Can I Have a Positive Pregnancy Test and Not Be Pregnant?




Positive Pregnancy Test

Can I REALLY have a positive result on a pregnancy test and not actually be pregnant?

Many of our patients assume that if they take a pregnancy test and the result is positive that they are pregnant. However, that may not always be the case. Let us explain.

During pregnancy, your body produces the hormone called hCG (Human Chorionic Gonadotropin). This is the hormone measured by pregnancy tests. If hCG is detected during pregnancy testing, the result should read positive.

How can you get a positive result on a pregnancy test if you are not actually pregnant? If a woman has recently experienced a miscarriage, the hCG hormone may still be present in her body up to several weeks after the miscarriage. In addition, after a woman gives birth, the hCG hormone typically remains in her body until about five weeks afterwards. Both of these scenarios could cause a false result on a pregnancy test.

Additionally, there is always the possibility of human error when performing home pregnancy tests. It is important to follow the manufacturer’s instructions. Most pregnancy tests require you to let the test set for 3-5 minutes. If the test is left beyond the recommended set time, this could produce a false test result.

The only way to confirm a positive result on a pregnancy test is through ultrasound. The ultrasound confirms pregnancy by detecting the following:

  1. A gestational sac with a yolk sac (a sac of fluid that surrounds the baby in early pregnancy, an indication of early pregnancy).
  2. The presence of a measurable human fetal heartbeat.
  3. If the pregnancy is developing within the uterus. If the human fetus is developing, outside of the uterus, this is called an extrauterine pregnancy and immediate medical attention is required.

Your Options Medical offers lab-quality pregnancy tests at no cost to you. These medical-grade tests are 99% accurate, can detect pregnancy as early as 7-10 days from conception and are administered by trained professionals.

If you or someone you know have recently taken a positive pregnancy test, an ultrasound is the next step before making a pregnancy decision; it will determine if a decision needs to be made. To learn more about ultrasound, check out our blog.

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234 responses to “Can I Have a Positive Pregnancy Test and Not Be Pregnant?

  1. Hi. So I had my last period April 5th. I was suppose to ovulate April 18th. I took a test yesterday and today meaning April 24th and 25th. And got 6 tests that say positive a dollar tree one, first response and clear blue. I didn’t get a positive with my last pregnancy until 5 days before my period. I was 9 days away yesterday and 8 days away today. Meaning I am only 6/7 days past ovulation. My question is why am I getting a positive so early and it isn’t that faint I can see it right away. It’s super easy to see it. Did I ovulate early? I am just confused.

    1. Hello Faith,
      Thank you for reaching out to Your Options Medical with your concern.
      My question is why did you test so early??? Were you having any symptoms? Was your last period normal? Maybe you are farther along than you think? Maybe you got pregnant on the first day of your fertile timeframe? Every pregnancy can be different, so one can’t always compare.
      If you so choose, you could ask your doctor for a blood pregnancy test. Although, they may want to wait until you are at least one week late for you period. Typically, that is the best time to test, with you first urine of the day.
      At Your Options Medical, we provide free telehealth calls with a nurse, pregnancy testing, ultrasound, and pregnancy options counseling. To schedule your confidential appointment, please call or text 508-251-9022.
      Thank you, again for reaching out and please do not hesitate to contact us in the future if we can be of any further help.
      Best Regards,
      Barbara, RN

  2. I took five pregnancy test early in the morning five different brands I had a appointment with my obgyn this afternoon and she said the test came back negative I’m very confused

    1. Hello Kiaira,
      Thank you for reaching out to Your Options Medical with your concern.

      It is odd to have so many positive home pregnancy tests and then a negative test on the same day. I would suggest that you ask your OB/GYN for a blood pregnancy test. Another possibility is that you had a miscarriage and now the HCG in your urine has dropped. Either way, I would consult further with your doctor.

      At Your Options Medical, we provide free pregnancy testing, ultrasound, and pregnancy options counseling. To schedule your confidential appointment, please call or text 508-251-9022. Thank you, again for reaching out and please do not hesitate to contact us in the future if we can be of any further help.

      Best Regards,
      Barbara, RN

  3. I am 5 months delayed already I tried PT and it comes out positive. But what I felt is my vagina hurts, I felt cramps as well as bloated lower abdomen but I cannot say I am pregnant I didn’t see or felt any symptoms. I need advice.

    1. Hello Mecy,

      Thank you for reaching out to Your Options Medical with your concern.

      With the information you have given, I strongly recommend you get medical attention as soon as you can. Not having a period for 5 months and a positive pregnancy test would indicate that you are pregnant. At 5 months pregnant, you need to get medical attention. With your symptoms being what they are, you need to be seen by a medical professional as soon as possible. Go to an urgent care or Emergency room if necessary. Do not delay in getting medical care.

      At Your Options Medical, we provide free pregnancy testing, ultrasound, and pregnancy options counseling. To schedule your confidential appointment, please call or text 508-251-9022. Thank you again for reaching out and please do not hesitate to contact us in the future if we can be of any further help.

      Best Regards,
      Barbara, RN

  4. My daughter sadly had to terminate her pregnancy at 22 weeks last month due to a birth defect found in bubs. She felt nauseous twice last week so did a home pregnancy test showing positive. This was 5 weeks after giving birth to her stillborn bub. Would this be HCG hormones left in her body from her previous pregnancy or could it be possible to be pregnant so quickly? Even if she has a blood test would the HCG still show in her bloods?

    1. Hello Soozie,
      Thank you for reaching out to Your Options Medical with your inquiry.
      First off, may I offer my condolences to you and your daughter for the loss of her child. The loss of a child, no matter the age, is a difficult road to travel.
      HCG can stay in the system for as long as 8 weeks or so after a miscarriage or giving birth. A blood pregnancy test measures amounts of HCG. So, it can give an indication of rising amounts of HCG, which would then indicate a true pregnancy. Or it can give a measurement of decreasing amounts of HCG, indicating no pregnancy at that time.
      I would recommend she request a blood pregnancy test from her doctor. This way she could know one way or the other. IF this is negative, she can then discuss her symptoms with the doctor.
      At Your Options Medical, we provide free pregnancy testing, ultrasound, and pregnancy options counseling. To schedule your confidential appointment, please call or text 508-251-9022. Thank you, again for reaching out and please do not hesitate to contact us in the future if we can be of any further help.
      Best Regards,
      Barbara, RN

    1. Hello Hanna,
      Thank you for reaching out to Your Options Medical with your question.
      Typically, the HCG in your system returns to normal within a few weeks. It could be possible that the faint line is detecting left over HCG from giving birth. However, to be sure, you could ask your doctor to order a blood pregnancy test for you. This test is more accurate in determining an active pregnancy, as it measures the quantity of HCG in your system, which corelates with the gestational age of the fetus. I
      n addition, the doctor can then determine the reason for HCG remaining in your system if you are not pregnant, which is reason enough to see a doctor.
      At Your Options Medical, we provide free telehealth calls with a nurse, pregnancy testing, ultrasound, and pregnancy options counseling. To schedule your confidential appointment, please call or text 508-251-9022.
      Thank you, again for reaching out and please do not hesitate to contact us in the future if we can be of any further help.
      Best Regards,
      Barbara, RN

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