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Byroney_WebMD_Staff posted:
This was posted in response to a nice question on "Could I be Pregnant?" board as to whether or not women can have pregnancy symptoms a week (or less) after ovulation.

The short answer is--No, they cannot. This is a really long response, so pardon me for the length as I explain more fully. When you ovulate, the sperm and egg just gon't get right together. Getting fertilized can take as long as Three to Five days after having intercourse. Once the egg is fertilized, it does not immediately implant. Instead, it changes chemically (to avoid other sperm joining in), and prepares for its trip. It has to pass through the fallopian tube to your uterus. Once in your uterus, it seeks a place to implant into your uterine lining. Side Note: This explains why you cannot have a True Period and be pregnant. When having a period, your body gets rid of that lining which would kill the developing fetus (miscarriage). Once implanted, changes take place that start raising hormone levels. This whole trip from ovulation to fertilization to implantation and raising hormone levels, etc. can take weeks. So while rarely a woman may have symptoms at four weeks, most women do not until six weeks pregnant or more. Some women never have symptoms. Check out the Egg to Embryo Slideshow for more information. Before Home Pregnancy Tests, women typically didn't see their doctor until they were 2-3 months pregnant because a pregnancy cannot be palpated (felt) until 10-12 weeks along. Palpation was the only way they had of confirming a pregnancy. Some women did not know they were pregnant until quickening (fetal movement) at 16-22 weeks. These women did not have the advantage women have today of testing so early, so they waited far longer to find out. Side Note: No one can feel fetal movement at 6 or 8 weeks, despite what you see posted. They are feeling gas because the embryo doesn't even become a fetus until it hits the eight week mark. There are no limbs to move around and it is the size of a BB pellet. Until 12 weeks, the fetus cannot even move around on its own. Check out the Fetal Development Timeline for more information on what happens each week. Statistically, a woman has ONLY a 20% chance of being pregnant each month, but almost 100% of the women who post here are having symptoms. Many of them will have other things like PMS, hormone imbalances, thyroid problems, the flu, etc. causing their symptoms. Some women have phantom/false pregnancies where they can go all the way up to having labor pains, but not really be pregnant--that is how powerful our minds are. That doesn't mean there is anything bad or wrong about women thinking they are having Pregnancy Symptoms before their body even knows it is pregnant. It is like if someone tells you they have lice and you feel your head itching. You are suddenly focused on any possible changes, and you may notice things you've never noticed before. Many women are also in a heightened state of awareness, either in excitement (trying to conceive!), or from fear (condom broke!). The good news is that after a year of trying, 85% of the women who wanted to be pregnant, will be! Best wishes and baby dust to all who want it, Byroney
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Byroney_WebMD_Staff responded:
Welcome!

If you are looking for the original Pregnancy Mythbusters thread, you can find it right here:

boards.webmd.com/webx?THDX@@.89de6d22!thdchild=.89de6d22

However, no new questions will be answered in the old thread since it was over 500 posts and too large.

If you have any new questions, please ask them right here in this thread!

Thank you to everyone for your questions and support,

Byroney
 
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Battle23 responded:
Thank you for answering my question. Also I have one more question. That if I am pregnant I am good with that. because I didn't take any measures to prevent it. My byfrnd never pulld out the whole time so thats why I was asking if I had a high chance of being pregnant. Im at three weeks since I had sex.
 
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gab08 responded:
Dear Byroney,

I am going on 11 weeks without a period. I say my gyn yesterday and she said this is more than likely due to the fact that I went off of birth control in June. My question is, is there still a possibility to get pregnant, even though I am not havinga regular period?
 
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buniiit07 responded:
Hello! I've been trying to get an answer for this for about a week now. I'll try to sum this up: Last (known) period ended 8/30. Had unprotected on 9/1. Got a pap smear 9/17 and started bleeding a few hours after-light at first, then a little heavier but only lasted 2-3 days...my question is: Could my pap smear have triggered my period to come a week early??? I know that a pap could cause some light bleeding after, but mine was like a normal flow but for only 2-3 days. All of last week I was experiencing these weird dull cramps & twitches, my bbs are swollen as if they aren't big enough already (lol) and let me tell you I'm so tired that I can't believe it. And all the muscles in my body are sore?? Hmm. I am on the med Adderall, and all this sleep is VERY weird to me bc it usually keeps me alert, I've just been wanting to go home from work and lay in bed until the next morning! I'M SO CONFUSED! The pap smear has me all messed up-but should it even be a factor? I've been having normal periods for so long so...HELP?! ANYONE!? I took a HPT Friday that was negative so I have no idea what to do!!!
 
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Byroney_WebMD_Staff responded:
Dear Battle23, The frequency of sex isn't as important as the timing. Intercourse 48 hours before to the day of ovulation is what you're striving for if you're trying to conceive (TTC). The Understanding your Cycle, Fertility, and Ovulation, and the Egg to Embryo Slideshows may help give you a better idea. Yours in health, Byroney
 
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Byroney_WebMD_Staff responded:
Dear gab08, Hopefully my answer won't be too confusing. Ovulation comes first and then if you don't get pregnant, your period comes. So, if you are not ovulating, you cannot get pregnant. However, if your cycle resumes (after being stalled from going off birth control like your OB said), you could start ovulating again, get pregnant, and not have a period. Unlike having your period, you won't know if you start ovulating again, unless you're using Ovulation Predictor Kits (OPKs), charting, or are under close scrutiny of a fertility specialist. Check out the Understanding your Cycle, Fertility, and Ovulation slideshow for more information. So, if you do not want to be pregnant, you should definitely be using some form of birth control because your body could resume ovulating at any time. If on the other hand, you are TTC (Trying to Conceive), check out this article on charting your fertility cycle. If you are TTC, and your cycle doesn't reappear, you may want to talk to your doctor again about options for getting it going again. Best wishes, Byroney
 
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Byroney_WebMD_Staff responded:
Dear Brittany (buniiit07),

Here's an article on Having Pap Test, and it does not mention anything about it starting your period. I've had many dozens myself, and have never experienced a period starting as a result of a Pap smear. However, if you want an expert answer, you'll need to ask your doctor.

If you are concerned that you may be pregnant, then you should Re-Test. Make sure to use your first morning urine for the most accurate results.

You can read about Missed Periods or Irregular Periods in these articles. Also, check out this article on some reasons why you could have a negative pregnancy test, but still feel pregnant.

Yours in health,

Byroney
 
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lilrockies3 responded:
I have never been more than a few days late since having my 3rd baby almost 8 yrs ago at which time they tied my tubes (I don't know what method was used). I am going on 3 wks with no sign a period at all. I didn't think much of it until this past weekend when I began feeling 'strange' and very similar as when I was pregnant with my son. I've had some light nausea, but nothing severe. I'm always tired anyway; my bbs are sore, but that can be a symtom of menstral cycle as well right. The strangest thing 'symtom' I cannot attribute as being normal mentral side effect is the increased hair loss I've noticed. I know that is way weird, but this weekend I noticed I was losing more hair than normal in the shower and styling process. I have this nagging feeling that I might be pregnant but really am unsure. I mean honestly what are the odds that I could even be pregnant in the first place?
 
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Byroney_WebMD_Staff responded:
Dear lilrockies3,

According to WebMD's information about Tubal Ligation,"Tubal ligation and tubal implants are not 100% effective at preventing pregnancy.

?There is a slight risk of becoming pregnant after tubal ligation. This happens to about 5 per 1,000 women after 1 year. After a total of 10 years following tubal ligation, about 18 per 1,000 women will have become pregnant." I know you said you didn't know which procedure you had, but if you happen to figure it out, here are the statistics for each Type of Tubal Ligation.

So there is a chance that you could be pregnant. I would suggest a home pregnancy test and a chat with your OB/GYN right away if you are pregnant because of the increased possibility of complications.

Yours in health,

Byroney
 
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wildmidnight responded:
OK, so i am a VERY cautious person when it comes to sex because i am in no way planning for a pregnancy. last year, i switched birth control methods from being on Depo for 5 years to Implanon. i have now been on Implanon for 14mos. While i was on Depo i did not have a period-they stopped after the first couple shots. for the first ten months on Implanon i had no bleeding-then i began spotting and the last 2 months have had something like a period (lighter but longer than normal-lasts about 6-9 days, heaviest day i go thru a two or 3 pantiliners) on top of the implanon, i often (NOT always) use spermicide or condoms. I have NEVER had PMS symptoms before, BUT last month i had breast tenderness-i had never had this before! i did start my 'period' or something like it after a couple days and then the tenderness went away. today i have increased urination-this is like 3 weeks since my 'period' now. Could i be pregnant?? took a HPT and was negative dont know if i will have a period this month because of the irregularity-i have an anual exam end of october scheduled-could they tell?? please help!!!
 
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Byroney_WebMD_Staff responded:
Dear wildmidnight,

I would check the information you got with the Implanon. If you can't find it, you can ask your doctor, pharmacist, or call the manufacturer's customer support number to get an answer. Those symtpoms prior to the bleeding may be normal.

A Home Pregnancy Test is 97% accurate if used correctly. It sounds unlikely that you are pregnant considering you're using multiple methods of birth control most of the time and you have a negative test result.

You could go to a family planning or health clinic and get a pregnancy test done there. You might also want to call your doctor's office and see if you can get seen sooner. Increased urination could be a sign of a Urinary Tract Infection.

Yours in health,

Byroney
 
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Byroney_WebMD_Staff responded:
Greetings!

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Byroney
 
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Jsxystar responded:
I dont know if im pregnant or not? I stopped taking my B/C pills a few weeks ago w/ my bf, i forgot to take them 3days in a row after intercourse, and stopped taking them since then, that week i felt a lil nauseous and had a weird period but it came 2weeks early? and had very bad cramps which i never get and right now i started again the day i usually have a normally period, but its weird i have cramps again i only bleed a little bit whenever i have to go pee. I go 3times a day but now i go every 2hrs. My boobs aren't sore but my back has been hurting, feeling chocked up a little nauseous, emotional, when i want to eat i feel like everything i love to eat sounds gross to me and makes me gag and have a hard time sleeping, i toss and turn. So i dont know if my mind is playing games on me or if i should take a HPT soon. I want it to say yes, if i am preg. then id be around 2/3wks.

Thanks for your help.
 
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ricky711982 responded:
I had a miscarriage the first of June...they continued seeing me until my levels, etc. were normal. I resumed my period like nothing ever happened, back on my 26 day cycle. I've had a regular period until the last one. That whole cycle I had taken an ovulation test - it never indicated I was ovulating. Then after 33 days, I began my period. Now, I'm getting ready to reach my 26 days again and I have been doing the ovulation testing this whole time too, and it's never indicated I was ovulating. Is something wrong? Shouldn't I be ovulating? Any help would be very helpful!!!


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