Early pregnancy tests… losing my mind, please help!

posted 2 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 2
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Oh sugar, i get your worries but I think you are fine. From what I understand, qualitative measures whether there is HSG in your blood but they tend to use a higher threshold so if at 12 dpo you are still below say 25-50 mIU/ml (which would be totally normal at 12 dpo btw), the blood test will be negative. Also, HSG and other tends to be more concentrated in urine than in blood as are many other substances and by-products. Especially fmu. Thats why urine screens are ofen used for drug testing, substances also show up in urine longer than in blood. And many offices use less sensitive urine tests because they are cheaper so I also wouldn’t worry about that.

Quantitative tests such as the digital you used measure the level of HSG and have a lower threshold which is why they are so great for early testing. And you would have more HSG in this morning’s fmu than you did yesterday afternoon

I totally understand your worry and confusion but I think you are definitely pregnant. Congrats!

Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

I don’t know why they even do qualitative blood tests – like PP said, it’s only positive if it’s over a certain threshhold, so it’s really not any more reliable than a home pregnancy test.  They’re going to have to test you again, anyways, so if they had done a quantitative blood test in the first place you could see how your hCG is increasing.  Anyways, that’s just my rant, but I don’t see the point.

If you’re getting positives on at home tests (and that digital, yay!), I’d say you’re pregnant!  They’re only going to show up positive if there’s hCG in your urine – since it’s still early, I’d bet there’s just not much hCG yet, which is why the doctor’s test was inconclusive.

I’d say to call back, tell them about your positive digital, and request a quantitative blood test.  But with how early you are, I think it’s totally normal to have those low or inconclusive early results.  For now, I’m saying congrats, because I think that you’re pregnant lady!

Post # 4
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

My doctor doesn’t even do a blood or urine test at the office, they told me they trust the drugstore tests. I would wait a few days, and if you’re still getting a positive test call your OB for a repeat. It may just need some time for your HCG to get higher.

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I agree with PP.  My office wouldn’t even schedule an appointment until after 8 weeks.  When I asked them about confirming the results they said that the BFP on a EPT was good.  They said that is all they would pretty much do.  I got my first BFP at 11BPO.  I am pretty sure you are pregnant!!  Congrats!!

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

The qualitative tests stink.  I had to get both a qual and a quant done at the same time a few months ago, and the qual came back “indeterminate” while the quant confirmed the pregnancy, and just noted that the hcg was low.  It’s so frustrating!  

When I’ve had tests done before surgery and things like that though, they always do it by the POAS method, so I think the home tests are pretty darn accurate.  It’ll still be nice to have it confirmed though, that’s for sure 😉

Post # 8
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

Just to echo others, qualitative blood tests are garbage. You are pregnant! Congratulations!! I would wait another week and call the doc’s back and ask for quantitative testing.

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

Just wanted to pop back in to echo a few PPs – I had quantitative blood draws done, but only because I was having a little spotting and they wanted to make sure everything was OK.  Otherwise, I wouldn’t have even seen my doctor until about 9 weeks.  Drugstore tests are pretty darned reliable these days.

Post # 10
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Blushing bee

Tmpalm:  Definitely get a quantitative test! I saw your FRER on the August POAS boards (I was on it!) and the positive looked just like mine from 11 DPO. Congratulations! My quantitative test at 13 DPO was actually 94 and doubling nicely. There is also another April 2015 mama who had a negative urine test after a positive HPT. So, their thresholds must be super high, which I find ridiculous. If you want more reassurance in the meantime, FRER is your friend. Mine gave me darker lines almost everyday at that stage! 

Post # 12
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

Tmpalm:  That is not very surprising. A lot of offices don’t do quants at all unless there are signs of issues. My first I had quants at 6 weeks because I was spotting. My office when you call and say you have a positive pregnancy test, they say congrats, let’s schedule your first appointment for 6 weeks along. And that’s early compared to many other women I’ve talked to! The early weeks of pregnancy tend to be a rough time of just waiting and hoping it sticks, unfortunately. 

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