Post # 1
I have been going through treatment for breast cancer, which temporarily shut down my ovulation. I am still in treatment now but am no longing getting the heavy duty chemo so I recently started ovulating again. Right now I am finishing my first period in six months. Because my treatments can be toxic to a fetus, my doctors routinely order blood tests to check for pregnancy and my husband and I faithfully use condoms. I had a negative pregnancy test just a week ago but today my doctors told me that my blood test from yesterday came back inconclusive. I have to go back tomorrow to redo it. I can’t imagine it would be possible to be pregnant with a recent negative test and having my period and I hope this result is just my hormones getting themseves sorted out. Has this ever happened to anyone else???
Post # 2
- Wedding: June 2014 - San Francisco, CA
If you are not menopausal and are sexually active, you could be pregnant. Yes. As for a specific ARE you? We can’t say from here; you’ll have to get the bloodwork back. I have a friend-of-a-friend (coworker’s sister, actually) who got pregnant right after chemo, so you never know.
If pregnancy isn’t in the cards for your immediate future, you may want to talk to your doctor about an alternative “set it and forget it” form of birth control like an IUD. Condoms can be hard to use faithfully 100% of the time for some people (not saying you, just in general) and it’s one less thing on your mind.
Many hugs, however this shakes out. Stay strong.
Post # 3
While I know one can get pregnant shortly after coming out of chemo-induced menopause (or even in it), I can’t figure out how I could get pregnant and immediately get a period after. My period was definitely a period and not implantation spotting. We want children badly but being in the middle of treatment makes it really, really bad timing.
I brought up a Paraguard at the beginning of my treatment and my oncologist vetoed it due to infection concerns. Unfortunately having breast cancer means that I can’t take hormonal birth control ever again which drastically limits my options on that front.
Post # 4
worldtraveler: It is possible that your period was a very early miscarriage. Was your test a week ago a blood test or urine? If it was a week ago and you’re just finishing up your period, then it’s possible that the one a week ago was too early to be positive. And since they said this one is inconclusive, the HCG levels are probably very low on it. I had a positive pregnancy test right after a period and it turned out that the period was a miscarriage. Hopefully it is just your hormones working themselves out, though.