Can Positive Pregnancy Tests Be Wrong?

When asking about a wrong pregnancy test you should know that the majority of these tests test for the presence of hCG in the urine. So can positive pregnancy tests be wrong?

It is possible for the test to come back positive even though you aren’t pregnant. This could happen in case of the urine tests as well as in case of the blood tests.

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If the test is wrong, you could have a false positive result. This means that the result is positive even if you aren’t pregnant.

On the other hand it is possible to get a false negative result. In this case you are pregnant but the hCG levels aren’t elevated enough to be picked up by the test.

Fertility treatment

If you get a false pregnancy result it is possible that you are under some kind of fertility treatment. It is possible that you receive gonadotropins or hCG shots in order to induce ovulation.

Women could have a false positive result even if they received a shot 2-3 weeks prior to testing.

Improper testing

The majority of women use home pregnancy tests and in this case it is very important to follow the instructions of the manufacturer.

These give you information about when to read the results and when to throw away the used test. Some of the tests could give a false result if they are read too late.

It is very important in this case to keep good track of time. Make sure that you have a watch around you to check time. If you guess the time, you could get a false result. When you are anxious time could pass faster than you perceive it.

There are some other factors and situations that could also lead to a wrong pregnancy result such as chemical pregnancy or medications.


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