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    TigerLily

    Thank you for your replies! ...I really hope that you are right. Logically it makes sense that the chances are low, but my body is now giving me a different story. So, I have a new question. Can emergency contraception cause pregnancy-like symptoms? I ask for two reasons. The first of which is that I have read that EC pills can have more longer-term side effects which can run longer than just one menstrual cycle. I wish they told me this. Some women report bleeding/spotting right away, others went three months without bleeding, and various other stories. Is it possible that it can cause a hormonal imbalance that will throw you off and give you anything from pregnancy symptoms to several months of an irregular cycle? And it isn't just the EC pills, I have a similar theory about birth control. For the first 4 months that my best friend was on the birth control pills, her body thought she was pregnant- even though she had not yet had intercourse. She was sick to her stomach off and on, sluggish, and unusually irritable.I am digressing. Reason #2: As to what is now going on with me-- I was getting mild cramping similar to pre-menstrual pains. I usually get warning pains that get gradually worse until I start bleeding. (I suffer from very, very severe menstrual pains.) Only these cramps I am currently getting are actually...not so bad. I am also getting acne (I usually get a few spots right before I start my period), and breast tenderness, but this time it's as though it's amplified. I am also seeing veins. My areolas are darker. My sense of smell is very acute, even though I am stuffed up with a cold. And my stomach... Every time I eat, I keep wondering if I can keep anything down, though I have not yet thrown up. And, like with PMS, I am more easily irritated, though UNLIKE with normal PMS, it's much harder to ignore that fact and shrug it off. Usually as my time of the month draws near, I will realize little things that would not bother me, suddenly would. But then I would count back, go "oh yeaah.." in my head, and then shrug it off and think non-annoying thoughts. ...That's harder to do now. Everything irks me. Slow traffic. Loud people. Fans turning on and off. ...and so forth. Weirder still is, I have lost about four pounds this week. It's as though I have shed a pound a day. My cervix seems to have a mind of it's own, as well. Before my period, it's low and firm. This week, it has been low and firm, high and soft, open, close, whatever it wants. I am also feeling tired at random, and by tired I don't simply mean drowsy, I mean tired to the point that I just want to crawl into bed and not leave until spring. I took a pregnancy test, and it came out negative. Maybe I took it too soon..? My period is due any day now but it doesn't fully feel like it. In addition to acne, mild breast tenderness, and light irritibility, I usually feel bloated and sore three to four days before it happens. I don't feel bloated. Maybe "Aunt Flow" going to be late? I hope. I am trying not to press the panic button just yet but so far I have most of the pregnancy symptoms I have read about. What are your thoughts? I am currently looking up clinics I can turn to.

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    TigerLily

    Can someone please explain to me how the morning after pill works? I keep getting different answers from different sources.It's my understanding that it's supposed to delay or even prevent ovulation (if your body has not yet already ovulated), but what if you HAVE already ovulated? How does it work, then? Also, I have been told it can cause you to have a mini-period/induce your period-- but what if, a week after taking it, there is no bleeding?I know that, given my age (26), this may seem silly in asking. But better late than never. So...Another few questions:If a man fingers a woman after touching himself (but not jizzing), and/or attempts to penetrate, but is stopped, or decides not to, while she is in her fertile window, what are the realistic chances of her becoming pregnant from that?Back story:I ask because I'm in this predicament... and I have never been in this situation before. I've never had sex. I was either not interested, knew the time wasn't right for me, and agreed with myself it's not happening until preferably AFTER college (check)--but even then, only when I knew without a doubt that I was ready. Though, over the past few months, I've been very, very slowly broken in to messing around (fingering, nipple play, kissing, but no sex) Even now I have mixed emotions about it all, which is part of why I know I am still not ready either emotionally or psychologically for sex. A week ago, my guy started to attempt to penetrate me (and didn't get very far- I only felt him pressing in), but stopped because I nearly freaked out. I was on day 14-15 of my menstrual cycle. ( I'm on day 24-25 now...) Even if that was not the case and I didn't freak out, I would have said no, because, like I said, I simply do not feel at all ready for it.Not wanting to take ANY chances (and not at all being able to afford to take any chances at this point in my life ) I went and for the first time in my life took the morning after pill- Next Choice; it came with two doses, and I took the first one immediately after purchasing (which was by that point nearly some 8 to 12 hours after we were messing around) and the second dose about 9 hours later because I felt drowsy and didn't want to risk forgetting. ...He stayed with me through it all. I don't like taking new meds. I don't know if I had already ovulated sometime between when we were messing around Friday night and when I took the first pill Saturday at almost lunch time, but if I had...? What are the pregnancy risk factors? I read that the EC pills can induce your period. It's been a little over a week since I took them, and, no bleeding. Is that a good or bad sign? The only effect EC did have on me was, the next day after taking both pills, I had VERY tender breasts. My nipples were especially sensitive. I also felt a little sick to my stomach, but I think that was the nervousness, and that's about it. The breast tenderness has since gone down, but as of today the nausea is back with vengeance. I'm scared. Really scared. Please help.Thank you in advance!

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    TigerLily

    Update: So After my last post, I went to a doctor, got a pap test (insert sarcastic yay here) and-- days later, I got my period on the 15th. The doctor said some women will actually skip periods not just because of stress, but also as they get older. I may be turning 23 in a few months, but don't think I'm getting /that/ old. :P Anyway- it's been a month (I've caught up on sleep) and no sign of my period again; nor did a test result come back to me and no news is good news with medical tests. The doctor also said everything looks normal and healthy so I guess my body really is changing it's schedule.Weird. Eh, less cramps for me I guess.

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    TigerLily

    Working on that, Helmsman- it's just difficult since I'm at school from like 9am to 7pm monday through thursday and I've had busy weekends- though I'm definately going in this week since finals are almost over (thankfully). gah. I think it is stress that's getting to me..

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    TigerLily

    yes- six weeks is long- and that's what scares me. ._.

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    TigerLily

    Quick question-Could missing your period be caused by or related to low blood pressure? I've been stressed out and sleep deprived in the past, worse than I am now, and still got my period no matter how bad I felt. But these past few months I've shown signs of low blood pressure. And the last time I went to the doctor a few months ago, they told me my blood pressure was a little low. I barely noticed it then, but I feel it now.It would explain why I feel cold almost all the time, why I get light headed when I move too fast or get up too fast... It's just a theory.I would say it's just me being sleep deprived, but I've felt like this before I've had to miss a lot of sleep- before finals crunch time (which I am in now)I'm going to the doc this weekend, so I guess I might know for sure by then-- but in the meantime... Is it possible? I have also been showing some PMS signs, but... no period yet. : / It's been 6 weeks now...

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    TigerLily

    Yeah, the warning signs are normal :P hee. I would go for the pill, but I've been on it before and with me, it's kinda... russian roulette. Eek. The first time I was on it, it went great- but then they switched companies and I was on a different perscription- It was still the pill, but it seriously messed with me. I started to bleed at random for a month before I tossed the pill in the trash- right after I did so, things leveled out and back to normal. But that wasn't fun. I'll consider the pill again, but I'm not too keen on it after my last adventure- if you can call it that...

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    TigerLily

    I'm really starting to worry about something: my last menstrual period started October 30th, the day before Halloween. ....And then on Thanksgiving I got what I thought was a warning sign(mostly a WEIRD mood) and I think a little warning pain- and then--- nothing. I'm a virgin, so it can't be pregnancy. But what is wrong, then? This week, I have barely felt ANY signs. All I felt last night was a craving for chocolate, and I guess imaginary cramps o_O but that's about it.Usually the warning sings I get are: mild acne, chocolate craving, PAIN, some mood issues, and a heavy feeling in my abdomen (usually the last one happens the day before my menstrual starts)...Due to school, I havn't been getting a lot of sleep lately. At all. This week alone I went 3 days with only 7 hours of sleep. And for the past few months, I've been getting gradually off schedule monthly-wise. This is the worst though (and since it's Finals, this is also the least sleep I've been getting).What freaks me out is while I've suffered sleep deprivation before (insomnia), it's never affected my period. My period HAS shifted in the past, but it was always very gradual. Right now though- nothing. And I'm worried.The worst problems I've felt in the past was SEVERE cramps- especially as a teen. I mean, I would pass out if I did not take any medication. The pain problem evaporated not so long ago so I don't hurt nearly as much as I used to (though sometimes it's still very intense)-- but right now I feel nothing. It's like I skipped a period.I know I should see a doctor but... I'm kinda scared. Anyone had this happen to them?

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    TigerLily

    I hate dealing with this.What does it mean when, after you go to the bathroom, it's long (ribbon-like long) and has about the width of your pointer finger? what does it mean when it's so...narrow?

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