Post # 1
DISCLAIMER: since I’m not TTC nor have I ever been, I’m not versed on cycles, time frames, good and bad times to conceive, when I would start exibiting symptoms, how early you can tell, etc. I know, I’m ignorant, so be kind.
THE FACTS AND TIMELINE:
– I’ve been on BC for the better part of 15 years and have been consistent with regular periods on the pill.
– Fiance and I had sex the second to last day of my period on 5/25. I should have started another pill cycle on 5/26, but my OBGYN didn’t refill my rx in time and I missed a few days b/c of the holiday weekend. I decided to skip this month since my days are already screwed up and start up again in July.
So that was barely 2 weeks ago. This past Tuesday into Wednesday, I had a lot of stomach discomfort that ignored b/c I do have IBS, until Wednesday morning when I woke up with a fever, body aches, chills and vomiting. I couldn’t keep anything down all day. Though I feel better now, for the past 2 days I’ve been nauseaus, can’t eat, sleeping poorly and have abdominal cramps like PMS (though I’m not due for my period until 6/22).
I could fork up the day I was sick to a stomach flu, but followed up by cramping and nausea? If I were pregnant, would I even be feeling like this only less than 2 weeks in? I’m hoping the cramping/nausea is just my IBS being aggravated by the flu…
I just can’t shake the feeling that “anything is possible” and am worried – do I even have a reason to be?
Post # 2
BurlapnLace: I had a stomach flu a few weeks ago and even though the vomiting only lasted a day I felt nauseous, unable to eat and exhausted for the better part of a week so I wouldnt write that off necessarily.
Post # 3
BurlapnLace: Sounds like a stomach bug to me. However, ladies on the internet can’t predict if you’re pregnant or not, lol! Go get a test!
Post # 4
The timing seems like it would make pregnancy pretty unlikely. You might be sick….and the cramps could potentially be explained by ovulation pains. If you’re 2 weeks post-period, then you’re around the average for when people ovulate. Once I got off birth control and started TTC (w/ charting and temping), I was surprised to find out that ovulation felt a lot like “pre-period” symptoms.
But yes, if you’re worried, get a test!
Post # 5
BurlapnLace: I really don’t know about TTC either, but I just wanted to throw in that when I do something wonky with my pills (like take an extra week, or miss a day or something), I always feel miserable for a few days. So that may be it as well as the lingering flu.
Post # 6
Unfortunately when you suddenly stop birth control pills or take them late, you can not accurately determine when ovulation will occur. Even missing one pill for some people is enough to cause ovulation. When going off birthcontrol and dealing with when conception *could* have happened, it’s really hard to find a clear answer. All you can do is wait and test periodically.
Your symptoms are probably due to a virus or illness, as if you did concieve 2 weeks ago, you’d probably not have much for pregnancy symptoms yet (but a pregnancy test would give an accurate result soon!).
If you’re not taking your pills this month, continue to be careful. Even next month you’ll want to use extra protection.
Also, don’t freak out if your period is late, as suddenly going off hormones can also cause wonky cycles. The “periods” you have at regular intervals while on the pill are actually not your true period, so your acutal cycle off hormones could be drastically different.
So, the short answer is yes, you could be pregnant, but there’s no way we’re really going to be able to give you a clear picture either way.
Post # 7
Well, it sounds like you had the stomach flu, but also, stopping the pill can mess with your hormones and cause all kinds of havoc with your body. The first month I came off birth control I thought for sure I was pregnant because I had so many crazy symptoms. If you think you could be, only way to know for sure is to take a test. It seems doubtful with the timing though.
Post # 8
Anything like that is possible, but I am going to peg it to either the stomach bug or from stopping your birth control for a month. The body does some weird stuff after coming off birth control (and going back on I am finding).
Post # 10
weatherbug: True, true…however I think it’s too early for an at home test, right? How about at the OBGYN?
Thanks for the replies. I have to go to the OBGYN for an annual soon anyway, and I want to do some reseach (other than weddingbee lol) on the subject, but not while I’m at work. I just wanted some opinions so I could maybe put my mind at ease for now. Thanks!
Post # 11
It definitely is possible, but I think it’s more likely that you either had a stomach bug or that your body was reacting to your hormones changing from not taking the pill anymore. Coming off of BC can cause some weird pregnancy-like symptoms (: just test in a bit to make sure, but try not to stress about it.
Post # 12
It sounds like symptoms from stopping the pill.
Post # 13
Typically if you are having pregnancy symptoms, it’s because implantation has occurred and would therefore show up on the sensitive HPTs like First Response Early Result. I’d give it another day or so if you can wait and then test. Your symptoms could be due to a variety of factors unrelated to pregnancy, but it would likely put your mind at ease to test.
Post # 14
Thoughts? In the time you composed this post, you could’ve taken a pregnancy test.
Post # 15
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If you’re already having symptoms you can test. It’s possible you’re pregnant since you didn’t take your pills this month (even if you start them late, you’re protected on most after taking them for 7 consecutive days.) Take a pregnancy test before starting a new pack of pills.