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Had sex after periods. Noticed brownish black spotting. Had pregnancy symptoms. Suggest?

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I had two periods in Sept 18-23 then again sept29 thru oct3
had been sexually active from Sept 20- Oct3
my period was due Oct 10 was late five days took test negative then last night and today spotting brownish black
had pregnancy symptoms still do spotting is black
Posted Tue, 5 Nov 2013 in Getting Pregnant
Answered by Dr. S Patra 49 minutes later
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Thanks for writing to us.

As you involved in unprotected sex close to fertile days, then we need to rule out pregnancy or early miscarriage in this context due to having late period with recent brownish black spotting.

Underlying causes of previous irregular bleeding could be mental stress, hormonal imbalance, pelvic/ vaginal infection, over weight, cervical polyp, old endometrial tissue or blood clots etc.

Early pregnancy test is less significant. Here, I suggest to undergo one Trans Vaginal Ultrasound scan and blood test for beta-hCG to rule out exact pathology including pregnancy. Hormone test and endometrial biopsy may be required in the absence of pregnancy to pinpoint the diagnosis.

Proper treatment can be made after diagnosis of the case. You must consult with your gynecologist to get examined once and for next line of management. In the mean time, you would maintain your genital hygiene properly and avoid sex till the problem is completely resolved.

Hope, above information is quite helpful to you. Let me know if you need any clarification.

Wish your good health and take care yourself.

Dr Soumen

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Follow-up: Had sex after periods. Noticed brownish black spotting. Had pregnancy symptoms. Suggest? 42 minutes later
Could it be possible to be pregnant and have a home pregnancy test read negative.
I had an etopic pregnancy a year ago and had a left fallopian tube removed

Answered by Dr. S Patra 23 minutes later
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Thanks for your follow up query.

Yes, it is quite possible to get false negative home pregnancy test. It is mostly seen in very early or late conception, early miscarriage etc.

Pregnancy kit gives around 95% positive result when test is done around missed due date or 2 weeks after ovulation. 96-99% positive result is achieved after 7 days of missed due date.

In this context, TVS scan and blood test for beta-hCG are mostly suggestive to rule out the underlying causes including ectopic pregnancy (if any). These are more reliable and confirmatory.

Hope, I have clarified the things. If you don't have any query, you can close the discussion.

All the best. Good luck.

Dr Soumen
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