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Red Apricorn
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I bought a few pregnancy tests from the dollar store today and took one, recieving a negative result. Today is my third day late for my period, and roughly 12 days since my last intercourse.

Can I trust the result? I'm not sure about the brand's reliability (or if it even makes a difference), or if I took the test late enough. Many sites say 14 days after intercourse, some say to wait a week after a missed period... It's confusing, and I don't know what to believe. The box claims that it is 99% accurate on the first day of a missed period, but sites seem to tell me otherwise. My period is being especially strange this month and I just want to know what the deal is.

[ 03-03-2012, 12:34 AM: Message edited by: Red Apricorn ]


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As long as the test wasn't past its expiry date (which should be printed somewhere on the box), and your period is late, then you should be able to trust the results. Pregnancy tests are accurate around 14 days after a risk, OR the first day of a missed period, whichever comes sooner. It's never a bad idea to test again a week or so later though, if your period still doesn't show up.

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