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dpublue
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My last sexual activity was July 19. On August 13 (25 days later) I took a quantitative hcg test at my doctor's office. It was negative - my hcg levels were less than 2. The thing is, I have a really, really strange period this week. It's very, very light.

I took another home pregnancy test today (First Response) and it was negative. It's been 37 days. Am I safe?

I have an anxiety disorder and I'm really stressing. I haven't slept in weeks.

Thank you!

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Hi there! The vast majority of pregnancies will be detected 14 days past ovulation with a home pregnancy test -- the type of test you had performed at your doctor's office can detect HcG as soon as 10 days past conception. You can trust the results.

For anxiety support, we actually have a thread hereabout for people who worry overmuch about potential pregnancy; maybe you'd like to give it a look? [Smile]

http://www.scarleteen.com/cgi-bin/forum/ultimatebb.cgi?ubb=get_topic;f=9;t=001131

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You are not pregnant.

If you're losing sleep over this, and it's interfering with your daily life, you should probably think about some counseling, if you aren't getting it already. A real false-negative on a pregnancy test (when the test is taken/administered correctly, not early, as many women do) is rare, and two is almost impossible. Trust me, you are not pregnant.

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dpublue
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Thank you so much.

I am seeking help for my anxiety disorder, I've been prescribed Xanax and will seek some counseling once I get back on campus in a week and a half.

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Thank you for pointing me to that anxiety thread as well. This scare has really interfered with my life. I have taken about 30 home pregnancy tests in the last few weeks (no, I'm not kidding).

I also ended up in the ER because of a panic attack (where they gave me a urine test - negative as well). The following day I even had an ultrasound performed at a family planning clinic (where nothing was detected). All this did not ease my anxiety. The same day I had a qualitative test performed - negative, and a week after that I had the quantitative test performed.

Because I don't have insurance this has cost me about $2,000.

I know this is probably an extreme example, but I wanted to share.

Thanks again for your help.

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