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Can there be a false positive pregnancy test after an abortion?

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

Yes. After a miscarriage, hCG levels decrease, but it may take several weeks before they are undetectable. This is why a pregnancy test can give a positive result even though a miscarriage has occurred and the woman is no longer pregnant.

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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.