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

  1. I Had a baby MAY 30 but I lost him back,
    So I had unprotected sex 3weeks 5days after delivery plzz can I do urine pregnancy test after a week or I should wait for 2weeks before doing the test. I need your advise please.

    1. Hi Hadizah,
      Thank you for reaching out.
      First, I want to say I am so sorry for your loss! I will be praying for your and your family during this time.
      Typically the pregnancy hormone (hCG) stays in your body about 5 weeks after delivery. So you could try to take a urine pregnancy test. The best time to perform a urine pregnancy test is with the first urine of the day. If the test is negative, you could test again in 1-2 weeks.
      You could also request a blood test from your primary care physician or OB/GYN as these tests are more accurate in detecting pregnancy.
      If your symptoms persist after another negative pregnancy test you should consider getting a medical opinion.
      At Your Options Medical, we provide no-cost pregnancy testing and ultrasound. No insurance is required for our services. To schedule an appointment, please call 617-401-0260 or text 508-251-9022.
      I hope this is helpful. Please be sure to let us know if there is anything else we can help you with. Take care, Selena.

      Best Regards,

      Gladys, RN

  2. Hi there I’ve just given birth on the 28th of March, had unprotected sex maybe after 3 or 4 weeks had my first and last period after giving birth in May, took one pregnancy test yesterday and it turned out positive.. is it possible that I’m pregnant?

    1. Hi Mary,
      Thank you for reaching out!
      It is possible that you could be pregnant. Typically, hCG (the pregnancy hormone) which pregnancy tests are detecting only stays in your body about 5 weeks after giving birth.
      After having a positive pregnancy test, the next step would be to have another ultrasound to determine if you are definitely pregnant. You would want to ensure the person performing the ultrasound confirms the following four things: 1). If the pregnancy is in the uterus. 2). Measure to determine the dating of your pregnancy (how far along you are). 3). If there is a detectable heartbeat. 4). If there are multiple babies or just one.

      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,
      Gladys, RN

  3. Hi this is for my cousin she had her baby on may 21 and they had sex but didn’t really have sex he just rubbed his penis against her clit 3 weeks after having her is it possible for her to get pregnant without penetration

    1. Hello Samantha,
      Thank you for reaching out to Your Options Medical with your question.
      Although the probability of getting pregnant is low when no penetration is achieved during intercourse, it is still a possibility.
      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. Hi I just had twins on July 6th they were born early at 23weeks and passed away. So today I took a pregnancy test because I’m still having symptoms and feeling kinda weird and it came out positive.

    1. Hello Key,
      Thank you for reaching out to Your Options Medical with your question.
      I am so sorry to hear that your twins passed away. I hope you have all the support you need to see you through this sad, difficult time. Please reach out to one of our centers if we can be of any help to you, even just to lend a listening ear.
      It is probable that you still have enough HCG in your urine to register a positive pregnancy test. It can take a few weeks for this hormone level to return to a normal state. If you continue to have positive tests in a couple months, this would warrant a blood pregnancy test to determine whether or not you are pregnant.
      Again, my condolences to you and your family.
      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

  5. Hi,
    I have been getting positive results on pregnancy tests since March but every time I go to the doctor theirs are negative. I have pcos but that doesn’t have anything to do with hcg. My OBGYN would not test me for other possibilities such as cancer, or ovarian cysts that are secreting hcg. Is it possible that I might have cervical cancer? I received an ultrasound at the ER in March but they didn’t tell me they found anything abnormal. In July I still had positive early result pregnancy tests, first response and clear blue early detection. Please help I am worried that something is going on with me and my doctor is not taking me serious.

    1. Hello Autumn,
      Thank you for reaching out to Your Options Medical with your concern.
      There are a number of factors and issues that can raise your HCG in your system. It would be best to determine the cause of the elevated HCG in your system. I can understand your frustration at not getting answers.
      Have you tried going to your primary care physician? That would be your next step in getting answers. You could also ask for a second opinion from another gynecologist or a specialist.
      I encourage to continue to seek answers to your questions and concerns. Wish you the best!
      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

  6. I give birth last June 4 and we have unprotected sex last July 10 and my menstruation didn’t comeback yet. I got two negative results of pregnancy test after 3 weeks of unprotected sex. Is the result that time accurate or there’s a possibility of pregnancy?

    1. Hello Yannah,
      Thank you for reaching out to Your Options Medical with your question.
      It is hard to say if you could be pregnant or not. Pregnancy tests measure a hormone called HCG in your urine. If you are getting negative tests, you are most likely not pregnant although it is possible to get a false negative test. If you do not start your period in the next week or 2, you can repeat the pregnancy test. If it is still negative, ask your doctor for a blood pregnancy test which is a better test to determine if you are pregnant or not.
      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

  7. Hi there, my husband and I have been trying to get pregnant for about 4 months now. 7 days ago, I tested negative on a home pregnancy test. Then I got my period the next day (it was very heavy flow, so I’m pretty sure it was not implantation bleeding). However, 7 days on, I have been bleeding all day (not very heavily, not like my period) but got a positive pregnancy test result! Can you please explain?

    1. Hello Amanda,
      Thank you for reaching out to Your Options Medical with your question.
      It is possible to get inaccurate test results from a home pregnancy test. There are some factors that can result in a false positive pregnancy test. These include medications, ectopic pregnancy, chemical pregnancy and faulty test equipment or implementation.
      At this point, I suggest you ask your doctor to do a blood pregnancy test or an ultrasound.
      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

  8. July 4 I had sever pre term labor and delivered at 21 wks. I havent had cycle since. Took home hcg on 8th of August and tested negative. Yesterday I noticed lil dark spotting tested faint postive. Today more bleeding with light watery flow test again today faint postive. Could this be implantion bleeding?

    1. Hello Shywanna,
      Thank you for reaching out to Your Options Medical with your question.
      It is not possible to say that you are experiencing implantation bleeding. The description you give does describe the type of discharge one would see with implantation bleeding. The faint positive pregnancy test could be measuring the left over elevated HCG from your prior pregnancy, although you did have a negative test before the positives. To be more sure of a positive pregnancy test you could ask your doctor to order a blood pregnancy test.
      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

  9. Hi! I am currently 6 weeks pregnant but experiencing a subchorionic hemorrhage. 1st daw having gush of blood ,went to ED and had a TVS. I saw my baby with yolk sac and and cardiac activity. The following day got another ultrasound and the result showed irregular shaped sack and fetal heart beat was faint and almost undetectible( could be too early to detect since i was 5weeks and 5 days pregnant as per CRL that time. During the night i didn’t feel any pain but i noticed that passed clots like 30ml in total. And after passing all those clots my bleeding subsides and never experienced any cramps that i used to complain in the clinic. Pain was bearable though like a usual period. After passing all those clots and feel relieved from cramps is it a sign that i lost my baby?😔

    1. Hello Summer,
      Thank you for reaching out to Your Options Medical with your concern.
      With the symptoms you describe, I’m sorry to say it does sound like you experienced a miscarriage. You describe getting medical attention during this event, I suggest you see a medical professional again to see if this is indeed what happened. They can give you information and treatment if necessary.
      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

  10. Hi last Saturday I took 4 pregnancy tests because I was 8 days late for my period. They all came back positive. The following Monday I woke up to a heavy bleeding. I immediately went to the dr and gave a urine sample which came back negative for pregnancy but positive for a UTI and a lot of protein in my urine. I was sent to get labs a few minutes later to test for pregnancy. These labs also came back negative for pregnancy. I am completely stumped. I am still bleeding nit as heavy tho. Was this my period? They have always been irregular but I recently lost about 70 lbs with the keto diet and xyngular supplements since February 8 of this year and I feel like my periods have regulated and been pretty normal. Could I be pregnant still or could I of miscarried? I’m so confused!

    1. Hello Deidre,
      Thank you for reaching out to Your Options Medical with your question.
      This is certainly confusing, to have 4 positive urine pregnancy tests then 2 days later a negative urine pregnancy test at the doctor’s office! Did your share your concern over a possible miscarriage or did you request a blood pregnancy test? Either of these could have been more definitive in determining if you were or are pregnant.
      I would try to touch base with the doctor’s office again to ask if either of those tests would be appropriate.
      On another note, good for you on your weight loss, however, a follow up with your doctor about the diet you are on and the protein in your urine would be something you would want to follow up on.
      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

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