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Can a Pregnancy Test Be Wrong If Taken 5 Days Before Your Missed Period?

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Pregnancy tests can give false negative results for women who are actually pregnant when taken five days before a not-yet-missed period. Most home pregnancy tests are designed to be taken three or four days before an expected period, according to Dr. Laurence Cole in Parents.

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Can a Pregnancy Test Be Wrong If Taken 5 Days Before Your Missed Period?
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Parents explains that false positive results, in which a test indicates that a woman is pregnant when she is not, are very rare. Any woman who receives a negative result should try again in a few days. Pregnancy tests also vary in their sensitivity of detecting pregnancy. Using a more sensitive test kit increases the chances of detecting a pregnancy before missing a period.

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