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Negative FFN & went into labor (from Oct board)

A girl on the Oct board had her baby today even after a negative FFN yesterday.... this totally throws me off since my doctor said a negative is 95%+ accurate. 
Her name is cc_fame if you want to find her and her story.... 
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Re: Negative FFN & went into labor (from Oct board)

  • My doctor doesn't rely on them and rarely uses them. She said it can be a good indicator with a positive but a negative doesn't make her feel super secure.
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  • FFN tests are something a lot of Dr.'s tend to not put too much stock in. I know with my last pregnancy I had one test negative and within 24 hours I was in full blown labor. The dr's do them, but I know my own Dr. still tells me if I feel like its labor to get my booty to the hospital asap.
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  • Ayreka said:

    My doctor doesn't rely on them and rarely uses them. She said it can be a good indicator with a positive but a negative doesn't make her feel super secure.

    Wow, my doctor said exactly the opposite. Negative is almost 100% negative (99.2% exactly) and a positive could mean anything (only increases your risk by 35% within the next 1-2 weeks).

    My two negative tests were indeed negative and according to the responses I got on this board about other people's experiences, it seems they (negatives) are usually pretty accurate and trustworthy!!

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  • I had one with dd1 and i delivered 2 weeks and 1 day later. I was informed they are not 100% accurate
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  • Arielle27 said:
    My doctor doesn't rely on them and rarely uses them. She said it can be a good indicator with a positive but a negative doesn't make her feel super secure.
    Wow, my doctor said exactly the opposite. Negative is almost 100% negative (99.2% exactly) and a positive could mean anything (only increases your risk by 35% within the next 1-2 weeks). My two negative tests were indeed negative and according to the responses I got on this board about other people's experiences, it seems they (negatives) are usually pretty accurate and trustworthy!!
    My doctor said something similar.  I go to a large practice, and one said it was 99% accurate and another said it was 95% accurate.  But, they both made it seem like they trust a negative, but are skeptical with a positive.  Either way, 95% accurate is not 100% so I'm not really shocked that someone would go into labor after a negative FFN.
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  • Just like everything else, there are going to be outliers. This does not change the fact that a negative result is a very, very reassuring outcome for the vast majority of woman at risk of preterm birth.
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  • Those tests can be thrown off by a number of things. If there is an infection in the vagina or if the girl had sex recently it can throw off the accuracy. I had a positive FFN at 26 weeks and spent 4 days in the hospital before being sent home on bedrest. I'm 39 weeks now and still no baby. But my doctor said better safe than sorry especially since it was positive.
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