates near your vagina, or your partner’s erect penis comes into contact with your body near your vagina. The risk of getting pregnant in these ways are very low because sperm can only live for a short time outside of the body. Also, an important point to remember is that menstruation or periods only happens when you’re not pregnant. If your periods are normal then there is nothing to be worried about.

  • Niharika

    Dear Em, the best time to take a pregnancy test would be a week after your missed periods. Also, take the test, first thing in the morning, with the first morning urine. Despite this, if you fail to receive a positive pregnancy result, then consult a gynecologist to know the reason behind your missed periods.

  • Niharika

    Hi Nishma, irregular cycle or periods is mostly caused due to hormonal imbalance. Other reasons behind delayed periods apart from pregnancy, can be stress, extreme exercise or dieting, PCOS etc. Also, the studies state that women who smoke maybe more likely to have painful and irregular periods, and period pain seems to last longer for smokers. smoking may alter levels of estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, and other hormones involved in the development of PMS. Women who smoke also have shorter and more irregular menstrual cycles than non-smokers. So, try to quit smoking. If you miss your periods for more than one or two months, then consult a gynecologist.

  • Niharika

    Hi Chrissy, you cannot be pregnant and have regular periods. Pregnancy symptoms can be sometimes be confused with symptoms of periods. Therefore, along with these symptoms if you miss your periods, then take a home pregnancy test after a week or so.

  • Niharika

    Hi Tay, all the symptoms mentioned by you indicate that you may be pregnant. But, the easiest way to ensure whether you are pregnant or not is by taking a pregnancy test. If you have missed your periods by a week or so, then take the test …first thing in the morning.

  • Kim

    I had sex without protection, and i haven’t gotten my period in almost over two weeks. My periods arent regular, usually scattered. I don’t have many of those symptoms but I am worried about if I am pregnant or not?

    • Niharika

      Hi Kim, due to your history of irregular periods, you might have missed or there can be a delay in the period of this month. However if you are worried about your pregnancy then look out for the symptoms like: breast tenderness, fatigue, nausea, any food cravings or aversions or frequent urination. If you haven’t noticed any symptoms and if there is no sign of your periods, then take a simple home pregnancy test or consult your gynecologist.

  • Niharika

    Hi Jojo, as you are one week late and experiencing symptoms like cramps, nausea and backache, it would be wise to take a home pregnancy test to confirm whether you are pregnant or not. Pregnancy test or a visit to your gynecologist may provide you the accurate results, instead of relying on the symptoms.

  • Niharika

    Hi Wen, usually the first seven days from the day of your periods is considered to be safe, where unprotected sex may not lead to pregnancy. So if you had sex on the 5th January, you may not likely to get pregnant. As for your symptoms, lack of sleep, improper diet and stress can lead to fatigue, nausea and stomach pain. Therefore take care of your diet and get enough sleep. Also if you want to avoid a pregnancy then use a protection or an ipill in case of emergency. If your periods for the month of January is delayed by a week or so then take a home pregnancy test.

  • Niharika

    Hi Ian, if you partner has a regular cycle, then have sex a day before and after periods may not lead to pregnancy. The symptoms like breast tenderness, nausea or headache can be due to hormonal imbalance or periods. If is in doubt, then take a home pregnancy test or consult a gynecologist.

  • Niharika

    Hi Varun, vomiting can happen due to stomach upset or due to certain food. If there are no other symptoms and she has her regular periods then there is nothing to be worried about. However if her fever does not come down, it would be wise to consult a doctor to diagnose the issue.

  • Niharika

    Hi Priya, any kind of physical intimacy where the sperm reaches your vagina then there can be the possibility of pregnancy. If you have missed your periods by a week or so, then take a home pregnancy test to confirm whether you are pregnant or not.

  • Niharika

    Hi Mikayla, if you are getting your regular periods then it is not possible to be pregnant. All the symptoms mentioned by you, if you are experiencing them around the time of your periods then that may be caused cause of hormonal imbalance or a bad diet, weakness or iron deficiency. Do consult your doctor.

  • Niharika

    Hi Sara, if your periods were normal for the month of January, then there is nothing to be worried about. The cramps can occur during periods too. But if there is a delay in your periods for more than a week, then just take a pregnancy test.

  • Niharika

    Hi Harish, it is not possible to be pregnant and have regular periods at the same time. Symptoms like breast pain, headache and stomach cramps around the time of periods is normal (PMS) and they usually occur due to hormonal imbalance. It is advisable to get a check up done to treat her headaches and other PMS symptoms.

  • Angela

    I need help. I am 18. I had unprotected sex with my boyfriend on 21st of november. I then took contraception pills (diane 35) that evening at 8:11. And i continued taking it till 3rd or 4th of december not sure of the date. Then we again had unprotected sex on 7th. But everytime We had sex he never cummed inside me. He use to remove when he use to cum. I then did a pregnancy test on 11th and got negative and then got bleeding on 13th that lasted for only 3 days or so and were not proper and it was brown and little. And then i i again had bleeding on 25th or so for 3 days little bleeding. Its january i still dint get my periods. Do i have to worry on something?

    • Niharika

      Hi Angela, as you have taken precautions like contraception pills and withdrawal methods, it is very unlikely for you to get pregnant. Also, your irregular periods can be caused by contraception pills. However, to be on the safe side, keep a tab on other symptoms like cramps, nausea, fatigue or any sudden weight gain. If your periods do not show up by the end of January, then take another home pregnancy test or consult your gynecologist.

  • Niharika

    Hi Sam, your query is little confusing as you have mentioned that – ‘we had sex in some last days of pregnancy once and after her periods once, a month ago and she is now 2-3 days of her periods’. It is not clear as to whether she is late for periods or not. However, you you both want to avoid pregnancy then look for birth control options or have protected sex. This way you both didn’t worry.

  • Niharika

    Hi John, if your partner experiences normal periods then there is nothing to be stressed about. One can’t have a menstrual period while they are pregnant. So normal period indicates absence of pregnancy.

  • Niharika

    Hi Tricia, yes, it is possible to get pregnant even if you only have sex once. Any unprotected sex around the time of your ovulation may lead to pregnancy.

  • Niharika

    Hello AKR, before you and your wife take any decision, it would be advisable to take a second or third opinion from another doctor or ob-gyn. This will help you to explore other options which is best for your wife and the unborn child.
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  • Niharika

    Hi Yocelin, if you haven’t seen your periods in months and experiencing symptoms like headache and cramps, then it would be good to get a home pregnancy test for yourself once to check for the pregnancy. If your results are negative then visit a doctor to check for the reasons for the absence of your periods.

  • Niharika

    Hi Julie, discharge of brown blood happens when the body expels old blood which may not have drained completely during the last period. Or another reason could be the sign of early pregnancy. The discharge of brown blood can be indicative sign of conception. This usually occurs a few days following conception, and lasts for about 3-4 days and is usually very scarce. Check for the other symptoms too and take another pregnancy test after two weeks or due date of your periods.

  • Niharika

    Hi, instead of relying on your symptoms, it would be wise to take a pregnancy test after a week or so of your due date of periods and if that doesn’t help then consult a gynecologist.

  • Saniya

    Hello neharika mam
    I had sex with my bf on December 25
    My LMP is 23 November but I have very irregular periods around in 40 days
    I have amenorrhoea for 2 month I get my USG done 1 wk back it shows all normal
    And all Upt shows negative results last one 4 days back also show negative
    I am 22 years old n at around 15 I had hypothyroidism
    What cud be the reason of a amenorrhoea
    Could it be pregnancy?

    • Niharika

      Hi Saniya, amenorrhea can be caused due to several reasons like pregnancy, breast-feeding or menopause. Apart from these other reasons that cause amenorrhea are: certain medications, birth control pills, low body weight, stress, excessive exercise, thyroid malfunction, hormonal imbalance and PCOS etc. It is would be wise to consult your gynecologist who will be able to treat you according to the cause of your condition.

  • Niharika

    Hi Athena, the only way you can be sure is by taking a pregnancy test. If you have crossed your due date by a week then it is advisable for you to take a home pregnancy test or consult a gynecologist.

  • Niharika

    Hi Nina, first of all do not panic. If your stomach hurts and if you feel something moving…it might be your bowel movement, or may be you have contracted some stomach infection (stomach bug or flu). It would be good to visit a doctor and get a check up done.

  • Niharika

    Hi Saniya, if you aren’t showing any symptoms and your results were negative then you should be worried. If you are worried about some other health issue then consult your doctor.

  • Niharika

    Hi Carol, if you had an unprotected sex in the month of November and had regular periods in the months of December and January then there is no way of you getting pregnant. Your absence of periods can be due to other reasons too. It may be delayed or you might have missed due improper intake of nutrition, lack of sleep, stress or hormonal imbalance. It would be wise to check with your doctor.

  • Niharika

    Hi Cherie, it is normal to experience a little vaginal discharge. All women have some vaginal discharge. Normal discharge may appear clear, cloudy white, and/or yellowish when dry on clothing. It may also contain white flecks and at times may be thin and stringy. Changes in normal discharge can occur for many reasons, including menstrual cycle, emotional stressors, nutritional status, pregnancy, usage of medications – including birth control pills, and sexual arousal. If your periods do not occur in another week then it is good to check with your gynecologist/doctor.

  • Niharika

    Hello Jcca, it is rare but it is possible to get pregnant when you have unprotected sex during your periods. Sperms can live inside you for 2 – 5 days. If you have sex towards the end of your bleeding and then actually conceive 4 or 5 days later with your early ovulation. The probabilities of getting pregnant while on your period are low, but the possibilities are there.

  • Niharika

    Hi Reden, a delay in periods by two days is too early to say anything. Wait for a week or so and if her periods do not occur till then, opt for a home pregnancy test.

  • Niharika

    Hi Simon, if you cannot take a test or so then visit a gynecologist, cause there is no other sure way of confirming whether you are pregnant or not just on the basis of missed periods.

  • Niharika

    Hi Emily, first you are too young to have intercourse and it is wrong that your father is taking advantage of you. Please report this to any of your family members, to whom you trust and can confide in to help you in this situation.

  • Niharika

    Hi Neha, stomach pain, swollen breasts can be the signs of PMS too. If you have missed your periods by a week or so then take a home pregnancy test.

  • Niharika

    Hello D, if you have missed your periods by a month then it would be wise to consult a gynecologist.

  • Niharika

    Hi Kelly, if your periods are scanty and face these symptoms, it would wise to seek gynecologist’s advice and help.

  • Niharika

    Hi Mj, if your earlier test was negative then wait for another week or so and take another pregnancy test. Or else visit your gynecologist for a check up.

  • Niharika

    Hi Priy, periods can be delayed due to various reasons apart from pregnancy like stress, hormonal change, nutritional deficiency can cause a delay too. So wait for a week or so and even after that if your periods haven’t arrived then take a home pregnancy test.

  • Niharika

    Hi Amanda, the only sure way of knowing whether you are pregnant or not is by taking a pregnancy test. If your periods are delayed by a week or so then take the test or consult your gynecologist.

  • Niharika

    Hi Sana, birth control pills when taken correctly is up to 99.9% effective to prevent pregnancy. Birth control pills can cause early periods or it can also delay periods by a couple of days. So, do not be worried. If you have missed your periods from your due date by a week or so then take a home pregnancy test.

  • Niharika

    Hi, it is true that sometimes periods can be delayed due to stress or hormonal change etc. However, to be sure take a home pregnancy test or visit your gynecologist.

  • rilley strickler

    Hi i am 15 years old and had sex with my boyfriend and we didnt use protection. That was two weeks ago and i was supposed to start my period yesterday aka friday april 1,2016. I dont know what t do

  • rilley strickler

    I bled for fr 3days…..could i b pregnant? I had sex 2 weeks ago and was supposed to start my period yesterday. Plzz Reply ASAP

    • Niharika

      Hi Rilley, three days of normal bleeding must have been your periods. Looks like your periods have arrived early this time. If you are worried about your pregnancy then take a home pregnancy test.

  • angel lim

    hi, i’m 24 married. my husband and i trying to conceive for nearly 1 years plus, recently i just missed my peirod for 9days. i tested twice on my missed period day 3 and day 7 but result shown negative. i have some early sign as missed period, abdomen cramp, bloatedness, lower back pain, on and off breast painfulness, diarrhoea, often feel like going toilet, mood swing and hardly fall a sleep.
    can i be pregnant? keep on having terrible backache and cramps.

    • Niharika

      Hi Angel, in some cases it may be too early for you to take a pregnancy test. Hence, wait for another one or two weeks. If your periods don’t occur then take another pregnancy test or consult a gynecologist.

  • Niharika

    Hi Tarell, spotting a day or two before periods is considered to be normal. However if the bleeding or spotting takes place in between the cycle then consult your doctor to know the cause of the bleeding. It might be an infection or any other condition.

  • Niharika

    Hi Shafna, if the bleeding last only for a couple of hours or a day then it can be implantation bleeding. however if the bleeding is, as usual, three or four days then that indicates your periods. If you have missed this time, then do not lose your heart you can try next time.

  • Niharika

    Hi Elizabeth, as you are close to the date of your periods, these symptoms can also mean periods or PMS. You can wait for another week or so and if your periods does not come by then…..you can take another test or consult your gynecologist.

  • Niharika

    Hi Nimisha, usually, the pill is 99 percent effective in preventing pregnancy. Even so, between 2 and 8 percent of women become pregnant each year while using it. If you have missed your periods this time by one or two weeks then take a home pregnancy test or consult your gynecologist.

    • Nimisha

      I got my periods on 15th may…..bt i noticed one thing tht my bleeding is less this time….why is it so…..???? Will it be like this from now….less bleeding.

      • Niharika

        Hi Nimisha, scanty bleeding can be due a digestive disorder and sharp weight loss, hormonal imbalance, emotional stress, intense physical pain or thyroid dysfunction. If you observe a scanty bleeding in the next cycle then do consult a doctor.

  • Niharika

    Hi Ayush, if you and your partner have never been intimate or not had sex then it is not possible to be pregnant. Delayed periods can happen due to other reasons too like hormonal imbalance, stress, losing or gaining weight within a short period of time or nutritional deficiency. Hence, consult a doctor who can check the health status of your partner.

  • Niharika

    Hi Leeanne, if your periods do arrive in another week or so then take another home pregnancy test. April 24,25 and 26 falls under your ovulation period. hence there are chances of you getting pregnant. All the best!!

  • Niharika

    Hi Ciera, to receive as accurate result as possible, take the pregnancy test one or two weeks post your due date of missed periods.

  • Niharika

    Hi oh sarae, periods can sometimes get irregular due to birth control pills. Hence observe the next month cycle and if that does not get normal then consult a gynecologist.

  • Niharika

    Hi Nivedita, if you have trying to conceive then the best time to try would be when you move into your fertility period. An average cycle lasts for 28 to 30 days, and the fertility period falls in between day 11 to day 21. If your periods lasts for 5 to 7 days and you indulge in sex right after that, you might become pregnant. If your periods stop on day 6, you have sex on day 7 and ovulation occurs on day 11; there is a possibility that the sperm of day 6 is still residing in the fallopian tubes for fertilization. Your chances of getting pregnant after period increase day by day once your period stops. If you want to have a baby, this is a real good time to have sex. Also, indulging in sex for the following 14 days improves your chances of becoming an expecting mom. By following your ovulation time, if you are unable to conceive then consult a gynecologist.

  • Niharika

    Hi Jessica, it is possible the discharge was the old brown that was cleansed. Look out for your next periods and if that isn’t normal then do check with your gynecologist.

  • Niharika

    Hi Neethu, the pregnancy test are usually accurate but if you are unsure then you can go for a blood test by consulting your doctor.

  • Niharika

    Hi Angeline, pregnancy can happen when semen or precum gets inside the vagina and if you happen to ovulate around then, then there will be the possibility of pregnancy. If your cycle is regular then the first seven days from the first day of your periods and the last seven days of the cycle are safe for intercourse and that may not lead to unwanted pregnancy.

  • Niharika

    Hi David, pregnancy can happen when semen or precum gets inside the vagina and if your partner happens to ovulate around then, then there will be the possibility of pregnancy.

  • Niharika

    Hi Sonali, if you and your partner have taken protection then there is nothing to be worried about. If you are unsure about the condom then as a safety measure an ipill works effectively too when taken within 72 hours of intercourse.

  • Niharika

    Hello 27YO, if you are worried and confused with the pregnancy test taken at home then just consult your doctor once. A blood test may provide you with the accurate results.

  • Niharika

    Hi Joni, if your tests have come out negative then probably you are not. But if your symptoms are persistent then do consult your doctor again.

  • Niharika

    Hi Hep999, the medication and the stress might have taken a toll on your health and that might be the cause of delay in your periods. Do not be worried, if you have taken protection then the sex will not lead to pregnancy.

  • Niharika

    Dear Wishingone, taking a pregnancy test is the only sure way to know whether you are pregnant or not. So do take the test after one or two weeks of missed periods.