It could be very devastating for someone who does not want to be pregnant but she receives a false positive pregnancy test result.
And even woman who wants to be pregnant can be disheartened later if she receives a false positive result in the beginning. False positive pregnancy test results are not very common but they do happen due to various reasons.
What is A False Positive Pregnancy Test?
Let's understand what do we mean by a false positive test. A false positive pregnancy test simply means that your kit has malfunctioned or you have not used it properly or there could be various other reasons due to which you will receive a false positive result which we will see in this article below. Stated simply a false positive means when your kit shows you pregnant while you are not.
If you have bought a brand that could quality kit than the first factor is ruled out. Actually the prime factor for a false positive is the fertility medication. HCG hormones are the pregnancy hormones which your body produces while being pregnant and by detecting these hormones the over the counter kit is able to tell you whether you are pregnant or not. These medicines used for increasing fertility actually contain these hormones and due to that your kit might show you false result.
Your doctor would also recommend you to stay away from these home-based test if you are under the influence of fertility medicines.
Time and again we recommend that you follow the instruction manual carefully which comes along with your kit. No matter how many times you have used a kit in the past these keep on changing. The manufacturers keep on working on research and development and always bring in improvements and changes to these equipment. So if a kit manual says that you need to wait for three minutes for your test to appear than waiting for 7, 8 or 10 minutes does not make sense if your test has to come out as positive it will come out in three minutes only.
What happens is then you wait for longer time than advised a faint second line actually appears but that line does not mean that you are pregnant it is basically known as a evaporation line. By seeing this evaporation line you can get confused that you are pregnant while you are not.
False Positive Before Periods
It could be devastating if you use early pregnancy test kit even before missing your periods and you receive a false positive. Because then you might start preparing for you pregnancy and you share the good news with everyone but later on you realize that it was a false result.
If you are using the kit days before your periods and if in case it tells you that it is positive you have no other option but to rely on that kit. It is only upon the arrival of your periods you will be able to understand that the result which you received was wrong and that can shatter your hopes and happiness.
So if in case you are not taking any kind of fertility medicine and if you believe the result might be false than it was advised that you go for an other test but do not use the same kit this time. It is a very rare for the second kit to fail in delivering the accurate result. Unfortunately sometimes we do not use the test properly or do not read them properly and even the kit could be defective as well.
False Positive During Periods
It is always better to wait for the day of your periods to arrive so if in case your periods do arrive then you do not need to take any kind of test but if you miss the periods then you can go for a pregnancy test.
However in spite of receiving the periods you go ahead and test for pregnancy and it gives your positive result than there could be other reasons for it as well. The hCG hormones are present in every woman body but normally when a woman is not pregnant they are below the level of 5 mIU/ml. since these kits are improving day by day and everyone wants the kit which is more sensitive and very accurate so that these can deliver the results as early as possible even several days before the arrival of periods. Hence sometimes these kits might be able to detect even the slightest amount of the hCG hormone and can mistakenly give you false positive.
However this should not be taken very likely because there is a concept known as chemical pregnancy which is a very harmful situation. If you have a chemical pregnancy than your kit can reveal positive results even though your periods have arrived. A normal pregnancy means that the egg has got fertilized and it is starting to develop itself inside the uterus but a chemical pregnancy means that the egg did got fertilized but it failed to develop.
There could be any underlying health issue or any kind of infection in your reproductive system due to which you can receive a false positive. Hence if in case you have periods but you still receive a positive pregnancy result than it becomes imperative to see your doctor and seek medical attention immediately.
So to avoid these situations always ensure that you buy a good pregnancy test kit which has not expired, use it and read it carefully and do not try to test too early. These kits give 99% accurate result if tested on the first day of your missed periods.