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Symptoms of pregnancy and tests to detect it - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   Hi doctor.
Doctor :   hi
Doctor :   Dr.XXX here
Doctor :   please proceed with your health query
User :   Hi Dr. XXX
User :   My wife had fever around 99.7 Celcius on 30th August, then she had 101 on 4th Septmber
User :   we consulted doctor here and gave medicines to her, her fever came down and gradually she got well from fever
Doctor :   ok. did she have any other symptoms associated with fever?
User :   When her fever started, her periods started after 2 days and she started feeling very week
User :   her health became better ....
User :   sometiems she has vomiting sensation..
User :   feels weak
User :   we had unsafe sex
User :   should we go for pregtest ?
User :   or wait for her periods ?
Doctor :   ok. does she have other symptoms like: fatigue, sore breasts, nipple sensitivity, mood changes, headaches, nausea, lower stomach discomfort/cramps, increased frequency of urine, increased hunger, sleep?
User :   yes, symtoms like headache, fatigue, nausea
Doctor :   when did she have her last periods?
User :   symptoms like lower stomach discomfort also there
User :   last periods got over by 2nd or 3rd september
Doctor :   ok. does she have regular periods?
User :   yes
Doctor :   her symptoms could suggest pregnancy.
Doctor :   urine pregnancy tests usually start showing positive after 20 days post conception
Doctor :   but it has high rates of showing false negative test results
User :   so, when do we get urine test done?
Doctor :   that is to say that negative test even though she is pregnant
User :   so how do we get it confirmed ?
Doctor :   blood HCG level tests are more confirmatory and can show accurate results 11 days post conception
User :   and when do we get the test done ?
Doctor :   wait for another week and get the blood beta HCG level test done
Doctor :   to confirm/rule out pregnancy
User :   should we consult gyni here first before that test?
Doctor :   it is better to have a consultation with examiantion before the test
Doctor :   the test needs to be prescribed by a gynecologist
Doctor :   or your family doctor
Doctor :   for you to get it done
User :   ok
User :   her next periods should start around 1st Oct
User :   should we wait till then ?
Doctor :   you can wait and see
Doctor :   if she gets her usual periods then it is fine
User :   ok
Doctor :   if she gets less bleeding or symptoms then she might be pregnant
User :   because that will itself tell the most of it
User :   oh okies
Doctor :   sometimes women may get period like lighter bleeding during first 3 months
Doctor :   known as decidual bleed
Doctor :   so do not rely completely on absence of periods as confirmatory sign
Doctor :   go ahead with the blood beta HCG level test
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