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What to Do with a Faint Positive Pregnancy Test

Most pregnancy tests involve having a plus sign show up or a double line on the pregnancy test indicating you are pregnant. If you take this type of test early enough, you will not always have a robust line indicating the presence of a pregnancy. A super faint line can also mean you are going to have a miscarriage; in this situation, the HCG levels are very low and you will have a very, very faint line on the pregnancy test from low HCG levels. Fortunately, a faint line on an EPT pregnancy test or a First Response Test, for example, usually means that you are just in the beginning stages of pregnancy and the HCG level just hasn’t had a chance to develop into a robust line yet. In such cases, buy another pregnancy test and repeat the test in a couple of days. In a healthy pregnancy, the HCG levels double every 48 hours so you can expect a stronger line after a few days.  

Most pregnancy tests involve having a plus sign show up or a double line on the pregnancy test indicating you are pregnant. If you take this type of test early enough, you will not always have a robust line indicating the presence of a pregnancy. A super faint line can also mean you are going to have a miscarriage; in this situation, the HCG levels are very low and you will have a very, very faint line on the pregnancy test from low HCG levels. Fortunately, a faint line on an EPT pregnancy test or a First Response Test, for example, usually means that you are just in the beginning stages of pregnancy and the HCG level just hasn’t had a chance to develop into a robust line yet. In such cases, buy another pregnancy test and repeat the test in a couple of days. In a healthy pregnancy, the HCG levels double every 48 hours so you can expect a stronger line after a few days.  

What does a faint positive pregnancy test look like?

Some pregnancy tests can be very difficult to interpret. You can have the kind of test that has a reference line and space next to it for a positive pregnancy test line that should show up within 2-3 minutes of the test. If after 10 minutes, you don’t see any line, the test is probably negative. The faintest line after 10 minutes, however, is worth repeating the next day on a first-morning specimen of urine. Digital tests usually don’t have the problem of the faint line. They are created to say “pregnant” or “not pregnant”, depending on a certain level of HCG, usually 25 mIU/ml in the urine sample. If you think you might have problems reading the line on the test, buy a digital test. They may be more expensive but they are the simplest to use. Make sure to read all directions on your pregnancy test kit. Some will have you directly pee on the stick, while others will provide you with a small cup to urinate in. The stick is then placed in the cup and the urine wicks up into the test area. You need to wait a specified period of time, usually 2-3 minutes, before reading the test. As mentioned, some tests will actually show a plus sign if you are pregnant, while others will be digital or will just have a reference line that helps you identify that the test is working and will be accompanied by a second line next to it if you are pregnant.  

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What does a very faint positive pregnancy test mean?

These tests are designed to pick up very small amounts of HCG and if you are testing yourself several days before your missed period, the line can be super faint. How faint can a positive pregnancy test be? In some cases, just the bare minimum pigmentation can show up on the test so that you wonder if you are imagining a line or if a line is really there. Don’t worry about it. A very faint line on the test usually means you have tested too early and need to have a repeat urine test in a couple of days or a blood test for pregnancy. Most blood tests are quantitative, which means that they tell you an absolute number that represents the HCG level in the blood. This number can be very low in the beginning but should double within 48 hours of the first test. You can choose to have a single blood test with “positive” being any amount of HCG in the blood or, if you are worried about the viability of the pregnancy, you can check for doubling of the HCG level forty-eight hours after the first test. If you want to know very early on that you are pregnant, have a blood test that shows the level of HCG. Implantation of the fertilized egg must have happened in order to get a positive test and this happens 6-12 days after ovulation or an average of about 9 days after ovulation. A urine pregnancy test will begin to be positive at about this time but can yield very faint lines in the beginning.

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