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False Pregnancy Test

A false pregnancy test (false negative) is something most women hope they are experiencing as they see the words, "Not Pregnant", and/or the absence of a second line on their at-home pregnancy tests.

Nothing is as devastating for a hopeful mother-to-be than to see the negative results of a false pregnancy test.
False Pregnancy Test

Unless, of course, you are one of the very few women who experience a false positive pregnancy test result.

It's not common, but it does happen. A false positive pregnancy test can mean several things.

A false negative pregnancy test is a test that provides you with the result that you are not pregnant.

It's a test that is negative because of a reason beyond your control, not because you are not expecting a baby.

A pregnancy test is false when it tells you that you are not pregnant even when you are. Otherwise, it's just a negative pregnancy test.

Designed to recognize and identify the amount of the pregnancy hormone, which is known as hCG (Human Chorionic Gonadotropin), in your urine, home pregnancy tests are substantially accurate, but they are not perfect.

When you first see a negative result on your home pregnancy test, it might not mean anything to you but heartbreak.

You might not realize that this result is not accurate. Sometimes it takes a few days or weeks for you to realize that your test result might actually be a false negative.

Other times, women are so convinced they are pregnant that they refuse to take the results on their tests as anything other than false negative result.

This might mean they take additional measures to find out whether or not they are expecting.

This includes buying and using different pregnancy tests and asking their doctor to perform a blood test to determine the presence of a viable pregnancy.

Reasons For A False Pregnancy Test

There are other reasons you might experience a false negative test, though these are not as common as not having high enough levels of hCG.

One reason is that the test you're using is not working properly. It's important that you check to see that tests are working properly.

Digital tests indicate that they are in working order by showing a timer while calculating the hCG in your urine.

Regular tests have a test window in which a blue line appears automatically when your urine reaches it to show that it is in working order.

Additionally, your test might be expired. It's important to check the expiration date on a test kit before you use it.

The chances of it working properly after the expiration date are not very high.

Finally, you might simply be using your home pregnancy test incorrectly, which is what is giving you a false negative result.

Not all tests are the same; you have to carefully read all sets of instructions to ensure you are using it correctly. If not, you might not get an accurate answer.

For example, many women don't wait long enough to check the results. Most tests require you wait a few minutes before you check to see the accurate results.

If you don't wait long enough, you might see a negative result that isn't true.

Additionally, some women don't understand that in a traditional test, it doesn't matter how dark or faint the second line on the results window appears; if there is any indication of a line, it indicates you are pregnant.

The lesson here is to be sure that your pregnancy test is not expired, that you carefully read the instructions and that you try and wait until your period neglects to arrive before you take a test.

A positive result with the appearance of your period is going to cause you immediate doubts and encourage you to contact your doctor right away, taking care of any issues that might be occurring within your body.

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