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Doctor insights on: How Accurate Are Pregnancy Tests Before A Missed Period

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Dr. Ralph Joseph Dr. Joseph
Obstetrics & Gynecology
30 years in practice
State Medical University N Testemitanu of Republic of Moldova
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I never miss a period it's always on time and heavy. 3 days later I get bleeding period like but light. Pregnancy tests are negative. What's wrong?

I never miss a period it's always on time and heavy. 3 days later I get bleeding period like but light. Pregnancy tests are negative. What's wrong?

Missed cycle: It is not unusual for you to skip a cycle once a year. Even women who have regular cycles for years can get this. If you are sure your not pregnancy you will usually regulate back. If it continues then you should be seen by your doctor.

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Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
Psychiatry
21 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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I was wondering are first response pregnancy tests 100% accurate 2 days passed missed period?

I was wondering are first response pregnancy tests 100% accurate 2 days passed missed period?

There is never: 100% accuracy. It is very accurate. You can repeat in a week using first morning void if you still have not had your period.

Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
Psychiatry
21 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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How accurate are home pregnancy tests if taken two weeks after missed period? Can I rely on their results?

How accurate are home pregnancy tests if taken two weeks after missed period? Can I rely on their results?

HPT: Home pregnancy tests are very accurate. If test is negative & you still don't have your period - consider repeating in one week with a first morning void.

Dr. Joseph Accurso Dr. Accurso
Radiology
25 years in practice
University at Buffalo, The State University of New York School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences
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When does pregnancy tests give the most accurate reading? Prior to a missed period, or after a missed period?

When does pregnancy tests give the most accurate reading? Prior to a missed period, or after a missed period?

After missed period: Most home pregnancy tests (hpts) claim to be 99% accurate on the first day of the missed period. However, research suggests that most hpts do not always detect the very low levels of pregnancy hormone this early. Most hpts can accurately detect pregnancy 1 week after a missed period.

Dr. Yelena Kipervas Dr. Kipervas
Family Medicine
19 years in practice
New York Institute of Technology New York College of Osteopathic Medicine
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Dr. Jeffrey Juchau Dr. Juchau
Family Medicine
29 years in practice
University of Texas Medical School at San Antonio
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How long does it take after your first missed period for over-the-counter pregnancy tests to give an accurate result?

How long does it take after your first missed period for over-the-counter pregnancy tests to give an accurate result?

See Below: Home pregnancy tests can show positive as early as 3-4 days after implantation. Implantation generally occurs 6-12 days after ovulation. So if the egg was fertilized right at ovulation and you used the most sensitive home test it could be positive at 9 days. On average it is 13-14 days after fertilization/ovulation when it is positive. So, we recommend about 5-6 days after your period is missed.

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Dr. Dustin Colegrove Dr. Colegrove
Internal Medicine
8 years in practice
Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine
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Some pregnancy tests say the can be used a couple days before missed period is this true and how accurate will it be last period 3rd august?

Some pregnancy tests say the can be used a couple days before missed period is this true and how accurate will it be last period 3rd august?

Pregnancy test: A home urine pregnancy test won't turn positive until 10-14 days after conception. Using the 1st urine of the morning will concentrate the beta-HCG hormone in the urine. So it should be accurate provided it's been longer than 14 days.

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Dr. Bryan Kurtz Dr. Kurtz
Obstetrics & Gynecology
30 years in practice
East Tennessee State University James H. Quillen College of Medicine
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Are pregnancy tests accurate if taken at night 10 days after a missed period? My 5th negative HPT was taken at 9pm 10 days after missed period.

Are pregnancy tests accurate if taken at night 10 days after a missed period? My 5th negative HPT was taken at 9pm 10 days after missed period.

Yes they are.: Current over the counter pregnancy tests are pretty reliable at diagnosing pregnancy, even a few days prior to a missed period. If you are 10 days late and repeated tests are negative, you're probably not pregnant. Sounds like you either didn't ovulate or had a delay. You should call your GYN.

Dr. Bryan Treacy Dr. Treacy
Gynecology
31 years in practice
University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine
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Are home pregnancy tests accurate on the 3rd day of the missed period? Or approx 14 days after intercourse?

Are home pregnancy tests accurate on the 3rd day of the missed period? Or approx 14 days after intercourse?

Yes: They are usually positive by 10 days after intercourse. They have a low false negative rate. They are much more accurate than they used to be.

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Dr. Elizabeth Wallen Dr. Wallen
Pediatrics
31 years in practice
The Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine
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Dr. Gerard Honore Dr. Honore
Fertility Medicine
25 years in practice
Wake Forest University School of Medicine
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Missed period, took two pregnancy tests, both clearly negative. What could it be?

Missed period, took two pregnancy tests, both clearly negative. What could it be?

Depends: Irregular and missed periods happen due to irregular or missed ovulations. If not pregnant you can wait up to another month or so and see if the period comes, before checking with doctor. Good wishes.

Dr. Kirstie Cunningham Dr. Cunningham
Obstetrics & Gynecology
22 years in practice
Wake Forest University School of Medicine
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Missed period for two months. Pregnancy tests are negative. So what could be the cause?

Missed period for two months. Pregnancy tests are negative. So what could be the cause?

Hormonal: There are many hormonal causes for missing periods. This warrants an evaluation by a gynecologist.

Dr. Gurmukh Singh Dr. Singh
Pathology
45 years in practice
University of Pune, Armed Forces Medical College
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I've taken 4 negative home pregnancy tests after my missed period. Trust these results?

I've taken 4 negative home pregnancy tests after my missed period. Trust these results?

Depends: A test done too soon may be negative and not rule out pregnancy. If you are more than 4-5 days past the expected date for your period, you did the test correctly, then a negative result is trustworthy. If you are not more than 4-5 days past the expected date for your period you may wish re do the test in 2-3 days. Use first morning urine and follow the instructions for the test carefully.

Dr. Jeff Livingston Dr. Livingston
Obstetrics & Gynecology
18 years in practice
University of Texas Southwestern Medical School at Dallas
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Pregnant? How common is it to get multiple neg pregnancy tests and have a missed period?

Pregnant? How common is it to get multiple neg pregnancy tests and have a missed period?

Never if pregnant: It is common to have multiple negative tests if you are not pregnant. If you are pregnant you will not have a negative test if you are doing it correctly. If you doubt the result repeat it in 1-2 days. If you were in fact pregnant then the bhcg level would rise enough for detection.

Dr. Jeff Livingston Dr. Livingston
Obstetrics & Gynecology
18 years in practice
University of Texas Southwestern Medical School at Dallas
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7 positive pregnancy tests 5 days before missed period, and period like symptoms. Normal?

7 positive pregnancy tests 5 days before missed period, and period like symptoms. Normal?

Pregnant: Once you have a positive pregnancy test there is no need to repeat it. Start prenatal vitamins and schedule your first prenatal visit.

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Dr. Elizabeth Wallen Dr. Wallen
Pediatrics
31 years in practice
The Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine
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I've taken 4 pregnancy tests after my missed period and they are all negative is this reliable?

I've taken 4 pregnancy tests after my missed period and they are all negative is this reliable?

Stop already...: 4 negative tests?! You're not pregnant. Very reliable.

Dr. Ron Eaker Dr. Eaker
Obstetrics & Gynecology
years in practice
East Tennessee State University James H. Quillen College of Medicine
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Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
Psychiatry
21 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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Pregnancy tests say you can test 4 days before missed period. Why does it work for some women and not for others?

Pregnancy tests say you can test 4 days before missed period. Why does it work for some women and not for others?

Many women wait: Until they have a missed a period before using a standard pregnancy test. Early pregnancy tests may be able to detect pregnancy up to 6 days prior to a missed period.

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Dr. Quang Nguyen Dr. Nguyen
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
years in practice
Midwestern University Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine
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Pregnancy tests that are made for the day of missed period does it mean anything to get a positive four days early?

Pregnancy tests that are made for the day of missed period does it mean anything to get a positive four days early?

Pregnant: If the pregnancy test is positive, it means you are pregnant and your period will not come in 4 days as scheduled. Start taking a prenatal vitamin if you haven't already started one and call your doctor for confirmation. If you still doubt the result, do the urine test again in a few days when your period is supposed to come.

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