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Dr. Mark Ingerman
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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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Can a pregnancy test be wrong if taken too soon?

Can a pregnancy test be wrong if taken too soon?

Yes: If you have been sexually active and have missed your period then you can go ahead and take a home pregnancy test (HPT) now. If negative and still no period would repeat HPT in a week. Take care. ...Read more

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If i take a pregnacy test a week after conseption can it be accurate?

If i take a pregnacy test a week after conseption can it be accurate?

Yes: If you did conceive, and it is positive it is accurate. But what i think you are asking is: "will a pregnancy test be a reliable indicator of pregnancy one week after intercourse?" probably not most home pregnancy tests are reliable after your first missed period, or about 4-5 weeks. ...Read more

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When can I take a pregnancy test and it still be accurate?

When can I take a pregnancy test and it still be accurate?

Depends: Blood vs urine. Urine tests are accurate 2 weeks after ovulation. Blood tests can be positive 8 days after ovulation. ...Read more

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If i take a pregnancy test at night, will it be accurate?

Depends: Home pregnancy test should be done 4-5 days after a missed period. It is better to use first morning urine as it is more concentrated. However, if the blood HCG level is high enough you could do the test any time. ...Read more

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When should you take a pregnancy test for accurate results?

When should you take a pregnancy test for accurate results?

After missed period: Please do the test 4-5 days after a missed period; use first morning urine and follow the instructions for the test carefully. ...Read more

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If a pregnancy test is taken during implantation bleeding would it be positive or negative?

If a pregnancy test is taken during implantation bleeding would it be positive or negative?

Negative: First i really don't believe in "implantation bleeding, " but implantation happens 6-7 days after fertilization. So 'if' you implanted, it would be almost a week later before test could be positive. Good luck! ...Read more

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When after intercourse would a home pregnancy test be effective?

When after intercourse would a home pregnancy test be effective?

10-14 days: The pregnancy test can be effective 10-14 days after intercourse. I suggest to wait for the regular menstruation. If the menstruation fail to start, do one pregnancy test. If the test is negative, wait another 1-2 weeks for the menstruation to come. If not, repeat the pregnancy test. If the test is again negative and menstruation is absent, there may be other causes for the missing menstruation. ...Read more

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Is it possible for a blood pregnancy test to be negative at 16 days late and still be pregnant?

Is it possible for a blood pregnancy test to be negative at 16 days late and still be pregnant?

Yes and no: Usually if a woman is 16 days late she is at 4 weeks gestational age and the blood pregnancy test would have to be positive. But if that women had just randomly a late ovulation, say she ovulated 3 weeks later than normal, a woman could be just a few days pregnant and the blood test would be negative. But she would still be "late". ...Read more

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If I take a home pregnancy test 29 days after conception will the test be accurate or is that too soon?

If I take a home pregnancy test 29 days after conception will the test be accurate or is that too soon?

Not too soon!: Take a home pregnancy test! pregnancy test are accurate about two weeks after conception. If it has been at least that long since your last intercourse, and you still don't get your period or a positive test, then you may want to ask your doctor for a blood test. ...Read more

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If I take a home pregnancy test 2 months after intercourse, will it be accurate?

If I take a home pregnancy test 2 months after intercourse, will it be accurate?

Yes, it will: If a woman after intercourse has not had a menstrual period for two months, a home pregnancy test will tell if she is pregnant. If the test is negative, the woman could have missed her period for other reasons, e.g., stress at work. ...Read more

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Can someone be pregnant after a negative home pregnancy test and a negative pee test from the clinic? Should they take another test?

Can someone be pregnant after a negative home pregnancy test and a negative pee test from the clinic? Should they take another test?

Trust the test: Home pregnancy tests are very accurate. They are the same tests used in a doctor's 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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Can I be pregnant even if a home pregnancy test was negative?

Can I be pregnant even if a home pregnancy test was negative?

Maybe: If you have regular periods and if you tested sufficiently late in the cycle, it wouldn't be very likely because the tests are mostly reliable. Otoh if you tested early or cycles are unpredictable it's definitely a chance. I'd suggest testing again in a day or two before taking too many other steps. ...Read more

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Will a pregnancy test still be accurate if your bleeding while taking it?

Will a pregnancy test still be accurate if your bleeding while taking it?

If you are spotting: and you have missed your actual period - it is likely to detect pregnancy if you are pregnant. If the bleeding is your period - then you are not pregnant. Take care. ...Read more

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When should you take a pregnancy test?

When should you take a pregnancy test?

Hpt: If you have been sexually active and have missed your period then you can go ahead and take a home pregnancy test (HPT) now. If negative and still no period would repeat HPT in a week. Take care. ...Read more

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Can a pregnancy test ever read positive and you not be pregnant?

Can a pregnancy test ever read positive and you not be pregnant?

Pregnancy: Not likely. Make sure you see a doctor. However, yes there cases where the HCG level (pregnancy hormone) is elevated when you are not pregnant. ...Read more

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On levora (ethinyl estradiol and levonorgestrel) .15/30 if 1 pill missed on 4th day of that pack, but made up.Should a pregnancy test be taken even if "period" came at right time?

On levora (ethinyl estradiol and levonorgestrel) .15/30 if 1 pill missed on 4th day of that pack, but made up.Should a pregnancy test be taken even if "period" came at right time?

Pregnant on OCP: It is possible that you may be pregnant if you missed a couple of days of the birth control pills, especially with the lower dose pills. Missing only a single pill and making it up promptly makes it less likely. Still, checking a pregnancy test won't do much harm and you can see your doctor if you are pregnant. ...Read more

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When can pregnancy test be taken? is it possible to know if you're pregnant the day after the intercourse?

When can pregnancy test be taken? is it possible to know if you're pregnant the day after the intercourse?

Depends. no: Best time to do pregnancy test is 2 weeks after last unprotected intercourse. Use first morning urine. If negative, repeat in 7-10 days. If both negative, highly unlikely you are pregnant. Hope this helps. Please use protection (condom) with all sexual encounters to decrease risk of STD and unwanted pregnancy. Hope this helps. Best of luck. Dr R ...Read more

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When after a miscarriage should a pregnancy test come up negative?

When after a miscarriage should a pregnancy test come up negative?

Two weeks or sooner: A urine pregnancy test will be negative after two weeks or sooner after a first trimester miscarriage. If it is still positive after that, you should seek care from a doctor. ...Read more

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How long after a miscarriage should a pregnancy test come up positive if its a new pregnancy?

How long after a miscarriage should a pregnancy test come up positive if its a new pregnancy?

Depend when ovulate: To become pregnant, women have to ovulate. This can occur very soon or months later after pregnancy or miscarriage. If you ovary sends out an egg, that egg can be fertilized with exposure and attachment to sperm. ...Read more

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How soon after ovulation can a home pregnancy test be taken?

How soon after ovulation can a home pregnancy test be taken?

Could be: A home pregnancy test should be reliable 2 or maybe 3 days before your expected period. The longer you wait the less likely to get false positive/negative results. ...Read more

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Should a pregnancy test work and be accurate if you're on birth control?

Should a pregnancy test work and be accurate if you're on birth control?

Yes: Hormonal (or non-hormonal) contraception won't interfere with detection of pregnancy by available testing methods. ...Read more

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My period is 22 days late should a pregnancy test tell me if im pregnant yet?

With missed period: If you have regular monthly periods, a pregnancy test will be positive when your period is due. A pregnancy test can be positive as soon as ten days after ovulation/conception, which is about four days before the menstrual period is due. So is certainly should be positive by the time of the missed period. ...Read more

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Are all home taken pregnancy test accurate?

Are all home taken pregnancy test accurate?

Yes and you: need to follow the instructions in the kit carefully. A negative test done too early does not exclude pregnancy. For optimal results do the test 4-5 days after a missed period and use first morning urine. ...Read more

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How accurate is a pregnancy test if taken at night?

How accurate is a pregnancy test if taken at night?

Urine concentration: Urine test can be just as positive at night as in the morning. Morning urine is usually more concentrated and therefore more sensitive. It is more important to do the test 4-5 days after a missed period. ...Read more

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Please tell me, could a pregnancy test be accurate if taken in the afternoon?

Yes: If the HCG level is high enough the test will be positive. It is better to use first morning urine as that is usully more concentrated. If the test done in the afternoon is negative, you may wish to repeat it a couple of days using first morning urine. ...Read more

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I've taken a pregnancy test and came out positive but I've been having some symptoms of pregnancy not all ?

I've taken a pregnancy test and came out positive but I've been having some symptoms of pregnancy not all ?

Test says pregnant: if you have also missed your menstrual. Then, you are pregnant until proven otherwise whether or not you have "all the symptoms." ...Read more

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Should first response pregnancy test be accurate at 6 (almost 7) weeks? I've taken 2 and keep getting negatives

Should first response pregnancy test be accurate at 6 (almost 7) weeks? I've taken 2 and keep getting negatives

Confidence: on the day that you would expect your period by urine pregnancy test can be over 90% predictive of whether or not you are pregnant. However, keep in mind these tests are not perfect. It is always good to get a second opinion from a primary care provider if you continue to have doubts for further testing. ...Read more

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I have taken two pregnancy test and both was negative but I'm having all pregnancy symptoms .. What could be wrong ?

I have taken two pregnancy test and both was negative but I'm having all pregnancy symptoms .. What could be wrong ?

Did you miss period?: Did you miss a period? Home pregnancy test should be done 5 or more days after a missed period. Use first morning urine and follow the instructions carefully. If the result is negative repeat in 4-5 days, or see your doctor for a blood test that is more sensitive. Consult this site for signs of pregnancy. http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-living/getting-pregnant/in-depth/symptoms-of-pregnancy/art-20043853 ...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