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Can Stress Affect a Home Pregnancy Test Results?

Taking a home pregnancy test may potentially be the most exciting day of your life, or the scariest! Regardless, you will want to know that the results of the home pregnancy test are accurate and if there is anything at all that might affect the test results. The good news is that home pregnancy tests are extremely accurate, especially if taken right around the time of a missed period. Also, very few things will affect the outcome of a home pregnancy test. The few things that might have an impact include drugs that contain the hormone HCG, which might result in a false positive. Drugs, stress, painkillers, birth control pills, alcohol, and the like will not give a false positive.

So, if you take a home pregnancy test and receive a positive result you are more than likely pregnant! Keep in mind, too, that just because you receive a negative result does not mean you are 100% not pregnant. You may have tested too soon when there was not enough HCG hormone in your body to be detected by the test. If you really feel you are pregnant and received a negative home pregnancy test then just wait a few days and then try again.

The good thing to know is that just because you have been really stressed out over the possibility of being pregnant, or not being pregnant, will not affect your home pregnancy test results. Some women become really worried that since they are overwhelmed and stressed that this might some how affect the pregnancy test. This is not the case at all and women should understand how a pregnancy test works.

Basically, the home pregnancy test simply measures the amount of HCG in your urine. When you become pregnant the level of this hormone surges and gets higher every day for about the first trimester before going back down. So, when you use a home pregnancy test and the hormone is detected you are pregnant. If no hormone is detected then you are either not pregnant or tested too early for the pregnancy hormone to be detected by the pregnancy test.

At home pregnancy tests are incredibly accurate and provide a wonderful and private way for a woman to find out if she is pregnant. If the test results are positive then a woman should call her OB/GYN and make her first prenatal appointment. Early prenatal care is essential for a healthy pregnancy, mom, and baby. So, if you do take a home pregnancy test and receive a positive result make sure you see your doctor as soon as possible to ensure all is going well with mom and baby.

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Last modified: February 10, 2013


The information provided here should not be considered medical advice. It is based on the average experience of women trying to conceive and may not be what you may be experiencing. It's not meant to be a replacement for any advice you may receive from your doctor. If you have any concerns about your cycle or our ability to get pregnant, we advise you to contact your doctor.