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False Positive?

By January 5, 2011 - 3:38pm
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Ok my period was due yesterday jan 4. i have been cramping quite a bit so i just assumed my period was coming. I also know that i have an ovarian cyst which i thought was causing the cramping. But today (jan 5) i decided to take a pregnancy test just to make sure and it came out positive. is it possible that it was a false positive? or maybe it came out positive from the cyst? i havent been on any type of meds and stopped birth control. if im pregnant that would be wonderful i just dont want to get my hopes up.

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dmickey - Thanks for your question. There are some rare types of ovarian cysts that produce hormones that can interfere with a pregnancy test. Normally, however, the pregnancy test is merely a test for the presence of HCG (human chorionic gonadotropic hormone), which is found in pregnancy. If HCG is present, you are pregnant. The odds are most likely that your positive is a positive, even with the ovarian cyst, but it would be good to follow up with an additional test done by your doctor to be sure. Good luck!

January 5, 2011 - 6:22pm
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Anonymous (reply to Pat Elliott)

What type of cyst could produce the hcg hormone that could interfere with the result of the test? I'm going back and forth because when I had cysts in the pasts and I took tests they always came out negative. This is the first time it has come out positive (with 2 different tests). I really don't want to get my hopes up

January 5, 2011 - 7:49pm
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