Post # 1
Okay, please tell me I’m being super paranoid! My husband and I got married about a month ago. We were NOT sexually active before that but I have been on birth control since last July– no issues whatsoever– no spotting between periods or anything. My next period is due in about a week and a half but for the past several days/up to about a week or so I’ve been having some weird symptoms that I have NEVER had before… not with PMS or birth control or anything. Wondering if it could possibly be early pregnancy signs, or something else??
Here’s what I’ve been experiencing…
-Alternating nausea with the need to eat EVERYTHING IN SIGHT
-Really bad headaches (new in the past couple days)
-Chills and hot flashes (new in the past couple days)
-Seem to be gaining weight/retaining water no matter what I do
-Some breast tenderness, but not bad
-Extreme fatigue (but it should be noted that I also have multiple sclerosis, so this is semi-normal for me at times)
-Yesterday I took a bath in order to relax and right afterward I started spotting a bit. The spotting lasted maybe an hour? Nothing overnight, but I also started having some pretty bad low back pain– which has continued today, even with tylenol and one of those heat patch thingees on my back.
I know I might be paranoid, but I’m a little afraid of getting pregnant while on the pill– I’m not sure what to watch for (will I still have my next period? at what point should I test?) and whether or not it’s super harmful to the baby, if I AM pregnant (or ever become pregnant on the pill). I figure it can’t be *too* harmful, since this does happen to women on occasion… but I don’t know how soon I should test in order to know if I should stop the pill or not??
Tell me I’m crazy! 🙂
Post # 3
Hello my dear, I would suggest doing an at home pregnancy test. I have had scares like that in the past (mostly due to my paranoia as well!!). You should buy a few pregnancy tests and take a test now and again in a few weeks if your still worried. Pregnancy scares happen to everyone 🙂
Post # 4
While it’s possible to get pregnant on the pill, it is impropable that you are. I’ve been on the pill for a couple years now and I will randomly have symptoms just as you describe. Since I’m not great about taking my pill, this has scared me, too. If you are taking your pills as you should, then you have a very high possibility that you are not pregnant. I think the pill if used properly is about 98% effective.
Post # 5
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
It’s the first period after your wedding and after becoming sexually active. I am willing to bet that it’s stress and paranoia. I have been on the pill for almost 15 years with zero pregnancies while on the pill (I have been pregnant so I know my stuff works.) Take a pregnancy test to calm your nerves if you mustl Dollar Tree sells them for $1 and $1 is worth peace of mind.
The only way you could be pregnant is if you missed a pill or took one a day or two later. The pill works three ways: 1) prevents ovulation and no egg means no baby; 2) it thickens the cervical mucus and egg lining which makes it difficult for sperm to swim; and 3) it prevents implantation in the endometrial lining (this is what sheds when you have your period.)
Post # 6
I’m going with stress and paranoia. If this is the first time you’ve been having sex, that could be causing the spotting alone. While some women swear that they knew they were pregnant immediately, most people don’t have any symptoms at all until they miss a period. Everything you’re describing is a possible side effect of hormonal birth control — remember, it works by making your body think that it’s pregnant so that you don’t ovulate.
If you do end up getting pregnant on birth control, don’t worry about harming the baby. I know the pill recommends you stop taking it if you find out that you’re pregnant (but why would you keep taking it anyway at that point??), but the active ingredients are essentially pregnancy hormones — they’re not going to hurt a fetus before you find out that you’re pregnant.
Take some deep breaths, have a glass of wine, and take a pregnancy test if it will make you feel better. If you’re having this many symptoms, a test should come back positive if you actually are pregnant (which I would bet money you’re not). Just keep taking your pill every day at the same time.