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afraid...Could I have tested a false positive?

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I am 22 and I have had unprotected sex. I went to the store and bought First Response (Early Detection) Pregnancy test. I went home took the test. (I might have urinated on the stick for a few more seconds than five seconds) It came out positive. I was in disbelief so I took another pregnancy test in the morning and I made sure I urinated on the stick for five second exactly and it came out positive. (One line was faint the other was very clear on both test.)I have noticed I have been having some brown discharge. I think I might have already had implantation bleeding because one day last week I wiped myself and it was pink. Also, my breasts are not as sore and heavy as they were when I first tested a few days ago. I'm afraid that the brown discharge might turn into something like my period. Could I have tested a false positive? Could this be a miscarriage? I am going to the Health Center to confirm this. I would appreciate your answer. I also have irregular periods if that helps answer

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replied January 23rd, 2013
First Trimester of Pregnancy Answer A41757
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Even if you have had a faint positive test result, it is likely that you could be pregnant (urine pregnancy test kits rarely show false positive results). Look out for development of any other new symptoms if pregnancy is suspected. Many women experience period like bleeding during expected period time during the first few months of pregnancy which is known as decidual bleeding. If you are having vaginal bleeding during your expected period time, and if the bleeding is lighter/shorter/altered as compared to your usual periods, it can be decidual bleeding. Consider confirming your urine pregnancy test results by getting blood HCG estimation done (to rule out chances of false positive urine pregnancy test). If pregnancy has been confirmed, or if it gets confirmed, consider taking serial HCG test. If the levels show doubling up of the hormone levels in 48-72 hours, it will confirm that pregnancy is going on smoothly. If levels are not adequate, then external hormonal supplements would be considered to be started to help you in preventing miscarriage. An ultrasound scan done will help to know the gestational age and viability (and also identify source of bleeding if it is from uterus, placenta etc). Visit your doctor/gynecologist for further evaluation and assistance. Be in regular monitoring and follow-up with your treating doctor/gynecologist and report any new/abnormal symptoms immediately. Take adequate rest. Drink plenty of water. Maintain healthy diet. Look out for danger signs like increase in intensity of abdominal cramps, increasing back pain, fresh bleeding etc. Avoid lifting any heavy weights and avoid heavy work. Avoid standing for long duration and avoid climbing stairs. Avoid use of caffeinated and carbonated beverages.
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