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Trying to conceive, has many symptoms, but 4 negative tests
soccerfan21 posted:

My girlfriend and I have been trying for the past month to conceive. She's 19 and I'm 18. Two days after we had unprotected sex for the first time, she began to experience several symptoms. As the weeks have gone by, she's gotten more symptoms. But she's taken like 4 tests (2 answer, 2 new choice) and all have been negative. 5 days ago, she began to get cramps for the first time.
We really want a baby badly, and we're worried that the symptoms are occuring because we want a baby so badly. We're making an appointment to see a pregnancy center on thursday to take another urine test and get an ultrasound.

Can anyone help us? We're really excited about conceiving soon. but hopefully we already have.
GigiSage responded:
It is very possible that she is experiencing symptoms because she wants to be pregnant (phantom pregnancy) and not because she is. She could also be having PMS symptoms.
imreddy responded:
It does sound like a phantom pregnancy. I don't know how it is for men, but I know that between the ages of 17 and 21 typically, young women go through a "baby" phase, where that is ALL they think about. She may be creating symptoms because her hormones are in overdrive and she wants one so bad. However, a women will not start experiencing symptoms right away. It takes time for the hgc hormone to build up in the body enough to effect the mother.

There is no need to go to a pregnancy center to get a urine test - they are only as accurate as Home Pregnancy Tests. A blood test is more accurate, though. Also, if she has not even missed a period yet, I wouldn't recommend wasting your money asking for an U/S. I suggest she waits until she misses her period, take another HPT with her first morning's urine, and then take one more 19 days later if that first one was negative (the directions in the HPT packages tell you the same thing).

Keep in mind that even in the best of circumstances, trying to conceive is difficult. I caution you both about trying to conceive while being so young AND unwed. Make sure you can provide for your child - it's really not that easy, I'm sure. Best of luck to both of you, I'm sure you both have a ton of love to share with a child.

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