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wilcatgirl
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I just have one quick question of clarification because im confused about one thing. If I get my period, even one day late, does that mean a pregnancy did not take place? So basically if there is blood coming out of my vagina around the time my period is supposed to happen, pregnancy is out of the question?
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Menstrual periods occur primarily because the body sends signals to itself that it is not pregnant, so it is time to shed that lining. Sometimes there can be spotting or bleeding with a pregnancy, but it generally will not resemble a menstrual period.

Periods really can't be one day "late," because cycles very, very rarely will always be the exact same number or days for people for many months, years, and certainly not for the whole of a reproductive life. Cycles standardly deviate, for most people, by at least a day or two most of the time.

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There can be spotting or bleeding with a pregnancy. What if when I pee if it's red and when I wipe there are sometimes dark clumps of blood?
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Urine comes for a different place than menstrual flow. I assume you do not mean you are seeing blood in your urine?

How long have you had your periods for now? If it has been a few years, you are likely to have a good idea, even when they vary a bit, of what your periods are like. And if it has not happened for you before, yes, sometimes menstrual flow with either contain some more solid bits of that lining, or menstrual flow can kind of clump up with thicker discharge so it can look more solid and less fluid.

But you also know by now that if you are concerned about pregnancy, a pregnancy test or exam is the only way to get that definitive answer. And if you already have that answer but are feeling unable to accept it, then the next sound step is to talk to a healthcare provider about those concerns and this apparent ongoing issue for you.

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I've had my period for 10 years. Why might you be
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So most likely this bleeding I'm seeing is because a pregnancy didn't happen? I know my mind can be playing game on me but my stomach feels huge and bloaded
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We are not going to keep talking to you about your pregnancy scares, as I have already discussed with you before this. You know by now what we have had to say and have advised for you around all of this.

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I'm just nervous because I feel big
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I know I come here to talk to you a lot and I question a lot, but it's comfort to me and it helps me. I question a lot because I myself can accidentally mix up what people say so I just wanted to be clear. But if I'm bothering you and your staff I can just be on my way out......
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Can I just ask one more question and then I won't bother you about a pregnancy scare
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