Brown discharge does not automatically indicate pregnancy, but if it occurs slightly before a regular menstrual cycle and there is a possibility of pregnancy, a pregnancy test should be taken, according to What to Expect. A brown discharge, called implantation bleeding, is a common occurrence 10 to 14 days after ovulation when the fertilized egg attaches to the uterine lining.Know More
If the brown discharge is caused by implantation bleeding, it is typically much shorter and lighter than a regular menstrual period, according to What to Expect. Implantation bleeding can be accompanied by light cramping. The blood is generally either brown or light red, and does not contain any clots. If a pregnancy test is negative and the woman is taking birth control pills, breakthrough bleeding can cause brown bleeding similar to implantation bleeding as the body adjusts to the hormones in the pills.
According to Healthline, in very rare cases, brown bleeding can signify an advanced stage of cervical cancer. Getting a regular pelvic exam and Pap smear helps to prevent undiagnosed cervical cancer from advancing to this stage.
Women with unexplained brown spotting should contact a doctor. While most causes of brown spotting do not indicate a serious problem, it is important to deal with health concerns promptly in the case of a larger problem.Learn more about Pregnancy
According to FertilityFriend.com, "BFP" stands for "Big Fat Positive," and it refers to the results of a pregnancy test. Its counterpart, "BFN," stands for "Big Fat Negative." Both BFP and BFN are common abbreviations in online pregnancy forums, chat rooms and support groups.Full Answer >
The most common complication with using an expired pregnancy test is receiving a false negative reading, according to WebMD. Any pregnancy test that is past its expiration date can return a false positive or false negative reading, but the latter is far more likely.Full Answer >
Women should wait at least two weeks after IVF before taking a pregnancy test. Tests taken before two weeks have passed can deliver false results, according to Shady Grove Fertility.Full Answer >
According to the Mayo Clinic, the quickest way to determine if a woman is pregnant is to use a pregnancy test, which can be taken at home or at a doctor's office. Other symptoms of pregnancy occur during the first few weeks of pregnancy. An early sign of pregnancy is tender, swollen breasts. Breasts may feel fuller, more sensitive and heavier than normal.Full Answer >