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Dr. Lawrence Kessler
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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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Having periodlike pains like I'm about to have a period but it still won't come, did a pregnancy test which tested positive, when do the pains stop?

Having periodlike pains like I'm about to have a period but it still won't come, did a pregnancy test which tested positive, when do the pains stop?

Eventually: Some cramping and discomfort comes from the growth of the uterus, ovarian changes and pressure on other organs. If the cramping becomes pain, this could indicate an abnormal pregnancy and needs immediate evaluation. I would suggest contacting your provider and arrange a pregnancy appointment and check-up. Sometimes fluids, tylenol (acetaminophen) and time will help. ...Read more

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Took pregnancy test friday it was positive. Worried about meds I take, should I stop them 20 mg lisinopril and 100 mg of topomax?

Took pregnancy test friday it was positive. Worried about meds I take, should I stop them 20 mg lisinopril and 100 mg of topomax?

Category D: Both medications are category d: there is positive evidence of human fetal risk, but the benefits from use in pregnant women may be acceptable despite the risk (e.g., if the drug is needed in a life-threatening situation or for a serious disease for which safer drugs cannot be used or are ineffective). Ask your doctor asap for alternatives. ...Read more

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Can stress cause your cycle to stop? Almost 3 weeks late and negative pregnancy test results. Will an eptopic sp? Pregnancy cause negative results?

Can stress cause your cycle to stop? Almost 3 weeks late and negative pregnancy test results. Will an eptopic sp? Pregnancy cause negative results?

All can be true: Urine pregnancy tests are rarely negative if you are pregnant. And they are not specific for what type of pregnancy (normal, not normal, ectopic, etc). Stress, hormone imbalances, thyroid disease can all cause irregular periods. You should see your doctor to figure out which is the problem. Better to know and treat now. Good luck! ...Read more

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I am on spironolactone and I am planning on having a blood pregnancy test next week.... What should I do? Stop taking it? Stay on it? Will it affect?

I am on spironolactone and I am planning on having a blood pregnancy test next week.... What should I do? Stop taking it? Stay on it? Will it affect?

Spironolactone: oral: Taking spironolactone orally will not affect your serum content of pregnancy hormones, since the test (HCG) is very sensitive, and even with a mild diuretic the hormones are detectable with the test. ...Read more

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I was taking the pill and stop on June 25 and have not had a period. I took a pregnancy test on July 6 and it was negative. But I have a lot of symptom?

I was taking the pill and stop on June 25 and have not had a period. I took a pregnancy test on July 6 and it was negative. But I have a lot of symptom?

Can retest in 1 week: Home pregnancy tests are very accurate and not affected by foods, herbs, common illnesses, sexually transmitted diseases, vaginal spotting, or medications. A test gives a reliable result 3 weeks after sex (3 weeks after when conception might have happened) or 1 week after missing a period. If done sooner, a negative result may be due to testing too early. Even a faint positive line is a positive. ...Read more

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Spotting second day of period, then stops, few days later comes again, lasts 4 days haven't stopped. Pregnancy test negative. Pregnant or not?

Spotting second day of period, then stops, few days later comes again, lasts 4 days haven't stopped. Pregnancy test negative. Pregnant or not?

Need reliable test: What you are describing may suggest spontaneous abortion (assuming your period was always regular). To be sure, you need to get a pregnancy test done in a reliable lab not with over the counter tests ...Read more

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I have pneumonia I am on promrthazine methylpred and amox/k clav will these meds cause false positive pregnancy test or should I stop taking the med?

I have pneumonia I am on promrthazine methylpred and amox/k clav will these meds cause false positive pregnancy test or should I stop taking the med?

Do not stop the meds: You seem to have serious infection and other disorders. Do not stop taking your medication without consulting your doctor. If you need a pregnancy test, your doctor can order a sensitive blood test that is not likely to be affected by your medications. ...Read more

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I took two pregnancy test and it said negative I am the pill logynon and still have not seen my period should I stop taking the pill to see if it come?

I took two pregnancy test and it said negative I am the pill logynon and still have not seen my period should I stop taking the pill to see if it come?

Depends: If you are having sex, especially unprotected sex, you should not stop taking the pill. If you are not and do not plan to have sex, you could try stopping the pill. There are some contraceptives that reduce the frequency of periods. It would be prudent to consult your doctor before making any changes to your medications. ...Read more

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Follicle was shrinked to 14mm from 21mm. Gyny says egg didn't rupture n stop monitoring. 2 days late got positive pregnancy test. Is it possible?

Follicle was shrinked to 14mm from 21mm. Gyny says egg didn't rupture n stop monitoring. 2 days late got positive pregnancy test. Is it possible?

Sure: If you had a positive pregnancy test then hopefully your fertility treatment was successful. Repeat the test in the morning and if positive schedule your first prenatal care visit. ...Read more

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If I gave birth feb 7, the bleeding stops after 3wks had intercourse after 5weeks, when can I have a pregnancy test to check if im pregnant again?

If I gave birth feb 7, the bleeding stops after 3wks had intercourse after 5weeks, when can I have a pregnancy test to check if im pregnant again?

4 wks after sex: Bleeding or lochia occurs for 6 weeks after delivering a baby because that is how long it takes the uterus to involute or return to normal size. Each person is a little different but if you had sex 6 weeks after sex and no more it is unlikely you're pregnant. If you have had regular sex without condoms then you may have ovulated 4 weeks after giving birth and could be pregnant. ...Read more

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After I stop bleeding from having a miscarriage will a home pregnancy test test negative? If it test negative does that mean miscarriage is complete?

After I stop bleeding from having a miscarriage will a home pregnancy test test negative? If it test negative does that mean miscarriage is complete?

More or less: In general, if the home pregnancy test is negative, it means that the miscarriage is finished. There are a few rare exceptions but these are usually identified by persistent spotting or bleeding. Best wishes! ...Read more

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I have stop having my Depo-Provera shot in october2 2014 and spoted 3 times since then I have not no had any bleeding in three montha pregnancy test is negati?

I have stop having my Depo-Provera shot in october2 2014 and spoted 3 times since then I have not no had any bleeding in three montha pregnancy test is negati?

Depo injection: Do you mean october 2013?
Depo Provera (medroxyprogesterone) is lasting birth control for 3 months. However, patients may see the side effects for longer, in rare cases up to 15 months. These side effects can include irregular bleeding and spotting. ...Read more

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I had a pap yesterday. Positive pregnancy test via blood im about 4-5 weeks should I just stop taking Xanax (alprazolam) and adderall. Xanax (alprazolam) as needed only 1mg.

I had a pap yesterday. Positive pregnancy test via blood im about 4-5 weeks should I just stop taking Xanax (alprazolam) and adderall. Xanax (alprazolam) as needed only 1mg.

Discuss with Ur doc: Please discuss this with your doctor. A lot of thought should go into this and we do not know enough about you to be providing this type of detailed medical advice on the site. Contact your doctor at your earliest convenience and let them know that you are pregnant and have a discussion with them as to what you should do. Best wishes to you have a happy healthy baby. ...Read more

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I'm 2 weeks delayed period now and I pregnancy test but its negative. I'm stop taking pills on June 8 and have bleed on June 12-14.I have unprotected sex June 23 and July 1.I am pregnant?

I'm 2 weeks delayed period now and I pregnancy test but its negative. I'm stop taking pills on June 8 and have bleed on June 12-14.I have unprotected sex June 23 and July 1.I am pregnant?

Could be: It would be useful to get a blood test for HCG level. Alternatively, you may repeat home pregnancy test in a week. Use first morning urine and follow the instructions for the test carefully.
If you do not wish to be pregnant, use contraception all the time, every time. You may consider implanted contraceptive, or IUD.
Practice safe sex.
Get HPV vaccine. ...Read more

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15 days following embryo transfer I had a ve pregnancy test followed by 2 negatives at day 17 19 I have not had a period could I still be pregnant my clinic advised me to stop all meds but I m scared to do so?

15 days following embryo transfer I had a ve pregnancy test followed by 2 negatives at day 17 19 I have not had a period could I still be pregnant my clinic advised me to stop all meds but I m scared to do so?

Doubtful, sorry: It's still possible but very unlikely, I'm sorry. With an embryo transfer the dating is absolute, and 15 days after transfer is more time than necessary for the test to be positive. You should trust your clinic and talk with them about your concerns...Sorry about the disappointing cycle. ...Read more

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Stop birth control 2 months, got my period lasted 5 days but my blood was only black and brown. Took pregnancy test came negative. Is this normal?

Stop birth control 2 months, got my period lasted 5 days but my blood was only black and brown. Took pregnancy test came negative. Is this normal?

I think so: Judging whether the period is normal by the color of blood is tricky. 5 days of periods seems to be normal. If the pregnancy test is negative, that's encouraging. I'd just wait for the next period. ...Read more

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I have very veiny nipples and White discharge none stop, no period for 2 months and negative pregnancy test?

I have very veiny nipples and White discharge none stop, no period for 2 months and negative pregnancy test?

Prolactin: You may want to have your prolactin levels checked, and while you are there, have your TSH (thyroid gland) checked as well - to start with. This can only be done in a doctor's office. I am assuming you are not on any medication. ...Read more

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Missed 3 periods, negatives pregnancy test. Hyperthyroidism not currently on medications. Can hyperthyroidism cause a false negative, or stop ovulation?

Missed 3 periods, negatives pregnancy test. Hyperthyroidism not currently on medications. Can hyperthyroidism cause a false negative, or stop ovulation?

Hyperthyroidism. ..: & hypothhyroidism, for that matter, can certainly affect ovulation. The thyroid really needs to function normally for healthy pregnancy & baby to result. I don't think there is anything specific about hyperthyroidism that would cause a false negative pregnancy test; typically an error in testing (imprecise following of directions) is to blame. Work with your doctor to optimize thyroid function. ...Read more

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I was on the Depo-Provera shot since April bleed til June 2 when me and my boyfriend had sex then stop bleeding took home pregnancy test and came up negative?

I was on the Depo-Provera shot since April bleed til June 2 when me and my boyfriend had sex then stop bleeding took home pregnancy test and came up negative?

Common: It is common to bleed irregularly and erratically on Depo Provera (medroxyprogesterone). It usually finally stops like in your case. Sex had nothing to do with you not bleeding any more. Depo Provera (medroxyprogesterone) is very effective, that is the reason for you not being pregnant. Hope you are still on it! ...Read more

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- pregnancy test I have a lot of pelvic n back pain. Doc foun anemia n provided provera (medroxyprogesterone) to stop the bleeding but it didn't work im desperate help me.

- pregnancy test I have a lot of pelvic n back pain. Doc foun anemia n provided provera (medroxyprogesterone) to stop the bleeding but it didn't work im desperate help me.

OK, well there isn't: A way to stop heavy bleeding over the internet yet. So you will need a visit to either urgent care or the local ER if your bleeding is soaking through a super maxi pad an hour for four hours. You may want to repeat that pregnancy test or have that done at the ER or urgent care. Especially given the severe pain, I suggest a more urgent evaluation. You may need a D&C to stop bleed. ...Read more

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Been having sore breast since may no breast cancer or positive pregnancy test but can't stop peeing or eating still having cycle what's wrong?

Been having sore breast since may no breast cancer or positive pregnancy test but can't stop peeing or eating still having cycle what's wrong?

Hormone: Sore breast could be coming for hormonal changes if you are taking hormone replacement or birth control pills it could cause soreness in the breast
wearing the wrong bra could cause soreness in the breast
drinking caffeine and eating chocolate could cause you soreness in the breast
watch your diet exercise wear a soft bra or no hard wire bra, avoid caffeine and check with your doctor it taking meds ...Read more

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Could you describe how long does a pregnancy test take?

Could you describe how long does a pregnancy test take?

1 week late: Home pregnancy tests generally become positive when you're about 1 week late with respect to your period. If it's negative, repeat in 1 week. ...Read more

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Pregnancy Test (Definition)

A pregnancy test measures a hormone called human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG). HCG is a hormone produced during pregnancy. It appears in the blood and urine of pregnant women as early as ...Read more