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Can I have a positive pregnancy test if I have a hollow egg?

By Marta Barranquero Gómez B.Sc., M.Sc. (embryologist).
Last Update: 04/06/2022

The answer is yes. Women who have anembryonic pregnancy may have a positive pregnancy test result. In addition, during the first trimester of pregnancy, the woman may experience symptoms such as nausea, fatigue, vomiting, i.e., the usual symptoms of early pregnancy.

Although there is no embryo in the embryo sac, the cells of the placenta continue to produce hCG hormone. As a consequence of the existence of this hormone, the pregnancy test is still positive.

 Marta Barranquero Gómez
Marta Barranquero Gómez
B.Sc., M.Sc.
Embryologist
Graduated in Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences by the University of Valencia (UV) and specialized in Assisted Reproduction by the University of Alcalá de Henares (UAH) in collaboration with Ginefiv and in Clinical Genetics by the University of Alcalá de Henares (UAH).
License: 3316-CV
Embryologist. Graduated in Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences by the University of Valencia (UV) and specialized in Assisted Reproduction by the University of Alcalá de Henares (UAH) in collaboration with Ginefiv and in Clinical Genetics by the University of Alcalá de Henares (UAH). License: 3316-CV.