There are many things that could cause you to get a false positive from a home pregnancy test.
It is much more common to get a false negative from a home pregnancy test than a false positive. Although false positives are rare, they do happen. Check out our Bradenton nurse midwife’s last blog to learn what can cause a false negative, and keep reading to learn what can cause a false positive:
#1. Some Prescription Medications
Some medications for Parkinson’s disease, convulsions and even allergies, as well as fertility treatments, contain hCG. Your home pregnancy could pick up on the hCG from the medication and give you a false positive.
#2. Medical Conditions
There are many different medical conditions that could give you a false positive. Protein or blood could be in your urine from a kidney problem or a UTI, and this can affect the results of your test. Menopause, ovarian cysts and ectopic pregnancy could also result in a false positive.
#3. Previous Abortion or Miscarriage
If you’ve recently had an abortion or a miscarriage, there could still be enough hCG in your system for a home pregnancy test to pick up on. It takes between four and six weeks for hCG levels to get back to normal after a miscarriage or an abortion, so give it some time.
#4. Chemical Pregnancy
A chemical pregnancy is when a miscarriage occurs right after the egg has been implanted in the uterus. Often, with chemical pregnancies, women never realize they are pregnant and the miscarriage is thought to be a heavy period. Chemical pregnancies are the most common reason why women get false positives.
Do you have questions or concerns about the results of your pregnancy test? Schedule your appointment with University Park Obstetrics and Gynecology today!