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A 31-year-old female asked:

Lower abdominal and back pain on right side. nauseous and tired all the time. period was late and not normal. could i be pregnant or something else?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Hard to guess: It can be hard to tell if a woman is pregnant because some of the symptoms seen in early pregnancy can also happen in non-pregnant women. A urine pregnancy test gives a reliable result if done correctly. One can test about 3 weeks after sex (3 weeks after when conception might have occurred), or 1 week after missing a period. An Ob-Gyn doctor can evaluate any persistent or worrisome symptoms.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Take HPT: Reasons for missed /late periods: low body weight, obesity, marked weight gain or loss, over-exercise such as in endurance athletes, breast-feeding, stress, illness, eating disorders (bulimia or anorexia), travel, hormone irregularities, drug use, medications (i.e., birth control) or med problem (polycystic ovary syndrome or Asherman’s syndrome. #1 reason for missed period is pregnancy.

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Last updated Nov 28, 2017

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