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normal to not test positive for a while after conception?

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i never miss a period, ever, even with massive stress. it might just delay my period by a day or even make it come early. im 4 days late and been ttc since dec 2012, usually my periods are right on time. fatigue, tender breasts, trouble sleeping,slight white/clear discharge, but negative test on day 3 of missed period. i read many things stating its normal to not test positive for a while after conception. am i just getting my hopes up or is there a good chance im pregnant.

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replied May 30th, 2013
Early Pregnancy Signs and Symptoms Answer A43617
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Since variation of 5-10 days in your menstrual cycle length is considered to be normal, you should consider waiting and watching for your next periods that should occur within 10 days if you are not pregnant, but if you were trying for pregnancy, and had been sexually active around ovulation time, chances of pregnancy cannot be ruled out. Wait and watch for your periods. Look out for development of any new symptoms if pregnancy is suspected. Visit your doctor/gynecologist for further evaluation and assistance if you do not get your periods within 10 days of expected period dates, or if you get abnormal bleeding. Sometimes you can keep getting false negative results with urine pregnancy test kits 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. Urine pregnancy test kits usually start showing positive results after about 18-20 days post-conception (roughly corresponding to about 1 week after your missed/altered periods). The test should always be done on early morning first urine sample to get accurate results (pregnancy hormone HCG is believed to be in highest concentration in this sample, and you should avoid lot of fluid intake and caffeinated beverages in the night before taking the test). If pregnancy gets ruled out, further evaluation would be done to look for the underlying cause for your missed/absent periods. Treatment as appropriate (based on examination findings and investigations results) would be started to help you get your periods and regulate them. Be in regular monitoring and follow-up with your treating doctor/gynecologist and report any new/abnormal symptoms immediately. Take adequate rest. Drink plenty of water. Maintain healthy diet and lifestyle.
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