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Dr. Cornelius O'leary jr
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Pregnancy (Definition)

When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more


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What is the likelihood of getting a false positive on a home pregnancy test?

What is the likelihood of getting a false positive on a home pregnancy test?

Very low: Though one can never say never, the tests are designed to err on the side of a false negative rather than a false positive. ...Read more

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Could a cheap home pregnancy test give me a false negative or are they all the same quality?

Could a cheap home pregnancy test give me a false negative or are they all the same quality?

Who knows: Be sure to do the first morning most concentrated urine. Now a days most tests are the same sensitivity. Get a serum HCG blood test if any question. At 46 we start to see some skipping of menses from perimenopuase. If you don't want blood test, repeat the urine test in another 5-7 days. ...Read more

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I took hCG drops about a month ago, stopped about 15 days later. yesterday I took a home pregnancy test and it came back positive. could it be false?

I took hCG drops about a month ago, stopped about 15 days later. yesterday I took a home pregnancy test and it came back positive. could it be false?

Probably not: The drops were so long ago, and there is not great absorption anyway (ie. waste of money) that it would not cause the pregnancy test to be positive. I suggest you follow up with your GYN. ...Read more

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I took a home pregnancy test which came back positive but I have no symptoms other then being nausea am i be pregnant or is this a false positive test?

I took a home pregnancy test which came back positive but I have no symptoms other then being nausea am i be pregnant or is this a false positive test?

It's likely real: Urine pregnancy tests are very accurate, so the next step is to contact an ob-gyn doctor (or primary care doctor, if one does not have an ob-gyn doctor). The doctor or his staff can give you details on when you should be seen, what lab tests might be needed, and for what symptoms you should call them even if after-hours. Healthtap's site also has answers to thousands of questions about pregnancy. ...Read more

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False positive? Can the Depo-Provera shot produce a false positive on a home pregnancy test?

False positive? Can the Depo-Provera shot produce a false positive on a home pregnancy test?

Depo : Depo should not cause a false positive on a pregnancy test. Since false negatives are much more common than false positives, you should call your doctor right away and have them test you to know for sure. You could be pregnant. Good luck! ...Read more

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I've taken 6 home pregnancy test, all coming out positive. Is there any way cyst could cause those to be a false positive?

I've taken 6 home pregnancy test, all coming out positive. Is there any way cyst could cause those to be a false positive?

Virtual consults: There are certain types of ovarian tumors that can cause a rise in BHCG and cause a false positive pregnancy test. the tumor type is choriocarcinoma. I do have some questions for you. please set up a virtual consult so that we can talk. ...Read more

Dr. Stephen Sudler
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Pregnancy Test (Definition)

A pregnancy test measures a hormone called human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG). HCG is a hormone produced during pregnancy. It appears in the blood and urine of pregnant women as early as ...Read more


Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Home Pregnancy Test (Definition)

Any one of several kits available to the public. They rely on a colorimetric reaction that, in the presence of at least 25 miu hcg, will indicate positivity ...Read more