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Can You Be Pregnant and Get a Destructive Being pregnant Check?

Fashionable house being pregnant assessments (which use a urine pattern to detect the presence of human chorionic gonadotropin or hCG, a hormone produced throughout being pregnant) are very dependable. So, more often than not, getting a unfavourable outcome on a being pregnant take a look at means that you’re most likely not pregnant. However there are a number of conditions during which a false unfavourable can occur. For instance, very early in being pregnant, you might get a unfavourable being pregnant take a look at outcome if you happen to take a look at within the afternoon.

If you happen to do get a unfavourable being pregnant take a look at outcome however nonetheless assume you might be pregnant, take a look at a number of days later and/or contact your physician for steering. Be taught extra about conditions in which you will be pregnant however get a unfavourable being pregnant take a look at.

Testing Too Early

Being pregnant assessments will all the time be extra correct if you happen to wait till your interval is late earlier than testing. Even a take a look at marketed as giving an early reply can provide you a false unfavourable if you happen to take a look at earlier than your menstrual interval is due.

For instance, say that you just are likely to have a typical, 28-day menstrual cycle. You are extra prone to get an correct studying from a being pregnant take a look at if you happen to wait till you have not had a interval for at the least 29 days. To be additional protected, you may even contemplate ready till day 36, since menstrual cycles in grownup ladies may be anyplace from 21 to 35 days lengthy. Menstrual cycles in younger teenagers may even be so long as 45 days.

If you grow to be pregnant, your degree of hCG tends to double each two to 3 days within the early weeks of gestation. If you happen to take a look at for being pregnant too early, your degree of hCG could also be so low that it is undetectable by an at-home being pregnant take a look at. 

Not Conducting the Check Correctly

If you happen to make a mistake whereas utilizing the take a look at, resembling not utilizing sufficient urine on the take a look at stick or not ready lengthy sufficient to see a outcome, you might get an incorrect outcome. However normally, if the management line reveals up, which means your ​take a look at result’s correct.

Testing Late within the Day

In very early being pregnant, it’s attainable (however not widespread) that consuming plenty of water through the day and testing within the afternoon or night might have an effect on the accuracy of the take a look at. When urine is diluted, it may be tougher for some being pregnant assessments to find out whether or not hCG is current.

Nevertheless, analysis means that extremely delicate being pregnant assessments ought to stand the problem of diluted urine. To be protected, take a look at earlier within the morning to keep away from any confusion.

Destructive Check After Constructive Check

If you happen to get a unfavourable being pregnant take a look at after having beforehand had a constructive take a look at outcome, you might be having a miscarriage—particularly if you’re additionally having stomach cramping and vaginal bleeding and if you happen to discover the lack of any being pregnant signs (resembling fatigue, nausea, and sore breasts).

There’s a likelihood that one of many points above could be affecting the accuracy of your second being pregnant take a look at if you’re nonetheless in very early being pregnant. When doubtful, name your physician’s workplace for recommendation.

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In case your interval is late however your being pregnant take a look at is unfavourable, there are a variety of attainable explanations. Name your physician if you happen to consider that you’re pregnant. They could carry out a blood take a look at, which may detect not simply the presence of hCG, however the quantity.

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By Krissi Danielsson

Krissi Danielsson, MD is a physician of household medication and an advocate for many who have skilled miscarriage. 

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