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Dr. Ira Friedlander
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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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Why am I still spotting? I took a pregnancy test and it came back negative so could it still be early? I have a lot of symptoms to be pregnant.

Why am I still spotting? I took a pregnancy test and it came back negative so could it still be early? I have a lot of symptoms to be pregnant.

Yes: You could have ovulated later this month for various reasons. Because of this the pregancy test might not be positive yet, and you could be pregnant. By repeating the pregnancy test in a fews days, it could turn poitive explaing your symptoms. If your spotting will probably will turn into a normal period. ...Read more

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If im 2 weeks late and I'm still spotting (light pink and dark brown) for 5 days now what does that mean? All pregnancy test are negative though.

If im 2 weeks late and I'm still spotting (light pink and dark brown) for 5 days now what does that mean? All pregnancy test are negative though.

No clear answer: Menstrual irregularities are not uncommon and anovulatory cycle is a common cause. If you miss more than two periods it would be time to see your doctor. Consult this site for more information on this topic.
http://www. Nichd. Nih. Gov/health/topics/menstruation/conditioninfo/Pages/causes. Aspx ...Read more

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I ve bin spotting for almost fourteen days now and I had sex and had a normal bleeding for some hours but now it's back 2 spotting again. I ve done a pregnancy test thrice all negatives bin taking this drug Levofloxacin Tablets but am still spotting. What

I ve bin spotting for almost fourteen days now and I had sex and had a normal bleeding for some hours but now it's back 2 spotting again. I ve done a pregnancy test thrice all negatives bin taking this drug Levofloxacin Tablets but am still spotting. What

Spotting: Irregular periods are one of the most common problems obgyns treat. If this is one time problem it usually resolves on its own. If this is a recurring problem you should be evaluated. Infections ; hormonal changes can cause spotting. If there is a concern for pregnancy then do a home pregnancy test. There are many options available to help regulate the menstrual cycle. Schedule a visit. ...Read more

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Spotting since 11jan on & off missed period last month still spotting this period was due 3 days ago took pregnancy test neg my dr said not to worie?

Spotting since 11jan on & off missed period last month still spotting this period was due 3 days ago took pregnancy test neg my dr said not to worie?

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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Home pregnancy test negative... Still spotting light pink and brown. Nausea hurts when lay in belly, breast tenderness. Can a Blood test be Positive?

Home pregnancy test negative... Still spotting light pink and brown. Nausea hurts when lay in belly, breast tenderness. Can a Blood test be Positive?

See: Your doctor and have a blood test done to confirm whether you are or are not pregnant. The home tests are good but not as accurate as the blood tests ...Read more

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I took home pregnancy test and it was positive. Only thing is, there's always a brown like spottings. Is this normal?

I took home pregnancy test and it was positive. Only thing is, there's always a brown like spottings. Is this normal?

Get checked: Sometimes spotting can be normal in early pregnancy but you should make an appointment with your doctor to make sure everything is ok. Good luck! ...Read more

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How many days after sex should I wait to get an accurate results on a pregnancy test? I'm on day 23 still negative

How many days after sex should I wait to get an accurate results on a pregnancy test? I'm on day 23 still negative

You are not pregnant: Fourteen days after conception a pregnancy test should be accurate. If you are negative at day 23 you are most likely not pregnant. ...Read more

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I'm late on my cycle and I've taken 3 pregnancy test, all negative, when is the best time to test to get a more accurate answer.

I'm late on my cycle and I've taken 3 pregnancy test, all negative, when is the best time to test to get a more accurate answer.

See your doctor.: If you're late with your period, you still might be pregnant, even though your tests were negative. Likely the best time to test is about 10 days after mid cycle, when ovulation normally occurs. Some tests can detect pregnancy in about 48 hours, but it's a good idea to be sure. Given your results and no period it would be smart to see your doctor for an exam and tests to be sure. Best of luck! ...Read more

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Can I drop blood on a urine pregnancy test and still get accurate results? If not, where can I get a blood pregnancy test?

Can I drop blood on a urine pregnancy test and still get accurate results? If not, where can I get a blood pregnancy test?

AT the clinic: At your doctor's office; at the community health center serving your county. At planned parenthood. No. Do not put blood on the urine pregnancy test. Put urine on the urine pregnancy test. But, only after a period has been missed. Not before. ...Read more

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If my period is supposed to start on Saturday and I take a pregnancy test today, can I still get accurate results?

If my period is supposed to start on Saturday and I take a pregnancy test today, can I still get accurate results?

Yes: Take a test.  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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Can you still get accurate results in pregnancy test if you held onto your pee. Ex. I woke up at 10 am I took the test at 3 pm. (Did not pee yet)?

Can you still get accurate results in pregnancy test if you held onto your pee. Ex. I woke up at 10 am I took the test at 3 pm. (Did not pee yet)?

Pregnancy testing: Do you realize that all of your questions have you listed as a male? Males cannot get pregnant. If you are a female and you have missed a period then the urine you describe should be adequate. ...Read more

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Last period was 3/26, if I had sex on the 7th and 9th of this month; can a blood pregnancy test be accurate or can I still get a false negative?

Last period was 3/26, if I had sex on the 7th and 9th of this month; can a blood pregnancy test be accurate or can I still get a false negative?

Positive test hcg: Its probably a little early for commercial test to turn positive at this time. Most of them work or turn positve the day before you missed your period. You can easily get a false negative test now and still be pregnant. Good luck. ...Read more

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If I have all pregnancy symptoms and movements, but got the Depo-Provera shot on the 30th, would the home pregnancy test still give me an accurate answer?

If I have all pregnancy symptoms and movements, but got the Depo-Provera shot on the 30th, would the home pregnancy test still give me an accurate answer?

Yes: If you are pregnant, the home pregnancy test would be positive. If the result is negative repeat the test 4-5 days later unless you get a period by then. Use first morning urine and follow the instructions for the test carefully. If you have any doubt, get a blood test for HCG level. ...Read more

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How soon after having light spotting can I get an accurate pregnancy test? Had period early this month and spotting 2 weeks later

How soon after having light spotting can I get an accurate pregnancy test? Had period early this month and spotting 2 weeks later

Checking - pregnancy: Is timed by timing of spotting. Would recommend that you test if you miss your period. Take care. ...Read more

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If I take a pregnancy test 2 weeks after my period (I was only spotting) will it still be accurate?

Depends upon when: You had intercourse and when you think you might have become pregnant. If you think your last cycle was unusual and you are wondering if you became pregnant about a month ago, then yes, the pregnancy test should be accurate. If you want to know if you have concieved this cycle, you'll have to wait until your period is due, and if you are late, then the test will be accurate for this month. OK? ...Read more

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If I take a pregnancy test in the afternoon while on my period will it still be accurate? I'm afraid bc I had spotting then period never spotted b4?

If I take a pregnancy test in the afternoon while on my period will it still be accurate? I'm afraid bc I had spotting then period never spotted b4?

Not pregnant: Having a period is your body's way of proving you did not get pregnant. You do not need to test. It would be a complete waste of money. But, if you test, it will be negative and it will be valid because you are not pregnant. ...Read more

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Can you get an accurate pregnancy test 12 days after sex?

Can you get an accurate pregnancy test 12 days after sex?

Once in a while: 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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Will you get an accurate pregnancy test results 5.3 weeks after sex?

Will you get an accurate pregnancy test results 5.3 weeks after sex?

You should: That's been plenty of time for a test to reveal a positive result. ...Read more

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Can we check for pregnancy test after 2weeks of intercourse. Can we get accurate result after 2weeks. I am eager to check whether I am pregnant r not?

Can we check for pregnancy test after 2weeks of intercourse. Can we get accurate result after 2weeks. I am eager to check whether I am pregnant r not?

After missed period: Conception, as defined by the generation of a fertilized ovum, occurs within day or so of the sex. However, it takes about two weeks for the embryo to make enough HCG to produce a positive pregnancy test. Blood test may be done a day after a missed period. Home pregnancy tests should be done 4-5 days after the missed period. A negative result on a test done too early is not reliable. ...Read more

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When can I take a pregnancy test and it still be accurate?

When can I take a pregnancy test and it still be accurate?

Depends: Blood vs urine.
Urine tests are accurate 2 weeks after ovulation. Blood tests can be positive 8 days after ovulation. ...Read more

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I have a pregnancy test that expired 3 months ago, would it still be accurate when used?

I have a pregnancy test that expired 3 months ago, would it still be accurate when used?

Get a new test kit: The answer is "maybe" Since you really want to know whether or not you are pregnant, go buy a new test. If the expired one tests negative, you won't be sure you can believe it!
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How to take pregnancy test at home and get accurate results?

How to take pregnancy test at home and get accurate results?

See below: Purchase and perform a home pregnancy test according to instructions. They turn positive at about the time you're 1 week late. If it's negative, repeat in 1 week. ...Read more

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Can I get an accurate pregnancy test after 16 days of unprotected sex?

Can I get an accurate pregnancy test after 16 days of unprotected sex?

Not days past sex...: The time for an accurate test is a count of days from the missed period. If you are late by over a week - 10 days, a test should be accurate but read the pkg. Better yet, have it done at a clinic if you're not confident. When the sex happened matters vis-a -vis ovulation. Closer = more likely to conceive. Discuss and learn at the clinic! And get and use protection! ...Read more

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Can you get a negative home pregnancy test at 5 weeks and still be pregnant?

Can you get a negative home pregnancy test at 5 weeks and still be pregnant?

Rarely: Home pregnancy tests are very accurate and not affected by foods, herbs, common illnesses, sexually transmitted diseases, or medications. A correctly done urine test gives a reliable result 3 weeks after sex 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. If worried, can test one more time next week. ...Read more

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Can I take and get an accurate pregnancy test 12 days after unprotected sex?

Can I take and get an accurate pregnancy test 12 days after unprotected sex?

Too soon to test: You should do the test 4-5 days after a missed period. If the result is negative repeat it in 4-5 days. Use first morning urine and follow the instructions carefully. Alternatively you could get a blood test for HCG level a day after the missed period. 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.
Get HPV vaccine. ...Read more

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Will it still be accurate if you took home pregnancy test afternoon or evening?

Will it still be accurate if you took home pregnancy test afternoon or evening?

Yes: Early morning urine in very early pregnancy is preferred because it is more concentrated. However, by 6 weeks anytime pregnancy test is as accurate. ...Read more

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When is the best time to take a home pregnancy test and get an accurate result?

After missed period: You should do the test 4-5 days after a missed period. if the result is negative repeat the test in 5-4 days, unless you get a period by then. 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.
Get HPV vaccine. ...Read more

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If I had sex 8 days ago, can I take a pregnancy test and get an accurate response?

If I had sex 8 days ago, can I take a pregnancy test and get an accurate response?

Low probability: I would at least wait until you have missed your period and then try. ...Read more

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How early after ovulation can you take a pregnancy test and get an accurate result?

How early after ovulation can you take a pregnancy test and get an accurate result?

About 2 weeks: It is best to wait 2 weeks after ovulation to check a pregnancy test, though it is possible it may come out positive a few days before then. ...Read more

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If I recently had implatation bleeding could I still take a pregnancy test and be accurate?

If I recently had implatation bleeding could I still take a pregnancy test and be accurate?

Sure: How do you know it was implantation bleeding? That only happens when you are pregnant and it's not very common. If you think you might be pregnant check then check a home pregnancy test. They are cheap, reliable and available at any pharmacy. ...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. Dennis Higginbotham
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Spotting (Definition)

Spotting (vaginal spotting) is a symptom in which a woman has light bleeding from the vagina between menstrual cycles. Spotting is usually very light and may be just a ...Read more