“I was really scared and thought I was going to miscarry”
“I used an Asda own brand early pregnancy test to check if I was pregnant for the first time. It was positive five days before my period was due.” I wanted to test it again with a more reputable brand because it was an own brand.
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I followed the instructions and performed the test in the morning using my first morning urine, but I received a negative result. I immediately became fearful and panicked, believing that I was going to miscarry.
I was confident that the more expensive brand was accurate and that I must have had a “false positive” with the ASDA brand (either that or an early miscarriage). I became so perplexed that I began researching “false positive” on Google, which wasn’t a good idea.
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“I waited until the day my period was scheduled to test once more with a high-end brand, and the positive result was there.”
“I visited my doctor soon after because I was feeling irrational and panicky and still very confused.” I was not experiencing any pregnancy symptoms, such as sickness or extreme fatigue, in addition to the negative tests. The doctor did not retest me; instead, they simply stated that I was pregnant if the test had come back positive.
“It did reassure me but I was still really stressed. Up until my 12-week scan, when I underwent another test, I was positive that I would miscarry. There was a sense that something wasn’t right because I wasn’t showing at all. Fortunately, everything turned out fine, and I now have a stunning daughter. ”.
Megan, mum of two children 4 and 1
You took a test too early in the pregnancy
Pregnancy tests work by measuring the levels of the pregnancy hormone human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) in your urine. The amount of hCG in your body starts to increase once a fertilised egg implants in your uterus, and can be detected about 10 days after conception.
Where you are in your cycle also matters. “Most pregnancy tests will perform well if it is at the time of your missed period, which would typically be 2 weeks after ovulation or 28 days after your last period started,” says Pamela Berens, MD, an Ob-Gyn with UT physicians at the University of Texas.
In spite of being pregnant, you might get a negative pregnancy test result if you take one before this time.
You checked the results too soon
Your pregnancy test should come with instructions about how long you will need to wait between taking the test and checking your results – the wait time is usually about one to two minutes. This is because the antibodies in the test need time to sense the hCG in your urine and display a result.
Even if you are pregnant, if you check the test before the waiting period is up, you might see a negative result.