Pregnancy Test Faint Line

Here is what you need to know about a pregnancy test faint line.  

We know you are dying to know if you are pregnant or not.  You’ve just taken a pregnancy test and you get a faint line in the “pregnant” box instead of line that is just as strong as the “control” box.  

You are asking yourself why is the line faint?  You know that any line at all means that there may be some level of pregnancy hormones in your blood. You may be  wondering if the faint line is caused by hormones or just wet paper?  You may be feeling really stressed and wondering if you are imagining things…  

Well, that may not be exactly what is going on, but for many women, having a faint line on a pregnancy tect causes allot of anxiety.  Here are some answers to your questions.

You can get a pregnancy test faint line if:

  • There are not enough pregnancy hormones in your urine to make a really dark line.
  • You are testing early in your pregnancy before there are alot of pregnancy hormones in your blood
  • You are really hydrated and the pregnancy hormones are diluted
  • Too much or too little urine got on the test strip
  • Your hormones are not ramping up normally

Things you can do:

  • Wait a couple days and test again
  • Buy a more sensitive test
  • Use a digital test with smiley face instead of lines
  • Test using the first urine of the morning after no water for 8 hours
  • Use the collection method of testing

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What does a pregnancy test faint line mean?

Here are more details about what a pregnancy test faint line might mean.

If the line is faint, that is always a sign that there is not enough of the pregnancy hormone (hCG) in your urine to make a really dark line. Usually, any line at all DOES indicate the presence of some level of pregnancy hormones.  What you need to understand is why the line may be faint.

Usually it is an indication that you are testing early in your pregnancy before there are alot of pregnancy hormones in your blood.  This is common if you test early, like before you would normally have your period and you are not using an early detection pregnancy test.  

There are a number of pregnancy tests that allow you to test early on. These tests are more sensitive than normal pregnancy tests.  Another common problem is that you are not using your first urine of the day for the test.  More pregnancy hormones will be present in your urine first thing in the morning after you have not been eating or drinking for a number of hours.  

A pregnancy test faint line can happen later in the day because you are really hydrated and your pregnancy hormones are diluted.  If you are using the stream method of testing, meaning you are peeing on the test strip, you may have gotten either too much or two little urine on the test strip. 

If you are testing using your first urine of the morning using an early detection pregnancy test and you know it has been over five weeks since your last period, a pregnancy test faint line could mean your hormones are not ramping up normally and you may not be experiencing a normal pregnancy.  

Early miscarriages are fairly common, often caused by chromosomal abnormalities or other problems.  Since they happen so early on, many women aren’t even aware they have miscarried.  

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What should you do and why?

Here are some actions you can take if you have a pregnancy test faint line. Everyone will tell you that you should just wait a couple days and test again. Pregnancy hormones increase daily so you can expect the line will get darker or disappear if you test again in a couple days. But this won’t give you the answers you want now!  

The good news are you can do a couple things right now that may give you a better answer within the next 24 hours.  The first thing you can do is to buy a more sensitive test, like one of these early detection pregnancy tests

A more sensitive test will give you results sooner. The second thing you can to is to perform the test using collected urine and holding the test strip in the urine for the exact amount of time prescribed in the directions.  

We know lots of women who have either gotten too much or too little urine on their test strips when they try to pee on it.  You have much better control over the test if you use the collection method.

The other thing you can do if you are agonizing over exactly how dark and strong the pregnancy line is (or isn’t) is to purchase a digital pregnancy test that delivers a smiley face or the words “pregnant” or “not pregnant”, taking the interpretation and worry out of the equation.  

We know you hate waiting, but for the most conclusive results you really should wait until first thing in the morning and test again after you have had at least 4 consecutive hours of sleep.

If it were us, we would test first thing in the morning by peeing in a cup and using an early detection digital pregnancy test that delivers a concrete result.

Of course going to your doctor and having them perform a blood test so you know exactly what hormones are in your blood and what concentrations they are in is the most conclusive way to know if you are pregnant and experiencing the normal hormone ramp-up.

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