Maybe you’re wondering if a false-positive reading is possible. If so, what could cause it? The reality is 99% of pregnancy tests are accurate. So, what could that 1% mean? The most common reason is user error.
Trying to figure out if you’re pregnant can be stressful. It can be easy to rush and make a mistake, such as, not following the instructions, forgetting to check the expiration date, or taking the test too early in your cycle. These mistakes can cause a false positive result. Also, when taking a pregnancy test, you need to make sure your urine is concentrated, which means, it’s best to take the test first thing in the morning.
If you followed the directions and still believe you got a false-positive test result, you might fall into one of the following scenarios:
Scenario # 1: Chemical pregnancy
A chemical pregnancy is a fertilized egg that cannot implant or grow at the beginning of a pregnancy. The reasoning for this could be scar tissue, uterine abnormalities, fibroids, an infection, or abnormal hormone levels.
Scenario #2: Ectopic pregnancy
Ectopic pregnancies are non-viable pregnancies. This means there is no way for this pregnancy to continue because the fertilized egg attaches to a fallopian tube instead of the uterus, leaving the embryo no place to grow. However, because the embryo still produces the hCG hormones, it leads to a false-positive result.
You can detect Ectopic pregnancies through an ultrasound or by continuous bloodwork. If you feel like you may fall into this scenario, Mid Cities Women’s Clinic offers free ultrasounds.
Scenario #3: Recent miscarriage or abortion
If you experienced a miscarriage, it’s possible that all pregnancy-related tissue was not discharged or removed, causing elevated hCG levels. After a miscarriage or an abortion, hormones can remain in your blood and urine for up to six weeks. It is possible to have a false-positive test result until your hCG levels return to their pre-pregnancy state.
Scenario #4 Medication
Fertility medications can cause a false-positive result. In addition to this, so can anti-anxiety and antipsychotic medicines, anticonvulsants medications, diuretics, Parkinson’s disease medications, antihistamines, and methadone.
If I think I have a false-positive result, what should I do?
This can be a scary time, so why not seek out affordable and trustworthy care? At Mid Cities Women’s Clinic, that’s what you’ll get. We offer hospital grade pregnancy tests and ultrasounds at no cost to you. We will also take time to go over all your options if you are actually pregnant and answer any questions you might have.
Don’t take this journey alone. We are here to help and support you. We are open Monday through Thursday. Click here to request your appointment or call us at 817-508-9412.