November 17, 2018

Questionable Pregnancy

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Patient: Ok, so I havent had my period since Ive been off my birth control and I also think I might be pregnant. How can I tell if I am pregnant when I dont have my period?

Symptoms: No period, cramping, vomiting

Doctor: Hello,Thanks for the query to ATD for an opinion,If you have been off oral contraceptive pills and have not resu med your menses then most likely cause for the same can be pregnancy. It is important to rule out pregnancy before any other cause can be contemplated in this regard. It is suggested that you get a urine pregnancy test done if you have already crossed more than 7 days from your next due date else you may opt for a more specific blood serum beta hcg test to look for raised levels of hcg which shall indicate pregnancy.If the tests are positive then you are pregnant. If they are negative then you should ideally wait for your menses to return as the symptoms that you are experiencing indicate that of premenstrual syndrome which in absence of pregnancy indicate that your withdrawal bleed is probably due in next few days.So you may choose to wait once your pregnancy tests are negative.I hope i have answered your query in detail,Wishing you good health,Regards

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Dr. Jimmy Obaji M.D.

Dr. Jimmy Obaji completed his residency in Family Medicine at the University of Manitoba. He currently operates a walk-in-clinic in downtown Toronto.

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