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Dr. Jeff Livingston
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How soon before your missed period will a blood pregnancy test detect pregnancy?

Dr. Jeff Livingston
Board Certified, Obstetrics and Gynecology
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How soon before your missed period will a blood pregnancy test detect pregnancy?

Pregnancy tests: 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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Dr. Tonga Nfor
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Dr. Thomas Rohde
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Period one day late. Negative pregnancy test that said it could detect up to 5 days before missed period.?

Dr. Thomas Rohde
Board Certified, General Practice
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Period one day late.  Negative pregnancy test that said it could detect up to 5 days before missed period.?

Stress or worry?: Stress and worry can lead to late or missed period as your adrenal glands need cortisol to get you thru stress and they "steal" Progesterone from your female cycle which can affect timing and regularity. I can't tell you not to worry but i would suggest repeating test in a few days and then using reliable contraception on a regular basis to remove worry. Stress is bad for your health! ...Read more

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Dr. Tonga Nfor
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Dr. Jeff Livingston
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My home pregnancy test says on the box can detect pregnancy 5 days before missed period, can it really predict pregnany this early?

Dr. Jeff Livingston
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My home pregnancy test says on the box can detect pregnancy 5 days before missed period, can it really predict pregnany this early?

Trust the test: Home pregnancy tests are very accurate. They are the same tests used in a doctor's 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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Dr. Donald Alves
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How long should I wait before i take a pregnancy test after my missed period?

Dr. Donald Alves
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How long should I wait before i take a pregnancy test after my missed period?

Don't have to: Home pregnancy test will usually show (+) 10 days after conception. Ovulation usually mid-cycle, so at most, might want to wait a week, but might show (+) already, depending on when you ovulated and had intercourse. ...Read more

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Dr. Kitturah Schomberg-Klaiss
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Can I be pregnant if I took a pregnancy test before my missed period an it was negative but im 3 days late ?

Dr. Kitturah Schomberg-Klaiss
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Repeat the test: Odds of a falsely negative pregnancy test are greater the earlier you test. I recommend testing again, and then if it's still negative, call your dr. ...Read more

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Dr. Miriam Sivkin
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Do you have to have a missed period before taking a pregnancy test?

Dr. Miriam Sivkin
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Do you have to have a missed period before taking a pregnancy test?

No: Different tests may reveal pregnancy earlier than a missed menses. Check the tests you buy ...Read more

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Dr. Gerard Honore
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How soon before your missed period can you take a pregnancy test?

Dr. Gerard Honore
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How soon before your missed period can you take a pregnancy test?

About 2 days: Sensitive tests are reliable about 11 days after conception, so up to 2 days (maybe 3) before an expected period. Before tehat, they are inconsistent and not helpful. ...Read more

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Dr. John Munshower
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How many days before your missed period can you use a pregnancy test?

Dr. John Munshower
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How many days before your missed period can you use a pregnancy test?

Several: You ovulate 2 weeks before your period, and the pregnancy tests can detect small amounts of b-hcg (once your egg is fertilized) in only a few days. So, theoretically, you may be able to check a test several days before your "missed period.". ...Read more

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Dr. Jeff Livingston
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If i take a pregnancy test before my missed period and it reads positive could i be pregnant?

Dr. Jeff Livingston
Board Certified, Obstetrics and Gynecology
17 years in practice
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Pos test = pregnancy: If your test is positive then you are pregnant. See a doctor for prenatal care and begin taking a prenatal vitamin. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Can i take a pregnancy test 8 days before missed period?

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Can i take a pregnancy test 8 days before missed period?

Not at home.: A home pregnancy test will not pick up at this time. An early pregnancy test won't pick up this early. ...Read more

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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


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