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Missed Period (Definition)

A missed period is when you don't have a period at your normal time. Because a missed period can be due to pregnancy, even a period that is signficantly lighter or shorter can be considered a missed period and possible pregnancy. And having early symptoms of early pregnancy such as sore breasts or mild nausea would increase ...Read more


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I am 45 years old and I am 16 days late for my. I took a pregnancy test and it came out negative what should I do I never miss a period?

I am 45 years old and I am 16 days late for my. I took a pregnancy test and it came out negative what should I do I never miss a period?

Repeat test: If you had unprotected sex since your last period, you may wish to repeat the test. Use first morning urine and follow the instructions for the test carefully. If you do not wish to be pregnant, use contraception all the time, every time. You may consider implanted contraceptive, or IUD. Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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It's been 31 days in my cycle. I never ever miss a period. But i took a pregnancy test about two days ago, it came out negative.

It's been 31 days in my cycle. I never ever miss a period. But i took a pregnancy test about two days ago, it came out negative.

Trust the test : Home pregnancy tests are very accurate. They are the same tests used in a doctors office. They can detect a pregnancy 7-10 days after conception. The best time to take one is when you miss your period. If you doubt the result you can repeat it in 1-2 days. If you were pregnant the hormone level would rise enough for detection. ...Read more

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I'm on the pill and taking garlic. My flow is light this month. Should I take a pregnancy test or should I wait until I miss a period?

I'm on the pill and taking garlic. My flow is light this month.  Should I take a pregnancy test or should I wait until I miss a period?

Wait: BCP's if taken according to the directions are extraordinarily effective at what they claim to do (over 99 %). Of course if you skip doses or don't follow the directions exactly they don't work as well. The best pregnancy tests will pick up a pregnancy five days after the fertilized egg implants in the wall of the uterus. As always tests can be wrong. ...Read more

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How can you miss a period have a negative pregnancy test then concieve few days later and be pregnant?

2 ships crossing...: It sounds like you were juuust pregnant - like maybe a few days - when you took the first pregnancy test; and then later, your pregnancy progressed enough to be detectable by the test. It isn't that you weren't pregnant. It was that you weren't pregnant enough for the test to see it yet. ...Read more

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Do u have to wait until u miss a period to get a + pregnancy test. I did 1 @ the hospital a couple days after my period ended it was negative?

No : Some of the new tests will show a positive up to a week before you are due for your period. If you had a period and a negative pregnancy test, you are very unlikely to be pregnant. ...Read more

Dr. Daniel Saurborn
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Pregnancy (Definition)

If you're pregnant or planning to get pregnant, there are many things you can do to give your baby a healthy start: Regular prenatal visits along with laboratory testing, ultrasounds, prenatal vitamins and immunizations (like the flu shot and whopping cough booster). Now's the time to eat healthy, stay hydrated, and ...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