I / we did notice , and were hoping you were ok
I just want to share a few things but don't take my word for it, i'm glad you're going to the doctor and everything.. and don't panic about what I say because chances are it's not what's happening to you but here goes..
I have .. I can name three people who were pregnant, still getting ''periods'' (that were really implantation bleeding) and had negative tests. One of them was pregnant with twins (family member) and didn't know until her waters broke... her kids are 12 now and healthy but yes it does happen and you can still bleed or have normal cycles especially in the first few weeks.....
I then have a friend who found out at 7 1/2 months,
and I have a cousin who had negative tests until she was 5 months, she only found out when she went into hospital with a stomach/pelvic tummy ache, they did an ultrasound and there was Jake.... she was almost half way through her pregnancy......then...
When I was pregnant with my daughter I was having morning sickness (like clockwork) every single day and tests were saying no no no, I tried clearblue, clear and simple, boots, Tesco's... nothing.. so I thought I was going mad.
Every single scenario went through my mind.. is it this, do I have a bug, is it that etc. waited and waited and saw the faintest 2nd line you could ever imagine but they never got darker, and when I say faint I mean you had to hold it up to a lamp to just about see it. I went to the doctor and the doctor (who specialized in women's health) told me that this happens to about 1 in 100 women, it's called the Hook effect.. now what happens (she explained) is that eventually the hcg levels can be so high that the hormone saturates the test, there's so much of it that the test doesn't register it at all (home tests that is) and sometimes the only way to get an accurate reading is to have Beta HCG bloods drawn, a qualitative or quantative....
She also told me that after three months of pregnancy the hcg hormone tapers off, they rise high and then they gradually drop again..
In short, it's always possible until bloods and ultrasound rule it out...
with the blood tests, one of them reads whether there's a presence of the hormone, and one of them reads the exact level. I forget now but labs around the uk are different in what is considered a positive result because things like menopause can cause higher levels of HCG and certain other medical conditions that are rare. But anyway, I think your doctor will probably do a HCG blood test, if they do, i'd ask them to do the one that checks the level of hormone in the blood, not the one that says yes pregnant or no not pregnant, because anything above 5 is a possible pregnancy and anything above 25-50 is a certain yes. Anyway..
back to implantation bleeding but many women think this is a period, because the bleeding can happen right around the time you were expecting it
If you have pain in your side definitely mention it
Also.. tests differ in sensitivity, did you use a First response?.. FRER tests detect the hcg at 6.5miu which is the most sensitive you can get on the market, failing that , superdrug tests are just as sensitive and worth trying. Stay away from blue dye tests because they are awful, they always leave evaporation lines and can give false positives and negatives..
they are so misleading and they are low sensitivity so basically they'll register positive about a week or longer than first response or superdrug tests do. So many women get false negatives on those
There's also a website where (if you really do need help til you see the doctor) you can talk to a midwife for free by emailing them, they are based in the UK and will give you advice.. I emailed them a few years ago and they told me that false negatives are very common. What happened with me, I had a positive and they turned negative, I was told false negatives are more common than false positivs.. so take that into consideration as well
See a female, male doctors are not always very understanding about this but you're still fertile and able to fall pregnant if having cycles so there's always going to be a chance regardless... just tell them you strongly feel you are, and that if you are not, you have every symptom of ovarian ?cancer? they can't ignore this, at all, and you'll probably be sent for an ultrasound regardless to check for ovarian cysts , ectopic pregnancy, they will have to rule everything out
They can't tell you this is IBS because even to me it's clear it's a reproductive thing to do with those organs not tummy, just keep a diary of everything, it's really stressful I know. I was also told that my hcg was so high because there was a chance it was twins. I almost fell off my chair, but dr explained very high levels and false negatives can be caused by twins as well. Again I doubt it's that but don't let these doctors dismiss what you are saying.. if you really are worried about cancer there's a two week pathway in the uk and they should have you seeing or at least referred to a specialist within two weeks, and might have to wait up to six weeks to see them.. same for any cancer query, 2 weeks is the NICE guideline and I've never waited longer than that, so I really hope it will be sorted within that time
So look up the hook effect
i'll grab you the website where you can talk to a MW (it's confidential and they can advise you) even if you haven't had a pos test yet......
and we're all keeping you in prayers, please let us knowhow you get on