Are the urine tests at PPH any more reliable than the one's at drug stores? Should I bother going to a PPH if I've already gotten 4 negatives? Do they do anything different with their tests?
I mean...I took 4 tests, I read the instructions throughly...is there any reason for me to go to a PPH to get another urine test done? All of my urine tests were taken over a month (5 to almost 6 weeks) after my risk. Is it safe to say I'm not pregnant? I'm such a worry-wart. So sorry. =/
I've read about women that have hCG issues, and tests can't pick anything up, and when they do, they'll be almost 7-8 weeks pregnant, and I keep fearing I could be one of them, which is why I keep repeatidly testing over, and over, and considering going to a clinic.
Also, is it true you need to have a certain body fat percentage to conceieve, as well as a certain BMI? My periods are too irregular because of my crazy loss of weight, so I can't wait for a missed period, really, to test. Which is why I waited 5 to nearly 6 weeks after my risk to test- 4 times. Each with at least 48 hours or even 5 days in between.
A urine test at a clinic is going to be "more reliable" only in that there is a care provider there making sure it's done correctly. In other words, it is not going to be more sensitive than something that you can buy.
If you've taken multiple tests at more than 10-14 days past your risk and have gotten negatives AND you're sure you've followed the directions, then I'd say it's quite safe to say that you are not pregnant.
Is it possible for a woman to have some hCG issue that makes detection difficult? Yes. However, we are talking about a tiny tiny tiny percentage here. Likely only hundredths of a percent of the whole population. I know that the stories you read online make it seem like this happens to everybody...but that's just not true. Sometimes people reporting this may not have been testing correctly or reading the results right. To actually have this happen is pretty darn rare.
In terms of weight and conception...it's not so much requiring a certain percentage. When your body is healthy, it tends to be easier to become pregnant. So being underweight or overweight can sometimes make it more difficult. However, on it's own weight will generally not absolutely prevent pregnancy. There are plenty of women who are underweight/overweight/recently lost or gained weight who still become pregnant. Does that make sense?
Yes, that does make sense. Thank you. However, what if your periods are very irregular, does that make it even more difficult? When this risk occurred, my period was absent for almost 4 months.
I did follow the instructions very well when taking the pregnancy tests, everything showed up within the time frame it said it should, the control window on two of my tests (my other two tests don't have control windows) showed that the test worked properly, and the tests weren't faulty or expired. However, I didn't take any of them in the morning, and I made sure not to drink a lot of fluids beforehand. My tests stated it doesn't need to be taken in the morning, and it was over a month after the incident, I didn't think it would matter.
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Irregular periods can make it more difficult to conceive...but not for every woman. Fertility is a pretty complex thing to evaluate. So we can't really say that just because you have long cycles or weigh Z amount, you'll have a harder time getting pregnant. There are a lot of different variables that influence the process. Part of it depends on what's causing the irregularity and how often you are actually ovulating.
You may want to speak with your health care provider about why you go so long between periods.
It sounds like you took the tests properly, so I don't see a reason not to trust the results. If you're still concerned, it seems to me that it would be best to ask for a quantitative blood test at this point to really put the issue to rest. With that sort of test, they can tell you exactly how much hCG is (or is not) present.
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