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Ok I Really Feel like I Could Be Pregnant but the Tests Say NO

I have had a tubal ligation done 2 yrs ago and have had a 28 day cycle since and now I am over 2 weeks late but tests are coming up negative but I am just feeling like I might be. I get headaches more lately, hot flashes, my breasts are tender which they arent when I start my period and nausea this morning which is odd. I am soooo tired and a bit moody. I know the chances are slim that I am pregnant but should I go in and have a blood test done or just wait and assume I am not pregnant?

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Thank you all for your input and concern. Well I went to the doctor yesterday and had a blood test done and it was negative. Today I got my period. I feel like hell but hopefully all the hormonal problems will be going away now. Thanks again ladies.

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S.;
Talk to the dr ASAP, after tubal ligation the chances of an ectopic pregnancy go waaay up! they are VERY dangerous and life threathening!
If it is not positive, you could have an hormonal imbalance, adrenal fatigue is the one that comes to mind easier, wht with the children and house...
Good luck either way
T. (mother AND paramedic)

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I would say go get the blood work done because when I was pregnant with my son I had my period for 6 months of the pregnancy. I went to see the doctor and they were telling me I couldn't be pregnant having my period. I could feel the baby moving and I told them that. They even said the test were negative. He was born in April 1982.

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Hmmm, considering that you've gone through 4 pregnancies, my gut says your instincts are probably fine tuned to recognize the initial symptoms of being preggers. I would trust your instincts...

When I had a cyst on my ovary, a home test gave me a false positive. So I have firsthand experience with preg tests not working accurately. Yes, those tests are ultra sensitive now, but they still can report wrong.

Here's some links:
http://www.medic8.com/healthguide/articles/ectopicpreg.html
http://www.americanpregnancy.org/pregnancycomplications/e...

This site (http://www.americanpregnancy.org/pregnancycomplications/e...) says, in the case of a tubal pregnancy "the measurement of hCG levels is also important. An hCG level that is lower than what would be expected is one reason to suspect an ectopic pregnancy. Low levels of progesterone may also indicate that a pregnancy is abnormal." So, if the test is measuring hCG, it might not be able to register an ectopic pregnancy accurately.

Also, a couple websites that say the presence of abdominal pain on one side is an important symptom to recognize. So keep aware of anything like that.

I myself would go in for a blood test... But of course my husband also says I'm a worry wort! The risk with a ectopic pregnancy is that your fallopian tubes could rupture and you'd bleed out.

The presence of hot flashes may indicate hormonal fluctuations from your body preparing for metapause. Let's hope its just that! (aka: prepare for the worse, hope for the best.)

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S.,
Not trying to scare you, but I would go see your doctor asap and have a blood test done. I had the same symptoms several years ago - was late and had lots of pregnancy symptoms, but all the tests said no. Turns out I had an ectopic pregnancy. It took weeks before the doctors were able to determine what was wrong when it all could have been discovered a lot sooner with a simple blood test. Not saying that this is what is going on here, but consulting a physician will at least give you some idea of what you are dealing with. HTH.

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Good Morning S.,

I had my tubal done almost 5 yrs ago. I experience the same symptoms often. I took the home preg tests, they were negative. I went in for my annual pap just waiting for my dr to tell me that I was preg. She told me that sometimes our bodies feel like we should be preg. I have had every symptom. As a matter of fact, I have been moody, nausea, strange cravings, and tired. But still not preg. So everyone is not the same. Just to reassure yourself, I would schedule an appt with my gyn and request that deeper testing. Good Luck!!!!!

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I'd call your doctor--I too am at high risk for ectopic pg on the off chance I actually become pg because of my endometriosis (both my tubes are almost destroyed). My doctor told me that if an ectopic is caught very early, they can terminate it with medication rather than surgery, so you want to catch it ASAP.

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S.;
Talk to the dr ASAP, after tubal ligation the chances of an ectopic pregnancy go waaay up! they are VERY dangerous and life threathening!
If it is not positive, you could have an hormonal imbalance, adrenal fatigue is the one that comes to mind easier, wht with the children and house...
Good luck either way
T. (mother AND paramedic)

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I would get it checked out ASAP! Pregnancies after tubals can result in ectopic pregnancies, and that can be dangerous.....trust your insticts, and call the doc in the morning!!

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My OBs wife had a tubal and ended up pregnant, so stranger things have happened. You know your body best. Sometimes those tests just don't pick up the hormone yet...there might not be enough. Be sure and go in for a blood test...then you can rule out pregnancy one way or another and then talk to your doctor about your hormone fluctuations. Good luck, let us know what happens.

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I would definitely go get a blood test done. I have heard story after story about how women still get pregnant even after tubal ligations and even after their husbands have had vasectomies. Some babies are just meant to be here, and God will get them here whether people plan for them or not!

God Bless you and yours,
S.
SAHM of 7 beautiful blessings :)

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Go NOW to the doctor.

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Go have a blood test done, my daughter was 3 weeks late and test came up neg. and she finally started. I took 6 tests and they all came up neg. and I was 2 months pregnant with a tubal pregnacy and almost died, so go get a blood test done to ease your mind.

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I would go see your doc. You're either pregnant or have some other hormonal imbalance that needs to be addressed.

Hope it's the outcome you're looking for.

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They have all been right on, get checked ASAP. My cousin had a Tubal Ligation and afterwards got pregnant three times and all three were ectopic! She almost died after the third one.
Don't take any chances get looked at. And good Luck.

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A lot of people on here have suggested that you get a blood test. I would follow this advice. Also, most women who have had a tubal ligation and find that they are pregnant end up finding out the pregnancy is ectopic.
Another thing you might consider is a condition called post tubal ligation syndrome. Most doctors either know nothing about this condition or don't know enough to advise their patients about it when considering tubal ligation. I had a tubal and am now living with chronic fatigue, early menopause symptoms and every time I ovulate or menstruate I have crippling migraines. I am only 31 years old. Here are some of the symptoms that can occur and a link to a website that gives more information about the condition.

SYMPTOMS OF POST TUBAL SYNDROME

1. Eptopic pregnancy or pregnancy (well known risk of tubals)

2. Hot flashes, flushes, night sweats and/or cold flashes,
clammy feeling, chills

3. Bouts of rapid heart beat

4. Irritability

5. Mood swings, sudden tears

6. Trouble sleeping through the night (with or without night sweats)

7. Irregular periods; shorter, lighter periods; heavier periods, flooding;
phantom periods, shorter cycles, longer cycles

8. Loss of libido (see note)

9. Dry vagina (see note)

10. Itchy vagina-at time raw like, can radiated from whole area, with
absence of yeast infections. (see note)

11. Color change in vaginal area. (color gets darker -darker red to purple)

12. Crashing fatigue - Chronic Fatigue

13. Anxiety, feeling ill at ease

14. Feelings of dread, apprehension, doom (see note)

15. Difficulty concentrating, disorientation, mental confusion

16. Disturbing memory lapses

17. Incontinence, especially upon sneezing, laughing; urge incontinence
(see note)

18. Prolapse of uterus due to rapid decrease in estrogen levels.

19. Itchy, crawly skin (see note)

20. Aching, sore joints, muscles and tendons (see note)

21. Increased tension in muscles

22. Breast tenderness

23. Decrease in breast mass

24. Headache change: increase or decrease

25. Gastrointestinal distress, indigestion, flatulence, gas pain, nausea
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)

26. Sudden bouts of bloat

27. Depression (see note)

28. Exacerbation of existing conditions

29. Allergies developing or increasing - (Chronic sinusitis).

30 Nasal infections-necessitating antibiotics

31. Weight gain (see note)

32. Hair loss or thinning, head, pubic, or whole body; increase in facial hair

33. Dizziness, light-headedness, episodes of loss of balance

34. Changes in body odor

35. Electric shock or stabbing sensation under the skin. (see note)

36. Tingling in the extremities, (see note)

37. Gum problems, increased bleeding

38. Burning tongue, burning roof of mouth, bad taste in mouth, change in
breath odor (see notes)

39. Osteoporosis (after several years )

40. Changes in fingernails: softer, crack or break easier

41. Stabbing pains in pelvic area at time of ovulation

42. Pelvic Pain

43. Development of Adenomyosis

44. Development of Ovarian/Tubal Cysts

45. Decreased Lactation Ability

http://www.tubal.org/symptoms_of_pts.htm

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Either way you should find out whats causing all your symptoms!

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I thought I was pregnant once and that all the tests must be wrong because I had all the symptoms. I actually had a cyst. The doctor said it wasn't a big deal, but it did mimick pregnancy. I would schedule an appointment just to be sure.

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You don't state how old you are, so my first guess would be that you are having premenopause symptoms.

If not, you could be pregnant (some tubal ligations aren't effective), and it's too early to tell.

Talk to your Dr. no matter what. Best wishes!

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I just read this post. I know it is late and hope that your problem has already worked out. But if not please go to an ob/gyn even if the tests were negative. It is possible to have a tubiligation and still get pregnant. Also, it is not uncommon for an ectopic(tubal)pregnancy to be negative on test. Tubal pregnancies are very dangerous and certainly can be life threatening. Sometimes even the check by the doc can be wrong and the tubal pregnancy isn't discovered until later. Meanwhile lots of upset and pain is involved.
God Bless
D.

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Hi S.
I worked for attorneys and one of their claims was for "Wrongful Life" where a woman had fallen pregnant despite having a tubal ligation.
So it is possible despite the odds.
Also, my gynaecologist told me that there is such a thing as "re-canalisation" which means that a new tube can form.
Amazing, but true.
If I were you, I would have a test and put your mind at rest.

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I would say go get the blood work done because when I was pregnant with my son I had my period for 6 months of the pregnancy. I went to see the doctor and they were telling me I couldn't be pregnant having my period. I could feel the baby moving and I told them that. They even said the test were negative. He was born in April 1982.

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Hi S.,
I would go get checked out, just in case. I had a tubal in 1994. Cut, burned tied. 11 years later, 2005, guess what? I got pregnant. A tubal, by no means, is permament birth control for everyone. Theres always that 1% chance. And I was it...lol My kids are 24 yrs old, 21 yrs old and almost 3 yrs old.

Good luck and I hope everything turns out the way you want it to.

J.

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S.,
Don't trust the home tests. My suggestion is to go to the doctor to have a blood test done. When I thought I was pregnant, I took 3 tests that were negative. I went to the doctor who did another urine test that was negative. The nurse re-ran the urine test and it was positive! The most accurate test is a blood test. I was told that my hormone levels were so low that the tests weren't able to give me an accurate result. I was 2 weeks past what should have been the start of my period!

Good Luck!

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Hi S.,
A blood test would be more definitive. I had a negative pregnancy test for 3 weeks with my oldest son (11). The doctors tried to convince me that I wasn't pregnant, but I knew something was up because I have regular cycles too. When I had a blood test, it was positive for pregnancy. I always opt for the blood test now.
BLessings,
B.

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