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An_248146 posted:
Hello! I am wondering if it's possible to get a false positive on a (or several!) home pregnancy test.

Backstory: I was diagnosed with PCOS this summer based on elevated testosterone, cystic ovaries, and absence of menstruation. Since October 2011 I have only had 1 period (January 2012).

My gynecologist proscribed Provera for 10 days. As directed, I took a hpt on September 4 before I began taking Provera. The test was negative. Once 10 days passed following the course of Provera, and I still had not gotten a period, I began taking pregnancy tests. 5 tests in 5 days, all positive.

My husband and I are stunned (not in a happy way). Between September 4 and September 24 (when I took the first test), we were infrequently intimate due to work travel. Every time we were incredibly careful. Also, it seems hard to imagine that I would spontaneously ovulate after so long.

I am going to call my doctor in the morning, but would love any additional insight, please. Thanks in advance!
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tlkittycat1968 responded:
While false positives are pretty rare, 5 false positives are pretty much impossible.

Getting pregnant without a period can and does happen. It happened to my SIL. She hadn't had a period in over a year due to pregnancy and breastfeeding. She thought she was finally getting her period based on symptoms and turned out she was pregnant.


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