I am 6 days late and 4 negative pregnancy tests down. I legitimately have no idea what to do at this point.
While in the past my cycle was not always very regular, in the past few years I have begun to regulate nicely. I only wish now that I had been tracking a little more consistently so I would better know where I stand. Am I simply having a much later period or is something off? After the first attempt, I just figured it was too soon to tell. The second (on the first day of my missed period), maybe it was still a little early. After the third test (on the last day of my projected period), I was beginning to feel disappointment set in. But today, after nearly a week of being late and still receiving a negative test, I am completely downtrodden.
I probably wouldn’t be so heartsick if there hadn’t been signs. Several signs. About 4 days after ovulating and 3-5 days after sex I began spotting. For 4 days I lightly spotted. Initially I was alarmed but after a little research I learned this was a common thing when an egg is implanting. At this point I was absolutely elated. I could already be pregnant!
And of course there was the random cramping. Am I starting my period? Is this just a little PMS? According to many websites, cramping is common in early pregnancy because the uterus is stretching and preparing for the baby making process.
On the day my period was set to start (and for the entire length of my cycle) I did have to wear some light protection due to a thick, clear discharge that completely soaked my undergarments. Aghast, I begin looking up the source and what I found is that many women who are pregnant experience this in lieu of their period. It is a cleansing cycle for the body and part of its preparation for the coming months.
However, one of the earliest signs I experienced and is persisting is the utter exhaustion. I have had no energy. By the time I get home from work, all I can do is sit in my comfy chair and try not to pass out. I cannot get enough sleep! More days than not I want to lay my head down on my desk while I am at work and catch a few quick zzz’s.
I have been keeping close tabs on my body and searching for symptoms that could indicate pregnancy but could also be from other issues. I have had significant lower back pain but my back hasn’t been quite right since I injured it a few months ago. I have had many headaches but those come and go. Also, some women experience congestion and I have certainly been quite stopped up but I think that has been from the return of a head cold that I have had 4 times recently. Do I add these items to the ‘pregnancy symptom’ box or just ‘run-of-the-mill-could-be-anything’ box?
I feel that I have displayed enough symptoms to think pregnancy is the cause but 4 negative tests have me confounded. How do I proceed? Should I get a blood test done? Or should I just keep trying? For now I will continue monitoring and waiting for other symptoms to occur. One month in and this road is already full of blind curves.