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test was negative? Do I wait a few more days?

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My partner and I have been trying to have a baby for a few months. We slept together often during ovulation. Now I am a couple days late, with several early symptoms. Nausea, abdominal cramps, fatigue and very tender nipples. I have also been extremely hungry, which is odd. However, I took a pregnancy test today and it was negative? Do I wait a few more days?

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replied January 7th, 2014
Early Pregnancy Signs and Symptoms Answer A45653
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The symptoms that you describe (delayed periods, nausea, abdominal cramps, fatigue, nipple tenderness, increased appetite,) could suggest few of early symptoms indicative of pregnancy if your intercourse was around your ovulation time. If the symptoms suggestive of pregnancy are persistent, or if you suspect chances of pregnancy, visit your doctor/gynecologist for further examination (to confirm pregnancy related changes/signs in body) and blood/serum HCG level test (to confirm/rule out pregnancy accurately). 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). Be in regular monitoring and follow-up with your treating doctor/gynecologist and report any new/abnormal symptoms immediately.
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