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are home pregnancy tests accurate if you have the Mirena IUD? I have heard that they always give negative readings. thanks - Asked by S D on 31-Oct-2014 03:00:13

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    Answered by Dr. Suneel Vallabhaneni on 31-Oct-2014 03:23:42

    Usually mirena IUDs do not have any effect on Home pregnancy kits showing negative results as these tests have antibodies specific for a hormone called Beta HCG or one of its subunits in the urine. False negativity is more common due to doing the test too early after missing a period. If you suspect pregnancy, best thing is to repeat the test in at least a week later and if you do it 2 wks later it would increase the sensitivity of the test as by that time urine concentrations of beta HCG should be much higher. Let us know if you have any further questions.
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