I see a lot woman asking the same question "Am I pregnant?" "I'm spotting when I'm supposed to have my period"... ..."Haven't had my period and its be 5-8 days late, negative hpt" etc....
So, i decided to share my story and hopefully I can help. I don't know about you guys, but I'm sick of all these women asking the same questions and for help and never come back to let us know what their out come was. >:0(
But I'm not going to do that! I'm going to definitely keep you guys posted with what ever happens to me. I truly want to help and hopefully i can shed some light.
So here's my story....it may be a lot to read so I'm going to try and make it simple. Facts about me:
I'm 24 years old.
Never been pregnant before
Been off birth control since 2006
Been using the pull out method with my husband since 2005
We have sex all the time. Before and after my periods. So I'm sorry, cant be specific on these dates
I recently lost an average of 17 pounds since the beginning of this year (2010).
And been having regular periods for well over 2 years
I've been bloated, fatigued, my appetite has increased a little. Been having troubles falling asleep at night. Been going through fluttering cramps (less painful than my regular period cramps). Using the restroom a lot (peeing). And having very mild lower back pains, again not as painful as my regular period pains. And most importantly i have been stress free! Stress can play a huge part in your menstrual cycle and can cause it to be irregular.
Now...here's whats happening...
Was supposed to have my period on May 13, 2010 (Thursday)...instead i got very light pink discharge that wouldn't even stain or seep through a pad/tampon. I figured i may be a couple of days late (which is normal) and went on with my days. By the time May 16, 2010 (Sunday) came around i noticed that the light pink discharge completely stopped so of course i worry that i may be pregnant. I took a pregnancy test on May 18, 2010 (Tuesday) and it was negative. Then on May 19, 2010 (Wednesday) around 11pm i had brown discharge. So i used a tampon to bed because i wanted to see the amount of discharge when i woke up. The next morning it was practically nothing on the tampon and didn't have any discharge at all for the rest of the day! (so annoying, I know). Well, today (May 22, 2010 Saturday) i took another hpt in the morning (that's the best time to do the test since your urine is more concentrated) and it was negative again . Then around 3 pm i started with the brown discharge again with a little bit more intense cramps in my lower abs.
Now I'm like 8-9 days late on having a real menstrual cycle and I'm concerned. So i called my aunt, who is currently a nurse but worked as a laboratory scientist for many years in NY ( I think that was her title..either way she knows a lot about bacterias and blood cause thats what she worked with). Oh, and she knows a lot ovulation dates since she did the whole artificial insemination process last year (which worked for her first time around and had her baby at age 50! :0) ). And i also called my cousin who is a doctor in NJ.
Pretty much they told me i may be pregnant. Plain and simple. They told me if i was having painful, burning and frequent urination then it may be an infection called cystitis. However, that was ruled out because I've had cystitis before and that feels like your passing a stone! Its an horrible pain.
Then they told me the best thing to do is go to the doctor and getting the blood work done since this has never happened to me before. Now if that comes out negative as well then it will be up to the doctor to order a ultrasound or i will just have to do the waiting game because it sometimes take some women 3 months before they find out if they are pregnant.
They also said to take it slow, no heavy lifting, straining, or stressing! Just in case to prevent a miscarriage.
I know this was a lot to read but i know how you guys feel and its no fun searching for half answers. I'm blessed with a wonderful family who will take the time to help me and the least i can do is share the information as well. So please if you have any questions let me know and I'm definitely going to keep you ladies informed with my out come.