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Hello, I have noticed a change in my left breast now for the past two months and am a little freaked about it. I didn't make anything of it at first because it looks like a bruise. It doesn't change color though, and from what I remember it has changed a lot in size. There's no lump associated with it and no pain. I saw my family physician last week who did a breast exam and measured the spot. She's not seeing any scaling, no fever associated, or anything unusual but had me get an ultrasound this week. I ended up with both an ultrasound and a mammogram. Neither showed anything...just normal fatty tissue. Why the mark then...? I have a call in to my physicial to see what I should do next, but also don't have a lot of faith in the doc...not because of any bad practice, but rather because I've only seen them for a year now. I'm wondering what some next steps would be?

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  sorry, I meant to say I don't remember the bruise-like shape changing a lot in size...I think it's stayed pretty much the same.

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  I am experiencing a very similar problem! It started out with a small reddish spot about the size of a nickel. After after a couple of months it is now the size of a golf ball, reddish with the center looking bruise like. No swelling, no lump, no pain, no fever... nothing. I went to my OB last week. He sent me immediately over to get a mammogram & told me he wanted me to see a breast surgeon. After the mammogram, the tech did an ultrasound. Nothing showed up on either. I saw a Dr at the imaging office who said she had never seen anything like it before and had no clue what it was. I am still waiting for my OB to see the mammogram to advise me what to do next :( I won't see the breast surgeon until they see the mammogram as well.

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  I finally heard back from my OB. Mammogram was clear & they only thing they could suggest is see a dermatologist. I guess that's a good thing...

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  An_193285replied to snowrider23'sresponse: Glad you got a good report. Please see your dermatologist and I hope she/he can tell you what is going on.

Thanks for the update, I love to hear good news and I am so glad you received some.

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Byroney_WebMD_Staff posted: Do you have some sort of health issue or question on your mind? It doesn't have to be about pregnancy or trying to conceive--it could be about menopause, nipple discharge, your period, hair loss, painful sex, or anything else you've experienced. No one replying to this thread is a doctor or medical expert. Instead, you'll get advice, tips, and support from other women like you who may have experienced the same thing. If you think you have a reply, don't be shy about sharing your experiences, as you never know when you might make a difference for another women struggling with the same issue! I promise everyone will get an answer, but it could take as long as a few days--especially if you post on a Friday. I will try to point you to articles, blogs, health experts, slideshows, videos and anything else that might help you.

Gentlemen, you are welcome to post about your favorite gal. However, if you have a question about a male health issue, let me suggest one of the Men's Health Message Boards.

Times are rough so let's pitch in and support one another!

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  I'm really getting worried about what i may have done to my body by taking DEPO. I started depo about six years ago and never had problems. Last november i desided to stop and scence then I havent had a period and i have had a day here and there with a lite flow of dark brownish stuff. I get pains in my croch and lower belly. I cry alot and seem to get really angry fast. I just want to have an idea of what i can do to get my body back on track?

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  Byroney_WebMD_Staff responded:Dear mslamm, I used Depo-Provera myself for about two years. I really liked it when I was on it, but when I went off, I didn't have a period for a year. It could be that some of the symptoms you're having are from your body trying to regulate its self, so it's like PMS.

My suggestion is to check out this article on Depo-Provera. After you've looked it over--epscially the part about side-effects when you go off it--then make an appointment to see your doctor. He or she can give you an exam and make sure what you're experiencing is normal, and maybe even help you get your period 'restarted.'

Anyone else who has advice for Mslamm, please go ahead and post, too! Yours in health,

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  I work for a steel company and part of my job is to visit one of our processor that paints steel coils. They use oil based paint, and I have to spent approximately 15-30 min twice a week in the building where the painting occurs. I do not go directly to the painting lines, but I am still in the stinky building. I am 6 weeks pregnant and I am very concern. I asked my doctor about being in there and he said that we will discuss this topic "during my next visit" (which is not for another 2 weeks). I already told my employer about my pregnancy, because I am freaking out here. They asked about what my doctor said, and their take on things was that obviously it is not an issue since he is not concerned. Well, I am. I also talked to the processor and they said that when they have pregnant employees they take them off line, but they still work in the plant (but they can not guarantee that that is safe). Did I cause harm to my unborn child by being there? These women work there 8 hrs a day, I go in for 15 min. I'm really worried. I requested to be moved to a different position, but I do not want to worry for the next 8 months about the exposure so far. Please help

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  Byroney_WebMD_Staff responded:Dear Jagosza,

You posted in two places on this board, and I wasn't sure if you saw the answer I'd given you. Just in case, here's my reply to this same question: boards.webmd.com/webx?THDX@@.89da22eb!thdchild=.89da22eb/0

I hope that helps,

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  In December I had a natural miscarriage between 5 and 6 weeks after trying to conceive for 7 months. We waited 2 months as the doctor recommended and have now been trying for 3 months. I felt pregnant all last week and took a pregnancy test on Saturday afternoon even though it would be 4 days before my period was due (but the test I used was 69% effective at that time point). The test was positive, but the line was not very dark. So I tested again on Sunday with my first morning urine hoping to get a nice dark line, but this time the line was barely visible. So I tested on Monday in the evening and there was no line at all. Now it is Tuesday and my period is due tomorrow and I no longer even feel pregnant. So my question is what is going wrong? I can only assume that my egg is being fertilized due to the positive pregnancy tests, but that something is going wrong after that point. What are the possible causes for this? And how can I prevent it from happening again? Are there treatments available? And how many more times does this have to happen to me and my husband before my doctor bothers to investigate???

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  Byroney_WebMD_Staff responded:Dear I_petri, I am very sorry for your loss(es). What you are guessing about the pregnancy tests does sound plausible. If your current doctor does not offer you and your husband any answers or support after you tell him/her about what just happened, then perhaps you need a new one who will.

Here?s a link to the Trying to Conceive (TTC) After Loss message board. They are a very supportive community, and I think you may find it a good place to talk to people who understand what you've been through.

Here's some information from the Getting Pregnant Quiz that you may find interesting:

"?The average woman gets pregnant after four months of trying. But these odds change significantly with age. Here are the odds of conceiving after one year of trying: Age 20: 90% probability Age 30: 70% probability Age 35: 55% probability Age 40: 45% probability Age 45: 6% probability? Best wishes,

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  'll be 18 weeks pregnant tomorrow. My cervix was at 3.9 on April 17th When it was checked at the emergency room on April 27th, I was at 2.5. I go see the perinatologist tomorrow, what are the chances that he'll want to place the cerclage? What's the chances of the L&D doctor checking me at the hospital being off? I have had a preterm delivery I had my first daughter last may at 23 weeks gestation. She died shortly after birth...

I've been on modified bed rest since Monday night.

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  Byroney_WebMD_Staff responded:Dear KalaGroves, First of all, I am very sorry for the loss of your daughter last May. Determining how much you're dilated is subjective. Every doctor and nurse have different-sized fingers, and what might seem like "2cm" to one, may be "3cm" or "1.5cm" to another. The chances are good that whatever your doctor told you is the most accurate. Remember that ER doctors see very few pregnant women--it's not their specialty--wounds, injuries and illnesses are. Let us know how things went with the perinatologist and if you got a cerclage. My sister had one and made it to term. In support,

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  hi i had a d&c back on march 3rd 2009 afterwards i only bleed for about 3 days and it was very light. i started my af on april 1st it was about 5 days long like always now its may4th and nothing i have taken a home test and it came back neg. what should i do now just wait it out or what please help

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  It was the second day I was on my period and me and my boyfriend had sex. he finished inside me... can I get pregant even if I was on my period?

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  Byroney_WebMD_Staff responded:Dear mommy2thing1, Your cycle may have been thrown off by your D & C. Your hormones may be all out of whack. I would suggest contacting your doctor if you have concerns, otherwise you may want to wait a week and take another Home Pregnancy Test. Best wishes, Byroney

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  Byroney_WebMD_Staff responded:Dear cheerchicka09, You can get pregnant any time you have unprotected sex, but the chances of it happening during your period is far less because you'd have to ovulating right after.

Here is some information on Birth Control and Contraceptive Myths that may give you some interesting facts.

Yours in health,

Byroney

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  I just gave birth to a baby girl Feb 14, 2009 and her father and I have been having sex ever since, I was wondering if I am pregnant again, since I haven't restarted my menstrual cycle

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  Byroney_WebMD_Staff responded:Dear HCastner, Most women take a while to get cycling again after the birth of a child, especially if breastfeeding. However, you can start ovulating again at any time. I have seen women post on these boards of getting pregnant 4-6 weeks after delivery! Remember, that your period comes after you ovulate (which is when you can get pregnant), so if you're trying not to get pregnant again right away, see your doctor about birth control. If you take a Home Pregnancy Test with your first morning urine, it will tell you whether or not you're pregnant now. Congratulations on your little Valentine's Day girl! Byroney

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Byroney_WebMD_Staff posted: This was posted in response to a nice question on "Could I be Pregnant?" board as to whether or not women can have pregnancy symptoms a week (or less) after ovulation.

The short answer is--No, they cannot. This is a really long response, so pardon me for the length as I explain more fully. When you ovulate, the sperm and egg just gon't get right together. Getting fertilized can take as long as Three to Five days after having intercourse. Once the egg is fertilized, it does not immediately implant. Instead, it changes chemically (to avoid other sperm joining in), and prepares for its trip. It has to pass through the fallopian tube to your uterus. Once in your uterus, it seeks a place to implant into your uterine lining. Side Note: This explains why you cannot have a True Period and be pregnant. When having a period, your body gets rid of that lining which would kill the developing fetus (miscarriage). Once implanted, changes take place that start raising hormone levels. This whole trip from ovulation to fertilization to implantation and raising hormone levels, etc. can take weeks. So while rarely a woman may have symptoms at four weeks, most women do not until six weeks pregnant or more. Some women never have symptoms. Check out the Egg to Embryo Slideshow for more information. Before Home Pregnancy Tests, women typically didn't see their doctor until they were 2-3 months pregnant because a pregnancy cannot be palpated (felt) until 10-12 weeks along. Palpation was the only way they had of confirming a pregnancy. Some women did not know they were pregnant until quickening (fetal movement) at 16-22 weeks. These women did not have the advantage women have today of testing so early, so they waited far longer to find out. Side Note: No one can feel fetal movement at 6 or 8 weeks, despite what you see posted. They are feeling gas because the embryo doesn't even become a fetus until it hits the eight week mark. There are no limbs to move around and it is the size of a BB pellet. Until 12 weeks, the fetus cannot even move around on its own. Check out the Fetal Development Timeline for more information on what happens each week. Statistically, a woman has ONLY a 20% chance of being pregnant each month, but almost 100% of the women who post here are having symptoms. Many of them will have other things like PMS, hormone imbalances, thyroid problems, the flu, etc. causing their symptoms. Some women have phantom/false pregnancies where they can go all the way up to having labor pains, but not really be pregnant--that is how powerful our minds are. That doesn't mean there is anything bad or wrong about women thinking they are having Pregnancy Symptoms before their body even knows it is pregnant. It is like if someone tells you they have lice and you feel your head itching. You are suddenly focused on any possible changes, and you may notice things you've never noticed before. Many women are also in a heightened state of awareness, either in excitement (trying to conceive!), or from fear (condom broke!). The good news is that after a year of trying, 85% of the women who wanted to be pregnant, will be! Best wishes and baby dust to all who want it, Byroney

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  Graet post, Byroney.

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  This is a great post. I'm TTC # 1 and don't know much about pregnancy. I keep assuming that I should be feeling something if I am pregnant, but really I don't feel anything and I guess I'm now assuming I'm not pregnant! I guess truth is we shall all have to wait and see, and just have a little patience (hard to come by these days!). Just keep trying! Baby dust to all!

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  my boyfriend and I had sex June 27th and he came inside me. I was supposed to start my period June 30th and it is now July 1st. I normally start on the date or early. if I am pregnant will I miss my period or will I still have it just late since it was only 3 days before? or could i not be pregnant and it just be late cuz i had sex soo close to starting my period?

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  Byroney_WebMD_Staff responded:Dear TreeFolk,

Don't let symptoms fool you--either the lack of, or having a dozen. I have seen plenty of women who have posted that they don't have any symptoms and have been pregnant. Patience and a Home Pregnancy Test are two good things to have in large supply when TTC. Also, here is a Couple?s Guide: TTC (Trying to Conceive) Charting Your Fertility Cycle that may help.

Best wishes and baby dust!

Byroney

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  Byroney_WebMD_Staff responded:Dear chlhapr,

It's way too early to know if you are pregnant. If you don't get your period by the 12th or a little later, go ahead and take a Home Pregnancy Test and see. If you ovulated close to your period, then you may have gotten pregnant.

Yours in health,

Byroney

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  Thanks Byroney! AF came yeterday though, a full week earlier than last cycle! We'll try again this month, see what comes of it... That was a helpul article. I think since my cycle seems so random we may just have to be persistent and see if we get lucky!

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  I have heard that you can have some light pink bleeding along with some brownish discharge and that could mean you are possibly pregnant. Is that true? I cant go by a missed period because I take my BC and skip the last week and start a new pack so I only have 4 periods a year. I never use a condom with my fiance and we arent trying but he has finished inside me a few times when I missed my bc. I am nauseated some and am using the bathroom more than usual I also have stomach pain and lower back pain. Could I be pregnant. I have already taken a hpt 2-3 weeks ago and it was negative. Help!!!!

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  Justinsmom1986 responded:well to me this cant be right after i became pregnant with my first son i got all the symptoms 5 days later i was not trying to concieve at all i was in denial even after i missed my period so u can get symptoms pretty fast i did and i didnt even want a baby so i didn t trick myself into feeling them b/c it wasnt wanted

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  Byroney_WebMD_Staff responded:Dear TreeFolk,

So sorry AF showed up?and early at that! If you haven't already, you may want to check out the TTC (Trying to Conceive) Just Starting Out board for more information and support.

Baby dust!

Byroney

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  Byroney_WebMD_Staff responded:Dear ashleym2202, Bleeding is a possible warning sign of miscarriage, and not a pregnancy symtpom. While some women can spot through there pregnancy, it is not normal.

Birth control pills, if taken as directed, supress ovulation. However, since you mention missing some of them, you should take another Home Pregnancy Test to be sure. Make sure to use your first morning urine. Your birth control pills will not interfere with the test results.

If the results come out negative, here are some reasons why you can have a negative pregnancy test, but still feel pregnant. Checking with your doctor would be a good idea, too.

Yours in health,

Byroney

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  Byroney_WebMD_Staff responded:Dear Justinsmom1986, Five days after a missed period, you would be considered about 5 weeks pregnant. What I was discussing was women stating they had pregnancy symptoms even before the embryo implanted and the body was therefore aware of the pregnancy. I hope everything turned out okay for you and your first son, even if the pregnancy was not planned. Best wishes,

Byroney

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  Ok, I have a major question. The guy I was with went in me during the deed & I ran to the bathroom right after to try & get it all out. It's been a little over a month and I have already had a period. But two mornings in a row I got sick & I have been going to the bathroom & eating a lot lately. Should I be worried???

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  tlkittycat1968 responded:Just an FYI, what you did will not prevent pregnancy. What you see coming out of you is the semen which carries the sperm. The sperm are already well on their way to your uterus and then to your fallopian tubes where fertilization takes place.

Anyway, if you had your normal period since then, it would be a pretty safe bet to say you're not pregnant. Assuming you have not had sex since that time, if you take a pregnancy test, it would be accurate.

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  Byroney_WebMD_Staff responded:Dear heather_JAD,

tlkittkat has given you some good advice. However, women can bleed early in pregnancy and think it is their period, even though it isn't. Taking a Home Pregnancy Test (make sure to follow directions) should settle the matter. Even if the results come back negative, you may want to see your doctor to make sure you don't have a Urinary Tract Infection or something else that needs to be addressed.

Yours in health,

Byroney

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Byroney_WebMD_Staff posted: This was posted in response to a nice question on "Could I be Pregnant?" board as to whether or not women can have pregnancy symptoms a week (or less) after ovulation.

The short answer is--No, they cannot. This is a really long response, so pardon me for the length as I explain more fully. When you ovulate, the sperm and egg just gon't get right together. Getting fertilized can take as long as Three to Five days after having intercourse. Once the egg is fertilized, it does not immediately implant. Instead, it changes chemically (to avoid other sperm joining in), and prepares for its trip. It has to pass through the fallopian tube to your uterus. Once in your uterus, it seeks a place to implant into your uterine lining. Side Note: This explains why you cannot have a True Period and be pregnant. When having a period, your body gets rid of that lining which would kill the developing fetus (miscarriage). Once implanted, changes take place that start raising hormone levels. This whole trip from ovulation to fertilization to implantation and raising hormone levels, etc. can take weeks. So while rarely a woman may have symptoms at four weeks, most women do not until six weeks pregnant or more. Some women never have symptoms. Check out the Egg to Embryo Slideshow for more information. Before Home Pregnancy Tests, women typically didn't see their doctor until they were 2-3 months pregnant because a pregnancy cannot be palpated (felt) until 10-12 weeks along. Palpation was the only way they had of confirming a pregnancy. Some women did not know they were pregnant until quickening (fetal movement) at 16-22 weeks. These women did not have the advantage women have today of testing so early, so they waited far longer to find out. Side Note: No one can feel fetal movement at 6 or 8 weeks, despite what you see posted. They are feeling gas because the embryo doesn't even become a fetus until it hits the eight week mark. There are no limbs to move around and it is the size of a BB pellet. Until 12 weeks, the fetus cannot even move around on its own. Check out the Fetal Development Timeline for more information on what happens each week. Statistically, a woman has ONLY a 20% chance of being pregnant each month, but almost 100% of the women who post here are having symptoms. Many of them will have other things like PMS, hormone imbalances, thyroid problems, the flu, etc. causing their symptoms. Some women have phantom/false pregnancies where they can go all the way up to having labor pains, but not really be pregnant--that is how powerful our minds are. That doesn't mean there is anything bad or wrong about women thinking they are having Pregnancy Symptoms before their body even knows it is pregnant. It is like if someone tells you they have lice and you feel your head itching. You are suddenly focused on any possible changes, and you may notice things you've never noticed before. Many women are also in a heightened state of awareness, either in excitement (trying to conceive!), or from fear (condom broke!). The good news is that after a year of trying, 85% of the women who wanted to be pregnant, will be! Best wishes and baby dust to all who want it, Byroney

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  Byroney_WebMD_Staff responded:Welcome! If you are looking for the original Pregnancy Mythbusters thread, you can find it right here:

boards.webmd.com/webx?THDX@@.89de6d22!thdchild=.89de6d22

However, no new questions will be answered in the old thread since it was over 500 posts and too large. If you have any new questions, please ask them right here in this thread! Thank you to everyone for your questions and support,

Byroney

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  Thank you for answering my question. Also I have one more question. That if I am pregnant I am good with that. because I didn't take any measures to prevent it. My byfrnd never pulld out the whole time so thats why I was asking if I had a high chance of being pregnant. Im at three weeks since I had sex.

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  Dear Byroney,

I am going on 11 weeks without a period. I say my gyn yesterday and she said this is more than likely due to the fact that I went off of birth control in June. My question is, is there still a possibility to get pregnant, even though I am not havinga regular period?

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  Hello! I've been trying to get an answer for this for about a week now. I'll try to sum this up: Last (known) period ended 8/30. Had unprotected on 9/1. Got a pap smear 9/17 and started bleeding a few hours after-light at first, then a little heavier but only lasted 2-3 days...my question is: Could my pap smear have triggered my period to come a week early??? I know that a pap could cause some light bleeding after, but mine was like a normal flow but for only 2-3 days. All of last week I was experiencing these weird dull cramps & twitches, my bbs are swollen as if they aren't big enough already (lol) and let me tell you I'm so tired that I can't believe it. And all the muscles in my body are sore?? Hmm. I am on the med Adderall, and all this sleep is VERY weird to me bc it usually keeps me alert, I've just been wanting to go home from work and lay in bed until the next morning! I'M SO CONFUSED! The pap smear has me all messed up-but should it even be a factor? I've been having normal periods for so long so...HELP?! ANYONE!? I took a HPT Friday that was negative so I have no idea what to do!!!

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  Byroney_WebMD_Staff responded:Dear Battle23, The frequency of

sex isn't as important as the timing. Intercourse 48 hours before to the day of ovulation is what you're striving for if you're trying to conceive (TTC). The Understanding your Cycle, Fertility, and Ovulation, and the Egg to Embryo Slideshows may help give you a better idea. Yours in health, Byroney

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  Byroney_WebMD_Staff responded:Dear gab08, Hopefully my answer won't be too confusing. Ovulation comes first and then if you don't get pregnant, your period comes. So, if you are not ovulating, you cannot get pregnant. However, if your cycle resumes (after being stalled from going off birth control like your OB said), you could start ovulating again, get pregnant, and not have a period. Unlike having your period, you won't know if you start ovulating again, unless you're using Ovulation Predictor Kits (OPKs), charting, or are under close scrutiny of a fertility specialist. Check out the Understanding your Cycle, Fertility, and Ovulation slideshow for more information. So, if you do not want to be pregnant, you should definitely be using some form of birth control because your body could resume ovulating at any time. If on the other hand, you are TTC (Trying to Conceive), check out this article on charting your fertility cycle. If you are TTC, and your cycle doesn't reappear, you may want to talk to your doctor again about options for getting it going again. Best wishes, Byroney

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  Byroney_WebMD_Staff responded:Dear Brittany (buniiit07),

Here's an article on Having Pap Test, and it does not mention anything about it starting your period. I've had many dozens myself, and have never experienced a period starting as a result of a Pap smear. However, if you want an expert answer, you'll need to ask your doctor.

If you are concerned that you may be pregnant, then you should Re-Test. Make sure to use your first morning urine for the most accurate results.

You can read about Missed Periods or Irregular Periods in these articles. Also, check out this article on some reasons why you could have a negative pregnancy test, but still feel pregnant.

Yours in health,

Byroney

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  I have never been more than a few days late since having my 3rd baby almost 8 yrs ago at which time they tied my tubes (I don't know what method was used). I am going on 3 wks with no sign a period at all. I didn't think much of it until this past weekend when I began feeling 'strange' and very similar as when I was pregnant with my son. I've had some light nausea, but nothing severe. I'm always tired anyway; my bbs are sore, but that can be a symtom of menstral cycle as well right. The strangest thing 'symtom' I cannot attribute as being normal mentral side effect is the increased hair loss I've noticed. I know that is way weird, but this weekend I noticed I was losing more hair than normal in the shower and styling process. I have this nagging feeling that I might be pregnant but really am unsure. I mean honestly what are the odds that I could even be pregnant in the first place?

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  Byroney_WebMD_Staff responded:Dear lilrockies3,

According to WebMD's information about Tubal Ligation,"Tubal ligation and tubal implants are not 100% effective at preventing pregnancy.

?There is a slight risk of becoming pregnant after tubal ligation. This happens to about 5 per 1,000 women after 1 year. After a total of 10 years following tubal ligation, about 18 per 1,000 women will have become pregnant." I know you said you didn't know which procedure you had, but if you happen to figure it out, here are the statistics for each Type of Tubal Ligation.

So there is a chance that you could be pregnant. I would suggest a home pregnancy test and a chat with your OB/GYN right away if you are pregnant because of the increased possibility of complications. Yours in health,

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  OK, so i am a VERY cautious person when it comes to sex because i am in no way planning for a pregnancy. last year, i switched birth control methods from being on Depo for 5 years to Implanon. i have now been on Implanon for 14mos. While i was on Depo i did not have a period-they stopped after the first couple shots. for the first ten months on Implanon i had no bleeding-then i began spotting and the last 2 months have had something like a period (lighter but longer than normal-lasts about 6-9 days, heaviest day i go thru a two or 3 pantiliners) on top of the implanon, i often (NOT always) use spermicide or condoms. I have NEVER had PMS symptoms before, BUT last month i had breast tenderness-i had never had this before! i did start my 'period' or something like it after a couple days and then the tenderness went away. today i have increased urination-this is like 3 weeks since my 'period' now. Could i be pregnant?? took a HPT and was negative dont know if i will have a period this month because of the irregularity-i have an anual exam end of october scheduled-could they tell?? please help!!!

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  Byroney_WebMD_Staff responded:Dear wildmidnight, I would check the information you got with the Implanon. If you can't find it, you can ask your doctor, pharmacist, or call the manufacturer's customer support number to get an answer. Those symtpoms prior to the bleeding may be normal.

A Home Pregnancy Test is 97% accurate if used correctly. It sounds unlikely that you are pregnant considering you're using multiple methods of birth control most of the time and you have a negative test result.

You could go to a family planning or health clinic and get a pregnancy test done there. You might also want to call your doctor's office and see if you can get seen sooner. Increased urination could be a sign of a Urinary Tract Infection.

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  I dont know if im pregnant or not? I stopped taking my B/C pills a few weeks ago w/ my bf, i forgot to take them 3days in a row after intercourse, and stopped taking them since then, that week i felt a lil nauseous and had a weird period but it came 2weeks early? and had very bad cramps which i never get and right now i started again the day i usually have a normally period, but its weird i have cramps again i only bleed a little bit whenever i have to go pee. I go 3times a day but now i go every 2hrs. My boobs aren't sore but my back has been hurting, feeling chocked up a little nauseous, emotional, when i want to eat i feel like everything i love to eat sounds gross to me and makes me gag and have a hard time sleeping, i toss and turn. So i dont know if my mind is playing games on me or if i should take a HPT soon. I want it to say yes, if i am preg. then id be around 2/3wks.

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  I had a miscarriage the first of June...they continued seeing me until my levels, etc. were normal. I resumed my period like nothing ever happened, back on my 26 day cycle. I've had a regular period until the last one. That whole cycle I had taken an ovulation test - it never indicated I was ovulating. Then after 33 days, I began my period. Now, I'm getting ready to reach my 26 days again and I have been doing the ovulation testing this whole time too, and it's never indicated I was ovulating. Is something wrong? Shouldn't I be ovulating? Any help would be very helpful!!!

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fortysomething1964 posted: I'm in my early 40's and very healthy. A few weeks ago one of my nipples started itching on the very tip. Sometimes it does it during the day, and sometime it wakes me up at night. I can't see anything at all, it looks normal like the other one. I am constantly checking, not only for possible lumps but for discoloration. I know it may sound silly, but I have heard of rare and unusual forms of breast cancer...and was wondering if this is any cause for concern? Has anyone else experienced this?

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  JHarrison_Hohner_RN responded:Dear fortysomething: Yes, we do get questions about itchy nipples or burning nipples. The least common causes, but the most serious, would be inflammatory breast cancer or Paget's Disease (another type of breast cancer). Usually inflammatory breast cancer has visual changes such as redness in the surrounding tissue such that it can be mistaken for a breast infection. Paget's may have crusting that appears to be eczema; in more advanced stages the skin can look like orange peel. Here is information on Paget's from the National Library of Medicine site: Cancer Treat Rev. 2001 Feb;27(1):9-18. Links Paget's disease of the breast.Sakorafas GH, Blanchard K, Sarr MG, Farley DR. Department of Surgery, 251 Hellenic Air Force General Hospital, GR--115 25 Athens, Greece. georgesakorafas@yahoo.com Paget's disease of the breast is a rare disorder of the nipple-areola complex that is often associated with an underlying in situ or invasive carcinoma. A change in sensation of the nipple-areola, such as itching and burning, is a common presenting symptom. Objectively, eczematoid changes of the nipple-areola complex are common. The later stages of Paget's disease of the breast are characterized by ulceration and destruction of the nipple-areola complex. Eczematoid changes of the nipple-areola complex and persisting soreness or itching, without obvious reason, is a suspicious symptom for Paget's disease of the breast and calls for thorough evaluation, including mammography. Exfoliative cytology with demonstration of Paget's cells may be useful, but a negative finding does not exclude Paget's disease of the breast. Surgical biopsy is the diagnostic standard and therefore the diagnosis should always be confirmed by open (surgical) biopsy. The histogenesis of Paget's disease of the breast continues to be debated. The epidermotropic theory holds that Paget's cells are ductal carcinoma cells that have migrated from the underlying breast parenchyma to the nipple epidermis. According to the in situ transformation theory, the Paget's cells arise as malignant cells in the nipple epidermis independent from any other pathologic process within the breast parenchyma. This theory has been proposed to explain those cases in which there is no underlying mammary carcinoma or when there is a carcinoma remote from the nipple-areola complex. Each of these theories is plausible; however, treatment approaches differ markedly depending on the theory of histogenesis. Mastectomy has been considered the standard of care in the management of patients with Paget's disease of the breast. Nowadays, however, some patients with Paget's disease of the breast are candidates for breast-conserving therapy. Patients must be selected carefully on an individual basis. Until there is a better understanding of the relationship of Paget's disease of the breast to the underlying cancer the surgeon should understand the natural history and behaviour of this lesion and be aware of both the risks of under- and over-treating patients with Paget's disease of the breast. Copyright 2001 Harcourt Publishers Ltd. Many dermatology conditions can impact the nipple such as atopic dermatitis, allergic reaction to laundry products, psoriasis, or even Fox Fordyce syndrome (apocrine sweat glands become clogged). Rubbing of the nipple (eg jog bra syndrome) can start nerves firing inappropriately so that the sensation of irritation persists after the area has healed. I would urge you to see your GYN for a focused breast exam. If indicated you could be referred to a breast specialist/breast surgeon--or a dermatologist.

Yours, Jane

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  The same this is happening to me! I found it odd, just the right nipple... itchy like poison ivy itch! Sometimes it will last throughout the day and night. It's been going on for a few months now. I just read the response below, which is disconcerting... since I'm about a year and a half late for my mammogram. I will make an appt. this morning.

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  I have the same problem --in the last month i've found that my nipples are very itchy and the area around the areola---its itchy on and off all day long --i've heard of Pagets but i do not have any crusting of the nipple or anything visable at all!! just the redness from me scratching....... i try not scratch because it just dosen't seem to do any good.... the itch dosen't go away --so iv'e basically been trying to ignore it. I have to get my mammogram done soon --I go in every January --I'm thinking now I should go early now .

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  Hi Gahlic. I am having the same problem. You noted that you were making an appt. I was wondering what you found out!

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  I have also been having the same problem for the last 3.5 weeks. Went to my doctor last week who figured it was eczema, but then I was researching online, found out that eczema on the nipple can be an indicator of breast cancer and read up on pagets disease of the nipple. Went back today, doc couldn't find any lumps, but I'm going for a mammogram. I'm 46 this week, and understand there can be false positives with a mammogram at my age. What worries me, is when I read about pagets, and it says a clear mammography isn't necessarily the all clear for cancer.

So now I'm wondering, if the mammogram comes back clear, should I still be worried or not?

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  I'm going through the same thing, although it has improved lately. I had a mammogram/MRI and have now gone to a breast surgeon who has sent me for an ultrasound. She thinks it might be Seborrheic Keratosis and gave me some cortisone cream. If that doesn't work she'll do a biopsy. Don't like that thought too much. What's your status?

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  Hi I am 45 yrs old and over the last couple weeks have found that my nipples are extremely itchy all the time. Anti itch cream helps for a short time but resently I was checking for discharge from my nipples wondering if I could have an infection in both breasts. I squeeze the nipple and get a thin green discharge. Not a lot but I am worried now if I could have an infection. I also don't see any discoloring, redness or any indication that there is anything wrong with my breasts. I have not changed soaps, detergents or anything to think it could be allergies. But with the winter here I do feel all my skin dry and occationally itchy could there be that is why my nipples are itchy too? I have never had this before though and every winter I get the winter dry skin.

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  Here is my story, after 2.5 weeks of left nipple aureola itching soooo bad that I thought I might rip it off I contacted my breast care specialist. They got me in within a couple of days. My NP looked felt and decided that though she could not feel a lump my skin did not look right. Soooo on to mamo and ultrasound which shows no lumps/masses etc., but I am still itching and now it hurts under my nipple. Now I will have a MRI done and possibly a punch biopsy of the 'offending skin'. Something is just not right and may not be rearing it's ugly head yet. PLEASE, if you have symptoms call your DR. Jo

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  I am so happy to see so many of us have the same problem I thought I was loosing it...I have been dealing with an itchy nipple for about two and a half weeks now and feel like i'm going in sane...I noticed at times it don't itch as much and oh what a releif...I have also noticed though that the nipple erea burns I gues its from the rubbing...I am going to see my doctor on Tuesday next week and hoping she will not brush this off to being nothing... ...I am very scared to find out its cancer but the way I look at things is the quicker they find it the quicker they can fix it and my chances are much greater...I am very scared though..

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  Hi fortysomething1964 - what you described is exactly what I've been experiencing for over a year and a half. I've always had random skin problems, so just chalked this up to be another one. But after reading the response you received about Paget's disease, I immediately made an appt with my GYN. I'll be honest, I'm a little freaked out. Just curious, and if you don't mind sharing, have you come to a conclusion or diagnosis with your doctor?

Thanks for your help.

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  Hi Gahlic - I read your message about the Itchy Nipple and have the exact same problem - right side and all. If you don't mind me asking, have you reached a conclusion or diagnosis with your doctor?

Thanks for your help.

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  Have been experiencing this for several months now. Had my Mammo in early March and everything was fine. I am in the process of switching GYNs since the group I was going to most of the doctors (including the one I saw and loved) dropped out of my insurance. My skin does get very dry over the winter, but this is the first year that my nipples have itched for more than a day or two. My GP does not does this sort of thing, and I am not due for my Pap until July. Don't know if I can get in to see the new GYN before that, and I already had my records switched so I can't go back to the old GYN. Have had no redness, except due to scratching, and no discharge at all.

Any advice?

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  Hi, I am having the same symptoms/issues. I am 25 and have not had any health issues. Like one of your responders, I'm afraid that the doctor will easily brush it off as eczema or something like that. Have you gone to the doctor yet and if so what have they said? I'd love to hear it. thanks!

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  I am 46 and over the last month noticed my right nipple was itching occasionally and the skin below my nipple is crusty first thing in the morning. I have been putting cream on and have now noticed a small area on my left nipple too. The same thing happened once before but cleared up so i just assumed this would but it hasn't so far. I think i'll make an appointment with the GP because its better to be safe than sorry isn't it?

I've found it somehow comforting to know that i'm not the only one who has these symptoms and that actually it seems fairly common.

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Yaz vs. Gianvi

I filled my prescription today, and received the generic. I was wondering what differences the two have. I've really liked Yaz, and I'm wondering if I will have any problems on Gianvi...

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  The active ingredients are identical. You shouldn't notice any difference. However, there's no way to know for sure until you take it.

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  I started taking the Gianvi 3 months ago, after being on Yaz for 2 years. I've had non stop horrific headaches and migraines since then, plus I am hungry all the time, I stopped taking the Gianvi 2 days ago and no more headaches.

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  I got the generic 3 months ago, Even though I have been eating way better than I was then I have gained 10lbs. I have constant headaches and migraines, My face has also been breaking out. I believe the pill is making me way more moody than I usually am. Hubby tells me it is like PMS the entire month. It is also making me nauseous. I wouldn't take it. I got my doctor and pharmacist on board with me and I am going back on yaz.

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  I have been taking Yaz for about two years (for PMDD), and have been on Gianvi for two months. Not only do I feel like I am going crazy, but I have gained weight and have two pimples on my face, which hasn't happened to me in years. Am going to Dr tomorrow to get the Rx marked as no generic substitutes allowed. Don't know what is different, but for me it has been very noticeable.

My husband says it is well worth the $30 difference- it is that big of a change in my mood for my easy-going guy!!!! Yikes!

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  I was taking Yaz for 2 years and it was working so good for me, It didn't make me gain weight, I never broke out and I didn't get so moody. I'm taking Gianvi now and I hate it so much. I'm breaking out really bad on my face and I've gain some weight because it makes me hungry all the time. I am always moody and my bf can tell a difference since I switched and he wants me to get back to Yaz again.

I can't wait to toss Gianvi out....going back to YAZ

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  I know Yaz is expensive, and I know everyone's body is different, but I have never hated a drug more than I hate Gianvi. With my insurance, I pay $15 less for the generic, which buys me daily headaches, mood swings and acne. It feels like the birth control equivalent of randomly switching to crystal meth, except I'm pretty sure meth addicts lose weight...

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  I switched from Ocella (generic for Yasmin) to Gianvi about 5 months ago... I was on Ocella for about a year and a half. Gianvi literally made me feel like i was CRAZY! I would snap over anything...i got so angry over things that i couldn't control what i did or said. My cramps were horrible and i would feel depressed a lot of the time. PLEASE STAY AWAY FROM GIANVI!!!! I wish someone would have warned me before i went through all of that.I am back on Ocella and i already feel a huge difference.

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  I switched from yaz to Gianvi a month ago and I can already tell the difference!!! I have more zits than with yaz, have a hugely increased appetite, and I'm having huge mood swings which include anxiety attacks! I'm switching back to yaz tomorrow! I don't want any more craziness!

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  I have been on Yaz for 6 months, and switched to Gianvi for the last month, and I have been having constant headaches that bring an upset stomach along for the ride. As soon as this pack is through, I'm going back to yaz.

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  I am glad to see that I am not the only one! I have gained about 12lbs since Sept, I have been having headaches more frequently in the last 2-3mos & I have unexplained times where I just dont want to be bothered or emotional or whatever. I have been on Gianvi since approx. June 2010 so it's been about 7mos. I think it's about to be lights out for this generic. I used to be on Loestrin & would take the generics for it, Microgestin. No problems. I like Yaz but Gianvi is a no-go from here on

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  I just switched from the Ring to Gianvi, I haven't had any problems... except i cry at the drop of a hat these days.

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  gr82bfitreplied to An_195311'sresponse: I also recently switched from the ring to Yaz; so I thought. When I got my prescription filled the pharmacist automatically gave me the generic Gianvi. I had my kids with me and was in a rush so I didn't even notice. I started taking Gianvi and found myself more irritable, had headaches and also noticed an increase in my appetite. I did a search on Gianvi and saw all the previous posts from other woman experiencing these same side effects. I called the pharmacy and made arrangements to return Gianvi and pay the higher co-pay for Yaz. I already feel better and it is totally worth the $15 more per month. Thanks to all of those who shared their experiences; it helped me to make a great decision.

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  Oh, wonderful. This has me worried now. I've been on Yaz for over 2 years - I never had any problems. It may have caused me to gain a little bit of weight (5lbs), but I also started dating my bf & went out to eat more often, so it's tough to say. I had terrible PMDD before taking Yaz, and I still experience a little bit of irritability, but nothing to the extent of what I had before I was on the pill. Now I was automatically mailed Gianvi instead of Yaz. I asked my sister about taking a generic, and she said it shouldn't be much different. I wish I would've looked up reviews instead & had it exchanged. I don't have a choice but to go through the first pack (I'm on my sugar pills now), so here's hoping I may have better luck. I can't remember the last time I had an issue with acne, I'm already a little stressed as it is lately, and I'm currently trying to LOSE weight - so if I find myself with acne, headaches, irrational anger and a few extra pounds.. I will be devastated:(

I'll post if there's any huge differences.

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