I am 42 years old. I have a two and a half year old daughter, though it took us just over a year to concieve (conceive) her. I missed my last period and suspect I may be pregnant, having ovulated very late in my cycle. I have taken 3 HPTs, all negative. But if I concieved late in my cycle I may not have been far enough along for an HPT to pick up a pregnancy. I know I should see my OB/GYN to get a blood test but I am afraid of the let down. I had a miscarriage in Feb and since then my regular 28 day cycles have been anything between 28 days and 23 days. Could I have ovulated 3-4 days before the date I was due to start my last missed period? If I did concieve (conceive) then, how long would it take to get a positive HPT? With my last pregnancy my HPTs worked, why would they not now? Was this just an anovulatory month? I guess my doc is the only one that can answer this question. I guess I just need support and input.
Different sites say different things but from what I get from all of this is that it can take anywhere from 5-10 days following implantation for a hpt to be detect pregnancy; two-three days for a blood test.
So if you ovulated on cd 23, it would take approximately 10-14 days before a positive pregnancy test could be done. I hope this helps. Really, a blood test needs to be performed in your case IMO.
The best thing to do is repeat your hpt in a week if you haven't started your period. If the hcg is there, a hpt will work 99% of the time. After that, go to your doctor and ask for a beta be done.
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