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Joan DC
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Are two negative pregnancy test results 4.5-5 weeks after sex accurate?

And along with a regular period around expected time - 4 days of typical flow plus 3 days of spotting - all signals of not being pregnant correct?

Just to clarify.

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Heather
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Yep. [Smile]

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Joan DC
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Thank you! Phew good to know I'm not pregnant! Anywho- another question. When is it normal to get some cramps before a period? Can it be two weeks before? Because I read somewhere it usually happens closer to the period coming. But for me it starts as early as 2 weeks before. And my breasts feel tender. I get a weird poking feeling on my belly button. And I just tend to be hungry more (but that could just be me being stressed out).

This is normal right?

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Robin Lee
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Hi Joan,

There's no normal with cramps, or any other bodily experience. What's normal is whatever you experience, and sometimes what you experience is going to change over time, since your body isn't a machine and doesn't do the same thing day in and day out. [Smile]

In other words, there's nothing wrong or worrying about what you're describing here.

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Joan DC
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Okay sounds good!

Last question for now.

I've actually asked this before but the volunteer told me it could be an infection. It's about the poking feeling in my belly button. It started this past week or two.

It comes on and off. Nothing hugely painful. Just like a literal poking on my belly button.

Went to the doctor- and everything looks okay. Got a pelvic exam and tested for infections. All clear.

But it just won't stop?

When I look it up I get either appendicitis or somethjng pregnant people may feel.

But clearly as the negative test results show and my period- I'm not pregnant. Never heard of belly button poking as a symptom ever anyway. And I haven't had direct sexual intercourse since.

Do you have any idea on what it could be?

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Robin Lee
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You know, I really couldn't tell you what that is.

Did your doctor have any ideas?

The reproductive organs are lower in the abdomen than the belly button, so it's possible that this sensation is not related to your menstrual cycle at all.
having said that, if you've found that this sensation does tend to match your menstrual cycle in some way, then it could be related. Our bodies aren't always predictable in what they do or how they respond to other changes.

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Joan DC
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The doctor thought it could be due to stress, some muscular issue, or something.

My sister said it could be related to my bladder since my bladder is right there. She's a nurse.

But okay- thank you.

Actually-At first I started getting paranoid about it since the things that came up when I searched for it was things that can happen to other people who are pregnant.
Which is why I asked my initial question and tests and periods to verify that I really am not pregnant and this is probably due to something else.

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you're welcome.

if it persists, you can head back to your doctor and ask to have the issue explored some more.

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