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- Mon Feb 05, 2007 12:02 pm
My wife is 22 years old, and she is on no medications except for a multi-vitamin possessing folic acid. Her only past surgery was to remove her gallbladder.
My wife is two-weeks late on her period. We have tried three home pregnancy tests within the first week and all of them were negative.
She has always been very regular, and some of the side effects she is experiencing is tingling in the breast, sudden nausea, back pains (lower back), fatigue, and she had a small amount of blood spotting last week (just one day).
Could she be pregnant; should we just wait a few more weeks and try another test?
| Dr. Safaa Mahmoud
- Mon Feb 05, 2007 1:45 pm
A pregnancy test is a test that examine for a hormone called human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) that is positive when women are pregnant. The test can be done using blood or urine sample.
However, a blood test scan tell if the woman is pregnant or not few days (6-8 days) from ovulation and fertilization. The test can gives a clear answer for pregnancy, as well as an idea about the pregnancy duration in weeks by a quantitative analysis.
Testing for urine on the other hand, is better done one week after a missed period. One negative result (especially soon after a missed period) is not enough to exclude pregnancy and the test should be repeated there after or blood test is done. Some antibiotics and contraceptive pills interfere with the test and should be avoided.
The symptoms you have described although do occur in pregnancy, they are not specific and may occur due to several other causes even in stressed female.
You may either do a blood test or repeat your urine test as mentioned before.
Hope this information is useful.