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Can I take a regular pregnancy test three days before a missed period?

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According to the American Pregnancy Association, most pregnancy tests are effective by the first day of a missed period. First Response says that some tests are more sensitive and can show a positive result up to six days before a missed period.

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Can I take a regular pregnancy test three days before a missed period?
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The American Pregnancy Association says that early pregnancy tests are more likely to show a false negative, which occurs when the body's hormone levels are too low to register pregnancy on the test. In this case, the user should wait a few days and take the test again. False positives are rare, and a positive result usually indicates pregnancy.

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