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

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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. ...Read more

Dr. Chad Levitt
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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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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Missed period at 43 normal cycle is 23-26 days. I am 13 days late took 2 pregnancy tests and negative. Is this normal?

Missed period at 43 normal cycle is 23-26 days. I am 13 days late took 2 pregnancy tests and negative. Is this normal?

Not unusual: It's not unusual at 43 to start having an occasional anovulatory cycle and thus miss your period. I'd repeat a pregnancy test in another week, and if still negative, then pregnancy ruled out. If continued irregularity, talk it over with your OB. But right now things are pretty normal for your age. ...Read more

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I took a 3 pregnancy tests 10 days before my missed period (June 19) and they all came out positive. How far a long could I be?

I took a 3 pregnancy tests 10 days before my missed period (June 19) and they all came out positive. How far a long could I be?

Well: urine tests usually take at least 10-14 days to turn positive to turn positive, so I am guess your last bleeding time might have been implantation and not a period based on the info you gave. This would possibly make you 6 weeks or more. Have your physician confirm things with an ultrasound though as I am almost guessing based on the little info. ...Read more

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Took to home pregnancy tests both said neg, but have all signs of pregnancy even a three week missed period, what should I do?

See your doctor: This is a problem that necessitates a face-to-face meeting with your doctor. This will allow him/her to examine you, ask specific questions. And possibly order tests to find out what's wrong and what to do to help you. ...Read more

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Can I still be pregnant after 11 days missed period but 4 negative pregnancy tests? Bled a little today on the 11th day but it stopped

Can I still be pregnant after 11 days missed period but 4 negative pregnancy tests? Bled a little today on the 11th day but it stopped

Could be: No test is perfect! The best test we have for pregnancy is a blood test for quantitative level of beta chain of human chorionic gonadotropin. That goes up usually 5 days after implantation of the fertalized egg. If you don't want to become pregnant at this point in your life use a good method of birth control. There are plenty out there. ...Read more

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How reliable are home pregnancy tests (ones like clearblue and first response) and what is the likelihood of a false neg. Weeks after missed period?

Pretty reliable: If performed correctly and enough time has past. If test is performed too early you can have a false negative, but it sounds as if you are far enough out. ...Read more

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2 pregnancy tests negitive but I have all the early signs of pregnancy and missed period so why are the tests negitive?

2 pregnancy tests negitive but I have all the early signs of pregnancy and missed period so why are the tests negitive?

Am I pregnant?: There are no symptoms that are specific to pregnancy. The first thought is that you have not ovulated this month for some reason and you hormones are in fluctuation. That would explain the symptoms. Or you tested too really and should test again in a few days if the period does not start. ...Read more

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I took two pregnancy tests yesterday and today both showed negative then faint positive s few hours later. Due to a missed period. I'm confused?

I took two pregnancy tests yesterday and today both showed negative then faint positive s few hours later. Due to a missed period. I'm confused?

Menses: Get a blood pregnancy test done that will clear your doubt make sure they order the quantitative serum HCG if you are pregnant it will tell you how far you are into your pregnancy if negative then you are not pregnant ...Read more

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Became seually active on 12/21/12 last period was 1/22/13. Missed period and 7 negative pregnancy tests. Could I be pregnant?

Unlikely: With that many negative pregnancy tests, pregnancy is unlikely, but if your period doesn't come this week and you are usually regular you should call your doctor. ...Read more

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