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At Home Pregnancy Tests--Completely Reliable?

  1. ThePracticalMommy profile image93
    ThePracticalMommyposted 5 years ago

    Has anyone received a negative result from an at home pregnancy test and come to find later that you were truly pregnant?

  2. WryLilt profile image88
    WryLiltposted 5 years ago

    False negatives are a lot more likely than false positives.

    Since it measures your HCG, if you're in early pregnancy or have low HCG it may not register.

    However if the test is positive, it's very unlikely to be wrong. Last time I had a positive pregnancy test my doctor didn't even  bother checking - they're that accurate.

  3. lovelife08 profile image59
    lovelife08posted 5 years ago

    I have heard of people to have that happen, but for the most part, home tests are pretty reliable.

  4. tasksgirl profile image77
    tasksgirlposted 5 years ago

    Every single test is different.  They each measure a different level of HCG and in early pregnancy your HCG is supposed to at least double every 2-3 days.  The most sensitive tests can start detecting around 20 HCG while some others can only detect 100 HCG or higher..  so that can be a difference as much as 1 week between those 2 tests.  The digitals detect at 50 HCG and up and those for some reason commonly give false positives. 

    I personally tested positive on a Dollar Tree test around 11 days after ovulation and that day my HCG was only around a 20.  It doesn't seem like it but when you look at pregnancy forums the Dollar Tree tests actually have a good reputation for being one of the most sensitive tests. 

    And don't forget, any line that shows up in 10 minutes and is colored is positive!  My line was very, very faint but it was enough to cause me to want the blood test smile

  5. ThePracticalMommy profile image93
    ThePracticalMommyposted 5 years ago

    Thank you all for your replies! With my son, the test was positive right away. With my daughter, I had the faint line. I am feeling some symptoms of pregnancy now and it is way past my monthly time, but I have used six tests and all have been negative... Time to call the doctor I guess! smile