Can Depo Provera Affect Home Pregnancy Tests?
on Jan 05, 2013
by Maureen Stephens, BS, RN
Various medications can skew a pregnancy test result, giving possible false positive results. Can Depo Provera affect home pregnancy tests?
Do medications affect the results of a home pregnancy test? There are not very many medications out there that can affect the accuracy of a home pregnancy test. A home pregnancy test detects levels of hCG (the “pregnancy” hormone) in your urine. There are, however, a few medications that might interact with the results of a home pregnancy test. Mostly these drugs are fertility medications that contain the hormone hCG themselves. Some of the most common medications that can interact with home pregnancy tests are Novarel, Pregnyl, and Profasi. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here
There are quite a few things that can affect the results of home pregnancy tests. Taking the test too soon, using a defective test, not waiting long enough for your results can all cause an inaccurate result. Several medical conditions such as ectopic pregnancies, miscarriage, or even some cancers can cause home pregnancy tests to have invalid results. There are quite a few reasons that home pregnancy tests can be affected, but is Depo Provera one of them?
However, doctors say that Depo Provera should not in any way affect the results of home pregnancy tests. Depo Provera does not contain any hCG hormone, so there really shouldn’t be any reason for it to affect a home pregnancy test. There are a lot of factors that can affect the results of home pregnancy tests, but Depo Provera isn’t one of them. If you do think that you are getting an inaccurate result from your home pregnancy test, you can take more to be sure. It is also a possibility that you can go to your doctor and get a blood test done just to make sure.
Depo Provera is however a great choice for birth control and it is usually quite effective when administered properly. Depo can be a really great choice for women who are wanting to prevent pregnancy and don’t have much luck with taking a daily pill, or don’t want to try the ring or the patch. The good thing about the Depo Provera shot is that it isn’t something you have to worry about each day. If you are considering starting on Depo Provera, of course, you will need to check with your doctor. However, one thing you will not have to worry about is whether or not Depo Provera will affect a home pregnancy test.
While Depo Provera is not likely to affect the results of your pregnancy tests, it can very well affect your fertility in the first place. Users of Depo Provera for birth control report a marked increase in difficulties in getting pregnant in the future, after the shots have ceased. So if you are planning a family for the future, be sure to give your body plenty of time to rid itself of the Depo hormones to kickstart your fertility again. Or find an alternative method of contraception in the first place!
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Ms. Stephens has spent over twenty years in the healthcare world, specializing in obstretical and medical/surgical nursing. She joined ConceiveEasy as she has a strong interest in educating and empowering women and promoting fertility awareness.