Taking a home pregnancy test can trigger many emotions -- excitement, anxiety, and if you’ve been unfortunate in receiving a negative test result after a negative test result, frustration and anger. False negative pregnancy tests are much more common than false positives. While a urinary tract infection (UTI) is unlikely to cause a false negative it could do so, at least in theory. If you have a UTI, see a doctor and then retake the test a few days later.
A false positive pregnancy test is very rare, but false negatives are extraordinarily common. That's comforting news to people struggling with infertility, especially those dealing with the chronic frustration of month after month of negative tests. Of course, averages and data about pregnancy tests don’t tell you much about your individual case, or what you can expect as you navigate the choppy waters of infertility. So what do you need to know about false positive and false pregnancy tests? Here’s an overview.