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Can I get a false negative pregnancy test and still be pregnant if I tested 3-4 days before my period ?

Can I get a false negative pregnancy test and still be pregnant if I tested 3-4 days before my period ?

Yes: A urine pregnancy test, done correctly, gives a reliable result 3 weeks after sex (3 weeks after when conception might have occurred), or 1 week after missing a period. If done sooner, a positive result is likely real, but a negative result may be due to testing too soon, and thus lead to a repeat test. ...Read more

Dr. Neigatha Graney
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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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How common is it to get a false negative on a pregnancy test?

How common is it to get a false negative on a pregnancy test?

Depends: Almost all comercial preg tests report efficacy close to 99%. Trick is however, that depends on when they are done. There is a higher false negative rate if performed before the time os the missed cycle. Most-if not all- pregnancy tests should be positive by one week after a missed cycle. Always check the boxes. They state their "sensivitiy" level. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get a false negative on a pregnancy test taken two weeks after conception?

Yes, sometimes: A urine pregnancy test, done correctly, gives a reliable result 3 weeks after sex (3 weeks after when conception might have occurred), or 1 week after missing a period. If done sooner, a positive result is likely real, but a negative result may be due to testing too soon, and thus lead to a repeat test. If a woman gets her normal regular period, then she is not pregnant, and a test is not needed. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get a false negative after a confirmed positive pregnancy test?

Is it possible to get a false negative after a confirmed positive pregnancy test?

Technique: If you do not do the test correctly, it may turn out negative and by definition would be false negative. ...Read more

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Is it common to get a false negative if you take a pregnancy test while you're drunk?

Is it common to get a false negative if you take a pregnancy test while you're drunk?

No...no...no...: Please don't ever drink if you think that you are pregnant. This can lead to something called "fetal alcohol syndrome". http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/home-pregnancy-tests/pr00100/nsectiongroup=2 having dilute urine can cause a falsely negative pregnancy test. ...Read more

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What to do if i'm accumulating pregnancy symptoms, and was wondering if at this far along it's possible to get a false negative from a urine pregnancy test?

What to do if i'm accumulating pregnancy symptoms, and was wondering if at this far along it's possible to get a false negative from a urine pregnancy test?

Testing: One study found that nearly 1/4 of home pregnancy tests give a false negative. It also found that nearly 1/3 of users did not follow the directions properly. Finally, testing prior to nine days after missed period had more false negatives than testing more than nine days after. ...Read more

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Can being overweight (286lbs) cause a woman to get a false negative on a home pregnancy test?

Can being overweight (286lbs) cause a woman to get a false negative on a home pregnancy test?

No.: While obesity in women can increase estrogen levels, HCG is made only during pregnancy. A pregnant obese female will have a positive test if she is pregnant! ...Read more

Dr. Stephen Sudler
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