When can a pregnancy test be false positive

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It’s possible to have a positive pregnancy test even if you aren’t technically pregnant. This is called a false positive pregnancy test. 

Pregnancy tests can tell if your blood or urine contains the pregnancy hormone, or as doctors call it, human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG). Your body releases it after a fertilized egg attaches to the wall of the uterus, about 6 days after fertilization. Levels of hCG rise rapidly, doubling every 2 to 3 days. This means that you’re pregnant. 

However, there are some cases when pregnancy tests show that hCG levels are high indicating pregnancy, but in fact you are not pregnant. Why does this happen?

There are a few causes of false positive test results:

If you get a negative pregnancy test result, try retesting within about a week to double-check. If you get two different results, consult your doctor. 


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