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  • Writer's pictureAlana, RN

Is it possible to have a positive pregnancy test right after having an abortion?

Yes! You can still get a positive pregnancy test immediately following having an abortion. Let me explain why.

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Your pregnancy test measures the hormone called human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) in your urine. This hormone ensures that the corpus luteum (left over after ovulation) produces another hormone called progesterone. These levels typically double every 48 hours, so the farther you are into your pregnancy, the longer it will take for the levels to disappear.

According to extensive NIH and National Library of Medicine studies, HCG levels can still be present enough to show positive on a urine-grade pregnancy test for up to 2 weeks post-abortion. If, after four weeks post-abortion, you are still experiencing a positive pregnancy test, there is a possibility that the abortion was not complete. The levels are still there because the tissue that creates them still exists. If this happens to you, you need to be seen by your doctor within seven days.

Remember to continue taking your regular daily or prenatal vitamins to replenish what your body has lost. If you need further information, please don’t hesitate to contact your doctor or a medical professional at Hope Clinic.

Have more questions? Talk to one of our Medical Professionals!


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