Monday, August 12, 2013

Can I be pregnant and still have a period?

A common question many women ask is whether they can be pregnant and still have a period. Many women are confused because they have lots of pregnancy symptoms and then suddenly see bleeding. "Was I wrong?" they wonder.

If you truly are pregnant and some light or one-day bleeding occurs, it may be what is called, "implantation bleeding." This occurs when the fertilized egg burrows into the uterus in order to attach. Not all women experience bleeding when this happens, but some do.

Implantation bleeding seems like a period, but it is not actually a period. Mistaking implantation bleeding for a period is why some women don't realize they are pregnant until later into their pregnancy. Get tested just in case!

Other reasons why you might bleed when you are pregnant include pelvic exams and sex. This is because more blood goes to your cervix during pregnancy. So, some degree of bleeding during pregnancy can be completely normal.

Bleeding can also be a sign of a miscarriage or an ectopic pregnancy. Ectopic pregnancy is life-threatening. See a doctor immediately if you suspect ectopic pregnancy.

Regardless, if you are worried you might be pregnant and you live in Eugene, Oregon, come and visit us at 1667 High Street. We offer free pregnancy tests and free ultrasound. It's important to know for sure in order to care for your health and plan future decisions. 1st Way is happy to help!

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