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9 days late, negative pregnancy test. normally very regular

By November 4, 2009 - 1:23pm
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i am 9 days late, took a pregnancy test but it's negative. Had a little bleeding this morning but it stopped. My problem is that i am due to go for CT scan in two days due to a chest issue that i have. Is there any possibility that i could be pregnant? What if i am preg and i have the CT. Will it damage the baby? Very worried! please help.

ps. i am normally very regular, i am not on the pill and sexually active.

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Dear janejoeloon

Thank you very much for your question and welcome to Empowher!

From my own personal experience, you will not be allowed to have the scan if there is a risk of pregnancy. You will probably be advised to get a blood draw (to check for pregnancy) and a confirmation one way or the other, before the scan is approved again. These scans can pose a risk to an unborn baby due to exposure to radiation.

We had a reader recently in the same position as you (regarding pregnancy, not the scan) and it turned out she was indeed pregnant. You can read her posts here : http://www.empowher.com/community/ask/pregnancy-symptoms-no-period-negative-test-am-i-pregnant#comment-34931

You may be pregnant with low hCG levels (pregnancy hormone levels) but a blood test should pick it up.

If the need for the CT scan is great and outweighs the risks to the baby, then it may need to go ahead. It depends on how serious your chest issue is and how urgently the scan is required. Is it something you could put off until you know for sure? To be very regular and now 9 days late (as well as being sexually active and not using birth control) puts you at high risk for pregnancy. Can you schedule a blood draw today and ask for a rush to be put on it?

Unless the scan is urgent, I think it's a good idea to consider rescheduling your scan until a pregnancy is confirmed/denied.

Will you please update us?

November 4, 2009 - 1:58pm
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