Dr. Harshada Dinesh Patil – MBBS, DGO – Obstetrics & Gynecology
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During early pregnancy, the HCG concentration increases rapidly. The earlier you take a home pregnancy test, the harder it can get to detect HCG using a home pregnancy test.
Also, if your periods are irregular, you might miscalculate when your period due date. You’re likely to get more accurate results, if you wait until after the first day of your missed period.
Most home pregnancy tests claim to be 99 percent accurate. However, if you have a negative test but think you might be pregnant, repeat the test one week later.
In certain cases a negative result could be wrong. This is known as a false-negative.
You might get a false-negative or a negative result if you:
Take the test too early
Check test results inaccurately
Use diluted urine
Always keep your gynecologist in the loop. Discuss and talk to your doctor about the results for further advice on next steps.
Home tests aren’t 100% reliable
A negative result doesn’t rule out pregnancy
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