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What is the ideal time to take a pregnancy test?

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Posted on Wed, 12 Oct 2016
Question: Dear Dr, me and my husband had planned to conceive for the first child and accordingly tried after my last period which was on 19th August. This month I have not got my period since my regular period cycle is 30 days. I have tried the pregnancy test kit at home immediately on 19th September. But it turned out negative. Was I too early to take the test? I have read that 4-5 days before the due date of period one an take the test. It's 21st today and I don't have got periods. I do have some unusual feeling in stomach, sometimes some minor cramps. What are my chances to get pregnant?
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Answered by Dr. Dr.Sameer Kumar (30 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Get a serum beta hcg test done

Detailed Answer:
Hello,
Thanks for the query to HCM ,
Considering your last menses were on 19th august and your cycle being 30 days, it makes you 2 days post missed periods. The ideal time to do a urine pregnancy test is 8 days after missed periods for chances of false negative. At present the best would be to get a serum beta hcg test done ( blood test) to conclusively rule out or confirm pregnancy. If the hcg levels are less than 3mIU then you are surely not pregnant and then the occasional lower abdominal cramps that you are experiencing are likely to be part of PMS symptoms indicating that your menses shall arrive soon.
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Brief Answer: Get a serum beta hcg test done Detailed Answer: Hello, Thanks for the query to HCM , Considering your last menses were on 19th august and your cycle being 30 days, it makes you 2 days post missed periods. The ideal time to do a urine pregnancy test is 8 days after missed periods for chances of false negative. At present the best would be to get a serum beta hcg test done ( blood test) to conclusively rule out or confirm pregnancy. If the hcg levels are less than 3mIU then you are surely not pregnant and then the occasional lower abdominal cramps that you are experiencing are likely to be part of PMS symptoms indicating that your menses shall arrive soon. Regards