Ask the Nurse

I am 26 years old and my period has always been regular, lasting 3 to 4 days. I am married and sexually active, only using a pull out method. My cycle was late by 4 days last month and lasted 8 days. It was very heavy and painful, not my usual cycle. I have taken a pregnancy test and it was negative, but now my worry is that implantation happened the same time as my period days. If it did, when will I be able to tell with a home pregnancy test? I want to say I miscarried last month, but I have no other symptoms so far. I am worried because I do drink alcohol regularly.

First of all, if you do not want to become pregnant you need to use a more consistent method of birth control. Half of all pregnancies are unplanned and as such, reproductive aged women should ingest folic acid at least 0.4mg daily. If you are concerned about abnormal bleeding and possible pregnancy, you should see your OB-GYN for an exam and testing. If you think you miscarried you need an exam and possible pelvic ultrasound.

Most home pregnancy testing is as accurate as office/lab testing and should be positive in two weeks after conception. Drinking alcohol increases risk of breast cancer, high blood pressure, liver disease and many other problems. If you are trying to conceive you should definitely stop drinking alcohol as soon as the urine pregnancy test is positive.

All My Best,
Speaking of Women’s Health Nurse

January 9, 2019 at 11:22am