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Q&A: Could I be pregnant if I have an abnormal menstrual cycle?

Anne Sommers, Licensed Midwife


Q I have been searching the net regarding pregnancy and seem somewhat uncertain. My cycle is off this month and rightfully so since it has been two years in celibacy. I am usually like clockwork and have never used birth control in 39 years. I had unprotected sex on May 19, 20, 21 and 22. The afternoon on the 22 I noticed the egg white mucus and am very knowledgable of my cycle. I immediately panicked knowing this was optimal time for me and I had been intimate for the past four days. I was not due to ovulate for another five daysis this possible? Needless to say . I took an ept test on Saturday even though my usual period is not scheduled until today. The test was negative but still no period? Should I be concerned? Thanks for any assistance on this matter.

A You may or may not be pregnant. Get a quantitative pregnancy test done. False negatives and false positives occur on these tests. It seems though that if you ovulated earlier in your cycle (and you are sure that this mucuous was indicative of ovulation) that your period would start earlier also.

Best wishes
Anne Sommers

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Anne Sommers, LM is a Licensed Midwife in Southern California and founder of Agape Perinatal Consultation & Birthing Services. Anne has attended and personally delivered hundreds of beautiful bouncing babies in some very wonderful and natural settings -- like in the water! She has appeared on various Southern California radio and cable television shows, talked to birth organizations, was editor for several child birth publications and was the owner, editor and publisher of "Mom" Magazine, a quarterly publication in circulation for over seven years. She completed Seattle Midwifery School's Challenge Process and the NARM exam (supervised by the California Medical Board) qualifying her for midwifery licensure. Anne actually made history as noted in the Orange County Register for being one of Southern California's first Licensed Midwives. She is also the mother of two children, born at home, with the attendance of midwives. The Baby Corner The Baby Corner - The Magazine for Expecting & New Parents

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