Can a pregnancy test be wrong? When it comes to pregnancy tests, women shouldn’t think that they are infallible.
If you are thinking about wrong pregnancy tests you should know that it is more common for them to be wrong than you may think.
Although they are accurate in about 98% of the cases, that doesn’t mean that they always get it right.
There are many different reasons for which this may happen. For instance, if you are using home pregnancy tests you can expect to get the right results after a longer period of time.
This is because the pregnancy hormones reach the urine later than the blood.
Nonetheless the pregnancy tests can fail even in case you have a blood test. Again this is because of the pregnancy hormones.
If the levels aren’t elevated enough, the test can’t pick them up so you could get a negative result even if you are already pregnant. The safest way is to get an ultrasound that shows the presence of the fetus in the uterus.
Don’t forget that the pregnancy tests are based on the hormone called hCG (human chorionic gonadotropin) that is released by the placenta.
The more sensitive the test is that you use the lower levels of hormone it can pick up. Still it is almost impossible to pick up the very low levels.
There is another possible scenario: to have the wrong pregnancy result that says you are pregnant, but in fact you aren’t. This is again caused by the high hormone levels that could be artificially increased by a kind of medication that you are taking.
If you start taking some kind of drugs, make sure that you know all the side effects so that you won’t be surprised by situations of this kind. It is always best to ask your doctor.