False Positive Pregnancy Test Cause: Chemical Pregnancy
A chemical pregnancy or ectopic pregnancy will give a positive result and although technically the pregnancy is not "false", they end in miscarriage or surgery to remove the fetus.
Due to the high sensitivity of home pregnancy tests, many women catch early pregnancies but end up having their period due to a chemical pregnancy.
If you're not sure whether your test was truly positive or truly negative, take another one a few days later. If you are still doubtful about the results, see your doctor for a pregnancy blood test. Although you'll have to wait a little longer for the results, they will be totally accurate.
False Pregnancy - When a False Positive Pregnancy Test is Taken Too Far
Some women have a false positive pregnancy test and because their desire to be pregnant is so intense, they cannot accept that they are not pregnant. This mental state manifests in pregnancy symptoms that are definitely real - albeit without purpose because there is no baby.
The condition is very rare; it is called pseudocyesis or false pregnancy, and occurs more frequently than thought.
A woman believes she is pregnant, complete with symptoms, only to discover she isn't. It is devastating to both the woman and her partner.
In a bona fide case of pseudocyesis (false or phantom pregnancy) even after testing there will be denial and the woman will go on believing and acting as though she is expecting a baby, regardless of medical opinion.
The cause of false pregnancy is not known and is an enigma for the medical profession. There is a theory that it may be caused by changes in the endocrine system of the body, leading to the secretion of hormones which translate into physical changes similar to those during pregnancy. The underlying cause is often mental, which really does prove the concept of the mind/body connection.
Treating a woman who is suffering from pseudocyesis demands careful and sympathetic consideration, and a lot of support from family and friends.
Follow-up counseling is recommended to help women who desperately want a baby and have not conceived deal with the emotions and mental duress they will experience when the truth hits them.
False pregnancy is a mystery. You can learn more about it, in depth, on our site.