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What can affect a pregnancy test and make it inaccurate?

What can affect a pregnancy test and make it inaccurate?

User error: The directions must be carefully followed in order for the test to be accurate, reliable and valid. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Pregnancy (Definition)

When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more


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What can affect home pregnancy test results?

What can affect home pregnancy test results?

Testing too soon: Main thing is timing-it takes time (up to 2 wks) for your urinary levels of HCG to get elevated enough to be detected. Over-the-counter tests aren't always as sensitive as tests at your doctor's office, but even those usually take at least a few days after you're late to turn positive. Recheck 1-2 weeks later if you're late for your period & suspect you might be pregnant. ...Read more

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Can prenatals affect a pregnancy test?

Can prenatals affect a pregnancy test?

Largely positive: Prenatal vitamins should support pregnancy and give you the essential building blocks throughout the process. Unless you are allergic to the vitamins it should help. ...Read more

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Is it possible that alcohol affect a pregnancy test?

Is it possible that alcohol affect a pregnancy test?

Yes: Alcohol acts as a diuretic and may dilute the urine enough to produce a false negative test result. If you are thinking of getting pregnant, abstain from alcohol. Alcohol is the commonest preventable cause of mental retardation in a baby. ...Read more

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Can a UTI affect a pregnancy test?

Can a UTI affect a pregnancy test?

No: A UTI will not affect the results of a pregnancy test. The pregnancy test checks for the hormone HCG and a urinary tract infection would have no effect on whether or not your body is producing hcg. ...Read more

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Can a UTI affect a pregnancy test?

Can a UTI affect a pregnancy test?

Pregnancy test: The pregnancy test is still accurate. It is not affected by infection in your urine because it tests for beta HCG, a hormone released by pregnancy, not an infection. ...Read more

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Will adipex affect a pregnancy test?

Will adipex affect a pregnancy test?

Pregnancy test ok: Adipex will not affect the result of a pregnancy test. If you think that you are pregnant, or trying to become pregnant, you should stop all non essential meds and discuss your situation with your doctor. ...Read more

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Please tell me can diet pills affect a pregnancy test?

Please tell me can diet pills affect a pregnancy test?

Not likely: But taking diet pills during pregnancy may affect the health of the fetus. ...Read more

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Can anemia affect a pregnancy test?

Can anemia affect a pregnancy test?

No, it should not: Affect a standard urine pregnancy test, nor should it have any appreciable effect upon a serum beta- HCG test. Likewise, the predictive quality of either test for pregnancy is not affected by anemia. Good luck to you. ...Read more

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Does urine infection affect a pregnancy test results?

Does urine infection affect a pregnancy test results?

No: A urine infection does not change pregnancy test results. What does affect a pregnancy test? Fertility drugs or other medications that contain hcg, the pregnancy hormone, may interfere with home pregnancy test results. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Can steroid injections for bad back affect a pregnancy test result?

Can steroid injections for bad back affect a pregnancy test result?

No,: If its positive it's not because of the steroid injection. Good luck, start on some Folic Acid at 1 mg or a prenatal vitamin. Get seen, throwing up not good for the back. If that's the case. ...Read more

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Does being on your period affect a pregnancy test result?

Does being on your period affect a pregnancy test result?

Yes: Because if you are on actual period then you are not pregnant. ...Read more

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Can Depo-Provera provera (medroxyprogesterone) affect a pregnancy test?

Can Depo-Provera provera (medroxyprogesterone) affect a pregnancy test?

No: But if you are thinking about pregnancy, you shouldn't be on depo-provera. Pregnancy is possible when you stop using the birth control injections, but it may be delayed. This method of birth control is not recommended for someone who wants to get pregnant quickly after discontinuing use. ...Read more

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Can pcos affect a pregnancy test? I've been feeling nauseous for the past couple weeks and I took 3 tests (1 at first urine) and all negative.

Can pcos affect a pregnancy test? I've been feeling nauseous for the past couple weeks and I took 3 tests (1 at first urine) and all negative.

No: Today's pregnancy tests are very accurate and not affected by pcos, foods, herbs, common illnesses, sexually transmitted diseases, or medications. A correctly done urine test will give a reliable result 3 weeks after sex (or when conception might have happened) or 1 week after missing a period. If done sooner, a positive result is likely real, but a negative result may be due to testing too soon. ...Read more

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How much water would affect a pregnancy test? Already had my period drank half a bottle of water, urinated then took it half hour later. How accurrate

How much water would affect a pregnancy test? Already had my period drank half a bottle of water, urinated then took it half hour later. How accurrate

Pretty accurate: Even drinking 1/2 bottle of water shouldn't dilute your pregnancy test results. It used to be that we recommended taking the test first thing in the morning when urine most concentrated, however, the technology of tests has gotten better and pregnancies are detected at earlier dates. If you're worried, take another test first thing tomorrow morning, but results likely same. ...Read more

Dr. Stephen Sudler
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Pregnancy Test (Definition)

A pregnancy test measures a hormone called human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG). HCG is a hormone produced during pregnancy. It appears in the blood and urine of pregnant women as early as ...Read more