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Can a pregnancy test give a false positive after AI or IVF?

By Silvia Azaña Gutiérrez.
Last Update: 10/21/2021

Yes, assisted reproductive techniques may require the administration of hCG hormone as part of the treatment and this is the hormone that pregnancy tests detect. In this way, the levels of hCG hormone in the patient would be elevated and these could be detected by the pregnancy test. The test would give a positive result, which would be due to the hCG administered and not a pregnancy.

For this reason, it is of crucial importance to take the pregnancy test when indicated by the specialist and to follow their instructions.

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 Silvia Azaña Gutiérrez
Silvia Azaña Gutiérrez
BSc, MSc
Embryologist
Graduate in Health Biology from the University of Alcalá and specialized in Clinical Genetics from the same university. Master in Assisted Reproduction by the University of Valencia in collaboration with IVI clinics.
License: 3435-CV
Embryologist. Graduate in Health Biology from the University of Alcalá and specialized in Clinical Genetics from the same university. Master in Assisted Reproduction by the University of Valencia in collaboration with IVI clinics. License: 3435-CV.