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Pregnancy test kits can now offer the detection of early pregnancies and doctors are concerned that these types of tests are causing an increase in miscarriage mistakes and therefore a needless grief reaction. The misdiagnosis is due to the detection of early pregnancies, which normally go undetected as they end naturally early after conception, usually as a period. Pregnancies can be picked up on testing kits that detect human chorionic gonadotrophin (HCG) hormone, however a new phase of kits offer earlier results, detecting ‘pregnancies' before a period is due. Doctors recommend that home pregnancy tests should be conducted after the period is missed to avoid unnecessary concern regarding fertility issues and internal examination. Warnings on the testing kits stating that many early positive results will end with a normal period have been advocated by physicians. However, if women are distressed regarding their health they should seek medical advice.
Source: summary of medical news story as reported by News Telegraph
About: Availability of early pregnancy tests eliciting miscarriage panic
Date: 2 October 2005
Source: News Telegraph
Author: Charlotte Edwardes
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