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Drug Store Pregnancy Tests Said Positive, But Doctor's Pregnancy Test Said Negative

Published: December 20, 2016
Dear TeenHealthFX,
toTC - The day my period was supposed to show, it didn't. I thought it did from the wet feeling I had in my underwear that morning when I woke up, but when I went to the restroom, there was a white, milky discharge. (No odor or irritation) I decided that I should take a pregnancy test, because I knew the possibility was there, so I went to the Dollar Tree and took two of their pregnancy test, which both came back with a very very faint positive. I waited a little bit and convinced myself to get one of the name brand tests. I got a three pack of the first response tests, and all three came back positive (different times in the day) finally I decided with one more, and got the two pack of the clear blue pregnancy tests and both of those came back positive along with a digital (again all different times) I went to my doctors office the next morning and told her what had happened, and she did a test there that came back negative? She told me their test was negative but that she was going to do a blood sample to be sure. So she did. I went back to the store and got another cheapie test just to see what it would say, and it was very very faint, but it was a positive test. I'm now one day late on my period and I feel awful... I've never been through this before, so I guess my main question is, should I be concerned? Does it seem like I'm pregnant or is something crazy going on with me?? Thanks!
Signed: Drug Store Pregnancy Test Said Positive, But Doctor's Pregnancy Test Said Negative

Dear Drug Store Pregnancy Test Said Positive, But Doctor's Pregnancy Test Said Negative,

There are various reasons why a false positive can occur. One of the most common reasons is not carefully following the directions on the test. Other reasons can include using an expired test, having protein present in the urine, the use of certain drugs, and urine that is contaminated with soap, detergent or blood.

No matter how faint or not, if you ever get a positive reading on a pregnancy test, it is important to schedule an appointment with a medical health professional to confirm the results. So TeenHealthFX is very glad to hear that you did meet with your doctor. At this point, the best thing to do would be to follow up with your doctor and find out the results of the blood test. If you are pregnant, your doctor can discuss pregnancy options with you. If you are not pregnant, your doctor may be able to give you a better idea of why you had the false positives. Your doctor can also speak with you about birth control options so that you can help to prevent these kinds of anxiety-ridden situations in the future. Generally doctors recommend that teenagers and young adults who are sexually active use condoms each and every time they have sex to help protect against unwanted pregnancies and the transmission of STIs, as well as a back-up method of birth control such as the pill or birth control shot. Your doctor can make the best recommendations for you.

FX would also like you to consider whether you feel you are ready to be sexually active at this point in your life. The use of condoms and other methods of birth control can significantly reduce your chances of being pregnant, but the fact is that no method of birth control can offer you 100% protection. So if this experience has been too scary for you, you might want to consider holding off on being sexually active for now.

FX would also like you to read our Resource of the Month: Planned Parenthood Resources on Safer Sex so you can learn more about sexual readiness, how pregnancy happens, birth control, STIs, emergency contraception and more.

If you need to find a different doctor at any point and live in northern New Jersey, you can call the Adolescent/Young Adult Center for Health at 973-971-5199 for an appointment with an adolescent medicine specialist or contact your local teen health center or Planned Parenthood. You can also contact your insurance company for a list of in-network providers.

Signed: TeenHealthFX

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