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Brown spotting. Should I be worried? Could I possibly be pregnant?

Ive been having a dark brown spotting for about a week now. I should of began my period about 3 days ago. Ive also been experiencing bloating after i eat and pain to the right of my belly button. Today I took a home pregnancy test and it showed up as negative. Should I be worried about the brown spotting? Could I still possibly be pregnant?
Asked On : Thu, 28 Feb 2013
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OBGYN 's  Response
Mar 2013
Thank you for your query.
If the pregnancy test is coming up negative, you should not worry as the test is 97 % sensitive.
Moreover, such post menstrual continuous spotting should be investigated.
You should consult a gynecologist for a check up and a pelvic ultrasound.
Causes include hormonal imbalance, hormone containing medications, anxiety, stress, fluctuations in weight, polycystic ovaries, thyroid issues, endometrial hyperplasia etc.
The exact reason would be determined after a check up.
Meanwhile take care.
Answered: Wed, 6 Mar 2013
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