Stress caused missed period or am I pregnant? A few weeks ago I had a UTI and I was placed on antibiotics for treatment for a week. My period was supposed to start on the 2nd day of taking them and it didn't. I am sexually active. We do not use condoms nor am I on any type of birth control but he does pull out before ejaculation. I have been experiencing cramping since the day I was supposed to start but no cycle started. While on a trip, I got a sunburn on the core of my body so I applied aloe vera on my stomach to take some of the stinging away and passed out on the floor. Then my boyfriend made me take an at home pregnancy test and it came out positive. We decided that because of the stress I am currently in with my household such as family issues and the stress that my body is trying to recover from my sunburn, could have an effect on my cycle. I know cramping isn't good when pregnant so maybe the positive test could've been wrong? Is it possible to secrete preg hormones when not?
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It is not possible (except in rare cases) to secrete pregnancy hormone HCG (which is responsible for the positive UPT test), without being pregnant. The stress of infection, emotional and personal issues can delay your periods but they will not cause you to have positive pregnancy test.
In rare cases, UPT can show false positive results that include: use of medications that could resemble the hormone molecule, use of infertility drugs, liver disease, liver cancers, choriocarcinoma, germ cell tumors, IgA deficiencies, gestational trophoblastic disease or neoplasm, presence of heterophile antibodies etc.
Consider visiting a gynecologist for further discussion and evaluation. The chances of pregnancy cannot be ruled out (pull out method is associated with highest failure rates). If pregnancy is suspected, a serum/blood HCG test should be done to confirm/rule out pregnancy accurately.
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