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How Could I Get a Negative Result and Then a Positive One Later?

One of the most frustrating things in a moment of crisis can be an uncertain answer. Perhaps you took a pregnancy test and had a clear result: negative. Yet you took another test, maybe days or weeks later, with a completely different but just as clear result: positive. While you might have been relieved to know you weren’t pregnant, receiving the exact opposite news might have sent your emotions reeling.

Are you unsure about whether or not you’re actually pregnant? Receiving different results from pregnancy tests can be distressing and cause confusion about which steps to take next. Luckily, you don’t have to figure it all out on your own. At Avenue Women’s Center, we can confirm your pregnancy with a medical-grade pregnancy test as well as help you make a clear plan forward, regardless of your test results.

Reach out today to schedule your pregnancy test with us!

Confirming Your Pregnancy

It’s important to remember that so many factors can influence the result of a home pregnancy test. So, it’s possible that there are times you may receive varying results. While receiving both results can add to your stress, there are solid steps you can take towards finding the actual answer. And it’s also important to remember that a false positive pregnancy test result is rare.

So, how do you know if you are actually pregnant? Here are a few factors to consider:

  1. How soon did you take the pregnancy test after you last had sex? It’s important to read the information regarding the accuracy of your home test. Most home pregnancy tests become accurate at least two weeks after you could have conceived. Since pregnancy tests typically measure the level of hCG hormone in your body, it’s best to wait until the levels are high enough to register on the test. The longer you wait, the more hCG hormone will be present in your system.
  2. Have you been experiencing pain or bleeding? At times someone may take a positive test and then experience a miscarriage, leading to a negative test a few weeks later once the hCG hormone has reduced. Sometimes someone may not even know they have experienced a miscarriage until it is confirmed by a doctor. However, a positive pregnancy test combined with symptoms of pain and/or bleeding could indicate the loss of the pregnancy. It is important to see a doctor if you have been experiencing those symptoms.
  3. Have you taken a medical-grade pregnancy test? While most home tests claim to be very accurate, they can be fallible. If you have been receiving varying results from tests taken at home, a great next step is to take a test with a doctor or at a medical clinic. Here at Avenue, we offer medical-grade pregnancy tests at no cost.

If you are still looking for answers, there are people who can help.  Make an appointment at a local pregnancy clinic to confirm your home results. You can also ask a medical professional for blood test options and for help with addressing your individual concerns.

No matter where you’re at in discovering you’re pregnant, Avenue Women’s Center hopes to be here for you throughout the whole process. Receive accurate results just ten days after possible conception with a free medical-grade test. Whatever your results, we would love to become part of your support system for the now and into the future!

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Reviewed by Patricia Kuenzi, APN-CNP, MSN, ANP, PNP.

The information provided here is general in nature.  It is not a substitute for a consultation with a medical professional. Before any medical procedure, it is imperative that you discuss your personal medical history, risks, and concerns with your doctor. If you have questions during or after a procedure, your doctor should be immediately contacted. Avenue Women’s Center is not an emergency center.  If you are experiencing severe symptoms, such as bleeding and/or pain, seek immediate medical attention.  Contact your physician, go to an emergency room, or call 911.