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When you did the urine pregnancy test what was the result?
result was negative
went ahead and took it first thing this morning even with the period starting.
If the test result was negative then changes are you were not pregnant. Home pregnancy tests are 98% accurate. The fact that your menstrual periods have changed and are heavier than usual, and now that they are occurring irregularly I do recommend that you see your OB/Gyn doctor to have this further evaluated. You will require a pelvic exam, ultrasound, and possibly blood work to determine the exact cause and then the treatment.
should I be concerned that this is a different color than usual and definitely heavier?
The fact that it is heavier is concerning as causes for that can be endometriosis, fibroids, or hormonal imbalances.
So, making an appointment sooner rather than later would be a good idea? Just trying to figure out the level of urgency I should be thinking.
Yes I agree with making an appointment soon.
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