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Urine test negative, prescribed norethisterone, still no periods. Is 18 days too early to detect pregnancy ?

is 18 days too early to detect pregnancy? urine test was done in lab and it was negative.. I was prescribed norethisterone 3 tabs for 5 days.. now i stopped taking norethisterione and its already been 5 days still no period . dr. told me to wait for 2 weeks to see if my period would start.. but i read on internet that period would usually start after 3-4 days after stopping the medicine.. is it normal?
Asked On : Fri, 7 Dec 2012
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Emergency Medicine Specialist 's  Response
Hello and welcome to Healthcare Magic. Thanks for your query.

I'm not sure whether you are referring to 18 days after a missed period or 18 days after unprotected sexual intercourse. 18 days after a missed period is enough time for a urine pregnancy test to detect pregnancy, and the likelihood of false negatives is very minimal.

Nor-ethisterone is a hormonal tablet which is given to induce bleeding, when there is a delayed menstrual period . Usually bleeding occurs 3 to 4 days after the tablet is stopped, i.e. it is actually called "withdrawal bleeding". In some cases, it may take a little longer time for the bleeding to start. So, I would advise you to wait for a few more days.

Best wishes,
Dr. Sheeba Stephen
Answered: Fri, 7 Dec 2012
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OBGYN Dr. Archana Singh's  Response
Thanks for your query,
If you are 18 days late for your period , then it is definitely not early for pregnancy test. Here one important thing is that whether your periods were irregular earlier also or not . Yes you are right bleeding usually starts after 3 to 4 days , but in some case it may vary. Thats why your doctor have told to wait for 2 weeks before giving other medications..
Best of luck and take care..
Hope it helps you..
Answered: Fri, 7 Dec 2012
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OBGYN Dr. Rakhi Tayal's  Response
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At 18 days overdue if your pregnancy test is negative then pregnancy is ruled out. If there are other causes like anaemia, post pill amenorrhea or hypothalamic imbalance then a detailed evaluation is needed to find out the cause.
I hope this information has been both informative and helpful for you.
Dr. Rakhi Tayal
Answered: Fri, 7 Dec 2012
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