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What does it mean if a pregnancy test does not show any result?

What does it mean if a pregnancy test does not show any result?

Inconclusive: This is rare when this happens but my suggestion is to try again this is happen very infrequently. ...Read more

Dr. James Chapman
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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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What do pregnancy test results mean?

What do pregnancy test results mean?

You're pregnant?: Pregnancy tests come in two varieties. One says yes or no as to being pregnant (urine or blood tested). The other is a blood test which tells how much pregnancy hormone (hcg) is in your blood and can be useful for your doctor in assessing how your pregnancy is progressing. ...Read more

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What does a question mark on a first response pregnancy test mean?

What does a question mark on a first response pregnancy test mean?

FIRST RESPONSE Early: Result pregnancy test is reported to detect HCG up to 6 days prior to your anticipated period. A certain amount of HCG is required to trigger a + result for the test. A? Means that the threshold was not met. Recommend you repeat in a week with the first morning void. ...Read more

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What does it mean when you get a question mark on a pregnancy test?

What does it mean when you get a question mark on a pregnancy test?

Definitely maybe: It means the results are borderline positive, something you might see very early in pregnancy, so you are definitely maybe pregnant but the results are not strong enough to say a definite yes. You can try another brand or wait a few days and try again. A blood test wold be more definitive but a home test should be positive soon if you really are pregnant. ...Read more

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I took a first response pregnancy test and a question mark showed up. What does that mean?

FIRST RESPONSE Early: Result pregnancy test is reported to detect HCG up to 6 days prior to your anticipated period. A certain amount of HCG is required to trigger a + result for the test. A? Means that the threshold was not met. Recommend you repeat in a week with the first morning void. ...Read more

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I used a first response digital pregnancy test and a question mark showed up as a result. Why didn't it just show up negative?

I used a first response digital pregnancy test and a question mark showed up as a result. Why didn't it just show up negative?

Need to repeat: There is some HCG but not enough to be diagnostic of pregnancy. Please repeat the test in 4-5 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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Hi my question is I have tested my pregnancy test with expired test it's still giving positive result is it correct or not? Expired year is 2013

Hi my question is I have tested my pregnancy test with expired test it's still giving positive result is it correct or not? Expired year is 2013

Great question!: There is not a good way to predict the validity of your expired pregnancy test. It will be important to repeat it with a fresh test, but assume and treat your body as if you ARE pregnant until proven otherwise. ...Read more

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What does it mean when a pregnancy test result appears right away?

Lots of HCG: A quicker response means a higher level of pregnancy hormone (hcg), which would be the case in an advanced pregnancy, multiple gestation (twins or more), or in a molar pregnancy (an abnormal condition). ...Read more

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What does a question mark mean on a first response yes or no pregnancy test?

What does a question mark mean on a first response yes or no pregnancy test?

Not enough Hormone: The test relies on the presence of a pregnasncy hormone to be positive. If ther is a question, then there is not enough hormone to be sure. Wait 1 week, and test a first morning urine specimen, or have a lab do a serum pregnancy test. ...Read more

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I took a pregnancy test at planned parenthood and they said my results are negative. But im 6 days late. What does this mean?

I took a pregnancy test at planned parenthood and they said my results are negative. But im 6 days late. What does this mean?

Not pregnant: A negative pregnancy test means that you were not pregnant. You need to see a doctor to discuss your irregular menstrual cycles and to start birth-control. ...Read more

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After I take a pregnancy test and wait for results (negative) I take the test appart, there is a very faint test line what does this mean?

After I take a pregnancy test and wait for results (negative) I take the test appart, there is a very faint test line what does this mean?

Depends...: It is important to follow the label directions, interpreting the test after the recommended time. Do not take it apart. As the test begins to dry out, a line can form, causing a false positive result (in other words, you would appear to be pregnant when you are not). Repeat the test. Consider using one of the more specific tests that gives a result that is more than just a line. Take care. ...Read more

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I took a pregnancy test this morning and the results came back with 1 bold red line. The test that I took was from 'first response'. Does this mean I am pregnant?

FIRST RESPONSE Early: Result pregnancy test is reported to detect HCG up to 6 days prior to your anticipated period. 2 lines = pregnant ; 1 line = not pregnant. ...Read more

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My pregnancy test result showed one red line, what does it mean?

Depends: A positive test has two bands. One band means either a negative test or an invalid test. Please read the package insert as the position of the colored band determines if it is a negative test of an unreliable test. ...Read more

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I got a? on a first response pregnancy test. Does that mean there is still hcg present but not enough for a positive result?

I got a? on a first response pregnancy test. Does that mean there is still hcg present but not enough for a positive result?

Mommy, AreWeThereYet?: Maybe it means that you are pregnant and the baby has a question for you. Or, according to their instructions, it means there was an error in the test and that they want you to do the test again. Tests of various kinds often have to be repeated for that reason, a glitch in the mechanics of the test, or a faulty sample. But I kinda like the first idea. Think about what questions your baby might ask you ...Read more

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My pregnancy test result was faint positive what does it mean?? I tested 2 times and the result was clear negative and 3rd time I got faint positive.

My pregnancy test result was faint positive what does it mean?? I tested 2 times and the result was clear negative and 3rd time I got faint positive.

Tested too soon?: 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 (3 weeks after when conception might have happened) 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. ...Read more

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Does a negative pregnancy test on day 8 of blastocyst means no positive result?

Not necessarily: Did you miss your period? If you are 4-5 days past the due date for your period, you should do the home pregnancy test using first morning urine and following the directions for the test carefully. You may wish to see your doctor for a more sensitive blood test, as soon as one day after a missed period. ...Read more

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What does a faint control level mean on a one step pregnancy test but the result window is negative but the control window is fainted help please?

What does a faint control level mean on a one step pregnancy test but the result window is negative but the control window is fainted help please?

Package insert: Each type of pregnancy test on the market come with a package insert. This tells you exactly how to interpret the test results. In the package it will likely have an image of a positive and a negative test result. Read the instructions and follow them exactly as directed. It sounds like your test was negative meaning not pregnant. ...Read more

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I have taken a home pregnancy test and the results were a very faint negative does that mean I tested to early. I'm experiencing symptoms of pregnancy?

I have taken a home pregnancy test and the results were a very faint negative does that mean I tested to early. I'm experiencing symptoms of pregnancy?

You tell us: You did not provide any menstrual, sexual, or ovulatory history in your question or personal history. You did not define specifically what you mean by the word "symptoms". We cannot possibly answer your question. ...Read more

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Hi, I had a question doc. If a urine pregnancy test is faint positive. .. Should it get darker... If not aftr being 6 days overdue...Means what?

Hi, I had a question doc. If a urine pregnancy test is faint positive. .. Should it get darker... If not aftr being 6 days overdue...Means what?

Faint + is positive: The currently available home pregnancy test kits are highly accurate and easy to do, though they are not perfect. But, seeing a faint positive line is highly likely that you are pregnant. If u want a quick sure answer, do another test, use different brand. Retest in 3-5 days will likely give strong positive. Start your prenatals, eat well/exercise regularly, and consult doc congrats and good luck. ...Read more

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I have had 5 faint positive home pregnancy tests. I got a blood pregnancy test yesterday and results came back "inconclusive" what does that mean?

I have had 5 faint positive home pregnancy tests. I got a blood pregnancy test yesterday and results came back "inconclusive" what does that mean?

Depends: Did you have sex since your last period? Did you miss a period? If yes to both you need to repeat the blood test in a week or so.
Conception, as defined by the generation of a fertilized ovum, occurs within day or so of the sex. However, it takes about 2-3 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. If the result is negative repeat the test in 4-5 days. Use first morning urine and follow 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, if you have sex. ...Read more

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What to do if I have just done a siemens hCG clinitest pregnancy test. What does the result mean?

What to do if I have just done a siemens hCG clinitest pregnancy test. What does the result mean?

Look at Instructions: Home Pregnancy tests come with instructions on how to perform the test and how to interpret the test results. If you are unsure or the test is equivocal, you can either wait and repeat the test in a few days or go to your primary doctor or an urgent care clinic. ...Read more

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Can you get accurate results on a home pregnancy test the day you have sex or does this mean im further along then I think because im definitely prego?

Can you get accurate results on a home pregnancy test the day you have sex or does this mean im further along then I think because im definitely prego?

Further along: It takes about 7 to 10 days for a home pregnancy test to show up. If it's already positive now then you were already pregnant. Schedule a visit with your doctor to confirm. I see you you are local to me. Our office would love to see you. ...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