Post # 1
Hey everyone, I was wondering what the chances are of a pregnancy not showing up on a store bought test around 8 weeks. I stopped taking BC in October, and we aren’t trying but weren’t very careful, and turns out the possible oops was right around when I would have ovulated in Januray.
My periods have ALWAYS started really strong then gotten lighter towards the end, never starting with spotting and last about 5 days. In February my period started several days earlier than expected and was just very light hardly noticable spotting for four days, then 5 days of bright red bleeding that was heavier, but not as heavy as my periods normally are, then two days of spotting. I know that would be unusual for being pregnant, but that has NEVER happend to me and it was much thinner and less clotty than they usually are (Sorry, TMI). The timing lines up right for it to have been implantation bleeding other than it being heavier and brighter than most people say it is.
As of right now my period should be here anywhere from yesterday until the 5th, and I dont see any sign of it. I tested before the strange period but stopped when it started getting heavier and tested once again a couple of weeks ago. I dont want to spend more money on tests and I’m sure its nothing, just reading what I’m writing makes it sound like it’s nothing, but it still just doesnt seem right to me.
Has anyone experienced something like this? Does this sound like I’m possibly pregnant? Soon after the oops I started noticing some things that could be signs, but i also could have tricked myself into believing it, so I’m not sure.
Thanks in advance for the help!
Post # 3
@newbee745: If your period is due to come any day up until the 5th, I’d just wait a few more days and see if it shows up on its own.. OR just go buy a test, if you really are pregnant from back then, it would show up. I guess that’s no help, because those are really your only two options… Good luck!
Post # 4
@E_Lynne615: I will definitely get one if I haven’t gotten it by Tuesday or Wednesday, but I have heard of people not showing up on store boought tests, only blood tests or even neither. I don’t know how common that really is though or how likely it is in my case. (Google can tell you anything, can’t it?) Me and my SO only see eachother every couple of weeks, so it would have to be then or Valentines weekend but that was after the weird period and we were more careful so that doesn’t concern me nearly as much.
I guess more or less I’m wondering if that period could possibly be mistaken and really be implantation bleeding, and if so how likely it is that it would take so long to show up on a test. Either way I guess waiting to see is my only real option, but I can’t help wondering!
Post # 6
Some people have low hormones at first. The test measures the hormones so they get negatives. It’s pretty rare though, esp at 8 weeks. If you are trying to get pregnant I would just buy a 3 pack of tests, cause you will use them. It’s 20 dollars. No ‘signs’ will mean anything. I had ‘signs’ right before my period started and NONE right before my BFP. The ‘symptoms’ are so close to PMS symptoms and we all get in our own heads so much we see what we want or fear more then what is there as far as ‘more tired’ or ‘somewhat sore’. It’s so slight at first. Plus all the hormones that cause physical changes in you are what shows up on a store test. If your store test is neg and you are still prego- you very well wouldn’t have strong morning sickness or early symptoms either. Just buy a multi pack for later and if you want to use one go ahead. I did the 3 packs and i’m not rich. It’s wasting what – less then 10 dollars? People play scratch offs, people have daily coffee habits. You can find 10 dollars to stop driving yourself crazy.
Post # 7
You’re about 4 months off of birth control, then? It’s possible you’re still having side effects from that, though it should start tapering off. I had more bleeding-related side effects while I was on some of my pills, but I know folks who find it much worse coming off.
It’s highly unlikely that you could still be pregnant and pulling negatives this late into a pregnancy. I could even wager that this unusual period may have been a chemical pregnancy — so, if you didn’t take a pregnancy test within that narrow timeframe (if it even showed up on one), you’d never know otherwise. But no, from what you’ve written, it doesn’t sound like you are pregnant.
It’s true that some people only show a positive on blood tests — but again, that’s exceedingly rare. If you’re, say, 21 DPO (about 5 weeks pregnant), your odds of still being pregnant with a negative HPT is about 1%.
If this weird period business keeps going over the next few weeks, talk to your doctor. Maybe going off of the pills has caused a hormone imbalance or something.
Post # 8
I don’t think it was because of coming off the pills, my periods started back regularly immediately and none were weird like this. I guess it could have been chemical though.
I think I miss counted though, i would be 8 weeks now and around 6 or 7 when I took the last test. We’re not trying to right now and I would rather wait for my period and not have to go buy one (but it was supposed to be today or tomorrow most likely with no sign of it). I’m in college and our town is small. Even though its kind of a shallow reason, it’s very likely I would run into someone I know and I dont want some rumors starting unnecessarily. However, if I were me and my SO would both be excited.
Would it be possible for my last “Period” to actually be implantation bleeding still? I know it usually isnt that strong, but idk if its still possible or not.
Post # 9
@newbee745: I would take a test. It is probably negative, but it is a $10 piece of mind (or $0.88 if you are near a walmart) The test would be positive and is well worth the money.
Post # 10
Technically, yes, that could have been implantation bleeding. But it doesn’t sound like it was. Too heavy apond too long. Also remember most people don’t have implantation bleeding. It’s possible, but not common.
You are only 4 months off birth control. Even though you were regular right after coming off it, it can still mess with your cycles months later, which is what I think is happening now. I think your cycles are a bit wonky and you aren’t pregnant.
But I agree with everyone else – go take a test. If your worried about your small town, either drive to a different town, or order them from amazon and spring for the 2 days hopping.
Post # 11
Could have been a missed miscarriage? My doctor told me that most women experience at least 1 miscarriage in their lifetime and many don’t know and excuse it as a late/early period, heavy period, etc…
I’ve never heard of implantation bleeding being that long and heavy.
Post # 12
Yeah, take another test. I’m with @Glasgowbound:, drive to another town if you need to. But truthfully, the odds are really REALLY slim that you would be 8 weeks pregnant and not be testing positive by now. And honestly? Odds area also slim that you would be 8 weeks pregnant and not having any pregnancy symptoms. This is anecdotal, but I’m 8w2d and I feel awful most of the time. I think most of the other October Mamas would also say the same.
It’s definitely positive that your birth control could still be leaving your system. Have you given any thought to charting your temps? It’s a great way to learn about your body and figure out what your cycles are doing. There’s a lot of misinformation out there about it, but it’s actually really quite simple and I can honestly say that I learned so much from charting…
Good luck though. I hope you get the result you want!
Post # 13
@newbee745: the bleeding sounds like a period not implantation.
Honestly sometimes your period can be messed up. I had a 7 day luteal phase and then a 12 day luteal phase with 5 days of spotting. i NEVER spot more than one or 2 days.
But my period is changing now since i have been off the pill for 6 months and am taking vitamins. It happens.