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  • Confused

    So I got a cervical biopsy done in October, November my cycle was 35 days when it is usually 28/31 days. I had weird spotting before my period but thought it was from the biopsy. Next cycle (the one I’m on now) I tested for ovulation, did the baby dance during ovulation. I did ovulate later thank normal. Now my cycle is at day 40. I’ve taken numerous pregnancy tests some of the earlier ones I thought maybe I saw a faint line. All are coming up negative now. Cycle days 36/40 I had some light spotting ranging from pink to now more brown but very light. I do have some lower back pain and cramping that comes and goes. I’ve called the doctor and she doesn’t seem concerned but I feel like something is off. My cervix is also so high I can’t reach it. Any chance of pregnancy still? Could something else be going on. I plan on testing again tomorrow morning. Just going to keep testing.

    Posted January 9, 2021 at 1:30 am
    Thank you! I ended up starting my period the next day but called my doctor anyway. I have to have a…
  • Confused

    Hello, I’m currently eleven days late for my period, we have been trying to conceive for nine months now. I typically have a thirty-five day cycle. I took an at home pregnancy test this morning and it was negative. Should I call my doctor or wait another week? I have been nauseous and tired.

    Posted July 27, 2020 at 10:30 am
    Thank you!
  • Pregnant?

    I’m currently 9 days late for my period. I took an at home test on the 7th day and 8th day I was late and both came back negative. Are these accurate or should I take another one?

    Posted July 22, 2020 at 10:26 pm
    Sometimes periods can be late for other reasons such as stress, changes in activity level, new medi…
  • I'm shameful to admit that I'm a "wine mom"

    Hi all, After our first child, I had to leave the job and became a housewife. It is ok as my husband can provide us with all necessary. Love him for that. However, the long days at home are boring. Of course, I have a lot of different household chores. As a result, I’m tired close to the night. So, a half of a year ago, I started drinking a glass of wine from time-to-time. Later, it was more often. Now, I drink every night and some days up to 1 bottle. I believe that I’ve become addicted to alcohol. I already started looking for a treatment. For example, I consider now a women-only rehab I didn’t know about such before. I think that it can help. The problem now is that my husband doesn’t know about my addiction. He wakes up early and came back home late at night. I don’t know what to do and what is right. Maybe someone experienced a similar problem? Would be grateful for any advice.

    Posted November 20, 2018 at 6:01 am
    Jennifer, thank you a lot for support. I understand that I need to share my burden but I blame on m…
  • Question

    Can I still get pregnant if I had my tubes tied?

    Posted February 20, 2017 at 6:15 pm
  • New to this site

    I’m 12DPO with 3 bfp’s and looking for insight… so happy and feeling good!

    Posted February 20, 2017 at 10:35 pm
    Hope you are doing well Christina! Good luck!
  • Pregnant?

    My last period was Jan 12. I haven’t started yet but I spotted on Feb 20th for like 5 min. Then again the same thing on the 22nd and 25th. Pregnancy test came up negative. Anyone know what’s going on?

    Posted February 26, 2016 at 12:29 am
    Hi Terra, it could be that you are having an off month and didn’t ovulate (release an egg) wh…
  • Self-care strategies

    Since reducing stress and practicing self-care can definitely make us healthier, I want to ask other Moms to share their strategies for incorporating self-care into their lives. My husband is a PhD student with a measly stipend so now that we have our son, we live on a pretty tight budget. I have found that a lot of the things I used to do for myself to relax and invest in my own well-being (like occasional pedicures, face creams, nice shampoos, etc.) have gone by the wayside in an effort to funnel our money to more necessary things. I also struggle with finding the time (and energy!) to fit regular exercise into my days. I know that if I find the time to exercise and get back in the habit of taking care of myself a little more (not to mention trying to get into bed earlier every night), that I will be a more balanced mom and wife….but it’s so hard! Please share your tips, advice, favorite products, etc. with me!

    Posted September 12, 2014 at 11:51 am
    You are so right! I think this is my biggest issue. I think about setting aside time but I don̵…
  • High FSH – POF -Menopause?

    So if you have done any fertility treatment you will know what FSH is – mine is 84. Hot flashes galore. I’m too young to be in menopause! Looking for some support. The estrogen patch left me with bleeding for a month (no period in 10 months since ablation), horrible migraines. The dr. wants me to start a nuva ring, but I am scared of the side effects. Right now I’m doing acupuncture and herbs, but feeling very helpless. I seriously can’t take the hot flashes. I know this isn’t the norm, but would love to hear if anyone has had success with any of these treatments?

    Posted August 31, 2014 at 5:57 pm
  • Do monogamous women still need pap smears?

    I enjoyed this read about whether or not monogamous women still need pap smears. The idea is that since abnormal pap smears are caused by the HPV virus, and the HPV virus is a sexually transmitted infection – do women who’ve tested negative for it and only have one (or no) sexual partners still need paps? The short answer is yes – of course it’s never straightforward!! You can find out why here:

    Posted June 11, 2014 at 8:27 am
    Yes Shelley you are right – annual exams are definitely a good idea to keep up on your overal…
  • 3 Person Embryo Fertilization! Is it too much?

    In something that seems like it’s straight out of science fiction, the FDA is beginning to discuss the ethics of three person fertilization. In this procedure, DNA from a third person would be used to replace defective DNA from the mother in order to spare the child a serious medical illness. I would love to hear your thoughts about his topic.

    Posted February 25, 2014 at 8:05 pm
    Great points on both- technology is only frightening when it’s not our family it’s help…
  • Dangers of contraception

    I’ve seen a few Ricki Lake documentaries before, so I’m sure this will be just as thought-provoking. I’d love to hear everyone’s thoughts on the matter. I was on the birth control pill from the time I was around 17 (to help regulate my cycle and ease my menstrual pain) until I got married just before I turned 27. I stopped taking the pill because 1) it no longer really mattered to me if I got pregnant accidentally, 2) my husband thought they were messing with my hormones (headaches, mood swings, etc.), and 3) I was worried that by having taken them for so long, I would have problems getting pregnant if I chose to at some point (just my own personal feeling, not anything a medical professional told me). I have now been off the pill for 3 years, and I only got pregnant once! 😉 Seriously, though, I think I know my body better because I no longer rely on the pill to prevent “accidents.”

    Posted February 19, 2014 at 5:58 pm
    Oh, I don’t think the movie will be at all unbiased or even 100% accurate. I just think it wi…
  • Mirena

    Anyone out there have the Mirena? Do you or did you have side effects? I had it in for about 8 months and I just got it taken out (my husband had a vasectomy). I am glad it’s out because I have heard some not so good things! I do believe I gained weight on it even though apparently that is not a side effect…

    Posted January 18, 2014 at 4:51 pm
    Holly, there were some side effects, as it would be amazing to find something with none, but I don&…
  • Birth control pills and glaucoma risk?

    Have any of you seen this study that came out this week about the increased risk of glaucoma in women who take birth control pills? Here’s my take on it – it is definitely an interesting study, but work still needs to be done to figure out if the increased risks were directly caused by the pills. And the increased incidence was statistically significant, but not huge. Please don’t read this and stop taking your pills!! Talk with your doctor first if you’re concerned and together you can make a plan. We should all be getting our eyes checked regularly anyway, regardless if you are on a pill or not – but maybe this will help us remember that?….

    Posted November 19, 2013 at 3:55 pm
    That’s great your hubby took care of things on the birth control front – good for him! …
  • Great article about recent Nuvaring scare

    Did you catch that article in Vanity Fair a few weeks ago about the dangers of Nuvaring, the vaginal ring birth control? If not, GOOD! It was a sensational article that really spun the facts and inappropriately scared a lot of women. I was so happy to see Women’s Health run a response article that was well-researched and quoted someone who understood the mistakes of the Vanity Fair article. Read on if you want to see an example of a thoughtful article on the topic:

    Posted January 16, 2014 at 3:38 pm

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