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jclark283
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Hello everyone. On Jan. 1, I had genital to genital touching with my bf and 3 days later I got my normal period.

On Jan 29 I started to experience cramps, bloating, gas, and sharp lower abdominal pains. After about a week they went away but my period was 5 days late so I took two HPT tests which came out negative. Than a few days later I started getting bloating and lots of gas again for another week.

I was then 2 weeks late for my period and took two more tests and it said negative. 2 weeks and 3 days later my period finally came and I am now on the third day. It started off really slow with brown discharge than yesterday it was at it's heaviest and I had light cramps. Today it seemed to really slow down although it was still enough to fill a pad. My periods usually last 5-6 days so I'm worried it's implantation bleeding although I may just be over thinking.

Any thoughts? Is it okay to sometimes be light and not be pregnant?

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Implantation bleeding is something really rare and if and when it happens it won't be anything like a period.

Periods are not always the same, they can and usually change. Like we have said before our bodies are not machines so we should not expect the same every cycle.

You have taken several pregnancy tests and had 2 periods, right? All pregnancy tests were negative and that in addition with 2 periods are more than clear signs pregnancy is not an issue here. [Smile]

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jclark283
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Thanks for the reply, Edith.
I really hope it's not implantation bleeding, and wouldn't it be too late for it too?

I'm only worried because my period was two weeks late and now it seems like it's stopping after only 3 days. [Frown]

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So I had slow bleeding Saturday, Sunday it was quite heavy and I had cramps. It was able to fill two pads. Monday it slowed down a lot and it only filled one pad. And for birth days it was the typical dark red colour. Now today it's not coming out at all, but when I wipe it's a light red colour. I've also noticed that sometimes when I wipe there's some mucuous in the blood.
This isn't normal for me because it usually lasts 5 days, days 2-4 are usually heavy and it just seemed so much shorter. Could this actually be implantation bleeding? How could I possibly be pregnant when I didn't have intercourse so my risks are low, AND I did 4 HPT 5 days after my late period, and 2 weeks after my late period. So confused and worried

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Implantation bleeding is not only fare, but when it does occur it is light, brief spotting, nothing like what you are describing.

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jclark283
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Thank you, Heather.
Even though I've never experienced this before could it be normal to just come out of nowhere? I'm kind of worried because it was so short and completely stopped today except for when I wipe.

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Sam W
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As Edith mentioned, Periods are not always regular, both in their timing and in their symptoms. So, even if you usually have very consistent symptoms, it's not unusual for them to vary once in a while.
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Heather
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I her you saying you are still having some flow, what you are seeing what you wipe, at day four, and that typically, your periods are only five days long. In other words, I do not hear you describing any major change here in the first place.

But yes, periods can be different or shift or change in some ways sometimes like this, often for no clear discernible reason.

Do you have a good general reproductive health reference book for yourself? If not, it is sounding to me like that might really be a good thing for you. How about getting a copy of Our Bodies, Ourselves, both to spend some time with, period, but also to have as a first place to look when you have concerns, rather than what sounds like doing too much googling or basing your ideas on information from sources that likely are often not sound or credible? Hint: even a term like implantation bleeding is rarely used in credible sources, so when you are doing things like searching for internet-popularized terms like that, you are going to get to a lot of misinformation and iffier info, because heavy use of a term like that tells us that someone using it is more likely to not have sound education.

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I'm trying not to think anything of it, but usually it's heavier which is why I'm worried.

Would 4 tests he accurate?
I will take a look at this book, thanks so much Heather

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Molias
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As long as you followed the instructions you can trust the test results, especially since you've taken so many.
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Thank you [Smile]
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Heather
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I'd also add that it may be some of these symptoms ARE coming from something...it's just not pregnancy.

So, if you keep having things like bad bloating and sharp abdominal pains, I'd encourage you to go see a healthcare provider to get those things looked into, okay? Just not being pregnant doesn't mean someone is okay, and you want to be sure those things aren't happening because of something up with your health that needs to be addressed.

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