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Sunday Morning
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Hello again,

So I have a strange predicament and clarification question here.

To my understanding, pregnancy tests are accurate after a minimum of 14 days after sexual intercourse.
And I have asked before - there is NEVER a time where it is too late to take a urine pregnancy tests? So a negative pregnancy test result 3-4 months after sex would still be accurate - and no matter how long after the sex, if it's been after 14 days, it's accurate.

On top of that: periods = not pregnant.

That much is clear.

Well my friend talked to people at an Orange County Planned Parenthood- via hotline and chat - and they said that:
1) there is a time where it is too late to take a pregnancy test- usually later on in a pregnancy.
2) A pregnant woman can still get a period.

I then talked to the main planned parenthood chat to clarify, and they have told me that
1) it is NEVER too late to take a pregnancy test.
2) Pregnant women do not get regular periods.

So.... what do you all make of this?
I feel like I should tell my friend to make a complaint/verification with the orange county planned parenthood or something on the information being given. Because the info they give contradicts the main branch of planned parenthood, and the information I have gathered from reliable sites like this one.

[ 10-03-2013, 09:04 PM: Message edited by: Sunday Morning ]

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Robin Lee
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Hi Sunday Morning,

I'm not really sure what you're looking for here from us? You already know what our answers are to these questions, and we're not able to explain why other sites and services give the answers they do. [Smile]

It may be that home pregnancy tests aren't calibrated to work later in a pregnancy. I'd need to check on that. however, by that point in a pregnancy, a person would have other sure signs of pregnancy or would be seeing a healthcare provider because they realized something wasn't right even if they didn't know what that something was.

If you want to refresh your knowledge about pregnancy testing, here's our article on that:

Peeing on a Stick: All About Pregnancy Tests

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Sunday Morning
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You're talking like if it was super late like towards the end when it's pretty clear if a woman is pregnant right? Not like 3-4 months after sex?
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Heather
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Just to be sure it's clear, a pregnancy test can't be taken too late when someone is pregnant. In fact, often even for weeks or months after a pregnancy ends, whether it ends with a termination or a birth, a pregnancy test will still usually give a positive result.

By all means, if and when someone has a complaint with a given service, they want to contact some kind of manager for that service and let them know. They don't have to obviously, but if they want to, the right person to contact would be a manager. Planned parenthood branches, btw, are by and large separate entities, so in this case, you'd want to lodge that complaint with the branch which gave the inaccurate information itself. Planned Parenthood national isn't in charge of its branches, basically.

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Sunday Morning
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Thank you for the clarification. So there's no max read limit on tests or anything like that, then?
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Heather
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Nope. Home pregnancy tests test for a hormone the body creates when it is pregnant, as long as it is pregnant, and even for some time after a pregnancy.

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