With some home pregnancy tests, one line means the test is negative and you’re not pregnant, and two lines mean the test is positive and you are pregnant. A faint positive line in the results window, on the other hand, can leave you scratching your head.
Can a faint line be negative?
A very faint line may also occur if the urine is too diluted to detect hCG. Drinking a large amount of fluid can dilute the urine and skew the results. If a faint line becomes a negative test result the second time around, it could be the result of a very early miscarriage in the first few days and weeks of pregnancy.
Does a pregnancy test getting lighter mean miscarriage?
Having a dark test line one day and a very light test line the next day is not a sign of miscarriage, but more likely an indicator of how much water you have had to drink that day.
Can one pregnancy test be positive and another negative?
One explanation for a false negative pregnancy test is what’s called the hook effect. It’s not common but sometimes this effect leads to urine and blood tests giving the wrong result. This error might happen even after you’ve had one positive pregnancy test and test again a couple days later.
How can I check my hCG levels at home?
For some home pregnancy tests, you’ll hold an indicator stick directly in your urine stream until it’s soaked, which should take about 5 seconds. Other kits require that you collect urine in a cup and then dip the indicator stick into the cup to measure the hCG hormone level.
How do I know if I am still pregnant?
The most conclusive way of finding out is to have an ultrasound done by your doctor or midwife to see baby’s heartbeat. I say “most” conclusive, because even with an ultrasound, if you are early in your pregnancy, it can be difficult to see or detect a heartbeat with 100% accuracy.
Should I keep taking pregnancy tests after I get a positive?
As great as it would be to know whether you’re pregnant immediately after you have sex, pregnancy tests don’t work like that. For the most accurate results, take the test after you’ve missed a period.