Faint Line on Pregnancy Test

by Emma on January 25, 2012

There have been many women confused by the results of a home pregnancy test. Someone who has never taken one might wonder just how that can be as the tests seem to be able to make it pretty clear as to whether or not you are pregnant. Some tests, depending on the brand and type, will tell you how many lines you should look for and what kind of lines those should be. A straight line might mean that you are pregnant or a plus sign might mean you are pregnant.

As you can see, it is extremely important to make sure that you are carefully reviewing all of the instructions that came with the test. The thing is though, what if you are looking for a plus sign and the one line is clear as day, but the second line is very faint. It is there, but it sort of is not there. What do you do? Do you retest? Do you assume you are pregnant? Do you assume that you are not pregnant? The first thing you should do is to educate yourself about the pregnancy tests and how they work. This may very well help you to understand those faint lines.

All pregnancy tests are looking for hCG, or human chorionic gonadotrophin, which is a hormone that is produced at high levels when you are pregnant. When you first become pregnant, the level of hCG is rather low. As your pregnancy progresses, the hCG levels increase substantially. It is generally right around your first missed period that many of the pregnancy tests out there will be able to pick up on enough hCG levels to give a positive reading.

Therefore, if you are finding that you have a faint line on your pregnancy test, it could mean one of two things. You could have a defective test or it could simply be that there was not enough hCG in your urine to give a hard positive result. The best thing to do is to continue to treat your body as though you are pregnant and then retest in a few days. This means no smoking, drinking or engaging in any risky behavior. In three or four days, take another home pregnancy test. By then, you should have enough hCG in your system for a test result that is anything but a faint line.

If after several days and several tests you are still getting what appears to be a faint positive, you will want to follow up with your doctor. You may very well be pregnant but not producing normal levels of hCG for your stage of pregnancy. This could be a sign of complications. In the end, the sooner you follow up with your doctor once you suspect you are pregnant the better. If you are someone that is high risk for complications during pregnancy you will want to seek out the advice of your doctor right away. Do not wait to retest at home. Your doctor is more than capable of giving you an accurate test in his or her office.

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