Everything You Should Know About False Positives And False Negatives Results
FALSE POSITIVES RESULTS
Usually, if a test says you are pregnant - you are, but occasionally, a "false positive" result may occur. These can be heart-breaking and are rare, but may happen for a few reasons:
This is a term used for a very early miscarriage. About half of all pregnancies are thought to end in miscarriage, usually shortly after conception. But if a test is taken very early, when hormone levels have started to climb, you may detect a positive hCG response and then go on to have a period.
Not Following Directions
Make sure you check the pregnancy test within the specified reaction period; a test that has been sitting around too long may return a false positive result. Following the right time and direction of the test will give you close to accurate results.
Some fertility treatments contain the hCG hormone and may return a false positive if the hormone is still present. This leads to a ‘false pregnancy’ result.
FALSE NEGATIVES RESULTS
If you test too early, you may get a negative result even though you are actually pregnant. Testing a few days later may return a different result, so do keep an eye on the changes in your body just in case. And in rare cases, a pregnancy test may not work properly (although the test strip usually shows if this is the case) so it’s best to go in for a re-test.