August 30, 2013

PCOS to Pregnancy: The trickery of false positives!

I think the only thing that could be worse than seeing a negative result on a pregnancy test is seeing a false positive! Thankfully this hasn't happened for me ever, but I hope to avoid it in the future. One of you commented on a previous post warning me that Ovidrel, one of the medications I'm taking, can you give you a false positive. I'm notorious for taking tests way too early in hopes of getting a positive result, but with Ovidrel that's a bad idea. Ovidrel contains HCG, the hormone that is detected in pregnancy tests. It can linger in your system for up to two weeks and if you test too early, you could get a positive test result. So I will do everything in my power to avoid this!

Here are some other reasons for positives on pregnancy tests:

  • Evaporation Lines: Sometimes moisture can give a false positive on pregnancy tests. The line is usually very faint. 
  • Ectopic Pregnancy: In these cases, a fertilized eggs implants somewhere other than the uterus. This is a serious condition and needs immediate medical attention. 
  • Recent Miscarriage: If you have recently miscarried, your body may still contain substantial amounts of HCG. 
  • Reading your test too late: If you wait too long to read your test, you may see a positive result. Don't pull a negative test out of the trash and get your hopes up if it is positive hours later. 
Have you ever experienced a positive result only to get let down?

I'm Jenny, the mama behind the blog Cloth Diaper Revival.   I'm a stay at home mom to Noah and a wife to Chas, the cloth diapering dad.  I used to be a 3rd grade teacher until I was blessed with the birth of my first child, Noah. I'm currently trying to conceive my second child while struggling with infertility due to PCOS. This series covers my journey and my experiences along the way.