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How to test pregnancy at home? - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 08-Apr-2014
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User:I had unprotected sex on Tuesday night, around 7pm, and around 10pm, I took Next Choice One Dose emergency contraception. The day after and today, my lower abdomen is still sort of cramping. How do I know that the emergency contraception worked?
Doctor:Hi,
Please proceed with your query
User:Thanks.
User:I had unprotected sex on Tuesday night, around 7pm, and around 10pm, I took Next Choice One Dose emergency contraception. The day after and today, my lower abdomen is still sort of cramping. How do I know that the emergency contraception worked?
Doctor:OK. so your still having cramping?
User:my husband and I are not trying to have a child just yet
User:and it's only a little bit.
User:How would I know if it worked?
Doctor:Well. The absolute BEST way of making sure is to wait a day or 2 and then go to the doctors office for a pregnancy test (Blood test)
Doctor:thats proof beyond all doubt
User:Oh, and I forgot - on the day we had sex, it was the last day of my period.
Doctor:OK
Doctor:I was about to say the SECOND best thing to do is go to the department store and get a pregnancy test there, but you will want to wait a few more days
User:But I already took the emergency contraception - does that help any?
Doctor:It sure does. They are very effective
Doctor:this is just a way to make sure that a pregnancy didn't occur anyway
User:Should I be worried?
Doctor:I wouldn't be. Like i said the emergency contraceptives are pretty effective. Most people don't bother checking up on them afterwards
Doctor:Is there anything else I can help you with?
User:should I still check up on it afterwards?
Doctor:For peace of mind. You can do a test in a few days.
Doctor:for real peace of mind, get to the doctor and get the blood test done
Doctor:But again, I can't stress enough how effective these drugs are nowadays
User:Okay. I haven't ovulated yet, nor did I enter into my fertile window, so I suppose I should wait until this cycle is over to take a test?
User:I'd much rather try to skip the blood test
Doctor:Exactly wait a few more days (i'd say about 5-7) and head to the store for an OTC test
Doctor:That's all I would recommend to any patient in my ER
User:Okay. I'll make sure to do that.
User:It won't matter that I'm not even late for my period yet?
Doctor:all that means is that there an even LOWER chance of you being pregnant
Doctor:but even OTC tests can pick up a pregnancy within the first week of conception
User:Alright - I'll get the OTC test...I'll just wait a week. But it's for peace of mind.
Doctor:Exactly :-)
User:My husband says just as long as the doctor (you) say that I'm probably not pregnant due to the circumstances, he's already got peace of mind.
User:I just get worried a lot, that's all.
Doctor:I get it. It's a big worry with me and my wife too
User:I mean, don't get me wrong - I would love children, but not right now.
Doctor:I totally get it. I'm pretty much in the same spot right now.
Doctor:There anything else I can help you with?
User:Nope. You say that I'm pretty good, so I don't necessarily have to buy the OTC test, but for peace of mind, I'll do it. :) Thank you so much.
Doctor:cool! Take care!
User:you too!
Doctor:bye
User:g'bye
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