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Dr. Thomas Inwood
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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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Is it ever too late to take a pregnancy test? Had sex in july took the test in september

Is it ever too late to take a pregnancy test? Had sex in july took the test in september

It's never TOO late: But by now you should be able to discern whether you are pregnant or not. The hpt will still be accurate even this long after possible conception. ...Read more

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Is it ever TOO LATE to take a pregnancy test? The last time I had sex was 7mo ago, I took 3 test 2wks ago. All neg, but were they accurate?

Is it ever TOO LATE to take a pregnancy test? The last time I had sex was 7mo ago, I took 3 test 2wks ago. All neg, but were they accurate?

Tests are accurate: Pregnancy happens only if you have unprotected sexual intercourse around the time of your ovulation (a few days window) when you have a mature egg ready to be fertilized. Neither the egg nor the sperm survives more than 3-5 days. If you had no recent sex, there is no need for pregnancy testing ...Read more

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Would it be too late to take a pregnancy test at 21 weeks? Would it still be accurate? What is the hook effect on pregnancy tests?

Would it be too late to take a pregnancy test at 21 weeks? Would it still be accurate? What is the hook effect on pregnancy tests?

Pregnancy test: If you are pregnant and 21 weeks, yes a pregnancy test would be positive. But at 21 weeks, you would probably be feeling movement. If you are that late and pregnancy test is negative, you should see your GYN. ...Read more

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Do I wait till my period is late to take a pregnancy test? Or can I take it tomorrow morning? The incident happen last week

Do I wait till my period is late to take a pregnancy test? Or can I take it tomorrow morning? The incident happen last week

10 days: Ome 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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Should I take a pregnancy test after being 20 days late but started 3 days ago

Should I take a pregnancy test after being 20 days late but started 3 days ago

Don’t guess.: 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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When is the best time to take a pregnancy test? I took one at 4 days late but got negative results

When is the best time to take a pregnancy test? I took one at 4 days late but got negative results

Not pregnant: If you tested after you missed your period then you are most likely not pregnant. If you do not believe the results then please repeat the test in one week. ...Read more

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I'm five days late for my cycle should I take a pregnancy test?

I'm five days late for my cycle should I take a pregnancy test?

Yes: Use first morning urine and follow the instructions for test carefully, including reading the result within the prescribed time frame. ...Read more

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Can you take a pregnancy test if you are spotting and 5 days late?

Can you take a pregnancy test if you are spotting and 5 days late?

Yes: Home pregnancy tests should be done 4-5 days after the missed period. Use first morning urine and follow instructions for the test carefully. Try to avoid blood contamination of the urine that would use for the test. ...Read more

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I'm now 6 days late n I want to take a pregnancy test but don't want to be let down I been ttc for 3yrs now. What should I do?

I'm now 6 days late n I want to take a pregnancy test but don't want to be let down I been ttc for 3yrs now. What should I do?

See a specialist: Three years trying to get pregnant is too long. Get some help. Find a local healthtap reproductive endocrinologist. There are so many great options and treatments. Use the physician locator in the bottom right of your screen to find a local doc to help. Good luck. ...Read more

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Period is 4 days late, when should I take a pregnancy test?

Period is 4 days late, when should I take a pregnancy test?

Soon: 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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How many days after a late/pissed period should you take a pregnancy test?

How many days after a late/pissed period should you take a pregnancy test?

At the time of: The missed period test should be +, a blood test defintely would be + at teh time of the missed period, at your age you can start skipping periods, your gyn can do blood work to see if you are peri-menopausal and other tests like an ultrasound to make sure nothing strange is going on. ...Read more

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Should I take a pregnancy test if I have very late periods?

Should I take a pregnancy test if I have very late periods?

Yes absolutely.: Check out this link. Take care! Http://www. Medicinenet. Com/missed_menstrual_period/symptoms. Htm. ...Read more

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Do doctors think it's ever too late to take a home pregnancy test?

No: Once your levels of HCG go above the threshold to be positive, they will not come back under the threshold until after you deliver. ...Read more

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How many days late (of your period) should you take a pregnancy test?

How many days late (of your period) should you take a pregnancy test?

1 week: Home pregnancy tests are very accurate and not affected by foods, herbs, common illnesses, sexually transmitted diseases, vaginal spotting, or medications. A 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 negative result may be due to testing too early such as less than 2 weeks after conception. ...Read more

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Should I take a pregnancy test if cycle 4days late? I on bc I not really bleeding everytime I wipe myself it just brown stuff is that my cycle?

Should I take a pregnancy test if cycle 4days late? I on bc I not really bleeding everytime I wipe myself it just brown stuff is that my cycle?

The brown: Discharge is likely to be older, deoxygenated blood being cleaned from your uterus. In that case - it could just be spotting or it could be the start of your period. If unsure, take a home pregnancy test. ...Read more

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OkAy I'm sorry this is a correction from the last question. Is it to early to take a pregnancy test when I'm 3 days late? Last period : July 26 2014

OkAy I'm sorry this is a correction from the last question. Is it to early to take a pregnancy test when I'm 3 days late? Last period : July 26 2014

Not too early.: I think I answered this, because I figured the date was wrong, since you said your were late. Check the directions of various over-the-counter pregnancy tests. Repeat in a week, if negative and no period. If still negative and no period, see your doc. ...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