Evaporation line or BFP?????

(119 Posts)
blueskies19 Sun 24-Nov-13 18:05:46

Ive been trying to conceive for many years and for the first time this last month I used the cheap ovulation predictor kits. They amazingly worked as I thought nothing would show up but a very faint line showed up at the start of ovulation which I confirmed with a more expensive brand that same day. Me and the partner only managed to DTD twice during that period.

I am 5 days before the start of AF and have bought the same cheap pregnancy tests and I have just tested today (not with FMU) and the result within 1 minute was a definite negative but going back to the test after 9 minutes there was a very very faint line (squint through narrow eyes and you may see it!) but there was a very pale line which over time has become darker.

I am convinced it is an evaporation line as I have been trying for 5 years and am almost giving up and am just about to go down the ivf route.

Does anyone have any experience of cheap pregnancy tests and do they more often than the branded ones come up with this evopration line?
I think I am just driving myself crazy with this as the instructions on the packet say DEFINITELY do not read the test after 10 minutes which is what Im doing but I guess Im just hoping for a miracle and would be more ecstatic than winning the lottery to get a BFP

Any advice greatly appreciated x

jass43 Sun 24-Nov-13 18:31:00

if you saw the line within first 10 minutes and it is indeed before the AF is due i think you have no reason not to hope. Repeat after 48 hours or if you have tons of these tests tomorrow - good luck and lets hope the line is indeed the line you are hoping for

blueskies19 Sun 24-Nov-13 18:40:53

thanks jass43 - I think the line was just at 10 minutes and is only very very very faint and hardly visible at all and have just re-read the instructions saying discard the results after 10 minutes so I'm probably getting way too carried away :-)

I will definitely test again as I have lots of these tests now - getting a bit obsessed with this whole POAS thing!

Have just read that FMU has the highest concentration of HCG in it so will try first thing in the morning

There was definitely no line within the time frame and having just looked it up on the internet it says its quite common for an evaporation line to appear after the allocated time which I sadly think is what it may be :-(
I will test again and let you know
Keeping all toes fingers and everything crossed till then!

mum140381 Sun 24-Nov-13 20:22:58

i have had loads of evaps on cheep tests in the past but when i was pregnant it still looked just like the evap the previous month so don't give up hope just keep testing doesn have to be fmu just hold your wee for 4-5 hours i was testing about 3 times in a day lol

blueskies19 Sun 24-Nov-13 23:17:33

thanks so much mum140381 - Ive just another test - couldn't wait till the morning as Im now driving myself crazy with the wait!

this time I used another cheap internet test and I made sure I timed it exactly and within 8 minutes a very very very faint pink line did emerge but so faint you could hardly see it but it still did appear and much sooner that the first test which only appeared after the alloted time frame of 10 minutes so I don't want to get myself too excited but its encouraging that it appeared within 10 minutes - now not too sure what to think as its about 5 days before AF but have NO pregnancy symptoms at all - no nausea, no sore boobs - the only thing I have is the same crampy feeling in my back and legs I get just before the AF arrives. Now wondering if because its a cheapy test that it is an evap line as I don;'t have any pregnancy symptoms and I want for it so badly to be a BFP having been trying for almost too many years to count,

Just wondered if anyone else had the same as this with a cheap test and a very faint line and then it did turn positive - thanks for any advice

will test again with FMU in the morning (will try and resist getting up through the night to test!) and then this may give a better picture - I can but keep all my fingers toes and everything crossed that it is a BFP :-)

SoonToBeSix Sun 24-Nov-13 23:45:38

I really hope you get a definite bfp in the morning.

blueskies19 Mon 25-Nov-13 08:28:03

thanks so much SoonToBeSix - that's really kind of you

well I didn't get a wink of sleep last night thinking about the test and would have got up throughout the night to test but managed to hold off until 7am - very good of me I thought :-)

So I did another cheapie internet test this time with FMU and it came up with a very very faint line but this time slighter sooner than the previous time last night and well within the alloted time of 10 minutes - am trying not to get too excited but surely they can't all be evapouration lines - this time the line you don't have to really search for - it is very faint but there

Im going to go out today and buy some expensive ones - am now a complete POAS addict! and hopefully that will shed some light on and will be keeping all my fingers and toes still crossed for that BFP

Still no preggers symptoms at all - no sickness sore boobs just cramping in legs and lower back I always get just before AF which is due this week

only thing that I noticed but it may be a coincidence is that twice Ive noticed that the same food that Ive been eating as the DH Ive found to be off when he said it was absolutely fine - I really was convinced the pineapple we had was just not right but he ate it all but he does eat everything bless him - the same thing happened with some lamb which I was struggling to eat and he said was delicious - it may be nothing but in the absence of any preggers symptoms I really am trying to graps at anything! desperate I know but I so very badly want that BFP and Ive been trying for tooo many years to mention

will go and buy some expensive tests today and will re-test and will update once Ive done this

still keeping all fingers and toes crossed :-)

RevoltingPeasant Mon 25-Nov-13 08:56:08

OP please update when you do your expensive test! Fingers xed for you.

blueskies19 Mon 25-Nov-13 09:09:25

thanks so much RevoltingPeasant - just off to the shops now - can't wait any longer and am driving myself bananas just wanting to know!!

will steer clear of the CB test as have just been reading that they are notorious for giving evaporation lines - feel like Im now becoming an expert on these different brands of pregnancy tests!

will update as soon as I have done the test

Dillydollydaydream Mon 25-Nov-13 09:11:06

Eee fingers crossed for a bfp

Honeybear30 Mon 25-Nov-13 18:20:38

blueskies did you get another test???

TortillasAndChocolate Mon 25-Nov-13 18:32:32

Hope it's a BFP

TortillasAndChocolate Mon 25-Nov-13 18:47:55

Hope it's a BFP

Vickyvix Mon 25-Nov-13 19:03:33

Just stumbled across this thread, did you buy another test?? I would recommend a FRER if you can find one. I really really hope it's a BFP for you blueskies!!

Remember it's very early days for you, but the fact the lines are appearing more quickly and are pink not grey/silver is a good sign.

blueskies19 Mon 25-Nov-13 19:41:26

hello all
thanks so much for your messages - its so lovely to get them - I haven't told anyone else about this except the DH so its so lovely to be able to talk to you all

well.......I went in a mad rush to the nearest asda and picked up their own brand - on my many hours of reading about pregnancy tests I feel like Im getting to know the hang of it now! the asda one seemed to be recommended by many for being the most reliable and not showing an evaporation line which I was worried that the cheapie internet ones were doing with my test results

I rushed home forgetting the DHs biscuits, milk and pretty much everything else! Think everyone in the shop thought I was on an anika rice timed themed mission as I literally ran around the shop to find the test!

well got home and did the asda one and within 3 minutes a big fat nothing but then within 6 minutes a very very faint line slowly emerged and the pale line now although still very very faint you can see it and don't have to hold it to the light and squint through one eye as I have been! On reading the instructions I was RELIEVED to see that they said results can appear within one minute and most normally appear within 3 minutes but allow for 15 minutes and then disregard if a change happens after this

So...... does the very very faint line that finally arrived within the allocated 15 minutes along with the one this morning with FMU and the one last night all with very faint lines within the time frame possibly mean it is a BFP?? I can literally hardly contain my excitement if it is as I was just about to start ivf and was told by the drs it would be very hard with a 3% success rate :-( so if it is positive I literally feel like I have won the best lottery :-)

Anyway sorry for the long ramble - DH is not around and have not told anyone else so I am literally brimming over!

I will do another test tomorrow with FMU and see what that says - I did suffer from three early miscarriages over the years so as happy as I am I am also just wishing for it to be OK and very anxious in these early days
thanks so much for all your support and good wishes

will update in the morning after the second asda test and then will go and buy a digital one - fingers and toes crossed all round :-)

ipotty Mon 25-Nov-13 20:38:57

Bumping for you OP!! Iknow nothing about these kits but am very excited grin

Feelingfatty Mon 25-Nov-13 21:57:17

Good luck!! Sounds positive smile

Vickyvix Mon 25-Nov-13 21:58:00

That sounds like good news. I would keep testing over the next few days and hopefully the lines will get steadily darker and appear more quickly. The FRER ones are pretty sensitive I think and so are SuperDrug.

I would maybe hold off a day or two for the big guns digi, they are much less sensitive than a FRER and I wouldn't want you to get disappointed at a neg on the digi just because it's too early. I got a BFP on a digi on 15 dpo, but on the clear blue plus on 14DPO (but hadn't tested earlier).

Keep us updated, I have everything crossed for you and it is sounding very positive so far - Remeber, these things do happen and maybe, just maybe, it's your turn! smile

blueskies19 Mon 25-Nov-13 23:18:54

thanks so much for your support and kind words everyone - I really appreciate it

I will indeed try and hold off the digi one vickyvix - sounds like a good plan especially as it could well be too early and I so only want to see positive lines at the moment
hopefully I will be able to test at the weekend with the digi one - AF due I think on thursday so will test on saturday with the digi one

may resort to going out and buying a FRER as knowing me I will just be desperate to keep testing and seeing what happens to that line and the intensity of the colour

DH is worried cos of previous experiences with the miscarriages so feel like I can only get excited here on MN - he is in a very funny mood at the moment and so the opposite of excited as he's worried from the last few occassions - I was hoping he would be jumping around with hopeful anticipation like me but he is very quiet and pessismistic so Im a bit sad about that

I mustn't get too ahead of myself I know but just thrilled to have got what appears to be a faint BFP as I have been trying for so long since the last miscarriage and thought that it just wouldnt happen

think i will do the asda test with fmu and will let you know how that goes and then possibly go out and buy the FRER - I am officially a POAS addict!

Getting slightly ocd about the symptom checker but really want to grasp at anything - so my boobs have been really achey for the past hour - yayyy - and I still seem to find foods smells and other smells much stonger than usual - which is encouraging I hope but my back is very aching all over which I do tend to get with approaching AF so perhaps that's not so good :-(

will test tomorrow morning with FMU and will keep you updated - heres hoping I get more than 2 hours sleep than last night when the excitement of seeing the test results was just too much for me :-)

BrianTheMole Mon 25-Nov-13 23:20:40

Oooh, sounds promising. Hope so. Fingers crossed for you.

thepobblewhohasnotoes Mon 25-Nov-13 23:48:28

I think it sounds hopeful!

I did a pregnancy test in June of last year, after TTCing unsuccessfully for a while. It had a line on it so faint, I could only see it by squinting. DP couldn't see it at all, and thought I was imagining it. I did one the next day, DP again couldn't see it. So my lovely friend came round with an early response test (I forget which one - probably Clear Blue early one I think), and low and behold, an unmistakable line! grin

My "faint line" is now sleeping just next to me, she's nearly 8 months old, and the most wonderful little girl.

Keeping my fingers and toes crossed for you.

tracyandeli Tue 26-Nov-13 07:14:37


blueskies19 Tue 26-Nov-13 08:58:47

thanks everyone

Its great to hear your story thepobblewhohasnotoes and reassuring for me to hear that others who get faint lines that turn in to bundles of joy - here's hoping that's the same for me

update - I did a test at 2.30am !!! I know Im totally bonkers to do one at this crazy time in the morning but I just couldn't sleep and was worrying about things so did the 2nd asda test - I was very disappointed to see a much fainter line than the line the night before but still a line and in the allocated time

I was a bit despondant and very worried as the fainter line happened last time with me and signalled there was a problem. I was faced with a cross DH who told me to get a grip and stop testing - I guess men don't understand the need to see whats going on as much as we do!

I hung on till he left for work and then did another test at 8am this morning with a cheapie internet test and the line although in no way bold was definitely to my now accoustomed squinty eye looks to be the strongest in terms of defnition and colour - yayyyy

Am trying not to get carried away due to my last experiences but am just going to go with any positives and not tell the DH Im still testing as he now also thinks Im bonkers with the whole POAS :-)

Think I may book a blood test as this tests your levels but am very very anxious about that as that showed up the problems the last time

Thanks so much for all your good wishes and support

Will keep you updated and let you know what the beta levels are - here's crossing even more fingers and toes for that one :-)

Vickyvix Tue 26-Nov-13 09:09:57

Thanks for the update, I was checking in to see how you got on. It's still looking positive for you. If our doc will do a blood test that sounds like a good idea, particularly given your history. I would test again with FMU tomorrow.

I am also a self confessed POAS addict. I did a test every day (and sometimes more than one) from when I got my BFP until when I was 7 weeks preg blush

Vickyvix Tue 26-Nov-13 09:10:22

Err your doc of course!

thepobblewhohasnotoes Tue 26-Nov-13 09:22:54

That's sounding really positive smile

blueskies19 Tue 26-Nov-13 09:57:23

thank you vickyvix and thepobble

I am trying not to get too excited but am quietly jumping up and down with joy :-)
am off to the drs this morning and will see if they can do bloods given my previous experiences have all ended badly

no symptoms whatsoever - where have my sore boobs and strong sense of smell gone :-( would like them to come back asap :-)

did you have many symptoms in the first couple of weeks thepobblewhohasnotoes? or do they typically come later? Am in the dark about all of this as it has all ended so quickly for me in the past so would be really interested to know others experiences

will let you know what betas are - need lots of luck for that one given my past experiences :-(

still feel so excited to have got to this stage which I just thought would never happen

Ahhh what a lovely thread! Sound positive to me!
Don't worry about symptoms or lack of, I found out I was pregnant at the doctors at around 8wks starting the paper work for fertility help, hadn't a clue at all and never did get any until I could feel her move smile

Lottystar Tue 26-Nov-13 11:41:31

I really hope it's a BFP for you Blueskies, sounds like it! Keeping my fingers crossed for you. I recently miscarried in Oct and I know how painful and frustrating a journey it can be ttc. I got a positive ovulation test this morning, which is amazing as I've not ovulated on my own without using Clomid for over a year. I would usually have waited a while after a miscarriage but we are back on the bandwagon with this opportunity as they are so few and far between! Good luck to you and here's hoping I'm getting a bfp this time next month too xxx

SoonToBeSix Tue 26-Nov-13 11:48:01

Everything sounds good to me Blueskies, that many evap lines would be very unusual and they are in the allocated time. I am happy for you smile

allchatnicknamesgone Tue 26-Nov-13 11:51:14

Really wishing that line gets stronger for you….don't worry about dh. They are a whole different ball game. I'm sure he is behind you 100% and they just don't get the whole poas thing! I've had bollockings too for doing it at crazy morning hours. It's so hard when you are just lying there with no distraction (apart from snoring - lol)
Anyway, sweet thread and I really hope it's your time…..

blueskies19 Tue 26-Nov-13 13:36:03

thanks so much everyone

Afraid its not looking good at all and I now feel totally rubbish and like it all sounded too good to be true and my excited enthusiasm is well and truly evaporated like the bloomin line :-(

so i went to the drs after having been very encouraged by the most unfaint line this morning at 8am with FMU - silly me starting planning when I was going to tell my family friends the world etc etc
thankfully something stopped me

I went to the dr and she was v sympathetic and listened to my excited burblings and also my concerns due to the previous experiences which have all ended in MC and then she said well let's just do a test here just to make sure
I did the test as thought this would be a fab idea and after looking at the test for a mere 30 seconds said "well you're not pregnant"!!!!

I nearly fell off my chair and then said are you sure - how can I not be when I was so clearly this morning and have been getting lines all be it very faint? Luckily I had bought in two of the tests that I had done just to show her as otherwise she would have thought it was all in my head - she did agree that the two tests I had bought in did have a line all be it not a very clear line.

She is going to organise blood tests but Im afraid its all looking really rubbish and not promising at all.

I then rushed home and did another test to find out if maybe her test was faulty - really grasping at silly straws here - surely her tests were wrong and mine were right -

I used the same brand as the one I had done at 8am this morning with FMU which came up the most clearly positive BUT very very heartbreakingly in front of my eyes when I retested there was no line except for right before the end of the 5 minute alloted time there was the faintest line Ive had to date which is now only visible with x-ray vision which I think Im develping with all this POAS

I am now so totally heartbroken as it looks exactly like what happened before with a few ok lines to begin with and then gradually fading or no lines at all like the one at the doctors

I feel so upset about it and feel such a fool to have stupidly got my hopes up and now I guess must wait for the horrible AF which is due today or tomorrow but to say I am heartbroken is an understatment

silly me for ever believing that this could be OK :-(

thank you so much to you all for supporting me and your kind and encouraging words - its been a comfort to write it down - in my heart Im thinking that maybe the stronger line will come back tomorrow with the FMU which I know I will stupidly test for but all the signs this morning are sadly not looking good :-(

cantthinkofagoodone Tue 26-Nov-13 13:41:53

Well it's not over until the witch shows and I hope she doesn't!

Good luck OP - try to remain positive, you aren't silly for believing it at all x

LittleTulip Tue 26-Nov-13 13:46:34

We are all gunning for you blue.

And like ^ has said it's not over until AF arrives! Did you test again with you FMU or did you wee again?

allchatnicknamesgone Tue 26-Nov-13 14:03:35

I know it's the hardest thing in the world, but I think you should dig deep and resist the urge to test. It's a huge emotional strain and to be honest whether you keep seeing faint lines or not, you will still drive yourself crazy until your AF arrives. Obviously, chose to ignore me, but its clear that its very distressing and although we are all here for you, I assume you aren't telling your DH about the testing, and he's the biggest support for you right now.

Testing in advance of AF is hugely emotional and I've read so many threads where the bump to the ground is so much bigger because 'we' test early.

I obviously massively hope that you do get your Bfp, but just prepare yourself either way if you know what I mean.

Keep us posted. X

blueskies19 Tue 26-Nov-13 14:06:58

thanks canthinkofagoodone and little tulip

yes I must try and remain positive even though it seems to be a similar pattern to the last few times

AF is not welcome here so will tell her to go away if she appears!

LT - I tested when I came back from the drs with a new sample not FMU

unfortunately I didn't drink gallons of water before hand so the sample wasn't diluted - I would feel slightly more optimistic and reassured if I had downed three pints of water before the drs as then I would put the negative result down to the diluted urine but unfortunatly I can't blame it on that but have to blame it on my rubbish body :-(

Im still probably stupidly holding out for tomorrow morning with the FMU and the line hopefully being back to how it was this morning with the same intensity but I have to say Im not feeling too optimistic at all and feel very silly for allowing myself to believe it will all be ok - will try and and not do any more POAS today as I think its driving me crazy and hopefully will get my blood tests done really soon so at least I know soon whats happening

thanks to you all for your support and kind words - its been a real comfort to me

LittleOwlie Tue 26-Nov-13 14:30:31

Hi Blueskies,

I agree with others and think it's not over til the witch turns up. I've lurked and wish you so much baby dust that this can be good news.

In reading the thread, I'm not convinced the game is up...FMU showed a faint positive. And this is the most concentrated...just give it a few days and things will hopefully be clearer with a good ending.

Good luck and we're all thinking of you

LO smile

blueskies19 Tue 26-Nov-13 14:36:23

thanks allchatnicknamesgone - good advice
I will indeed step away from those POAS which are designed to turn anyone bananas in the process

I know before the home kits were around probably lots of ladies didnt even know they were pregnant and now we have them you get crazy POAS addicts like myself who drive themselves crazy every second checking when there's not much I can do about it

Have been talking to my DH about it and he's been a real support and un like his deranged wife is very level headed and more realistic - a ying to my yang of the other way round!

Just saw one thing which I know I am as usual TOTALLY grasping at straws and trying to over anylase it all but (apologies in advance for TMI) but Ive just noticed, as I have for some stupid reason kept the samples of FMU and the second sample I tested with which gave me the faintest line to date and noticed something very interesting which I am wondering and hoping may have affected things and possibly the results this morning

Now the two samples are DRAMATICALLY different in colour - the FMU is very strong and orange and very concentrated whereas the second sample used to test the faintest line to date late this morning is almost yellow (due to pregnacare conception vitamins making your wee turn alien luminous yellow!)
Apologies again for TMI but just wondered, hoped, yearned for the fact that this is the reason why the tests are now lighter or non existent

Am as I fear just totally crazy and clutching at any straw possible or could there be something in this?

hopefully someone may have had a similar experience and their fading line turns bold as anything the following day with FMU - I can but dream :-)

I am hopefully going to have a blood test very soon which can put my mind at rest hopefully - either way I will at least know whats happening

no more POAS till tomorrow morning when every last finger and toe will be crossed for that strong line

booisgreat Tue 26-Nov-13 14:36:24

If it is any help same thing happened to me a few month ago. Had 3 bfps and went to the doctor all excited. he told me his test was negative. I insisted I was right and he did bloods. While the nurse drew the bloods she told me that the doctors tests are not as sensitive as the shop bought ones and her own daughters test was negative despite being pregnant with twins. My blood hcg came back at 129. Anything over 5 is deemed pregnant. unfortunately I had a mmc and are ttc again.

blueskies19 Tue 26-Nov-13 14:41:41

just seen your message LittleOwlie - bless you for your sweet message and thank you to you all for your kind words and support

its so reassuring to have your support and reassuring words - I haven't told anyone else,except of course the DH - just as well given this morning's evaporating line, so its lovely to be able to have so many kind words from you all

apologies for my long ramblings and thank you all for being there

LittleTulip Tue 26-Nov-13 14:50:33

Hey blue you are probably right and that your second sample will not be as concentrated as your FMU.

I think though for your sanity you should just put everything away/chuck them, get a hot drink and watch a movie or something to help you relax and take your mind off it for today and maybe test tomorrow or the day after.

Everything crossed for you :-)

blueskies19 Tue 26-Nov-13 14:53:15

Im so sorry to hear of your loss booisgreat - I wish you all the very best for ttc - its so very tough indeed - hugs to you

thank you for telling me about the drs test - that's reassuring to know - I did wonder if it couldn't be that sensitve compared to HPT - and the dr confirmed that this has happened to others who have come in and been pregnant but its been just a few days before their period was due and the drs result hasn't shown up as positive until a week or so later so that for me is ressauring

However I was heartbroken to see the same test I did at 8am reveal hardly a visible line when I retested on returning from the drs convinced that the dr was wrong and I was right!

all I can do now is wait till tomorrow for the FMU and then hope I get the blood test soon as this will say for definite what is going on with all this

will keep you all updated but I promise not to do any more POAS - I have thankfully run out of them and only have one left!

blueskies19 Tue 26-Nov-13 14:57:57

thanks so much littletulip - very good advice

a movie and a hot drink sounds a fantastic idea
will do just that and will update you all in the morning

allchatnicknamesgone Tue 26-Nov-13 15:01:29

Question way of point but how on earth did you get doctors appointment this morning so quickly? I have to be half dead before I can even get an appointment on the same day and thats after repeatedly phoning them for like 30 mins at 8am!!!
Is it like a drop in doctors or something?

blueskies19 Tue 26-Nov-13 16:45:23

hi allcahtnicknamesgone - with my gp if you ring between 8 and 9am they usually keep appointments for that same day and actually I have difficulty if I want to pre-book an appointment as they leave most of the allocation till the morning

they have been very thorough and helpful which is good - still waiting for a blood test which I think at this stage would be the most helpful and will tell me one way or the other

have watched some tv with a hot chocolate and consumed a WHOLE packet of pringles and half of the DHs mini twix (6 in total!)- now this is not craving symptoms, it is just plain eyes bigger than your tummy blueskies!! And the DH will not be a happy chap :-(

still when blue and unsure what's happening chocolate is definitely the answer :-)

tillyann2013 Tue 26-Nov-13 16:59:22

Let us know how you get on at docs x

tillyann2013 Tue 26-Nov-13 17:05:28

Sorry, my phone had not refreshed blue skies and I didn't see your update. I hope to hear its good news tomorrow, got everything crossed for you.

Blue just posting to say I have my fingers crossed for you. The reason FMU is the best is because of its concentration (will be more orange/yellow than the rest of the day) meaning it has higher levels of the hormone. It's not until you are further down the line in a pregnancy that you can get a strong positive at any time of the day. On the day I got my bfp I also got a negative in the same afternoon, but I am now 23 weeks. And if your doc didn't wait the full length of time to see if a line appeared then it is not a comparable test. So FX this afternoon is just an anomaly for those reasons and that you will have your second line in the morning

blueskies19 Tue 26-Nov-13 18:22:23

oh thanks so much tillyann2013 and notwithoutmymerkin - that's so encouraging to hear your story and gives me renewed hope - am trying to be good and not get too excited but your words have given me such hope that it could work out as this morning I was so despondant and thought it was history repeating itself going down that same awful path

encouraged that my sore aching boobs have returned - yay - that's such a good sign surely and have been really good and kept to my word and not caved in to do my one last remaining test - this I will save for FMU tomorrow with every last finger and toe crossed for that strong line

so pleased to hear you're 23 weeks - that's great - am really clinging on to the thought that my most positive result was with FMU and the other two were later on in the day and its really reassuring to hear you're now 23 weeks after having had a BFP and BFN on the same day like me

will update in the morning with fx and tx and hopefully a more positive result and line x

cottonwool4brains Tue 26-Nov-13 19:58:42

Hello, reading your thread and got everything crossed for you. I work for the NHS and can tell you categorically that NHS preg tests are very insensitive, and sometimes will not give a line till you are over a week past when af was due. Basically don't worry about the GPS negative test.x

blueskies19 Tue 26-Nov-13 20:10:05

thanks so much cottonwool4brains - that's so reassuring to know

will post in the morning - am dizzy and have sore boobs and achey upper back - either its the dreaded AF or the much awaited and longed for BFP and Im just holding all hopes for the second scenario

WillowKnicks Tue 26-Nov-13 20:10:45

I've been lurking on this thread but I just wanted to say GOOD LUCK, I am really rooting for you!!!

I was in your shoes a few years ago & was just about to embark on fertility treatment when I decided to do a pg test a couple of days early...cue lots of squinting &...is there a line...isn't there a line, for a good few days. Everyone told me to just wait until I was at least a minute day late, which is easier said than done.

None of the pg tests were particularly conclusive but there was always a hint of a line, which I was told there wouldn't be at all if it was negative.

Anyway fast forward 9 years & my annoying, gorgeous TWINS are about to go to bed grin

HandragsNGladbags Tue 26-Nov-13 20:20:17

Just wanted to mention any pregnancy test I have ever taken has been very faint and just visible day AF was due.

I am currently 17 weeks with DC3 and could barely see the FR positive yet that was exactly 2 weeks after conception going by my scan dates.

Hope it's good news for you in the morning.

numberoneidiot Tue 26-Nov-13 20:28:55

Fingers crossed for you!

MrsHY1 Tue 26-Nov-13 20:30:11

Wishing you luck for tomorrow blueskies- I had a very faint line on a FRER the day my period was due- and I can be completely exact about that as I had a frozen embryo transfer from a previous IVF cycle. My first baby (a girl) is due next Weds smile

Good luck op will be itching to hear your update tomorrow

tillyann2013 Wed 27-Nov-13 07:13:57

Good luck blue skies!!!!

Munxx Wed 27-Nov-13 07:48:52

Good luck, I so so hope today brings a BFP.

I can also offer hope about those faint lines that you need to squint to see, my pregnancy with my DS started that way. I thought I was going mad until I cracked and did a digi!

All the best, I hope there are two big fat lines for you. I really really do.

allchatnicknamesgone Wed 27-Nov-13 08:42:09

Have you tested? You ok Blueskies?

blueskies19 Wed 27-Nov-13 08:51:17

thank you so much and bless you all for your lovely kind messages which has really touched me

I feel blessed to have all of your support, practical advice and good wishes on this journey

Its so good to be in touch with you all who have the very BEST first hand experience and caring advice - think GPS should move over for the wonderful MN ladies who are first class :-)

Its so lovely to hear all your lovely stories and that all your faint lines turned into wonderful little ones - Im so happy for you all and this gives me real hope and inspiration that it could just be the case for me - maybe just maybe

well for the update...I again didn't get a wink of sleep last night thinking about the imminent test I was to do but I have finally done it and within one minute, squint and you can barely see it a very very faint line emerged and then within 10 minutes and within the allocated time a stronger and most importanly NOT faint line has emerged - yaaaaaaayyyyyyyyyyyyyyy - Im jumping for joy, escatically happy and boucing around that the line has not disappeared and is now very much there - feel like taking it to the GP to say its not all in my head but the line is really there - I may well frame it :-)

HOWEVER A real worry is that the line is not AS strong as the line I got yesterday morning with the FMU test but it is definitely a line and within 10 minutes not faint but quite clear. I really do very much hope that the fact that the line is not as dark as yesterday is not a cause for concern - it does worry me only because of my last few experiences with lines that gradually became less over time but I am just trying to enjoy each positive and just take a day at a time and Im just now focusing very much on the fact that the line is still very much there (if slightly not as strong as yesterday) and that perhaps I feel ever so slightly sick - now that is a cause for celebration - never thought I would be saying that!

I think Im going to bring in the big guns now and do a digi test - I wasn't going to do it but after this morning I think it may be a good idea - will let you all know how I get on with that

Many thanks again for all your support and kind words -its been wonderful to have this - I will keep you updated and let you know how the digi test goes xx

MrsHY1 Wed 27-Nov-13 08:56:45

Blueskies yaaaaaaay!! gringrin
I drove myself crackers trying to get darker lines after my first positive FRER, then trying to get more and more 'weeks pregnant' out of a clearblue digi with conception indicator. If I were you, I'd lay off the pee sticks for at least a few days, I know- massively easier said than done though. X

tillyann2013 Wed 27-Nov-13 08:57:27

Yay yay yay! So happy for you blueskies smile)
You've given me hope!

LittleTulip Wed 27-Nov-13 09:08:18

Aah congratulations blue, pleased for you! grin

allchatnicknamesgone Wed 27-Nov-13 10:21:07

WICKED! Had everything crossed for you. I second pervious post. Get a digi, but stop peeing on the Internet cheapies. You are going to drive yourself crazy trying to decifer whether the line is getting darker or lighter. Everything points to you being pregnant, so just try and get through today then use fmu tomorrow with digi (although something tells me you won't be able to wait!)
Come back and let us know xx
PS. I wish those Internet cheapies were never invented. I think on the whole they cause so many women like you so much heart ache.

blueskies19 Wed 27-Nov-13 10:41:41

ahw thanks so much everyone :-)

(I wanted to put the flower icon and the big smiley grin but I don't know how to do it!)

yes Ive definitely stepped away from those internet cheapies allchat and will really try and hold out till tomorrow morning for the digi one if I can-now that will be a test of my willpower!

thanks so much littletulip and Im so pleased my story has given you hope tillyann - I had very much given up hope so fingers crossed for you and I really hope it works out very well for you. I was told my chances were crazily low so this should hopefully give hope to others.

I will indeed lay of those cheapie internet ones MrsHY1 - I was indeed driving myself crackers too with the testing and staring at the lines willing them to get darker and panicking when they came up hardly visible - it really helped not to test yesterday afternoon and evening and meant I could at least concentrate on doing the supper rather than telling the DH it was biscuits and cake!

will update as soon as Ive done the digi one xx

Sausagesaurus Wed 27-Nov-13 10:52:38

Great news*blue*!!! Let us know when you do your digi! How exciting!! thanks

cantthinkofagoodone Wed 27-Nov-13 11:13:16

Oh yay. After I got my frer bfp on the Tuesday am I did a. Cb digi on the Friday, just wanted to check I was still pregnant when I told my mum.

Now sit down and rest up like a good pregnant lady!

blueskies19 Wed 27-Nov-13 11:13:53

Awh thanks so much sausagesaurus :-)

And many many congratulations on your wonderful news too - that's really exciting :-) Im so excited for us both!

will let you know how I get on with the digi xx

Blue that's fantastic news. Couple of things to reassure you... The dye in tests varies massively, even in those from the same batch and even in expensive tests. Therefore two tests from the same batch with the same urine will provide different lines. So the darkness of the line is not an indicator of anything, its just about whether there is a line or not.
Take it from somebody who tested multiple times a day for weeks, and I often did multiple tests with the same FMU, the variance in the darkness of the lines is dramatic even over the course of weeks, so do not worry.
Final point, digi tests are often not as sensitive as IC's. Ive had negative on digi tests when ICs were giving two lines so please don't worry if the digi isn't strong enough to register yet.
In the meantime, celebrate!!! Fantastic news gringringrin And your doc shouldn't need to do a test to confirm your pregnancy, you should be able to do a self referral for maternity care and then sit back and wait for your booking in appointment

blueskies19 Wed 27-Nov-13 11:20:13

ahw thanks cantthinkofagoodone - I will indeed do just that :-)

yes Im definitely going to do the digi one first and see what that says - especially due to all my previous experiences which all ended really badly :-( I need to go a bit carefully and best not to tell my family etc till I know for certain whats happening and hopefully the digi will confirm things in a big fat positive way :-)

will keep you updated x

blueskies19 Wed 27-Nov-13 11:41:29

ahw thanks so much notwithoutmymerkin

that's so kind of you and really reassuring to hear about HPTs and how they react differently even over the course of days and weeks - thats most reassuring to know

I have heard that digs are not as sensitve so thank you for confirming this as well - perhaps the best thing is for me to hold off to test with this digi one till the weekend rather than dash my hopes by testing too early - I am a bit cautious and very concernced as Ive had many unpleasants losses and just desperatly want this one to go ok

thanks for all your support xx

Vickyvix Wed 27-Nov-13 12:23:39

Woo hoo!!! Yey!!! Congrats blueskies that is fantastic news grin

So so so pleased for you.

I would second the suggestion that the digi ones are less sensitive, they are so please please be minded of that if you test with one very soon you might not get a positive (of course you may very well do) but if you do get a neg just remember thy are less sensitive and so don't get too disappointed. If you can, easier said than done I know, maybe wait until Friday/Saturday to allow the HCG levels to build up more and to give the digi a higher chance of being positive for you.

I spent a fortune on digis ( with the conception indicator) trying to watch the weeks go up when I first got my BFP and was so disappointed if i didn't get to the next level.

Very very best of luck to you, I really hope this turns into a healthy and happy pregnancy for you smile

Ps I think ou are totally allowed to be excited about this!

blueskies19 Wed 27-Nov-13 13:24:45

thanks vickyvix - that's so kind of you

yes I think that's very good advice about the digi testing and I will hold out till the weekend for testing with this as its not as sensitive as the IC HPT kits

given my anxiousness and worry due to the last experiences Ive had I think I want to wait till the levels have hopefully increased - all fx and tx for that one

Im trying not to get too ahead of myself but I just am thrilled and quietly bouncing up and down with excitement and happiness :-) xx

allchatnicknamesgone Wed 27-Nov-13 13:48:42

I'd be bouncing up and down if I were you too.

Try and hold out 48 hrs before digi. Maybe don't even collect your fmu for the next few days so you are not even tempted, then you won't want to waste the money on digi using wee any other time of day!

tillyann2013 Wed 27-Nov-13 13:59:53

So blueskies, what have you done differently this time? If anything! Clutching at straws here too.
Were you taking anything?

RaxacoricofallapatorianCatpuss Wed 27-Nov-13 14:32:14

smile OP everything sounds really positive! smile
I would hold off on the digital test until the weekend. If I read it correctly, you are still pre AF? It's very early still. HCG levels are still really low, which is good for IC tests but a less sensitive digital test might not pick anything up and disheartened you.
It does sound exciting though. Fingers crossed for you. xxx

blueskies19 Wed 27-Nov-13 16:08:37

thanks allchat - yes the digi is firmly fixed for the weekend and not a minute before - I wil distract myself with other things in my big attempt to stay focused and not cave in - hope I can put it in to practice :-)

Im not sure what I did differently tillyann and why it worked this month but Ive been trying to be a bit more relaxed as I was driving the poor DH demented each month it wasn't happening and think that wasn't helping so just tried to take a more relaxed approach this month

Also one tip which I did do this month which I haven't done before is after having DTD stay in bed as long as possible lying down - know this sounds pretty simple but it may have made a difference and was a great excuse to stay resting in bed longer - not sure if this was the definitive thing that worked but it certainly wouldnt hurt and those extra hours in bed resting is sure to help you feel relaxed :-)

I read all about supplements to take to improve conception chances and I did try some of them but my goodness me I just couldn't get on with any of them and just ended up taking plain old folic acid - the other supplements that I had read about and tried made me feel so incredibly ill and just like I was about to pass out with dizziness and extreme headahes that I stopped them pretty quick!

I wish you the very best of luck tillyann and do hope it will be your turn next - My chances were so incredibly low I really had given up so I do hope this has given some hope to you

will update you with the digi xx

allchatnicknamesgone Wed 27-Nov-13 16:46:36

Have you told DH or waiting for digi? I think when it finally happens for me I think my DH will be more relieved that he doesn't have to perform on request rather than the prospect of the baby!!! X

Congratulations blue skies, I'm betting you don't make it till the weekend wink
FYI I actually find the cheepies far less sensitive then frer and digis, I got a positive digi when I only had a hcg blood test of 5 so they are much more sensitive then the packaging says, the lines on the cheepies at that point weren't there or the real hold to the light things things

blueskies19 Wed 27-Nov-13 18:25:37

yes I have told the DH allchat - loved your comment :-) I think my DH can DEFINITELY relate to that one!! Best of luck to you and do hope it works out really well for you

thanks for your kind words Rax - I am indeed pre AF so still very early so I think thats good advice

many thanks kitty - I will see how I get on but certainly my willpower has never been the strongest - when I know theres chocolate in the cupboard it certainly doesn't stay there for long and I think the digi will be a far greater pull than chocolate (which is certainly saying something!) but the the fact that it is still so very early and the dread of doing the test are both making me hold off for the moment and so Im pleased to say my will power has lasted, at least for the last few hours :-)

its so funny how these tests seem to work differently on everyone - Im hoping that in the future there will be a much less stressful thing than these POAS which certainly add to the worry of it all for complete addicts like myself - some clever cloggs will hopefully develop a much more sophisticated and less stressful device!

as soon as Ive done the digi I will update xx

tillyann2013 Wed 27-Nov-13 18:32:18

Thank you for you reply blueskies, I'm coming up to my 3rd year ttc and can relate to everything you've said. Im on a cocktail of supplements which make me feel yuck and am so fed up of it all! I may just ditch them all.
I'm so pleased for you, wishing you a happy and healthy pregnancy. thanks

kthop83 Wed 27-Nov-13 20:42:09

Hi all just wanted to tell you all my story.I began testing with ic two days before af was due bnf.I tested everyday until i was 2 days late and still bfn.Today 2dpo i searched the internet about these so called early detection cheap tests and read lots of bad reviews so went out to chemist and bought a lloyds own brand poas test for £6 and guess what...yup bfp instantly.tried ic again later and still negative so they are definately not as sensitive as they claim.Hope this helps.Havent even told dh yet im keeping it to myself for a couple hours lol

kthop83 Wed 27-Nov-13 20:42:54

sorry not 2dpo i meant 2 days after af due

blueskies19 Thu 28-Nov-13 08:35:02

My thoughts are with you tillyann - I was ttc for far too many years to mention and was just on the point of giving up

Re the supplements for me personally they made me feel more ill than Ive felt in a long time which is probably just my rubbish body not being able to process them - they were nothing major and I so wanted to keep going with them hearing that they worked so well for others but I guess what this whole process has shown me is that everyone's unique and what works well for one may not work for another. Hang in there and I do so hope its your turn next

thanks for your story kthop - its so interesting how everyone reacts differently to these IC HPT - personally I think they have given me more grief and stress than anything as when yr ttc you need to have a definite answer not a vague wafty line that you can't interpret and which only leaves one stressing more - grrr to the IC ones!

Pleased you got your bfp - great news

I will be doing the digi this weekend - I'm petrified already and not sure if I really want to as Im so anxious given my last experiences but will update when I get the courage to do it xx

annaban Fri 29-Nov-13 20:12:06

Hi OP (and all)
I followed your thread earlier on in the week... I'm really hoping you got the BFP on the digi you are looking for.

Best wishes xxsmile

greentealeaf Fri 29-Nov-13 23:44:27

What an emotional roller coaster you've been on OP. All the best of luck to you! smile xx

cookielove Sat 30-Nov-13 10:00:03

I too have been watching your story. Good luck for your test today!

cottonwool4brains Sat 30-Nov-13 10:26:50

I have everything crossed for you. Xx

blueskies19 Sat 30-Nov-13 11:22:30

hello everyone

firstly THANK YOU ALL so very much for your kind words, support, encouragement and general wonderfulness - it has been such an enormous help to talk to you all and get the very best first hand experience - I really feel you all have so much more knowledge and sympathy than any dr - MOVE over medics make way for the A team that is the super MN ladies smile

it has indeed been a rollercoaster but I feel so lucky to have had your wonderful ladies to talk to - BIG thanks to you all

well I have done the digi test this morning finally and
woop woop yay hooray jumping for joy it said pregnant 3+ !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I STill just can't believe it and am feeling so happy and just incredulous as I never in a million years thought it would happen

I have been struggling for far too long on this ttc and I hope that my story will give some encouragement to anyone who may be feeling despondant. I was told my chances were so low as to be almost pointless trying but this has shown that it CAN happen and please don't ever loose heart

thank you again and best wishes to you all xxxxx
I am so emotional today (must be all those hormones racing around!) but I really can't thank you all enough - its been like having lots of best friends by your side all the time and that has been priceless smile

LittleTulip Sat 30-Nov-13 11:28:42

Congratulations blue! Such a lovely story!

Can I ask why you got told what you did?

Here's to a happy and healthy 9 months smile

Liveinthepresent Sat 30-Nov-13 11:38:07

Delurking to say woo hoo congratulations OP.
Wishing you all the best for a healthy pregnancy.

Congrats blue! As they say, a line is a line and your Internet cheaply test was right after all. Here's to a healthy pregnancy x

stardusty5 Sat 30-Nov-13 11:58:20

This thread has cheered me up! Great news- wishing you a happy pregnancy smile

cottonwool4brains Sat 30-Nov-13 12:00:22

!!!!!!! Congratulations!

blueskies19 Sat 30-Nov-13 12:02:26

thanks so much everyone smile

hi littletulip - yes of course - I was rarely ovulating from the tests they were doing monthly and had a low AMH test result which I think shows reduced ovarian reserve and the Dhs test came back with low motility and keying in our statistics and rather old age for us both came up with about 4% chance apparently sad Not quite sure whether these percentage things work - it certainly made both of us feel like giving up but Im so glad we didn't smile

99redbafoons Sat 30-Nov-13 12:22:34

What a bloody lovely thread, congratulations Blue! Much love to you and your bean xxxthanks

Butler4 Sat 30-Nov-13 13:04:17

Congratulations that's great news. What's lovely story

NationMcKinley Sat 30-Nov-13 13:24:56

Oh congratulations blueskies!!! I am so happy for you all. flowersgrin

Kt1991 Sat 30-Nov-13 13:39:13

Just read through the whole thread now congrats blueskies! Lovely story to read! Well done for holding on to do the digi too!

blueskies19 Sat 30-Nov-13 13:50:09

thanks so much everyone smile

I feel blessed to have had your guidance and support throughout
I wish you all the very very best wishes xxxx

Vickyvix Sat 30-Nov-13 14:49:04

Woo hoo congratulations blueskies that is amazing!!!! I am so pleased for you smile

Sending very best wishes for a healthy and happy pregnancy and hope that luck stays on your side. What a wonderful Christmas pressie!

WillowKnicks Sat 30-Nov-13 15:25:45

Awww FANTASTIC!!!! Congratulations & all the best in your pregnancy grin

helenlouisey Sat 30-Nov-13 17:16:58

Congratulations, fantastic news and wishing you a healthy pregnancy x

thepobblewhohasnotoes Sat 30-Nov-13 18:32:59

Congratulations! grin grin grin

cookielove Sat 30-Nov-13 18:42:45

Congratulations l am so glad it was a BFP smile

PunkyPod Sat 30-Nov-13 19:27:05

I've been following and am so chuffed you got your BFP. Wishing you a healthy and happy pregnancy xthanks

allchatnicknamesgone Sat 30-Nov-13 22:19:10

Amazing. So happy happy happy! You give us all strength.

Hope you have happy and healthy pregnancy. You deserve it!!!


Noyoucantwatchpeppapig Sat 30-Nov-13 22:23:18

Congratulations blue skies, I had been lurking on this thread hoping it would turn into a BFP. Great news smile

blueskies19 Sat 30-Nov-13 22:24:48

ahw thankyou so much - Im really touched by all your responses - HUGE thank you

you've been inspirational with your support, sympathy and really practical advice

I do so hope all your journeys on this ttc are really successful and I wish all of you the very best smile xxx

Autumnleaves198 Sat 30-Nov-13 22:35:41

Hi blueskies19

I've been reading this thread all week and I'm so so happy to see you got your bfp!!!! It really is so uplifting to read these kind of stories, especially given that you have been trying for so long. I've actually got a smile on my face for you, and I think you will have given a lot of people on here a reason to hope smile so big congratulations, and I wish you all the best for a happy and healthy pregnancy!! xx

TwerkingNineToFive Sun 01-Dec-13 07:59:59

I had a tear in my eye reading your posts!

NoCupcakesOrCocktails Sun 01-Dec-13 08:30:07

Congratulations Blueskies I've just read your entire thread. I was so pleased when I got to the end and saw you got a 3+ on a digi!! Wishing you a healthy 9 months.

It's really heartening to read your story. I've been ttc for 4 years. We have unexplained infertility and are gearing up to our second IVF. I feel like giving up and accepting it's never going to happen but stories like yours really help xx

Congratulations blue skies gringringrin so pleased and what a result, 3+!! No need to worry about lack of a line there, you got the strongest it does
Please keep us updated with your milestones x

blueskies19 Sun 01-Dec-13 13:54:15

Ahw thank you all soooo much smile smile
I do feel very happy and lucky to have had you all to talk to and to have got my BFP is just the most thrilling thing ever.

I do really hope my story will give encouragement to others - to realise that just when you feel like giving up it happens and just after years and years and years of thinking you should give up, that longed for line (however faint and wafty!) finally appears.
IT it is an incredibly stressful and heartbreaking journey that only those going through ttc will ever understand.

I wish each and everyone the very best on your own journeys and do so hope that you will all get your BFPs very very soon - keeping my fingers crossed for all of you smile smile xxx
kittykat - will indeed keep you all posted - am off for a scan in a few weeks which Im petrified about but will update you all on that - my fingers and toes will be crossed for us all smile xxx

Yaaaaaaayyyyyy! Congratulations! I've been thinking about you all week and wondering what today would bring.
Really pleased for you. Wishing you a happy and healthy pregnancy

SaggyOldClothCatPuss Sun 01-Dec-13 20:05:40

Blue come over to the Posifrickentivity thread in Pregnancy. Its for ladies PG after MC and its great. x
Congratulations. smile

tillyann2013 Sun 01-Dec-13 22:58:03

Fantastic blue skies, wonderwgT your doc will have to say now grin

blueskies19 Sun 01-Dec-13 23:06:18

thanks purple smile yaaaaaay hip hip hooray Im floating on a cloud smile
Thanks saggy - that sounds great - I will do smile

yes indeed tilly - too right - am thinking of going there with my many many POAS which I have framed (well nearly!) and saying now then what do you make of that!

greentealeaf Sun 01-Dec-13 23:13:16

Oh fantastic news blueskies!! I am over the moon for you, DP and baby bean. What a great start to the Festive period.

All the very best! grin

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