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Posted: Thu Sep 29, 2005 1:57 am Post subject: Home Pregnancy Testing and False Readings


I just took a pregnancy test and it is reading positive. We've been trying to conceive for about a year. I am taking Clomid and Progesterone.

Is it possible that I would get a false positive reading because of these medications? Thank you for your time.


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Posted: Thu Sep 29, 2005 2:01 am Post subject: No false readings with clomid or progesterone


Home pregnancy tests measure HCG which is Human Chorionic Gonadotrophin, secreted by the fertilized implanted egg.

They do not measure or read falsely positive with progesterone or clomid.

Therefore, it is likely to be an accurate reading.



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Dr Arun

Posted: Mon Oct 03, 2005 12:46 am Post subject: Clomid, progesterone and pregnancy tests


Let me recollect all the relevant points in order.
1 – you have taken clomid to in order to get pregnant.
2 – You have also used progesterone suppositories as a part of your treatment protocol.
3 – you have done a urine pregnancy test before you are about 3 days from your period.
4 – the urine pregnancy test is reading positive.

I suppose that you have not taken hCG injection such as Profasi, Pregnyl or Novarel as a part of your protocol.

In such a scenario, I want to emphasize that neither Clomid nor Progesterone suppositories can influence urine pregnancy test in any way. Home pregnancy tests (HPTs) are designed to detect hCG. hCG is human chorionic gonadotropin. It is a hormone produced by the placenta during pregnancy. Home pregnancy tests (HPTs) are designed to detect it.

The very fact that the urine pregnancy test is reading positive is good news. But please be cautious for a while. Have HPT repeated after ten days again to reconfirm. In some cases it is seen occasionally where even after HPT being positive, to a great disappointment to the woman, the menstrual period does ensue.
Though this is a rare occurrence, be on watch for a few days and then celebrate.

Best wishes,
Dr Arun.

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