3:52 pm - 06/03/2008

Can food poisoning affect my period? I am about a week late.

This has been driving me crazy for the past 1 1/2 weeks, which I guess isn't help my case either. I am scared that I may be pregnant. My last period was on April 23. I should have gotten my next period on May 25-26, but still no sign of it. :[ I suffered from a food poisoning episode about 2 weeks ago--I had a fever, was sensitive to touching liquids, nauseated, bloated, diarrhea, etc. I also had some strange brown/red discharge. I that normal for food poisoning? My boyfriend also suffered from this, minus the weird discharge. It took me about 3 days to recover. A week after this, I should've gotten my  period, but it has been a week or so since I was supposed to start. I have also been paranoid every day for about 2 weeks on whether or not I am pregnant. To help ease my worries, I bought the ClearBlue Easy Digital pregnancy tests yesterday and took one of the tests, but it came out as Not Pregnant--this was also after I ate some spicy soup with a cup of water, so I don't know how accurate the test is, although I am about 7 days late now. I will take the other home pregnancy test again tomorrow morning using my morning pee.

I've also been experiencing my normal premenstrual symptoms like cravings, mood-swings, and I just had my one huge painful pimple pop up 2 days ago, which appears once a month before/during my period. But still no sign of my period. If I was pregnant, would I still experience these PMS symptoms? Today I have been weak and slightly nauseous. It might be just me making myself sick, but I am scared that I may be pregnant. I am not experiencing any other pregnancy symptoms though. I don't know what to think! Basically, I am driving myself crazy with all this. I am not on HBC, but my boyfriend and I use condoms, he always pulls out, and we are always safe about it, plus we had sex just two times since my last period. Of course there is still a risk, but we've been much more active before with no problems. I am probably overthinking it. I don't know...any words, advice, anything, would be appreciated. Thanks.
stacyinthecity 3rd-Jun-2008 07:58 pm (UTC)
Did any condoms break? Did you have sex during your most fertile time of the month? If none of those things happened, I would not be very concerned about pregnancy, but to be safe, take a test. You already did, and so again, I wouldn't be too concerned. But if you are still worried, tests are best taken first thing in the morning with the first urination of the day so the pregnancy hormones are more concentrated.

When I had food poisoning, my period was at the same time and it was very light, and when I was at my worst, the flow stopped completely. Then a month later, I had my period, and it was extremely light. So perhaps food poisoning does screw with your cycle. But take the test to be sure.
vanilla_manilla 3rd-Jun-2008 08:35 pm (UTC)
We didn't notice the condoms breaking, and he always pulls out and doesn't come inside me. We also use spermicidal lubricated condoms. I don't think I had sex during my most fertile time, but I don't keep up either. I just I had sex the first time about a week after the end of my last period, and then the second time was about 3 weeks ago. I don't know. I probably just stressing myself out over this too much, causing it to be even more late. Thanks for you help. I will take the other HPT tomorrow morning.
slobbergal 3rd-Jun-2008 08:00 pm (UTC)
If you're a week late and the test was negative, I'd say you're not pregnant. Typically it would show up (the pregnancy hormone) by now if you were. I know sometimes when I'm sick it can defer my period and I have been sick enough to cause it to skip even.
vanilla_manilla 3rd-Jun-2008 08:36 pm (UTC)
What sickness(es) have caused your period to be delayed/skip? Thanks for the help. I will take the other test tomorrow morning to make sure.
slobbergal 3rd-Jun-2008 08:38 pm (UTC)
food poisoning, stomach viruses where I was throwing up and/or diarehea, the flu, or just stress even has caused me to skip periods.
quilt_nut 3rd-Jun-2008 11:45 pm (UTC)
After I had food poisoning, my period was late. The food poisoning pretty much stole my will to live for three days (and then I was skittish around food for, like, a month out of total fear of enduring the hell I had endured before). I was violently ill and totally dehydrated after 9 hours straight of constant vomiting/diarrhea (dang sushi). I didn't each much afterwards and I think it threw my body out of whack. If you're vomiting, dehydrated, having diarrhea, and not consuming much food, it's a big stressor on your body. My body was out of whack for a month after I ate that darned raw tuna.

Edited at 2008-06-03 11:46 pm (UTC)
vanilla_manilla 4th-Jun-2008 01:17 am (UTC)
How late were you? My food poisoning episode was not as severe as yours although it took me 3 days to fully recover. I felt sick enough not to go out and stay in bed though, but I was mostly feverish, nauseated, bloated/constipated which eventually led to diarrhea, and sensitive to different temperatures like when I washed my hands/took a shower. I never vomited though. Thanks for your input...I hope this is my case.
quilt_nut 4th-Jun-2008 02:41 am (UTC)
Well, I was pretty sick. I wound up in the ER for IV fluids because obviously 9 hours of constant vomiting/diarrhea left me pretty dry. While in the ER, they made me do the obligatory urine test (although I'm not to sure how they collected this because I don't recall being able to walk to the bathroom and I had to use a bedside commode) and discovered I had developed a UTI (or being dehydrated exacerbated one that was already brewing). They did a blood test for pregnancy which was negative. I think I was just finishing up my pill pack, and I probably missed the last three doses or so because I was sick and stayed at my father's for another night until I could recover my strength. Obviously this was just my single experience. I have missed periods in the past for no reason (especially in times of MUCH stress, which included a pregnancy scare).

Honestly, I think any time you are sick, you're body can react to the stress and do whacky things. Now on top of being sick, you are concerned about pregnancy so that's an added stressor. I would take another test tomorrow. If it's negative, try to forget about it and if you miss again the next time you're due for a period, just test again. If you're super concerned, you could always call your primary care physician and ask them to check you out in the meantime. :)




Edited at 2008-06-04 02:41 am (UTC)
loveofdaisies 4th-Jun-2008 12:08 am (UTC)
I'm pretty sure illnesses can make your cycle kind of wonky, and if you tested negative, that's probably what was going on. still, I'd test with your first pee tomorrow (when the pregnancy hormones are the highest in your pee) just to make sure.
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