Home Pregnancy Test

A home pregnancy test detects human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) in the urine, which is a hormone released when a fertilized egg gets attached to the uterus. A home pregnancy test can be taken after 10 to 12 days of unprotected sexual intercourse.

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Can negative UPT alone rule out pregnancy?

Query: Hello doctor, My partner did a UPT after 24 days of last intercourse and a serum beta hCG test after 26 days. UPT negative and beta hCG 0.25 mIU/ml. Is it enough to rule out pregnancy? Or have we tested too early? If a further test is required, please guide us.  Read Full »


Dr. Reetika Joshi

Obstetrician And Gynaecologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I fully understand your concern and will surely help you. See, it is always better if the pregnancy test is done after any delay in periods. Nevertheless, 24 days is a good time for hCG to rise if the female has conceived, so it is fine. It will be helpful for me to...  Read Full »

Can X-ray show pregnancy?

Query: Hi doctor, My wife is 24 years old and her period was regular of 30 days. Before two months, we had intercourse after seven days of her periods. She had her period after some 15 days. It was normal for the first two days, but after that it was very heavy. She had abdominal cramps for approximately a...  Read Full »


Dr. Neha Singh Rathod

Obstetrician And Gynaecologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Without doing a urine pregnancy test it is very difficult for me to tell whether she is pregnant or not. Moreover, early pregnancy cannot be detected in x-ray. You will have to do a urine pregnancy test at home first. She need not go anywhere for this test. Just co...  Read Full »

Can unprotected sex during the ovulation period cause pregnancy?

Query: For the past two months I've had 27 day cycles. However, my period is usually not regular. Today is day 27 of my cycle and I have had unprotected sex this month around ovulation time. I still have not gotten my period. I took a test this morning and it was negative. I don't really have any pregnancy...  Read Full »


Dr. C Sharath Kumar

Infertility Specialist, Sexologist

Answer: Most home pregnancy tests are reliable. Most tests have an accuracy of over 99% . False Negative Pregnancy Test A false negative pregnancy test is when you are pregnant but the test comes up negative. The most common reason for a false negative is that you took the test too early. Even if your peri...  Read Full »

Why is my period late?

Query: Hi doctor, My last period was 44 days back. My menstrual cycle is roughly 30 days, but I had protected sex last month. My period is already 14 days late. I have done two home pregnancy tests (around 37th day), and both were negative. I do have slight abdominal cramps. I have been having frequent he...  Read Full »


Dr. Sanjay Kumar Bhattacharyya

Obstetrician And Gynaecologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. If you have protected sex, how could you be pregnant? Moreover, the urine tests are negative, which tells about your nonpregnant status. Are you stressed or anxious? Yes, this might be a reason for the delayed cycle. There are 100 other causes of a delayed cycle apart f...  Read Full »

Is spotting normal during early pregnancy?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 17 days pregnant. I have two to three drops of bleeding from yesterday. Today I did a urine test, and it came positive as pregnant. Am I pregnant or not?  Read Full »


Dr. Sini P

Obstetrician And Gynaecologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. 1) If your urine pregnancy test has shown as positive, then it is sure that you are pregnant. 2) Bleeding can be a symptom of tubal pregnancy or threatened abortion. 3) To confirm the second point, you have to take a vaginal scan, but we cannot see it correctly in 17 ...  Read Full »

Can precum cause pregnancy?

Query: Hello doctor, I had sex with my girlfriend seven days ago. I did not enter my penis into her vagina, but I rubbed my penis and a little amount of precum was there in her inner wear. Later, she washed her vagina with water. Is there a chance for pregnancy? Can precum penetrate and cause pregnancy? Cu...  Read Full »


Dr. Sameer Kumar

Family Physician, Obstetrician And Gynaecologist, Infertility Specialist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. There are actually minimal chances of her getting pregnant as there was no penetration or ejaculation. Moreover, sperms even if present in the precum are very fragile and get easily morphologically denatured on coming in contact with fomites like undergarments (cotton/...  Read Full »

What causes variation in home pregnancy test results?

Query: Hi doctor, Before eight weeks, I had a urine pregnancy test through home pregnancy kit and it was positive. But, I never get a positive result after that until yesterday. I am noticing only a faint line. I have also used different kits and the answer is always negative. What could be the reason?  Read Full »


Dr. Ashwini Nanasaheb Talpe

Infertility Specialist, Obstetrician And Gynaecologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. The home pregnancy test can also give rise to false positive results. But, it is 99% correct. Another thing is that, you have to interpret the report in 2 minutes. If you check for result after 15 minutes, sometimes test may come positive. But, that is not correct. Be...  Read Full »

How to know that I am pregnant while on birth control pills?

Query: Hi doctor, About two weeks ago, I started having watery brown discharge as I had never seen before. My period is three days and usually, I spot a little before but more dried blood than watery light brown and not starting that early. I had a feeling I was pregnant because I was having similar sympt...  Read Full »


Dr. Nagaraj Patil

General Medicine Physician, General Practitioner, Internal Medicine Physician, Diabetologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. It is understandable that it is quite concerning for you. First thing to know is if you were sexually active about two weeks before this happened. If yes, it is advisable to get a pregnancy test done even though you are on birth control pills. The failure rate of birth ...  Read Full »

Why did I miss my period?

Query: Missed period. Last period was more than a month back. Took a urine pregnancy test on this week and today early morning. Both results negative. Had intercourse with partner this past month but always used condom protection and partner always ejaculated outside. No other symptoms of pregnancy other t...  Read Full »


Dr. Sravanthi Nuthalapati

Obstetrician And Gynaecologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Icliniq. As pregnancy test has been checked twice already, and found negative so definitely pregnancy is ruled out, and also as you have used contraceptive method The delayed Periods can be mostly due to stress or underlying Hormonal disturbances or sometimes a Lifestyle related ...  Read Full »

Why do I start bleeding on the 20th day of my cycle?

Query: Health query regarding my menstrual cycle.. have seen an abnormality recently where I started bleeding on 20th day of the cycle.. also my bleeding was much lighter than usual.. it lasted 3 days.. I am 32 years and married and want to try for a baby.. what could be possible reasons.. my cycle is usu...  Read Full »


Dr. Reetika Joshi

Obstetrician And Gynaecologist

Answer: Dear, Good morning. I fully understand your concern and will surely help you. see you are 32 years old and if you are having unprotected sex after your last period and also if you had unprotected intercourse around 10-12 days back, then it is implantation bleeding which a women gets when the eggs g...  Read Full »

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