Five Home Tests Showed Positive

QUESTION

Dear Midwife,
On Friday I bought an hpt. I took it (1:30pm) and it came back positive with a very dark line. Then I waited some hours later (8pm) and took another one but this time the line was very light and around (9:35pm) I took another one -- the same thing. I waited until the next morning and took 2 more and those lines where very light as well. I went to the hospital and took one on Monday and their test came back negative.

Can you please tell me what's wrong. I have been trying for 8 years now. I been having the symptoms left and right.

Could I possibly be pregnant? Do I need to take a pregnancy blood test?

ANSWER

My experience is that if a woman takes a good urine blood test and then has her blood drawn right after that, the results come out the same, either both positive or both negative.

If you have been trying for 8 years, than you are about 7 years overdue to find out what the problem is. It is long past time to find out!

-- Cynthia, CNM. PhD.

Cynthia Flynn

Cynthia Flynn, CNM. PhD, is the General Director of the Family Health and Birth Center which provides prenatal, birth, postnatal, gynecological and primary health care to underserved women and their families in Washington, D.C. Recently Cynthia served as Associate Professor of Nursing at Seattle University. There she not only taught, but remained in full scope clinical midwifery practice at Valley Medical Center where she cared for pregnant and birthing women, and practices well-woman gynecology, family planning, and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases.

Cynthia founded Columbia Women's Clinic and Birth Center, where she took care of pregnant women and infants up to two weeks of age and attended both birth center and hospital births. Before Cynthia earned her CNM, she worked as a registered nurse in labor and delivery and postpartum and is a certified Doula and Doula trainer.