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Dr. Milroy Samuel
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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 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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Pregnancy test came back positive now I'm bleeding what does that mean ?

Pregnancy test came back positive now I'm bleeding what does that mean ?

See your doc...: If you have the combination of a positive pregnancy test and bleeding, you need to see your Ob. This can just be bleeding the happens with implantation or on the edge of the placenta; however, it can also be something more serious like a miscarriage or an ectopic pregnancy. Its best to see your doc when you bleeding during pregnancy. Best wishes! ...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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My manual pregnancy test showed no pregnancy with a shadow at the back what does it mean?

Unclear question: If you had unprotected sex since your last period and missed your period by more than 5 days, do a home pregnancy test. If the result is negative, 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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I had a baby 8 weeks ago and I took a pregnancy test and it came back positive does that mean I am pregnant again?

I had a baby 8 weeks ago and I took a pregnancy test  and it came back positive does that mean I am pregnant again?

Probably: The hormones from your last pregnancy should have already fallen. Call your doctor to get a quantitative HCG blood test to see if you are pregnant again. In rare cases, you could have residual pregnancy hormones from your last pregnancy if it were a molar pregnancy. However, the most likely scenario is that you are pregnant again. ...Read more

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Another question is why did I have for a pregnancy test come back positive and then I took 3 more and it was negative?

Another question is why did I have for a pregnancy test come back positive and then I took 3 more and it was negative?

See below: About 25% of early pregnancies are lost spontaneously due to chromosomal defects in the embryo. You may have lost an early pregnancy which would explain one positive test and negative follow-up tests. Another possibility is that the first test was not done correctly. ...Read more

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If a doctors pregnancy test keeps coming back inconclusive what does it mean?

If a doctors pregnancy test keeps coming back inconclusive what does it mean?

Contaminant?: There may be something that is causing a comtamination of the result. Hcg is a hormone, but it can have cross reactivity with other hormones in the blood in some instances. Fertility drugs and medications that contain HCG might interfere with pregnancy tests for hcg. Perhaps an antibody in the blood could be interfering also. ...Read more

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I took a pregnancy test today and i'm suppose to on friday and it came back negative does that mean i'm not pregnant?

I took a pregnancy test today and i'm suppose to on friday  and it came back negative does that mean i'm not pregnant?

Yes: If you're less than 30 days from your last period then it could be it's too early for your urine pregnancy test to be positive. Recheck again in a few days if your period does not come by then. ...Read more

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I had taken 5 pregnancy test and all came back positive. I have recently taken 2 more but they came back negative, does that mean I am not pregnant ?

I had taken 5 pregnancy test and all came back positive. I have recently taken 2 more but they came back negative, does that mean I am not pregnant ?

Technique of testing: Do you have symptoms of pregnancy? Consult the site below for information. If you did the test correctly it is unlikely that you are pregnant now. You may have had spontaneous loss of an early pregnancy as happens in about 25% of pregnancies. http://www.webmd.com/baby/guide/pregnancy-am-i-pregnant ...Read more

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Friday i took a pregnancy test it came back positive. I took another test today the same clinic same brand and it said negative. what could that mean?

Friday i took a pregnancy test it came back positive. I took another test today the same clinic same brand and it said negative. what could that mean?

It depends.: The test could be read wrong. You could be very early pregnant and the urine today may be too dilute and below the thresh hold of the test. I recommend repeating the test with a first void specimen in the morning or simply do a blood test (serum quantitative beta HCG). ...Read more

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Gf had to take urine pregnancy test at doctors 2 weeks ago still havnt heard back any idea what this could mean?

Gf had to take urine pregnancy test at doctors 2 weeks ago still havnt heard back any idea what this could mean?

Call doctor: Not hearing from the doctor does not mean anything. Call the doctor's office to get the results. If your Gf has had a period since the visit, it does not matter, You could do a home pregnancy test, if she has missed her period by 4-5 days. If the result is negative repeat the test 4-5 days later 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 if you have sex. Get HPV vaccine, ...Read more

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A doctor done a urine pregnancy test today but came back inconclusive what does this mean ??

A doctor done a urine pregnancy test today but came back inconclusive what does this mean ??

Consider blood test: An inconclusive urine test, can mean your HCG level is very low. Some urine tests don't turn positive until the HCG level is > 50. This level is normal in early pregnancy but it can also happen when the pregnancy isn't doing well. An ectopic pregnancy in the fallopian tube is an example of this. If its important to know right away, you can have a blood pregnancy test done. Best wishes! ...Read more

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I'm well over a week late for my period, i've took a pregnancy test and its came back negative. What could this mean please?

I'm well over a week late for my period, i've took a pregnancy test and its came back negative. What could this mean please?

Repeat: Obtain a home pregnancy test. They turn positive at about the time you'd be ready to start your next expected period. If negative, repeat in 1 week and call your doctor. ...Read more

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I took the home pregnancy test they all cane back postive I walk up this morning with light. Bleeding no pain what does that mean??

I took the home pregnancy test they all cane back postive I walk up this morning with light. Bleeding no pain what does that mean??

Implantation bleed: Robin, if you are very early along, this could be an implantation bleed (as the ovum implants into your uterine wall). About 25% of pregnancies have some form of bleeding. If you develop severe pain or a severe increase in bleeding, see your OB. Hope this helps! ...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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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