You’ve taken out your NuvaRing for your monthly break, expecting your period, and three days later? Nothing. Not a spot. You’re worried your partner has slipped one past the clear plastic goalie, and need to know. But, are pregnancy tests accurate if you’re on birth control?
It’s a valid question. The box the pills, ring, or patch comes in even warns you of all the different things the hormones in birth control may affect. If it can make me more likely to have a blood clot or affect my cholesterol level, it stands to reason it could pull the wool over a pee stick, right?
As it turns out, while most birth control is hormonal, it has no affect on the result of a pregnancy test — other than hoping to prevent the need for the test in the first place, according to the Mayo Clinic. Home pregnancy tests look for pregnancy by locating and identifying varying levels of human chorionic gonadotropin…
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