Get your Health question answered in 3 easy steps
A Doctor will be with you shortly
Ask a Doctor Now
193 Doctors are Online

Have had tubes tied. Getting faint positive pregnancy test. Should I be concerned?

User rating for this question
Very Good
Answered by
Practicing since : 1999
Answered : 1677 Questions
I had my tubes tied 20 months ago, I had a faint positive pregnancy test last friday and a mixture of faint positives and negative test since then. I am now 4 days late. My cervix is now soft and almost swollen feeling where as a week ago it was hard. could i just be getting false negatives and be pregnant? no pain or bleeding either.
Posted Fri, 28 Dec 2012 in Pregnancy
Answered by Dr. Timothy Raichle 2 hours later
Hello, I would be happy to help you with your question.

It is extremely uncommon for a tubal ligation to fail, but it does happen. Given that you are late for your period, and you have had some faintly positive pregnancy tests, there is definitely a concern about pregnancy.

That being said, I would expect that IF you were pregnant, that the test would be OBVIOUSLY positive by the time you were 4 days late for your period. Also, given the "mixture of faint positive and negative tests" makes me think that it is more likely that you are NOT pregnant.

If you let a test sit long enough, it will turn to a faint positive (this is usually made clear in the directions for the tes).

Here is what I would recommend:
1. Do not panic
2. Assume that you are probably NOT pregnant, but this is not 100%
3. Go in Monday for a BLOOD pregnancy test - this will confirm whether you are pregnant or not, 100%.

I hope that this helps. Please ask if you have any followup questions!
Above answer was peer-reviewed by
Share on Facebook
Share on Twitter
Share on Google+

The user accepted the expert's answer

Ask an OBGYN

© Ebix, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
All the information, content and live chat provided on the site is intended to be for informational purposes only, and not a substitute for professional or medical advice. You should always speak with your doctor before you follow anything that you read on this website. Any health question asked on this site will be visible to the people who browse this site. Hence, the user assumes the responsibility not to divulge any personally identifiable information in the question. Use of this site is subject to our Terms & Conditions
Already Rated.
Your rating:

Ask a Doctor