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When Your Pregnancy Test Results Don’t Make Sense

Have you ever questioned if you were unexpectedly pregnant, and tried to get clarity, but found the answer to be elusive?  Maybe you’re facing these difficult circumstances right now.  Perhaps you’re attempting to figure out what’s really going on with your body by taking a home pregnancy test (or multiple home pregnancy tests), but you’re feeling more confused than ever by the results. Chances are, you’re longing to solve this puzzle, while desperately hoping for some explanation other than a pregnancy.  If this describes your situation, hang in there!  Help is available!

Sometimes, the only thing scarier than knowing is not knowing.  If you’re in limbo between suspecting and confirming an unexpected pregnancy, Avenue Women’s Center is available to come alongside you.  We’re an early pregnancy clinic with multiple locations in Chicagoland.  We’re here to help you begin your path toward clarity by getting a free medical-grade pregnancy test.  And if you are pregnant, we’ll equip you with the tools and information you need to take informed next steps. 

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The Home Pregnancy Test: A Baseline Understanding

Many people have a difficult time making sense of their home pregnancy test results.  Of course, this situation can be particularly stressful and frustrating when getting pregnant was never the aim.  Let’s begin with a brief explanation of how urine-based pregnancy tests work.  A home pregnancy test detects pregnancy by measuring a hormone called hCG (human chorionic gonadotropin) in the urine.  HCG is produced by the placenta once a fertilized egg implants in the uterus and the placenta is formed.  It rises rapidly in the early days of pregnancy and is only found in the human body during pregnancy (Mayo Clinic).

Take a Deep Breath

No matter why your pregnancy test results are causing confusion, there are steps you can take to discover insight and move forward with a well-informed point of view.  First of all- there are measures you can take to increase the possibility of getting a clear and accurate result on a home pregnancy test.  Carefully follow any and all pregnancy test instructions.  Take a confirmation or repeat pregnancy test, especially after a missed period.  Theoretically, at that point, a pregnancy will have grown enough to produce ample hCG to provide a reliable positive result (Mayo Clinic).

Find Caring, Professional Support

Here’s the bottom line:  It’s important to know for sure whether or not you’re pregnant.  And confusing pregnancy test results are worth seeking clarity on.  Learn what’s going on with your body so you can take informed next steps, whether you’re pregnant or not.  Seeking outside help is often the wisest course of action for someone who’s just feeling worried or confused.  Chances are, this will make a world of difference.

Avenue Women’s Center is a limited medical clinic that offers highly accurate, medical-grade pregnancy tests at no cost.  We also provide free limited medical ultrasounds to identify, 1) where a pregnancy is located, 2) the gestational age, and 3) the possibility of miscarriage.  If an individual who connects with us needs additional support (prenatal care, other medical resources, a blood pregnancy test through a doctor’s office, etc.) we can provide a comprehensive list of referrals.

Confusing pregnancy test results can trigger a lot of stress.  Don’t let the uncertainty of your situation overwhelm you. It’s just a matter of figuring out what’s going on with your body one step at a time.  Avenue Women’s Center exists to help individuals facing circumstances like yours receive clarity and move forward courageously.  We’ve been serving women from Chicagoland and beyond since 1981, and we understand how scary all of this can feel.  Our caring pregnancy consultants and nurses have your back.  Trust us to help you find answers, and access all the information and support you need to take confident next steps.

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Mayo Clinic.  (2022, December).  Home pregnancy tests: Can you trust the results?  Retrieved from:

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.