Pregnancy Tests - Willow Springs, IL

Updated on November 22, 2006
N.L. asks from Willow Springs, IL
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Has anyone had issues with a false home pregnancy test? I recently took an unexpired First Response test and it said I was not pregnant, yet I am a few days late. I am never late and we are actively trying. I have no other signs like my first pregnancy, but I realize every pregnancy can be different. I am anxious, yet know I should wait at least a week to do another test or call my doctor.

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So What Happened?

Thank you to everyone. However, our wish did not come true and the test results were accurate. I was 4 days late which is very unusual for me. We will try again next month - maybe an early Christmas gift!

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D.G.

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My doctor told me you are more likely to get a false negative than a false positive on a home pregnancy test. I'd use a different brand and see.

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K.

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You may have a false negative if it's early on - your HCG levels may not yet be detectable by the test. You may also - for any number of reasons - ovulated late. Unless you know when your ovulation occurred (because you were charting temps, for example), I would just sit tight. Actually, either way I would just sit tight for at least a week.

You will *never* have a false positive, which I guess is the good news :) If it ever appears that you do, it was probably a case where you were actually pregnant but miscarried before you even really knew it.

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S.A.

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I was three months pregnant before I got a positive result on a home pregnancy test.

I'd wait a few days and try again, and take the test first thing in the morning regardless of what the box says.

A NEGATIVE doesn't always mean not-pregnant, it could just mean not enough of the hormone to register.
A POSITIVE means positive, period.

Good luck!

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K.

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If you are very anxious and stressed as most women I know that are trying hard to get pregnant, it may cause your period to be late. The best thing you can do is try not to be so obsessed about it and try to relax. I would just wait a couple of days and take it again. The tests are 99.9% accurate.

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B.D.

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Dear N.,

When I was pregnant with my first child. I had all the signs of being pregnant, sick to my stomach all day, heart burn, late period. I took a total of 9 pregnancy test over a course of 8 weeks. Went to the dr.'s and took 2 of the nine there. The dr. even thought I was pregnant and then because of the test turning up negative, gave be medicine for my symptoms. One night I decided to take one again, knowing I had just took one a couple of days prior and that it was negative. this time it was positive. I went to a ultra sound appointment a week later and was 8 weeks along. My dr. said that some women just don't produce the hormone that the tests detect until a couple of weeks into the pregnancy. I would give it a week to take another one. I knew I was pregnant.

I am sorry about the wondering. I know how you feel. If you are pg I just want to say congrats. And if you aren't then I want to say that I am sorry. I hope you get what you want.
B.

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D.P.

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This is very possible. Depending on the date that you actually conceived, you may not have enough of the HCG hormone in your urine to be detected yet. I would still play it safe (no caffeine, alcohol, etc.), then wait and try it again in a few days.

Good luck!
Denise

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N.S.

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can be stress induced or weight induced - it happened to me and I was a week and a day late but was not pregnant. I was just stressed from personal issues and panicked when I thought I was pregnant on top of the other stuff. It could be you're worrying a lot about getting pregnant and that can do it. Just take it easy and it'll happen in its due time.

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N.D.

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usually positive 5-6 weeks after date of conception. If you skip another cycle, or anxious to know (anyone would be!) go get a serum pregnancy test at the doctor's office. That tells you rightaway if you are or not. The test comes back the next day. It's called a serum beta-hcg quantitative test. good luck.

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J.F.

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the first time i was pg, First Response did not dectect it at all. that brand detects a hormone varient instead of actual HCG levels. i bought a million tests, including the digital that read "pregnant" and still no + from FR. i found the target brand that reads + or - to be great as well. try another test. it's worth $8 to know! let us know how it turns out.

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C.D.

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I have been pregnant four times and all times I had to have the doctor do a blood count, because all urine tests were negative. At first the doctor asked me are you sure and I knew my body and I was sure something was wrong. If you are un certain I would ask the doctor to do a HCG for pregancy. I think that is what they call it. Best Wishes.

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C.G.

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As the other posters said, a false negative is very possible. Believe it or not, the pregnancy tests sold at the dollar store are some of the most sensitive, they measure down to 25 units versus 100 on some of the expensive ones. Also, first morning urine is more concentrated so you are more likely to get a positive.

If you go to the doctors, they use the same urine pregnancy test you buy at the store, so request a "serum HCG." Just that basic test will tell you if you are pregnant. The previous poster mentioned the quantitative HCG which will give you the exact level of HCG in the blood but may be more expensive.

Good luck!

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V.G.

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Same here..my test with first reponse was -ve for three days at a stretch and then followed by spotting..i thought i am just dreaming abt preg. ut eventually yes it came =ve after I was 4 days overdue.

+ means pregnant
- can mean preg or not depending on the hormone level

Doctor is best judge.

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T.S.

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Hi N.,
Had it happen to me. Took a test the day after I was due (and we were in Vegas). It was negative, and then I started spotting that day. I thought I was safe and had a couple drinks (2 in a 3 day time frame, lol). Well, the spotting stopped after one day and when we got home I took another pregnancy test. It was positive and the voice in the other room yelling right now is the result. :)

So, yea, it can happen. As someone else said though, NO false positives. Positive = pregnant.

Good luck!

T.

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S.S.

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with my second child I was 17 weeks before a test would pick up on it. I ended up going to the hospital and getting a ultra sound don't to be sure. The doctors could tell me why but the test just didn't work. Even the blood test came back -.

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B.M.

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I'd take another one in a day or 2, you may have just taken the test too early.

Even though most tests say it doesn't matter, maybe try to take it first thing in the morning.

Good Luck!!!
B.

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