Question: My period is 8 days late done a test which is negative been getting a pink reddy mucous stuff when i go the toilet. Just hoping you could let some light on this for me thank you. K. (UK)
Answer: If there are no other symptoms such as abdominal pain etc., my advice will be to wait and see. It is possible you could still be pregnant despite the earlier negative pregnancy test. If no proper period has arrived, I would suggest that you repeat the pregnancy test a week after the last one. If that too is negative , then you are unlikely to be pregnant. If the repeat test is positive, even if faintly so, you will need to see your doctor promptly especially if there is still this brownish vaginal discharge.
In some cases, that is an early sign that there is something wrong with the pregnancy and that could include such conditions as an ectopic pregnancy or a missed miscarriage. I hope it all turns out well for you.
Question: Last year I conceived with the pill and had to have an abortion. I have been advised to try the implant as the coil is not agreeing with me. How reliable is it? P.H. (UK)
Answer: I am sorry to hear of your failed contraception. I am not sure what you mean by the coil “not agreeing” with you. If you have been having menstrual irregularities with the intrauterine device (coil), you may need to think carefully about going for the implant which I think is Implanon. This too can be associated with erratic, sometimes heavy, vaginal bleeding.
There is no question about its reliability as a contraceptive. Implanon is one of the most effective long-acting contraceptives out there. However, for a woman with a history of menstrual problems, it may not be the ideal choice. In such a situation, Mirena intrauterine device is arguably a better option. Both these are discussed in more detail here:
Answer: That scan does not answer that question one way or another. If the scan shows that they are in separate sacs but are sharing a placenta, something that will be termed ‘monochorionic’ in medical parlance, then they are definitely identical. If they have separate placentas, they could still be either. That is, unless they are found to be of different sex, in which case they are obviously non-identical.
Question: I had a baby five months ago. Since then, I experience sex every time. There is this sharp pain at penetration which makes it difficult to continue. I never used to have this problem even during pregnancy. Do you think there was damage down there? Please help! K.C. (Bahamas)
Question: Hi, I’ve just had an ultrasound at 20 weeks and 4 days and the report says there is Grade 2 echogenic bowel. What is this? They were really non-committal and I can’t see my OB till Monday. Should I worry? S (USA)
Question: I'm 7 weeks pregnant now and I've been to the doctor, the baby has a heart beat and everything was fine. But I'm experiencing a very light bleeding something similar to a mucous membrane from the vagina without any pain from today and I'm a little bit worried. Can you tell me what that might be? S. (Macedonia)