Will the implanon affect a home pregnancy test; all of these women have been saying that if you take a pregnancy test or even have a blood test that the results will come up negative due to the hormones in the implanon - is this true? Or will the tests give you a true reading?
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The hormonal contraceptives do not affect the results of home pregnancy tests or blood/serum HCG level test since these tests are sensitive to levels of HCG in you. HCG is produced during pregnancy. You can get false negative results with urine pregnancy tests done very early in pregnancy, as the kits are calibrated ones, so unless the hormone levels in urine reach a certain level, they do not show positive results. Urine pregnancy test kits usually start showing positive results after about 20 days post-conception (roughly corresponding to about 1 week after your missed/altered periods). The test should always be done on early morning first urine sample to get accurate results (pregnancy hormone HCG is believed to be in highest concentration in this sample, and you should avoid lot of fluid intake and caffeinated beverages in the night before taking the test). Wait and watch for your periods/withdrawal bleeding. Look out for development of any other new symptoms if pregnancy is suspected. If periods have not started within 10 days of expected period dates, or if you have got abnormal periods, or if you suspect chances of pregnancy, consider visiting your doctor/gynecologist at the earliest for thorough examination (to confirm pregnancy related changes/signs in body) and blood/serum HCG level test (to confirm/rule out pregnancy accurately. The Implanon should be removed immediately if pregnancy is suspected or if pregnancy gets confirmed.
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