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Forum Name: Gynecology
|kr2222 - Wed Jun 09, 2010 11:18 pm||
I had my last normal monthly period at the end of March. My periods are usually somewhat abnormal, they usually come around every 35-40 days. So, this is a lot longer than usual. I started taking Cymbalta at the end of March because I am going through a divorce. I am not sure if the mix or depression/Cymbalta is having an effect on my periods or if I could be pregnant. There is a possibilty of my being pregnant, but I took 2 HPT about 2 weeks and both were negative. 2 days ago, I started spotting dark brown blood, is doesnt get any heavier than just spotting. When my period usually starts, I do not spot for very long before I start my usual flow. I am also waking up feeling sick to my stomach in the mornings before I eat. Usually when I eat, it seems to help settle my stomach. I have no tender breasts, no vomiting, no fatigue, etc. I do not have medical insurance or I would have been to the docter already. If you think a docter is needed, I will see one. I am curious if this could be my body just dealing with the stress from my divorce, or if I could be pregnant. Thank You.
|Debbie Miller, RN - Sun Jun 13, 2010 3:06 pm||
Stress can definitely affect your cycle as well as your other physical well being, so I would not be alarmed. Irregular and long cycles are all within the normal range for women. Spotting is not a typical sign of pregnancy, though it sometimes happens. I would recommend repeating the HPT after a week if you still have not had a period. Chances are that these are correct - negative - but if not, you will eventually get a positive test if you happen to be pregnant. You did not mention when you last had sex or at what point in your cycle that happened. These are all factors to consider. I seen no need to rush to a doctor at this point. If you suspect pregnancy it is always wise to take a vitamin, eat right and do all you can to be healthy just in case. It won't hurt the depression either.
Best wishes and good luck with your current life events.
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