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False positive HPT

(15 Posts)
amyd42 Tue 19-May-15 07:25:27

Has anyone ever had a false positive on a digital test? I took a Tesco own brand digital last night 'pregnant' then another one this morning 'not pregnant', then a clear blue non digital 'negative' and Tesco own brand 'negative'. So 3 negs after getting a pos. I thought false positives weren't possible but am 1 day late with my period now. I'm like clockwork usually. Baffled!!confused

00100001 Tue 19-May-15 07:28:09

I would just wait a week or so and test again. One day late isn't that late tbh.

00100001 Tue 19-May-15 07:28:48

I always thought you could only get false negatives on these tests confused

JemFinch Tue 19-May-15 07:30:36

I also thought you couldn't get a false positive. To get a positive you have to have the hormone present, can't get it without it.

amyd42 Tue 19-May-15 08:21:29

Thanks, that's why I'm so baffled. I've heard of 'chemical pregnancy' where it's a very early miscarriage which could suggest why this happened. But have no other symptoms. I'll give it a few days and retest. What a head-masher!

MaximumVolume Tue 19-May-15 08:34:44

A false positive is pretty rare with pregnancy tests. As a pp said, you have to have the hormone present for the line to form. However, with a digital, there is a chance (I guess) that the digital display has somehow malfunctioned.

Other possibilities are chemical pregnancy, as you mentioned and that you are pregnant but that either the pregnancy tests used subsequently are less sensitive (i.e. they need a higher concentration of hormone to show as pregnant) or your urine was more dilute (did you think that you'd drink loads of water so that you could test again to be sure?)

If you are pregnant, then the HCG will be increasing rapidly so you should be able to get a positive result soon.

Number3cometome Tue 19-May-15 08:55:53

False positives can happen, but usually not with digital ones!
Usually the false positives are just an 'evaporation line' which appears to be a positive.

But if you read this test within the time limit and it said 'positive' then I don't see how that could be wrong.

Clear blue are notoriously rubbish for their digital ones saying not pregnant.

I would buy a first response test and try that - they are very reliable.

amyd42 Tue 19-May-15 08:56:53

Thanks maximumvolume the one I did last night was probably more diluted to be honest. All the negatives this morning were from first of the day so should be quite concentrated.

00100001 Tue 19-May-15 09:27:30

Report back in a week or so smile

amyd42 Tue 19-May-15 09:31:11

Will do smile

willitbe Tue 19-May-15 14:19:02

Some women in the early days get stronger levels in the evenings than the mornings. I always find testing with second morning urine, gives me a clearer line than the first morning urine.

It could just be a normal fluctuation in concentration in urine. If so you will get clearer positive results over the next few days. You could try testing later in the day without taking too much to drink just before hand.

It could be a chemical pregnancy, where your period will arrive very soon.

Or it could have been a false positive, it is possible to get a false positive on a digital test, where the "not" just fails to appear on the test apparently. In which case you may still at only one day late get a real positive in the next few days.

With any of the scenarios it is unfortunately just a matter of time. I hope you get the result you want!

amyd42 Tue 19-May-15 14:55:18

Thank you Sillitoe

amyd42 Tue 19-May-15 14:56:13

That should've said willitbe- stupid word predictor thingy!

amyd42 Sat 23-May-15 07:39:29

Hi all. Just to let you know the outcome. Period arrived 4 days late so either this was a botch test or a chemical pregnancy. Maybe next month...

willitbe Sat 23-May-15 13:45:05

Sorry to hear your period arrived, hope that next month brings happier results for you.

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