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Pregnancy Test Questions

Q. How soon can I test with a home pregnancy test?

A. Home pregnancy tests measure hCG in your urine. hCG is produced in measureable amounts at about 7 - 10 days after conception. However, it is generally recommended that you wait 14 days (the day your period would normally show) before you test. There is also the question of how much hCG do each of the test measure. Some tests record as little as 25 mIU of hCG while others measure 250 mIU of hCG. Obviously the more sensitive the test, the sooner you will have an accurate answer.

Q. I took a pregnancy test the day my period was due. It was negative. One week later and I still don't have a period. Could I still be pregnant?

A. Yes! You could absolutely be pregnant. A lot of the pregnancy tests today come in double kits so that you can retest a few days later. While this is most helpful if you've had a negative result, some women will test repeatedly trying to prove the pregnancy to themselves (I personally do this too!). Test again now, since a week has past your hCG levels may be at a higher level so that the test will pick up the measurements today. If this test is still negative consult your practitioner for a blood test to verify a pregnancy or see why your period is absent.

Q. How soon can my doctor tell with a blood test that I am pregnant?

A. Generally, they will wait until at least seven to ten days post ovulation to check your hCG levels via a blood sampling.

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