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Umm - December 24th 2017, 02:44 AM

Ok so I haven’t posted here in a while but I thought what the heck I might as well. Me and my boyfriend started having unprotected sex about a week or so ago, no condoms, no pulling out, but I do have nexplanon which hasn’t failed me. However I stopped getting my period because of nexplanon since august, and now all of a sudden I’m having lower back pain which I’ve never had from periods before, sore boobs and light cramping which has lasted all day but no blood, and crazy mood swings, and these past few days I’ve been EXHAUSTED without really doing too much. . I don’t want to go crazy in my head about it because I know nexplanon is very very effective, but it doesn’t make sense to me that right when I start having sex again id get these weird symptoms. I don’t know, does it sound closer to my period restarting up again? Or something else...


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Re: Umm - December 24th 2017, 03:40 AM

This could definitely be signs of your period starting up again. I would suggest that you take a pregnancy test two weeks from the time you last had unprotected sex. This is likely the first thing your doctor will suggest. If the test comes back negative you will be able to let your doctor know and than they should be able to figure out what the next step would be. Such as if you need to come in and get checked out or if you should wait it out to see if you do start your period.

Birth control effects all people differently and so it very well could be causing these symptoms even if you don't end up having your period.

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Re: Umm - December 25th 2017, 06:17 PM

Ok so I tested and it was clear after three minutes but when I checked back later there for sure is a line. I know you’re not supposed to check after five minutes so should I just leave it alone and forget about it? Or should I test again...


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Re: Umm - December 25th 2017, 06:32 PM

If you want you can test again. If you think testing again would alleviate any stress you might be feeling over the situation it might be best to retest.


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Re: Umm - December 26th 2017, 01:35 AM

The best way to alleviate any kind of stress in regards to pregnancy, would be to get a blood test done. It's the only way to know 100% as with the sticks can sometimes give false negatives or false positives



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Re: Umm - January 5th 2018, 02:02 AM

I agree with Brittany. If the directions say not to check later and it said you weren't pregnant, it seems like it's a negative; however, it's ALWAYS better to find out for sure so that you can completely evaluate your options.


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Re: Umm - January 5th 2018, 03:56 AM

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The best way to alleviate any kind of stress in regards to pregnancy, would be to get a blood test done. It's the only way to know 100% as with the sticks can sometimes give false negatives or false positives

This is, logically, the best option but there might be some barriers in regards to doing this. Most OBGYN's will tell you to take an over the counter pregnancy test before they will consider doing a blood test. If you tell them that you took one and it is negative they might tell you that there is no real need for a blood test. I know someone close to a family member dealt with something like this at one point and they called the doctor and told them they were concerned about pregnancy despite a negative and the doctor wasn't helpful. They can't outright tell you they won't do something but if they don't deem something as medically necessary it can be difficult to get some insurance companies to cover it and blood tests can be quite expensive out of pocket. That being said, all doctor's are different and some are a lot more receptive to concerns that their patients have. (If you aren't in the USA this probably doesn't apply).

While I agree that you should consider getting a blood test if you are still dealing with this stress, I am not 100% how a doctor will respond. That being said, if you are still dealing with not having a issues with lower back pain etc than they might be open to do a blood test due to that. The main reason they might be open to it being that the blood test would rule out pregnancy, completely, if it came out negative. With pregnancy being ruled out the doctor would be able to narrow down what might be the cause of everything.

Long story cut short: If you can get a blood test than you should definitely do so because it will be the best way to alleviate stress but you would want to talk to your doctor about it.



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