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Nomada90
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Hello,
I just had a question about decidual bleelding: I have been reading contradictory information about it on the web and basically am seeking clarification.
I have read that "decidual bleeding affects the results" or I found this information on Askpedia.com that says that "most women say that when they have decidual bleeding, they don't test positive on tests because bleeding during pregnancy usually messes with hormone counts.
Yet, I find this information hard to believe..why would the bleeding affect the result of the test?...When I looked up information on this site, it said that it doesn't affect the result...
I guess I'm just confused about all this information and don't know what to believe.
I just need a bit of clarification...thank you very much.

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Sorry, I forgot to specify "the results of a home pregnancy test", not a blood test.
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Was there anyone answering that question who worked in reproductive health, or as referencing anyone who did?

You're right, that's a nonsequitur. Pregnancy tests measure for the amount of hCG, which occurs once an embryo has implanted in the uterus and then increases through pregnancy. Bleeding doesn't alter that.

Ectopic pregnancy (a tubal pregnancy) is the situation where those levels may not be present and a test may be negative: perhaps that was what someone was confusing.

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Hi Heather,
Thank you very much for your response. Actually, I looked at some of the comments online and most of the replies came from women who had experienced bizarre pregnancies i.e. they took multiple tests throughout their pregnancy which always showed up negative and were still experiencing decidual bleeding; but no I couldn't find a specific answer from a person working in reproductive health.
The person whose comment I cited is actually a retired dentist (!?), so I don't know how reliable his sources are...
I guess I just wanted to seek reassurance after reading stories about women who experienced decidual bleeding and still had negative pregnancy tests 8 or more weeks after conception...
Thank you again for help.

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My personal advice is not to use sites like that where answers are from who-knows-who. Instead, you want to use sites where the information is from people who aren't just sharing personal anecdotes, and who either do work in what they are talking about, and/or can talk to someone else who does to verify information.

For instance, here, I have worked in what I do for a long time, and I also routinely talk to/consult with others who have. And if anyone here ever felt like they wanted a second opinion on something I was saying, I'd either go ahead and share some sources, or be willing to make a call or two to get that other opinion from someone I knew to be credible.

And no, a dentist has likely never worked a single day in reproductive health, and probably doesn't network with others who do.

Mind, some women -- decidual bleeding or not -- MAY have false negatives weeks after conception, either because they aren't using a test properly or because the test failed. It's uncommon, but it does still happen sometimes.

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