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How can you tell the diffrence beyween period cramps and pregnancy cramps. Can you still have bloating if u are pregnant?

How can you tell the diffrence beyween period cramps and pregnancy cramps. Can you still have bloating if u are pregnant?

Uterine cramps: Pregnancy cramps and menstrual cramps typically feel very similar because the discomfort is coming from contraction of the same uterine muscle. Menstrual cramps, however, may be more severe since the muscles can contract more when the uterus is empty. You can get bloating and pelvic congestion during pregnancy. ...Read more

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Can u harm a baby if u didn't know u was pregnant and mistake pregnancy cramps for period cramps and you've been taking ib profeuon?

Can u harm a baby if u didn't know u was pregnant and mistake pregnancy cramps for period cramps and you've been taking ib profeuon?

Don't worry: Many women ingest things before they realize they're pregnant. The baby is not even in connection with your blood supply solidly until 14 days after conception. Ibuprofen is much more of a concern at the end of pregnancy when using it can cause a very important valve in the babies heart to close too soon. In early pregnancy it's much less of an issue. Try not to worry. ...Read more

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I've been having cramps lately but this don't feel like period cramps can it be a sign of pregnancy because I had the same thing with my 1st baby ?

I've been having cramps lately but this don't feel like period cramps can it be a sign of pregnancy because I had the same thing with my 1st baby ?

Hard to tell...: 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. ...Read more

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D&c early feb but still no cycle. Had sex 2weeks ago and getting period cramps 1wk. When shuld i take a pregnancy test?

D&c early feb but still no cycle. Had sex 2weeks ago and  getting period cramps 1wk. When shuld i take a pregnancy test?

NOW: Although you did not supply enough info about why you had a d&c, i would suggest that a pregnancy test would set your mind at ease. ...Read more

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I am 16. My period was due on the 24th dec, its now 1st jan. 9 days late. Two negative home pregnancy tests. I feel as if I have period cramps. Help.

I am 16. My period was due on the 24th dec, its now 1st jan. 9 days late. Two negative home pregnancy tests. I feel as if I have period cramps. Help.

Pre-menstrual: It sounds as if you are having pre-menstrual type symptoms. Pre-menstrual symptoms can feel a lot like pregnancy symptoms and it can be hard, sometimes, to tell them apart. Ibuprofen, and a warm bath, will likely help with your cramping. Take 600mg ibuprofen. ...Read more

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Is pressure at the bum area normal in pregnancy? I'm 36 weeks soon and today i have been feeling pressure and period cramps..

Is pressure at the bum area normal in pregnancy? I'm 36 weeks soon and today i have been feeling pressure and period cramps..

Pressure: in the rectum along with cramping sounds like you are in labor. I would call your OB and get advice and/or head to labor and delivery for a labor check. Anytime a pregnant women uses the word pressure in her rectum, I am reminded of the baby I delivered in the ladies room because Mom felt like she needed to have a BM while walking through our clinic. ...Read more

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I have no had a period in two months but the pregnancy test came back negative. Also, when having sex it feels like period cramps.

I have no had a period in two months but the pregnancy test came back negative. Also, when having sex it feels like period cramps.

Get checked.: Two months without a period, is worth investigating the cause. If you have not checked a pregnancy test recently, do it again, and follow the instructions exactly and make sure the kit has not expired. Uncommonly, the tests can be inaccurate. A blood test will verify it. You need an exam and possibly other tests to find out what is wrong. ...Read more

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Hi my period is normally every 31 days I'm 5days late I have done a home pregnancy test and it's negative I have been having cramps like period cramps?

Hi my period is normally every 31 days I'm 5days late I have done a home pregnancy test and it's negative I have been having cramps like period cramps?

Period: You could be late that happens,there is cycle variation at times, or it could be you are pregnant but too early for the pregnancy test to be positive. . Would check blood pregnancy which is more sensitive. if all negative and your period still does not come consider ultrasound .Discuss with doctor/urgent care. ...Read more

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I have stomach cramps and bad lower back pain, its not pregnancy or period cramps and has been happening for 2 week, what else could be causing this?

I have stomach cramps and bad lower back pain, its not pregnancy or period cramps and has been happening for 2 week, what else could be causing this?

Confusing : Stomach cramps and low back pain are not usually associated unless you mean low abdominal cramps with low back pain. In that case it can be from the bladder (like an infection) or from your uterus (pelvic pain) unless it is 2 separate problems happening at the same time. Give us more info. ...Read more

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What is the difference between period cramps and regular stomach cramps?

What is the difference between period cramps and regular stomach cramps?

No short ans.: When you say you have "regular stomach cramps"--why do you consider stomach cramps to be "regular" if you have a bit of a cramp before a bowel movement, which is eased as soon as you move bowels--fine, but you should not be having on-going stomach cramps. Period cramps are in the pelvis and are only there just before and the first few days of a period then go away--otherwise week medical help! ...Read more

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I want to know what is the difference between period cramps and stomach cramps?

Cramps: Cramps is the description of the type of pain. Very often difficult to distinguish the two and very often they are inter-related. Period cramps are due to the uterus contracting to help expel the blood from the uterine cavity, some blood can pass backwards through the fallopian tubes and come out, when it does it can often irritate your bowel and cause bowel / abdominal / stomach cramping. ...Read more

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How can you tell the difference between implantation cramps/bleeding from period cramps/bleeding, I am not due my period for another 12 days :/

How can you tell the difference between implantation cramps/bleeding from period cramps/bleeding, I am not due my period for another 12 days :/

Likely breakthrough: It's almost never implantation bleeding, that is largely an internet myth. If - a big if - you actually get implantation bleed it woudl be about 6-7 days after ovulation, or about a week before your expected period. ...Read more

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I want to know what is the difference between stomach aches from holding in gas and period cramps?

I want to know what is the difference between stomach aches from holding in gas and period cramps?

Both hurt: But the cramps from menstruation are from your uterus. And the ones from gas are in your entire abdomen and pelvis and change with the passage of gas. The cramps from your mestruation don't change with passing of gas. They change with the passage of time and are related to your menses. ...Read more

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Period cramps vs implantation cramps and sex difference if you are thinking you might be pregnant?

Period cramps vs implantation cramps and sex difference if you are thinking you might be pregnant?

Misinformed?: Implantation happens after conception, just after ovulation and is ASYMPTOMATIC. Can you imagine a fetus, smaller than a speck of dust, causing "trauma' when it lands on the wall of the uterus? It is not traumatic or symptomatic. Period cramping happens when you are due for a period. ...Read more

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Period cramps 4 days after ovulation. Could this indicate pregnancy?

Period cramps 4 days after ovulation. Could this indicate pregnancy?

Not likely: Cramping around ovulation is very common. It is called mittelsmertz. This would not indicate pregnancy because it is too early. Conception occurs after ovulation and a pregnancy can not be detected for about 7-10 days after that. ...Read more

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Im having period cramps and thick white discharge with no odor or itching etc. NO PREGNANCY SYMPTOMS & Im 2 days late for my period. Can i be pregnant?

Im having period cramps and thick white discharge with no odor or itching etc. NO PREGNANCY SYMPTOMS & Im 2 days late for my period. Can i be pregnant?

Hard to tell...: 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. ...Read more

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Dark discharge since the 24th of january , couple clumps , 8 days late , irregular period , cramps , negative pregnancy test , light blood when i wipe?

Irregular periods are one of the most common problems Obgyns treat.: If this is one time problem it usually resolves on its own. If this is a recurring problem you should be evaluated. Infections &  hormonal changes can cause spotting. If there is a concern for pregnancy then do  a home pregnancy test .  there are many options available to help regulate the menstrual cycle. Schedule a visit. ...Read more

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I have been having two periods for the past two months, I just started again yesterday, but its like chunks of blood.. my friend says she thinks im having a miscarriage.. it does hurt, but not much more than regular period cramps. I took a pregnancy test

I have been having two periods for the past two months, I just started again yesterday, but its like chunks of blood.. my friend says she thinks im having a miscarriage.. it does hurt, but not much more than regular period cramps. I took a pregnancy test

Pregnancy test : If you think you might be pregnant check then check a home pregnancy test. They are cheap, reliable and available at any pharmacy. If it's positive then you will need to be seen for a possible miscarriage. If negative see your doctor to discuss heavy periods ...Read more

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Help me? Why am i bleeding a dark red / brown spotting and blood? I just for off of my period on the 17th or 16th..... Ive been feeling sick.... Head aches. Stomach cramps . Not period cramps. Upper stomach cramps. . Sign of pregnancy?

Help me? Why am i bleeding a dark red / brown spotting and blood?
I just for off of my period on the 17th or 16th.....
Ive been feeling sick....
Head aches.
Stomach cramps . Not period cramps. Upper stomach cramps. .
 Sign of pregnancy?

If : If you think there is a possibility of pregnancy then please take a urine pregnancy test. As you are spotting, you may be having an irregular period, but pregnancy can still occur with spotting. If your symptoms persist or if you have pain, light-headedness, or vomiting, then please be seen immediately. ...Read more

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Im on b/c. the pack finished 5 days ago.i had period cramps, but they left with no period. just 3 thick black tar like clots. what should i do?

Nothing: IF you are taking your birth control everyday without missing, this is probably fine. Many women will not have periods, or just have some brown spotting during their placebo week. If you missed any pills, take a pregnancy test. ...Read more

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I get this sharp pain kinda like period cramps just 100% worse every night around 12 i started getting it after i had my baby c-sec what cld it b?

I get this sharp pain kinda like period cramps just 100% worse every night around 12 i started getting it after i had my baby c-sec what cld it b?

Pelvic pain: Pelvic pain is complex as there are several organs in the pelvis. The ovaries, fallopian tubes, uterus, cervix, bladder, appendix, intestines, colon and rectum can all be the source. Pelvic pain requires and examination to help organize the evaluation. Since your pain has a specific time of day I suspect this may be a digestive issue related to intestinal function. A proper work up is needed. ...Read more

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I have been having pain in my lower abdoman also to the sides where my ovaries are. Like cramping but not as painful as period cramps. What could it b?

I have been having pain in my lower abdoman also to the sides where my ovaries are. Like cramping but not as painful as period cramps. What could it b?

Maybe a cyst: U need to see gyne for evaluation. This could be an ovarian cyst or some other gyne issue. An untreated std will sometimes cause chronic pelvic pain or discomfort, so if u have had unprotected sex, u should have std testing when u see the doctor. Depending on what is found during your exam, u may need a pelvic ultrasound. If no answer, see your pcp as there may be a non gyne reason 4 your symptoms. ...Read more