Signs of Pregnancy With a Negative Pregnancy Testby Jerri Colonero, RN, BS
I had my last period on Feb 18. I had sex six times during the three days I was fertile. I had a blood test on the 9th of March but my period wasn't due until around the 16th - 20th of March. I am now about 7 to 8 days late. I took a HPT on the 23rd of March. The test was negative but I still have symptoms. Is it possible I can still be pregnant? I was on the pill but I stopped a while ago and I had a period last month.
A. Most pregnancy tests can now detect pregnancy within a day of a missed period. Some companies may claim earlier detection as you mentioned. For any pregnancy tests you should use the first urine in the morning for the most accurate results. You must follow all the directions carefully. It is also important that the container you use be 100% free of detergent residue. Any trace of detergent can cause a false reading.
Some medications can also affect the results of pregnancy tests, especially tranquilizers, antihistamines and of-course fertility drugs.
You should call your doctor and arrange for a pregnancy blood test if you still have not had a period.
Jerri Colonero RN
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