August 9, 2008 3:14pm CST
I am not having menstrual cycles for the last fifty days. I don't think I had conceived accidentally. Still, I am afraid if I had conceived and so purchased a strip to test my urine for the hormone that rises in pregnancy. I don't have any idea how helpful these strips are in giving accurate results. Still I feel like having a test done myself. I did not consult my OBGN because I shall not be pregnant. Do you think I am taking the right step? What would you have done if you encountered similar situations?
• United Kingdom
12 Aug 08
Some pregnancy tests are complicated to use. At my local chemist they sell digital pregnancy tests and high quality pregnancy tests. With one of those you just put the stick into your urine stream for a few seconds. Then lay it on the ground and in just five minutes you will have your result. The digital pregnancy tests clearly say 'pregnant' or 'not pregnant'. The high quality pregnancy tests may have two lines to say pregnant and one line to say not pregnant. The pregnancy tests that are of high quality are sensitive and can detect a pregnancy hormone as soon as the lady has missed a period. This hormone is even more evident when testing for pregnancy later that this, like a few weeks or months later. Good luck.
9 Aug 08
Home pregnancy tests are very accurate. They will occasionally give a false negative, but not false positives. If it comes back negative and you still have not started your period, I would go see the doctor, especially if you are usually fairly regular in your cycles. At the very least, take your home test to try and put your mind at ease.
10 Aug 08
Thanks for your valued suggestions. Luckily the test came negative and after I had the test in the morning, I started my cycle from the afternoon onwards. I feel sad as I had spend a little more than a buck to buy the strip, but I am totally relieved of my agony.