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I have had more than my fair share of positive pregnancy tests. This last one was several months back. It was so plain to see, I gasped. Then... no period, nothing. I have had subsequent negative tests. I have the Mirena. I was just reading the TTC board where they are talking about very faint positive lines being true lines. Am I conciveing every so often and just posting an eviction notice via my IUD when this happens?
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I would guess that's what's happening. I've not heard of false positives.

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I'm one of the few people whose had a false positive. They're VERY VERY rare. Mine's clear as a bell, and my beta from that day was negative.

I've also had several very faint positive pregnancy tests. Those were real, but they miscarried.

It sounds like you're having chemical pregnancies due to the IUD.

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There can definitely be false positives.

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I've had false positives too. What kind of HPTs are you using?
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I've had false positives too. What kind of HPTs are you using?
Well, some were dollar store. One was the round kind they use at the drs- wait, two were. The last one, I forget- it was a blue test. All were the 2-verticle-lines kind.
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I'm one of the few people whose had a false positive. They're VERY VERY rare. Mine's clear as a bell, and my beta from that day was negative.

I've also had several very faint positive pregnancy tests. Those were real, but they miscarried.

It sounds like you're having chemical pregnancies due to the IUD.
What is a chemical pregnancy, exactly?
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http://peeonastick.com has a lot of info about false positives, chemical pregnancy, etc., that might be helpful to you
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http://peeonastick.com has a lot of info about false positives, chemical pregnancy, etc., that might be helpful to you
Ok. Thanks. I guess I'll never know, but after I typed this I realized that I have had many of these- all since getting the Mirena IUD.
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Well...since you chose a Mirena IUD, I am going to assume you are not personally against the abortificiant action of the Mirena. As long as you personally are okay with that, then it seems like your BC method is working for you, but it seems like your body is trying very hard to conceive. Are you perhaps close to the weight limit for Mirena? This makes it more likely that the Mirena will NOT inhibit ovulation, therefore conception can occur more often, and then the secondary abortificaent action of the IUD takes over.
Also, that last year or so on Mirena, the pregnancy rates go up, again ESPCIALLY for heavier women, so you might want to consider getting it replaced (or whatever your plans are) around 4 yrs instead of 5, becuse your chances for a conception that "sticks" are gonna go up.
Another concern is that...*IF* one of these conceptions "sticks" you are more likely to have an ectopic pregnancy, and/or complications due to conceiving on the IUD. An ectopic pregnancy can be life-threatening and can reduce future fertility by as much as one-half, so this might be an important consideration.
I'm not arguing against the IUD at all, heck, i'm a proponent, LOL, but just want to make sure you fully understand the risks.
Obviously, if you or dh decide that you are uncomfortable with what is likely happening on what seems to be a fairly regular basis for you, you might want to re-consider you BC choice.

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I dunno. What is the weight limit? I have gained 20 lbs in the last year. I wasn't heavy to start, though. I haven't told my partner about any of these tests. Also, I have one tube that is completely blocked by old scar tissue- but then again, I have three children anyway.
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Well...since you chose a Mirena IUD, I am going to assume you are not personally against the abortificiant action of the Mirena. As long as you personally are okay with that, then it seems like your BC method is working for you, but it seems like your body is trying very hard to conceive. Are you perhaps close to the weight limit for Mirena? This makes it more likely that the Mirena will NOT inhibit ovulation, therefore conception can occur more often, and then the secondary abortificaent action of the IUD takes over.
The way it works was not a factor in my decision. In fact, I didn't even think about it. I just wanted lighter periods plus birth control.

I'm sure I'm ovulating- I can tell. But I don't have periods. I used to, when I first started on it, but I don't now.
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I got false positive with 2 different brands 1/clear blue and 2/ walgreens brand pregnancy test
blood test taken at the doc's office was negative

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My dr. told me today that that is what is going on- chemical pregnancies.
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Another concern is that...*IF* one of these conceptions "sticks" you are more likely to have an ectopic pregnancy, and/or complications due to conceiving on the IUD. An ectopic pregnancy can be life-threatening and can reduce future fertility by as much as one-half, so this might be an important consideration.
Since you already have one blocked tube and are pretty certain that you are indeed ovulating and conception is taking place, then to me it sounds like too great a risk.
What happens if you end up with a tubal pg in the one good tube and then lose it also?
Just something to think about
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Since you already have one blocked tube and are pretty certain that you are indeed ovulating and conception is taking place, then to me it sounds like too great a risk.
What happens if you end up with a tubal pg in the one good tube and then lose it also?
Just something to think about
I have an appointment with my doctor soon to talk about this issue.
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Thanks. My boyfriend was a little shocked, to say the least, when I told him about yesterday's appointment and the tests.
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Weight limit on the Mirena? I have never heard of that... could you provide some links? (I am a little worried since I am overweight and I have the Mirena).
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