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how accurate are pregnancy tests before a missed period

A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gregory Gilbert
22 years experience in Emergency Medicine
Confusing question: Is this what happens every time you have your period? On time, heavy and then 3 days later a light period? Or just this one time? Assuming this i ... Read More

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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience in Psychiatry
There is never: 100% accuracy. It is very accurate. You can repeat in a week using first morning void if you still have not had your period.
A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience in Psychiatry
HPT: Home pregnancy tests are very accurate. If test is negative & you still don't have your period - consider repeating in one week with a first mor ... Read More
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joseph Accurso
28 years experience in Radiology
After missed period: Most home pregnancy tests (hpts) claim to be 99% accurate on the first day of the missed period. However, research suggests that most hpts do not ... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Yelena Kipervas
22 years experience in Family Medicine
Reassurance : You did right and can repeat it in one week. Most reliable test - blood work.
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carrie Cannon
32 years experience in Family Medicine
It depends.: It depends on the type of test. Most are accurate at 10-11 days after the first missed period, but sometimes even with first AM urine, a false negativ ... Read More
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A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
32 years experience in Pediatrics
True, but wait...: Patience is a great virtue. One can wait until missing a regular period, or after 3 weeks have passed since having sex (if periods are irregular and o ... Read More
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Dr. Bryan Treacy
34 years experience in Gynecology
Yes: They are usually positive by 10 days after intercourse. They have a low false negative rate. They are much more accurate than they used to be.
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bryan Kurtz
33 years experience in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Yes they are.: Current over the counter pregnancy tests are pretty reliable at diagnosing pregnancy, even a few days prior to a missed period. If you are 10 days lat ... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Killian
27 years experience in General Practice
You are not pregnant: Five tests cannot be wrong. You are not pregnant. There are a dozen common reasons for missed periods. Perhaps you should learn about that and stop ... Read More

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