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I have the classic signs of pregnancy, yet had a negative home pregnancy test result. Could it be a cyst or a ghost pregnancy?

I have the classic signs of pregnancy, yet had a negative home pregnancy test result. Could it be a cyst or a ghost pregnancy?

Did you take the: Pregnancy test after missing your period? If not, you may have taken it too early. You can repeat in a week with a first morning void. Reasons for missed / late period include: an anovulatory cycle in which no egg is released, marked v or ^ in weight; eating disorder; over-exercising (endurance athletics), travel, significant illnesses, oral contraceptives ; other meds, illegal drug use, breast. ...Read more

Dr. Debra Rosenblatt
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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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Faint line on a pregnancy test. Does this mean I'm pregnant?

Faint line on a pregnancy test. Does this mean I'm pregnant?

Probably: A faint line is still a line and usually does mean you are pregnant; Its always best to repeat it in a few days to be certain. Best wishes! ...Read more

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Is it possible to get an evaporation line on a pregnancy test?

Is it possible to get an evaporation line on a pregnancy test?

Waiting too long: If you do a home test and then let it sit beyond the 5 minutes the instructions indicate then the urine evaporates and often will show positive. That does not mean one is pregnant. It means the user did not follow the instructions on the test packaging. ...Read more

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What does it mean when the positive line on a pregnancy test shows up and has little color right before the ten minute mark, but doesn't get any darker?

What does it mean when the positive line on a pregnancy test shows up and has little color right before the ten minute mark, but doesn't get any darker?

It means one can...: A faint positive line on a urine pregnancy test is still a positive test, if the test is done correctly and read correctly. It means one can repeat a test 1 week later to see if it is positive again (it should be positive because the HCG levels will be much higher a week later if there is a pregnancy), or one can check with her doctor for an evaluation. ...Read more

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Faint positive line on a pregnancy test? does that still mean im pregnant?

Repeat test: If you had unprotected sex and missed your period, you should repeat the pregnancy test in 2-3 days. 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

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