I am five days late for my period. I am experiencing symptoms such as tender breasts, sore lower back, exhaustion. I took a pregnancy test one day after I was due for my period and it came back negative. Could I possibly be pregnant? I could easily take a test but do not want the disappointment if there is no chance of pregnancy.
Welcome to ehealthforum,
The urine pregnancy test kits most often start showing positive results after about 20 days post-conception (roughly corresponding to about a week after your missed periods). Sometimes urine pregnancy tests can also keep showing you false negative results during early pregnancy as the kits are calibrated ones, so unless the hormone levels in urine reach a certain level, they do not show positive results. Blood HCG levels can show accurate results as early as about 11 days post-conception. If you suspect chances of pregnancy, consider visiting your gynecologist for thorough examination (to confirm pregnancy related changes/signs in body) and blood/serum HCG level test (to confirm/rule out pregnancy accurately). Take adequate rest. Drink plenty of water. Maintain healthy diet. Be in regular monitoring and follow-up with your treating doctor/gynecologist and report any new/abnormal symptoms immediately.
"Ask a Doctor" questions are answered by certified physicians and other medical professionals.
For more information about experts participating in the "Ask a Doctor" Network, please visit our
medical experts page.
You may also visit our Am I Pregnant , for moderated patient to patient support and information.
The information provided on eHealth Forum is designed to improve, not replace, the relationship between a patient and his/her own physician.
Personal consultation(s) with a qualified medical professional is the proper means for diagnosing any medical condition.