The “am I pregnant?” question comes up very frequently in the “getting pregnant” forums and there are typically two different scenarios in which this question occurs. Today, I would like to address both scenarios and the reasons why no one can answer this question for you online. Both answers are very similar, but the way the answers come across on the internet can be a little harsh and I will explain why.
“I had unprotected sex with my you fill in the blank two weeks ago and I feel nauseous and my boobs are sore, am I pregnant? We weren’t trying or anything. I just feel like I might be.”
This is a pretty typical scenario that is usually followed by a lot of snarky responses. Rather than telling you to pee on your keyboard so I can detect the levels of hCG in your urine over the computer, I will give you two reasons as to why you will not be able to get a clear answer to the “am I pregnant” question on the internet.
The plain and simple truth is that only a pregnancy test performed at home or at a doctor’s office is the only way to know if you are pregnant. Pregnancy symptoms alone cannot determine whether or not you are pregnant. If you feel that you are experiencing pregnancy symptoms, a sensitive home pregnancy test should be positive at this point. This is because increased levels of hCG is what causes you to feel ill during early pregnancy.
Unfortunately, early pregnancy symptoms mimic pms so it can be very hard to determine which types of symptoms you are actually experiencing. Increasing levels of progesterone that occur during your cycle are to blame for sore breasts. If you aren’t pregnant, progesterone levels will drop, the tender breasts should go away, and you will start your period (assuming you have regular cycles).
Reason For Snark
If you posted this question and received a lot of snark, it is likely because most of the women on pregnancy boards are actually trying to have a baby and have been experiencing a difficult go at it due to infertility issues or just not knowing enough about their bodys’. So for someone to say that “they aren’t really trying to get pregnant” on a “trying to conceive” or “getting pregnant” forum is offensive to those that have been struggling to fall pregnant for months or years.
“I have been using an app to track ovulation and having sex every other day during my fertile period, but I got a negative pregnancy test. My period is a day late! Am I pregnant or could I be pregnant?”
In this situation there are a couple of different possibilities of what could have happened during this cycle.
Using an app on your phone or computer cannot predict nor confirm ovulation for you no matter how many times it says you are going to get your period and it shows up. It is only guessing based on your cycle length. It is also assuming that you ovulate right in the middle of your cycle. Unfortunately, that isn’t the case for every woman. So it is quite possible that you ovulated later than you expected or not at all.
If ovulation occurred later than you expected, it would make your period late. Also, if you did catch the egg during this cycle, keep in mind implantation can take anywhere from 6 to 12 days. So there is a possibility that you could be pregnant this cycle. However, there is a possibility that you can be experiencing a weird or anovulatory cycle. Only time will tell. In this case, I would recommend waiting until your period is a week late before testing again.
Ha! Who am I kidding? I would be testing every single day until my period shows up. If your period is typically regular and becomes irregular on several different occasions, you should definitely contact your doctor. If your period doesn’t come for more than 60 days and you are getting negative pregnancy tests, it would be a good idea to reach out to your physician to see what is going on.
Reason For Snark
If you have experienced snarky responses in the second scenario, it is likely because you said you were using an app on your phone to track your ovulation. I am not going to lie, before understanding my body and learning about my cycle, I used apps to let me know when I was ovulating. Now that I think about it, it sounds really silly.
How would a phone app or computer be able to tell me what is going on with my body with just the dates of my last two or three menstrual cycles? It can’t! It can only give you a guesstimate! To learn more about your body or trying to conceive click here.
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