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copper86
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I know this question has probably been asked many times. I have read here that one can test 14 days after a risk and can get an accurate result; yet a 21-day wait is also beneficial. I tested 14 days after my risk and got a negative result; but I would like to test again on the 20th day (tomorrow) just to put my mind at ease. Is a timeframe of 14 days good enough to trust the result? Is a 3-week wait mandatory to get a trustworthy result? I was under the impression that a 2-week wait was good enough for an accurate result.

Thank you so much! I'm so sorry for all this redundancy.

[ 08-14-2012, 08:07 PM: Message edited by: copper86 ]

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Hi copper86. A two week wait should be plenty to be able to trust the accuracy of your test. However, if the instructions on the specific test that you bought says to wait 21 days, then that is what you should do. If your test said a 14 day wait was fine, then you can definitely trust it after 14 days [Smile]
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copper86
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Thank you so much for your fast reply, Onionpie! My test never specified about waiting 14 or 21 days - that was what I had read here [Smile] - but it did say that If I was testing before the mark of 4 days before my expected period that I use first morning urine (which I did). I always use Life's One Step pregnancy tests; and the last time I tested after waiting 14 days, my results were accurate. I just wanted to make sure that the timing would be okay when I tested earlier and when I will test tomorrow.

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Yep, sounds like the results should be accurate. If they don't specify in the instructions, then you can safely assume that after 14 days it will be fine. Glad I could help [Smile]

[ 08-14-2012, 10:40 PM: Message edited by: Onionpie ]

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Thank you so much, Onionpie! I got a negative result today as well, so I can safely assume that the 14-day test was accurate. Thank you for your help!

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