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Dr. Mark Ingerman
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Pregnancy (Definition)

When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more


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My last period was a week late. I tested for pregnancy but it was negative. Since then, I am seeing light bleeding and backache. What is the cause?

My last period was a week late. I tested for pregnancy but it was negative. Since then, I am seeing light bleeding and backache. What is the cause?

Prob period: The bleeding you are seeing is probably your cycle. It sounds like you ovulated late. Many things can cause this. If you are not trying to conceive, please get on a reliable method. If you are trying to conceive and this keep having erratic cycles, you need to let your doctor know. ...Read more

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Could cramps, backache, but no period indicate pregnancy?

Could cramps, backache, but no period indicate pregnancy?

Possibly: Do a urine preg test, if neg do a blood one, if neg u need a workup. ...Read more

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Last period 18th June, been having low backache & ovary twinges for the past five days. I have had unprotected sex. Possible pregnancy? Should I test?

Last period 18th June, been having low backache & ovary twinges for the past five days. I have had unprotected sex. Possible pregnancy? Should I test?

Birth control: Yes. Although it is more likely that your period is delayed, it is important to be sure so get a home pregnancy test. They are very accurate. In the future, get some protection if you do not to get pregnant or a sexually transmitted disease. ...Read more

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Period was 1/21 but only last til 1/22 by 1/23 and 1/24 spotting off and on alone with backaches, feelin wired eating and peeing.sign of pregnancy?

Period was 1/21 but only last til 1/22 by 1/23 and 1/24 spotting off and on alone with backaches, feelin wired eating and peeing.sign of pregnancy?

Hard to tell: It can be hard to tell if a woman is pregnant because some 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. ...Read more

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I have been having cramps lately n my period isn't due till 2weeks later I feel sleepy all the time an backache. Ie pregnancy. Possible?

I have been having cramps lately n my period isn't due till 2weeks later I feel sleepy all the time an backache. Ie pregnancy. Possible?

Pregnancy: Those could be symptoms of pregnancy or thyroid disease. See your family doctor for complete examination. If you are sexually active and not using any protection, yes it could be pregnancy. Also, depression can have similar symptoms. ...Read more

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Sore boobs, low backache, and light cramps 22 days before next period could i possibly be pregnant? When should I take a pregnancy test? Help

Sore boobs, low backache, and light cramps 22 days before next period could i possibly be pregnant? When should I take a pregnancy test? Help

HPT: A home pregnancy test is usually taken once the period is missed. Did you have an actual period the last time you bled or was it just light spotting? When in doubt take a pregnancy test. (pregnancy symptoms don't begin until a period is missed either.). ...Read more

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I haven't had a period for 4 almost 5 months and negative pregnancy test i have mild cramps and backaches. What's going on. I also have mild pelvis pain?

I haven't had a period for 4 almost 5 months and negative pregnancy test i have mild cramps and backaches. What's going on. I also have mild pelvis pain?

Most commonly: Aside from pregnancy, the most common causes of new persistent lack of menstruation in a young woman are either extreme athleticism (aggressive exercise every day) or being dangerously underweight. Regardless, what you are describing is a reason to visit a primary care doctor (Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, or OB/GYN) promptly for an assessment, because this is not normal. ...Read more

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Backaches, headaches, nauseous and exhausted all the time, have missed my period too. Been on the Depo-Provera provera (medroxyprogesterone) since October, pregnancy or?

Backaches, headaches, nauseous and exhausted all the time, have missed my period too. Been on the Depo-Provera provera (medroxyprogesterone) since October, pregnancy or?

Could be...: Depo Provera (medroxyprogesterone) can cause this type of symptoms, especially absence of periods. However, if you strongly suspect you could be pregnant get a home base test for confirmation. Follow up with your GYN provider if symptoms get worse over time. ...Read more

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Spotting 5 days 1 week before my period. Now 11 days delayed, have symptoms of fuller sore breast, lower backache.pregnancy test negative.still pregnant?

Spotting 5 days 1 week before my period. Now 11 days delayed, have symptoms of fuller sore breast, lower backache.pregnancy test negative.still pregnant?

When in doubt: Just check pregnancy test. And if you are still not bleeding normally and first pregnancy test was negative, check it again in 1 week. Your symptoms certainly sound like pregnancy. See a healthcare provider for more definitive pregnancy tests if you are concerned and your tests at home are negative repeatedly. ...Read more

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In the past few months I have had pregnancy symptoms(late periods, tender breasts, fatigue, backache, bloating, acne, dizziness) hpt always neg. What can be the cause? We are trying to conceive.

In the past few months I have had pregnancy symptoms(late periods, tender breasts, fatigue, backache, bloating, acne, dizziness) hpt always neg. What can be the cause? We are trying to conceive.

See a fertility: Specialist. Your symptoms may relate to hormone changes that occur with pregnancy, but the home pregnancy test being negative can be trusted.

See your physician for further evaluation. A consultation with a fertility specialist or endocrinologist may be helpful. ...Read more

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Having PMS signs a week before period (back pain, cramps, acne, discharges. Is this pregnancy or early period. I took 2 doses of Plan B 3 weeks apart?

Having PMS signs a week before period (back pain, cramps, acne, discharges. Is this pregnancy or early period. I took 2 doses of Plan B 3 weeks apart?

Plan B: It is probably the Plan B. It should not be taken twice in one cycle. You need another method of contraception if you are taking it so often. There is a reason it is called emergency contraception. ...Read more

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Can bad back pain mean more period than a pregnancy?

Can bad back pain mean more period than a pregnancy?

Depends: Even pregnant people can hurt their backs just like anyone else. Most pregnant women have some degree of back discomfort but mot usually a lot. ...Read more

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Period is 4 days late, experiencing lower back pain, took 2 at home pregnancy tests and both read negative...what could be going on here?

Period is 4 days late, experiencing lower back pain, took 2 at home pregnancy tests and both read negative...what could be going on here?

Repeat HPT in 1 week: if still no period. Reasons for missed/late periods: low body weight, obesity, marked weight ^ or v, over-exercise, endurance athletics, breast-feeding, ^ stress, illness, eating disorders (bulimia or anorexia), anovulatory cycle (no egg released), travel, hormone irregularities, drug use, meds (i.e., birth control) or medical problems (i.e. PCOS). #1 reason is pregnancy. ...Read more

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Period 1 wk late, intense lower back pain, 3 negative pregnancy tests...can I still be pregnant? What else could be going on here? Thank you.

Period 1 wk late, intense lower back pain, 3 negative pregnancy tests...can I still be pregnant? What else could be going on here? Thank you.

Possibly: Have your doctor recheck your pregnancy test, perform urine testing for possible infection. A face to face encounter with your doctor to verify your last period and perform a history and exam is recommended. ...Read more

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Back pain, no period after 5 months, insomia, negative pregnancy test. What could be causing this?

Back pain, no period after 5 months, insomia, negative pregnancy test. What could be causing this?

Need for evaluation: No periods for five months needs evaluation. It would be prudent to see your doctor. You may consult this site for information on this subject.

http://www.nichd.nih.gov/health/topics/menstruation/conditioninfo/Pages/causes.aspx ...Read more

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This is my 3rd pregnancy, no success, I am 6 wks and experiencing some uncomfortable period like cramping with back pain. Is that normal?

This is my 3rd pregnancy, no success, I am 6 wks and experiencing some uncomfortable period like cramping with back pain. Is that normal?

Cramps: Although not always predictable, severe cramps are very suspicious for impending miscarriage. Bedrest with watchful waiting is the most you can do. Ultrasound if bleeding doesn't occur in next 48 hrs. Can assess pregnancy status. Possible progesterone deficiency with repeated early miscarriage may respond to future supplementation. ...Read more

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I am 33 weeks pregnant and having period like pain and back pain. Is this normal for this stage of pregnancy? Also an increased mucas like discharge.

Some of it is normal: You have increased vaginal mucus production during pregnabcy. Carrying the baby affects the mechanics of keeping upright as well as placental production of a substance that loosens joints. It is also normal to have mild contractions that aren’t sustained ( braxton-hicks contractions). Talk to your doctor whenever you have questions ...Read more

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4 days late for my period.I'm still having minor cramps/back pain n a neg. Pregnancy test. No sex since 7/3. Could i still be pregnant?

4 days late for my period.I'm still having minor cramps/back pain n a neg. Pregnancy test. No sex since 7/3. Could i still be pregnant?

Sex and period: It is possible you are pregnant. You should take another pregnancy test to see if you are. Still, it is common to skip a period occasionally. If you are not pregnant, I would recommend monitoring your cycles for a while to see how often it occurs. If this continues to occur, you may need to talk to a provider about it. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Back Pain (Definition)

Pain in the back is a symptom that can be due to a number of causes including musculoskeletal or neurological problems or due to problems ...Read more


Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
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Backaches (Definition)

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