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Pregnant Without Having a Period

I have an 8 month old little boy and I haven't had a period since he was born and I am now having all the pregnancy signs - headaches, tiredness, nausea, acute sense of smell. Is it possible to get pregnant without a period? I'm also on the "mini pill" so I think (hope) that the answer to my question is no way, but I'm not sure.

What can I do next?

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It is normal not to have a period while breast feeding. (I'm assuming that is why you are on the mini pill). If you aren't breast feeding and are on the mini pill then you may be pregnant because the mini pill really is about as worthless of a birthcontrol.

It is possible to get pregnant and not have a period. I didn't have regular periods until the birth of my third child and I was 26 years old. Before that, I would have one here and there and I got pregnant three times, on the first try each time.

Anything is possible...when you have sex...you always take the chance of making a baby...nothing is 100%...unless you take the "equipment" out.

M. Jones

www.amothershope.webs.com

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You can get pregnant before you ever have a period, because you get pregnant while you are ovulating, which occurs 14 days before your period. The ovulation comes first, not the period. And birth control is not 100%. Lots of pregnancies occur on the pill. But your odds are good that you aren't pregnant.

From what I know, if you are breastfeeding it's totally normal to have not gotten a period yet. But if you aren't bf'ing, I would talk to the dr about that. Take a pregnancy test, if you are already having symptoms, it should be able to detect a pregnancy with no problem. And I would talk to the dr about the symptoms if the test is neg and they don't go away after a few days, something else could be going on.

My cousin was on the mini-pill and had not gotten her period back yet after her first child. She chalked it up to the fact that she was still breastfeeding, but when she decided she might need to fire her personal trainer because her stomach wouldn't flatten out despite her best efforts, her husband told her he thought she was pregnant. Turns out she was SIX MONTHS! along. She conceived their second child when the first was only seven months old with no period during that time. So, yeah, it can happen.

It is certainly possible. You have to ovulate before you get your period so if you caught that first egg you could definitely be pregnant.

When I was on the mini-pill I did start getting my period around 14 months. My OB said to use condoms because if I was getting my period I was ovulating so definitely possible.

I don't know about the effectiveness of the mini pill, since I've never tried it. I do know, however, that you CAN get pregnant without having a period. If you began ovulating again (very likely since you are 8 months after delivery), you could become pregnant at ovulation and then you would not have a period because you were already pregnant again. I'd definitely take a test to be sure.

See your doctor asap. You could be pregnant. If you are pregnant you should not be taking the mini-pill. I'd think that there could be a chance of the birth control pills affecting the baby. If you decide to stop taking them until you have confirmation from your doctor use another form of birth control until you know - unless you think you are ready for another baby. My dad is 14 months younger than his older sister and 12 months older than his younger sister. My grandmother had 3 children in 26 months and they were all single births. Isn't it crazy. She told me it was really hard to care for them when they were all little. Take care and I wish you all the best.

Yes, you can be pregnant without having a period. You will ovulate 2 weeks prior to having your period. I know especially with the minipill you have to take the pill at the same time each day. Don't panic yet take a home pregnancy test. Hopefully you will get the outcome you desire.

Anything is possible...when you have sex...you always take the chance of making a baby...nothing is 100%...unless you take the "equipment" out.

M. Jones

www.amothershope.webs.com

It happened to my friend. She had a 6 month old and had to switch mini pills. Never had a period and got pregnant. Take a test! Best way to know!

It is normal not to have a period while breast feeding. (I'm assuming that is why you are on the mini pill). If you aren't breast feeding and are on the mini pill then you may be pregnant because the mini pill really is about as worthless of a birthcontrol.

S., you definately can get pregnant without having a period. Your body releases and egg first and then you have your period if it is not fertilized. But your lack of a period may be due to your pills. You should probably take a pregnancy test and call your doctor's office. Hope this helps.

I would take a home pregnancy test. If negative, call and talk to your doctor and get checked out. It is probably just your body doing the hormone dance with the mini-pill. The hormones will cause your body to "think" it's pregnant without actually being so.

Well i suggest talking to the dr if you have had no period since having your baby.. sorry can't help much here

Well, the answer is yes there are times that you can get pregnant without having a period. If you are breast feeding your son you may not have a period. Your chances of getting pregnant are lowered, but it is possible. I also know that you can get pregnant while on the pill. It is probably a good idea to take a test and find out for sure. Good luck! M.

The answer to your question is yes way, you can. Go get a test.

S., sorry. No way the answer to your question is "no way."
Yes, the hormone flux in your system after birth and during breastfeeding will stop your periods for a while. However, and this is a big caveat, every woman's body is different. While your best friend may not have begun ovulation and menstruation again after the birth of a child for ten months, you may have actually begun at seven months and didn't even know it. Ovulation occurs two or three days prior to your period. (actually, your period is your body's way of purging the unfertilized egg your body releases during ovulation, along with the blood and nutrients your body has stored up in preparation for a pregnancy.) So, if you were sexually active immediately after your first post-partum ovulation and subsequently became pregnant, you would not know until, as you are currently experiencing, you start having symptoms. (As you probably already suspect, HPTs are absolutely useless in such a situation so you want to get in to see your ob/gyn as soon as you can and stop taking the BCs). Good luck!

Didn't check your responses, but yes it is possible to get pregnant without a period. Many nursing mothers don't ovulate nor have periods while they're breastfeeding. (I breastfed 4 kids for a total of about 6 years and never missed a period! Go figure!)

Anyway, ovulation takes place BEFORE a period, so you can realistically get pregnant during that time. I don't know about the 'mini-pill'. No experience there!

Hope you get what you want -- whatever that is! LOL

God bless!

The answer is yes way. My cousin has 2 girls as the result of relying totally on birth control. There is that small chance so you better get to the doc if you are in doubt. Your period is not the best way to tell if you are or arent. My cousin had her period perfect every month. Went to the doc for a checkup and get the shot again and guess what???? pregnant. Best go to the doc.

Are you breast feeding? I know when I breast fed I didn't have any periods for about 6 months, then when I did I got pregnant! However maybe this mini pill isn't as effective and you may be pregnant. I would go see your doctor to find out what's going on! good luck

It is possible since you have to ovulate first, then have a period. If you ovulated, had intercourse, and the egg was fertilized, then you can be pregnant without ever making it to your first period. Get an at home test if you don't want to call your doctor and see what it says. If it says no, but your symptoms say yes, definitely go to the doctor.

Good luck!

Yes, it happened to me. My oldest was 12 months and still nursing. Number two sneaked in there. But he's been a blessing, and my two oldest are very close.

S.:

I spent 17 yrs in childbirth education. One thing I always stressed to my patients was you will ALWAYS ovulate before you have a period. That means you can get pregnant, and many do, without a period. Please check quickly....you don't want the hormones from the mini pill in your system if you are pregnant. Bless you, R. www.ICServants.org

It is possible to get pregnant and not have a period. I didn't have regular periods until the birth of my third child and I was 26 years old. Before that, I would have one here and there and I got pregnant three times, on the first try each time.

yup, sure is! At one time, I actually had five years and three pregnancies between periods! Of course I was not on BC pills, so maybe you're not, it could just be se from the pill. With the pill, you should not get fertile, but it is not 100% effective. But normally, when fertility does return, the first part of the cycle is maturation and release of an egg, it is only if the egg does not get fertilized that your get menses. Many times the first cycle is anovulatory, but not always!
Total breastfeeding does delay the return of fertility, but when baby:
1. sleeps all night
2. sucks his thumb or paci
3. starts solids
4. you or baby is sick or,
5. not nursing as much as usual for any reason

I think it is possible to have one without a period if you actually got pregnant before your body regained the period. I knew someone that did that.
BUT to do that and be on the pill also...... I don't know.
Go to the dr and do a pee test and see what they say before you get too worked up.

Yes.... it is possible. The mini pill is one of those pills that you have to take at the exact same time every day- take a pregnancy test. If you're not pregnant, avoid sex when (according to your pack of pills) you should be ovulating. Typically it's 14 days after the first day of your "period," or into the first few days of your second week of pills.

S.,

You could be pregnant. No birth control is 100% effective. Take an at home pregnancy test. If that is negative and you don't feel better in a week, go to the doctor.

E.

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