Does this sound fishy to you?

United States
June 18, 2008 10:31am CST
Ok so my future sil is told she can never have children, has had cervical cancer, and two miscarriages. Well yesterday she calls to say she is pregnant....took two at home tests and she was in the dr. office and he just said the pee test they did is positive. Well she demands they do a blood test to be sure cause she doesn't believe it. Well all morning she emails and says that the test could come back negative and low and behold the nurse calls this morning and it is negative. Do you thnk she really got positives on the pee tests? Doesn't it seem a bit quick to have the test results from the blood test back so soon? Has anyone ever had 3 false positives and one being from a Dr.? And they didn't do a pelvic exam when she went in? I just think it sounds fishy to me.
5 responses
• United States
18 Jun 08
Well, what you have to understand, though, is that even if false positives are rare, whatever hormonal imbalance caused her to get one wouldn't clear up immediately. I assume she took the first two back to back and went to the doctor very soon afterwards. I'm not sure why you think it's "fishy", though. Why do you say that?
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• United States
18 Jun 08
Cause my brother never called to tell mom....and she asked us not to call him. Yesterday she was all gung ho to be pregnant and it was all "the blood test will be back tomorrow and it will be official" until my niece came over last night begging them to take custody of her girls (3 years old and 6 months old) cause her mom wouldn't take them and she can't or won't clean up her life and take care of them. Then everything changed and she started saying "remember the test can come back negative" she said that all morning till she said the nurse called back and said it was negative.
• United States
18 Jun 08
So you think she was lying to get attention? I don't think her husband not calling you is fishy, though. If she has a history of miscarriages and has been told she can't conceive anymore, she was probably waiting for the blood test to come back before she said anything to him.
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• United States
18 Jun 08
No she supposedly had told him and he wasn't happy about it (he wasn't happy about his othr two he had with his first wife either but he called mom to tell her about them) yet he never called mom and she asked us not to call him either.
@SusanLee (1920)
• United States
19 Jun 08
Many years ago before home pregnancy tests, my sister's pregnancy test at the doctor's office kept coming back negative. But she KNEW she was pregnant. She kept telling them she was pregnant and sure enough, it finally came back postive, I don't know how many tests they did over how many weeks. But she knew even though they insisted she wasn't. I would think it could happen the opposite way too.
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• United States
19 Jun 08
We are starting to believe that she never took any tests. That she lied about the whole thing. Things just don't add up with her story. She doesn't want us to talk to my brother about it either.
@SusanLee (1920)
• United States
19 Jun 08
Hmmm, that is interesting. About your sil's claim that is. Since I don't know her, why do you think she would make it up? I mean does she have a tendency to make up stuff to bring attention to herself? Is she so consumed with wanting a child that it's taking over her life or something? I wonder why she would do that too.
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• United States
19 Jun 08
Well she isn't my sil yet they are not married just living together. She has made up several stories it is always something with her and stories tend to not make sense.
@lilybug (21145)
• United States
18 Jun 08
I was told by a doctor once that is is fairly common to get a false negative, meaning that you are pregnant but the test says you are not. It is however rare to get a false positive on a pregnancy test, getting a positive, but you are not really pregnant. It sound fishy to me, but you never know.
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• United States
18 Jun 08
everything I have read says it is rare to get a false positive ...she got 3?
• United States
18 Jun 08
Well, think of how things could go wrong. When a woman is pregnant her urine contains a certain chemical which the test detects. The presence of the chemical on the test strip causes a certain reaction which causes a line to show up. Imagine that the test works like this. There are two chemicals which are used to draw two lines. One horizontal (which reacts to any urine) and one vertical (which reacts to a certain pregnancy marker chemical.) The pregnancy-specific line can show up if: a) The woman is pregnant. b) The woman has the certain chemical in her urine but isn't pregnant. c) Something went wrong at the manufacturer and the machine that prints the pregnancy specific line was filled with the ink used in the not pregnant line. A woman can be pregnant and a line fail to show if: a) The woman is not pregnant. b) The woman is pregnant but lacks the pregnancy specific chemical in her urine. i) Because the urine isn't concentrated enough. ii) Because she didn't get enough urine on the strip. iii) She ate / drank something that counteracts the reaction. c) The ink used for the pregnancy-specific line is defective. Remember, a false positive requires the normal urine line to show (so the manufacturer has to have gotten that printed right) and the pregnancy specific line to erroneously show up. We could imagine how the machine used to print the second line or first line might fail. This would result in a line 'not' showing up which should be there. However, for a false positive, a line has to show up which should 'not' be there. It is hard for me to imagine how that would happen other than the machine being loaded with the wrong ink. Assuming there is some quality control of batches before they are sent out of the factory, I'm guessing that error is easy to catch. If, say, a nozzle that draws the line is clogged and doesn't release the ink, dye, or chemical.. then you would get a lack of a line or a false negative. Perhaps an intermittent failure of a nozzle could be missed in random quality control testing. But this, however, is a false-negative.. not a false positive. Any failure to comply with the test by the end user, also, is likely to result in a line (or both lines) not showing up. It would be exceedingly difficult for a user to somehow mis-use the product and have a chemical reaction occur. There might be foods, I suppose.. or medicines that could 'mask' a pregnancy indicator. So, I also guess, that there might be foods or medicines that could generate a false positive. But, it sounds from the doctor's advice, that such is rare to say the least.
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• United States
18 Jun 08
Well not from what I have read food or meds cannot mask a positive reading on a pregnancy test. Neither can cancer which was her other solution to the false positive. She did two home pregnancy tests from two different makers and then the doctor did one in his office so for it to be a manufacturer problem then all three would have to be contaminated.....a bit unrealistic? then she insisted that they do a blood test which came back negative. Then add to this when the doctor believes she is indeed prgnant he does not do a pelvic exam?
@Thoroughrob (11748)
• United States
19 Jun 08
It sounds a bit strange, but I don't know. I do know that when I went to the Dr. with my last son, I had taken a pregnacy test at home and he did not take another one. He told me that when they are neg. they can be wrong, but if it was positive, I was pregnant. Then another time, my daughter had lost a baby 3 months before going to the dr. over another problem and they said she was pregnant and it was a tubal. She ended up having pancreatitis? and the results were because of the miscarriage. You just never know.
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• United States
19 Jun 08
See what I don't understand is she supposedly called from the dr. office and she had told him she did 2 at home tests he still did another and told her she was definatly pregnant then she insists he do a blood test? And he does and his nurse calls her at work the next day to tell her it is negative? The dr. never did a pelvic exam (which I find odd since she is supposedly a cervical cancer survivor). None of it makes sense.
• United States
18 Jun 08
i am so sorry to hear that i know how devestated she must be, but however it is true this has happend to my best friend she aslo did a home test and it came out positive and when they tested her blood it came out negative, its suppose to be the best method to tell if your pregnant no matter how early you are, but if she feels uncertain she can always get a second opinion..
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• United States
18 Jun 08
Um she did 2 home test and then the dr. supposedly did both tests and the blood test was the only negative. Add to this my brother never called us to tell us or anything we have only heard this from her....plus she asked us not to call him till she had the blood test results then when she got them she hightailed it home so we couldn't call him cause she would intercept the phone.