Saturday, February 25, 2012
The next day I gave it one more try and the little test strip showed nothing. I resigned myself to the fact that the four negative tests were probably right. (The test shown to the right is not a cheapie... It's one of the more expensive ones I bought that came back positive when we were trying to figure out what was wrong during the months of positives I got after the miscarriage... and at that point I was apparently still hopeful that it was a real positive, since we didn't have an accurate diagnosis yet.)
A few online friends pointed out that posters had said in the review section for the cheapie Amazon HCG tests that they were getting false positives with certain batches. So I guess I can say I now have had a false positive from the cheapie tests. Sigh.
Don't get me wrong, I still think they're worth buying. When I went to Walgreen's yesterday to buy every single cough/flu product I could find (as of this morning every person in our home is sick... I was the last to fall... waking up sick this morning...) the average pregnancy test was around $8 per test. On amazon you pay $9 for 50. And out of the 100 or so (a conservative estimate) tests I've taken in the past year (the vast majority were when I was waiting for the tests to go negative the three months after the miscarriage) 99% have been accurate.
But I do think it's important to keep in mind that there's apparently a higher chance of false positives with them than with the pricer tests.
The solution to this is to make sure to test a second time immediately if you do get a positive, hopefully while managing not to be hopeful or happy, so that those hopes aren't squashed if it is a test error.
Ah well. Sadie was wrong. I tested after she said: "Mommy, you're tummy is looking bigger. Do you think there's a baby in there?" Wishful thinking, combined with pre-schooler honesty. I do have to laugh at her frequent evaluating glances at my tummy. Now if only I could get her to keep certain thoughts to herself!