Could the Results of My Home Pregnancy Test Be Wrong?

By: Life's Choices|May 27, 2020

Whether a negative pregnancy test causes you to feel intense relief or deep disappointment, after the initial emotion wears off you may begin to doubt the accuracy of the test. Is it possible your negative pregnancy test is wrong?

If the home test was done properly, it is rare to have a negative result if you truly are pregnant. It is important that you read the directions carefully and follow the times and procedures exactly as indicated.

WHY IT COULD BE A FALSE NEGATIVE

However, if you have administered the test as directed, here are some reasons why it could show negative if you are indeed pregnant:

  1. Test was taken too early.

    The earlier a test is taken after a missed period the harder it is for the test to detect hCG (the hormone that indicates whether you are pregnant). Some tests may be more sensitive to or need more hCG to be detected in urine to produce a positive test. Ovulation can vary especially if periods are irregular and timing may be off. Repeat test in one week if there is still a concern about being pregnant.
  2. Test results were checked too soon.

    Read instructions carefully and be precise with timing.
  3. Using diluted urine.

    For most accurate results, take the test first thing in the morning when your urine is the most concentrated.

WHY YOU MIGHT MISS A PERIOD AND NOT BE PREGNANT

There are several reasons that you might miss a period but not be pregnant, including but not limited to:

  • Sudden weight gain or loss
  • Ovarian cysts
  • Metabolic conditions (alterations in blood sugar and certain hormone levels)
  • Recent illness
  • Stress
  • Thyroid conditions
  • Certain birth control methods/medications
  • Pregnancy

If you have missed your period and are questioning the results of your home test, we would be happy to administer a test in our office. Our registered nurse on staff can answer your medical questions and make referrals if necessary.

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Additionally, if you have not had STI/STD testing in the last year, we strongly recommend that you schedule an appointment to have this done. STI testing is recommended annually, in addition to every time you have a new sexual partner.  We provide STI testing for chlamydia and gonorrhea at Life’s Choices and would be happy to schedule an appointment for you.

Contact us if you are in need of STI testing, a pregnancy test or if you would like to talk to someone about the results of your test. We are here for you!

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