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Confirming Pregnancy

Avenue Women’s Center offers free pregnancy tests in all of our five DuPage County locations.  These medical-grade tests are over 99.9% accurate just ten days after conception. We know that when you are facing a pregnancy decision, you must first feel absolutely confident in your test result.  

We do receive questions about the accuracy of home pregnancy tests. With so many brands on the market, each with its own sensitivity, we find that re-testing is worth the peace of mind it provides.  

If you are wondering whether your home pregnancy test could be showing an inaccurate result, read about false negatives and false positives:

False Positives

False Positives

There are situations when a home pregnancy test could incorrectly show a pregnancy is present. This is called a “false positive.” You could receive a false positive result from taking certain fertility drugs or other medications with hCG (human chorionic gonadotropin), or if you suffer from liver disease or specific cancers. You could also receive this result from a defective test, a test that has passed its expiration date, or if the test directions were followed incorrectly. Additionally, false positives sometimes occur if you have recently had a very early miscarriage or an ectopic pregnancy.

While false positives are not typical, we know that you need to have an accurate confirmation of your pregnancy. Please contact Avenue to schedule an appointment.

False Negatives

False Negatives

It is possible for a pregnancy test to wrongly indicate that no pregnancy is present. This is called a “false negative.” False negatives can occur even if the pregnancy test has been performed exactly as directed. Perhaps the most common reason for a false negative is performing the test too early. If the level of pregnancy hormone (hCG – human chorionic gonadotropin) has not yet risen to the level of the pregnancy test’s sensitivity, the test will give a negative result, but a later test may be positive. A diluted urine specimen can also cause false negatives. Additionally, you could receive a false result if the test you’re using is defective, has passed its expiration date, or if it was used incorrectly.

If you are concerned that your pregnancy test result may be inaccurate, we invite you to visit one of the five Avenue Women's Center locations for a free pregnancy test.