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weird positive lines? or stress inducing evaps?

(69 Posts)
ladythatlunches Wed 05-Mar-14 18:31:27

hi everyone. im due on Friday but have a awful feeling I could be pregnant.

dh has had snip but I have been pregnant 4 times and sometimes its just unmistakable.
im hoping im wrong but here goes.

I have taken 3 first responses tests. all have dark tips at top and bottom and a fainter line through.

sainsburys own test keeps coming up with a dark but skinny line- I have read about these and apparently mostly negatives.

so today I trotted to the shop bought a 2 pack got my mum who is def bot pregnant too pee on one and I did other
. again the skinny line comes up for me nothing for mum.

im not talking anymore tests anymore im driven demented.

anyone had any of these and been negative ir positive?

dh is booked in for a check for his semen tom to double check

Armadale Wed 05-Mar-14 18:35:58

I have had very thin lines that were positives ....

Any chance you can post a picture of one of them for us to look at?

You could post it here and link back on this thread

When I've been in similar situations as test that says 'pregnant' or 'not pregnant' has reduced my blood pressure remarkably x

Armadale Wed 05-Mar-14 18:36:39

sorry should read 'a test that says pregnant' ...not 'as test that says'

I would be surprised if you got that many false positives. Can you go to the gp tomorrow for a blood test?

ladythatlunches Wed 05-Mar-14 18:48:55

ok.ill try upload I have loads of the buggers. x

MissSmiley Wed 05-Mar-14 18:49:12

How long ago did dh have the snip? Has he had all the follow up tests that show there's no sperm in his semen?

I think a line is a line and you are pregnant.

ShiftyEyes Wed 05-Mar-14 18:51:21

I had very faint lines on about 5 different brands of tests and after much research it seemed clear that it was definitely positive if showing on more than one brand. Unfortunately the lines didn't get any darker over a period of a few days so it seems the hcg wasn't increasing as it should, that ended in an early miscarriage at about 6 weeks.
The next pregnancy (current one) was a much more obvious line and became darker over the next few days. I did lots of research and found the superdrug own brand (2 quid each btw) were the most sensitive for early testing.
I completely understand the demented test mentality, it can drive you crazy but so can not knowing. Lots of advice I have read is a line is a line. Tests are generally very reliable these days.
That was only my experience so not very scientific regarding faint lines but hope it helps in some way. Have you thought about booking an appt with GP for reassurance?

sillymillyb Wed 05-Mar-14 18:54:07

Hmmm, I never usually wade in on these tests, but if you have done 4(?) tests, different brands, and they all have a faint positive.... Well, I would say that's a positive!

How long since you Dh had the snip?

meditrina Wed 05-Mar-14 18:54:46
ladythatlunches Wed 05-Mar-14 18:56:05


hope that works never done it before

ladythatlunches Wed 05-Mar-14 18:57:46

hi dh had snip.18 months ago both tests all clear.

I think if they were "normal" lines I would accept it but there all weird.

Yes, I can see 3 lines!

ladythatlunches Wed 05-Mar-14 19:02:39


another.one this is sainsburys one

Armadale Wed 05-Mar-14 19:03:38

Ok, having looked at the pictures, I would say these look like very early positive tests, certainly not just evap lines- these look like test results I get about 4 days before my period is due. i.e. very early to test.

After 2 or 3 more days the lines got darker and I felt more confident. (Or on a couple of occasions the tests did not get any darker in the next few days and I knew I was heading for an early miscarriage).

So I would say you are pregnant today, and to check again in a couple of days & the tests may well have got darker.

Don't want to congratulate you as from your OP it might not be appropriate x

sillymillyb Wed 05-Mar-14 19:04:41

They look like lines to me!

You ok?

ladythatlunches Wed 05-Mar-14 19:07:36

Thank you for looking.

Another baby wouldn't be the end if the world. . but same time he had the snip for a reason. . no contraceptive work for us we have 5 children from the pill, condoms, injection, morning after pill.

our last babies are twins!

ShiftyEyes Wed 05-Mar-14 19:08:43

I can see them too, perhaps try another on Friday if you can wait and there are no changes in the meantime.
Good luck with whatever you decide. I hope you are ok.

Longdistance Wed 05-Mar-14 19:08:50

I'd go for a Clear Blue one next. I did the cheapies and got feint lines like that all the time. I poas CB, and got 1-2 weeks etc.

Hope you're ok op x

zoemaguire Wed 05-Mar-14 19:10:36

Afraid they look like lines to me as well...

ladythatlunches Wed 05-Mar-14 19:12:38

I don't think the lines are dark enough for clear blue. With my others it took me about 2-3 days after my af was due and I was having strong unmistakable lines.

These are all weird. the first response ones has dark pink tips kind of like a evap and the lines run?

and well the sainsburys ones are known for there stupid skinny non positive lines.

I know I sound like im in denial but ive never had lines luke this before!

I can see the lines

ladythatlunches Wed 05-Mar-14 19:23:22


Armadale Wed 05-Mar-14 19:23:30

If you are due on friday, and in previous PG's got positive tests 2-3 days after you were due, that means these tests could be five days earlier than your usual experience, which might explain why they look weaker?

ladythatlunches Wed 05-Mar-14 19:25:11

yes due on Friday. With others all abit of a mix really but digitals all at least 2-3 days over af for those.

HarderToKidnap Wed 05-Mar-14 19:26:14

I had very similar on a FR last month that I'd broken open


I wasn't pregnant. I wondered if it was something to do with opening it?

ladythatlunches Wed 05-Mar-14 19:29:17

oooo maybe. that's what it is then ??

frigging awesome smile

Raxacoricofallapatorius Wed 05-Mar-14 19:38:33

I clicked on the link and came back to say you can't read them after you break them open. Invalidates the test. Did the line show up before you dismantled them?

ladythatlunches Wed 05-Mar-14 19:39:25

I always just pop them open.. always have :0/ wee then pop.

I thought it was fine to open them unless they are digital

ladythatlunches Wed 05-Mar-14 19:44:59

the one me and my mum did I pooped both open hers waa completely neg.

hmmmmaybe dodgy pack

HarderToKidnap Wed 05-Mar-14 19:46:45

I have opened others that haven't done it. But I def wasn't pg last month.

I guess try again in 2 days. And don't pop!

ladythatlunches Wed 05-Mar-14 19:48:05

did you do any others last month? was it just that one that had the dodgy line?

Raxacoricofallapatorius Wed 05-Mar-14 19:49:32

Nope, any test. You are quite likely to find evaporation lines inside a test if you break it open. I've never used a digital and all tests I've ever used say don't dismantle. And for good reason!

Raxacoricofallapatorius Wed 05-Mar-14 19:50:33

Do a test, don't break it apart, read it in the time limit. That's my best advice.

HarderToKidnap Wed 05-Mar-14 19:50:45

I had it on all the tests I did, which was 3 FR. All popped open!

ladythatlunches Wed 05-Mar-14 19:55:07

well then. . that explains. im gonna pee on one now and not pop unless line comes up then ill pop to take pictures.

and oh my god for some reason those pics have gone on my Facebook. oh dear god just gets better

HarderToKidnap Wed 05-Mar-14 19:59:09

Report back!! Good luck

ladythatlunches Wed 05-Mar-14 20:09:39

im going to leave it till morning actually. im full pf juice so at least ill know tom with out wondering if it was watered down.

I only have 1more test left and then im done with them.

stupid things

Mintymoomoo Wed 05-Mar-14 20:32:40

When I was pg with 2nd I done 1st response and nearly threw away saying I wasn't pg to friend as live was so faint! I was!

Also know someone who's husbands vasectomy failed 3 times!

I though you could get a false negative but not a false positive!

If you had only done one test then I would say retest in few days, but surly doing that many that have shown as positive must mean its positive ?

ladythatlunches Wed 05-Mar-14 20:38:49

we are thinking evaps because I opened them up :0/

Evaps are typically grey, the dye is activated by HCG and your lines are pink!

Armadale Thu 06-Mar-14 09:33:20

How are things today, lady?

ladythatlunches Thu 06-Mar-14 10:00:15

I did another left in case like a good girl. couldn't see anything.. well I thought I did so opened and a very veryffaint blue line.

Either way it isn't looking great

if positive- lines getting lighter anyway so maybe won't have to think about it too much.

im due on tom.. me and my sister have the exact same cycle every month for as long as I can remember I come on a day before her. she has come on today!

that doesn't mean much though as she could just be early!

dh is a work back at lunch time to supply sample then drop off.

I have called doctor waiting for her to call me back later. hopefully blood test or something will help as I really need to know if I was and having a chemical .. becauseIif dh sample comes back clear we will be non of the wiser!

ladythatlunches Thu 06-Mar-14 10:02:05

also last pregnancy and the only one I had hcg levels done my hormones didn't double ..hardly anything actually. was told a mc.

turned out to be twins. so another thought that my levels may not double or maybe it was just that pregnancy! who knows

Armadale Thu 06-Mar-14 11:02:42

Lady, please, please stop opening them, it is not helping you.

Buy a cheap one (poundland ones are fine) do it and DO NOT OPEN. EVER. If you can see a faint line in the packaging= a faint positive. If you can not see a faint line whilst still in the packaging, throw it away.

Or I'm sure your GP would give you one if you get to go in for a blood test this afternoon (although I think the NHS ones are more likely to give a false negative as they need a higher concentration of HCG to give a positive, so I'd still be tempted to avoid this route and buy a cheap one instead).

ladythatlunches Thu 06-Mar-14 11:04:50

all the cheap ones don't have covers?

I thought I saw it but because of the plastic I wasn't sure if it was a shadow so just opened it looked saw it then binned it.

Armadale Thu 06-Mar-14 11:17:13

The cheap ones I buy do have covers (normally 2 for 99p at the shop) and have also used the strip tests without covers from ebay-

I think there is a difference between ones that do not have covers and are therefore designed to be read without, and those that do have covers and are designed not to be opened....

I do understand that total head massacre that is an uncertain test, but I think opening them is just adding another layer of confusion you don't need, really.

ladythatlunches Thu 06-Mar-14 12:26:54

no your right.

ahhhh my friend bought me round one she had in her house weed on it. a definite blue like but cery skinny popped right up! all the ones I do either have these weird skinny lines or the other weird line's.

so I don't know. its not as fat as the control line abd the leaflet sais has to be same width. . so why do I keep getting skinny lines?

I have ordered the cheap ones off eBay a load for 2:99 so ill just pee on them all ha ha

Do a digital one that will say 'pregnant' or 'not pregnant'.

Alb1 Thu 06-Mar-14 12:39:20

I had skinny lines like that for about a week before getting a strong one with my current pregnancy, on 4 different makes of cheap tests so personally I think a line is a line, although I have never seen an evap line so I don't no how similar they are. Hopefully if u can get a blood test that will give u some deffinitive answers. Hope ur ok, must be an insanely stressful time!

ladythatlunches Thu 06-Mar-14 14:31:34

I think dh is going to get me a digital.

I have been having skinny lines on all of them all week

I'd be really surprised if these aren't positive. I've broken open loads of tests in my time and have never seen a line unless I was pregnant or it was a digital

ladythatlunches Thu 06-Mar-14 14:48:33

just done a digital and sais not pregnant sooooo thats it .. black abd white. so all these lines that are weird must of been evaps.

Armadale Thu 06-Mar-14 14:54:47

how do you feel about it? are you OK?

ladythatlunches Thu 06-Mar-14 14:55:51

I feel really confused but slightly reassured!

ladythatlunches Thu 06-Mar-14 16:09:10

alb1 were yours Skinner than the control line? that's what mine are like on allif them.

ladythatlunches Thu 06-Mar-14 16:09:52

all of* dam phone

Alb1 Thu 06-Mar-14 16:30:45

Yeah mine were all skinnier, I remember being on a ttc forums panicking about it as iv miscarried before and was worried they weren't gettin darker, also I had a 1st response one first n that came back negative, n then my internet cheapies showed the really faint positive (won't lie, was a poas addict) but like I say iv never seen an evaporation line, so I can't say that urs arnt evap lines, however I believe that evaporation lines are usually colourless rather than pink or blue so I dunno if that may help... I'm no expert tho so I'm really sorry if that info is incorrect! I had a quick google n it says about colourless lines here:


ladythatlunches Thu 06-Mar-14 18:51:28

its such a nightmare. all week loads of skinny lines from sainsburys tests. funny looking ones fron first response then a negative from digital.

maybe dodgy tests etc.

spoken to doctors having blood tests tom. anyone know how long they take? also dh sent sample off got to wait 5 working days for results

Depends on what time you get the bloods done and where they send it to be tested. At my docs results are same day if you go in the morning

ladythatlunches Thu 06-Mar-14 19:17:28

no its 2pm

ladythatlunches Fri 07-Mar-14 09:07:04

so its D day ..no period as of yet. still hoping.

Armadale Fri 07-Mar-14 13:33:58

I bet this is turning into a reeallyy long week for you, Lady.

Vikkijayne2507 Fri 07-Mar-14 14:11:20

I hope you get some clear answers. I did cheap internet tests two days before I was due really feint line next morning first wee of the day i did a Clear blue digital and was quick to come up 2-3 weeks pregnant so in my experience it would have picked up on the hcg hormone unless you ovulated late and its just not strong enough hopefully you will get an answer one way or another in a day or two

ladythatlunches Fri 07-Mar-14 14:59:55

hi everyone .. long week if stress has ended. we have a very very heavy period that has just started!

I have since wrote a letter to first response and sainsburys regarding there tests! I did a first response and sainsburys this morning and didn't open and again same lines!

angry with myself for kind if believing them and making my poory dh send a sample off. Also angry all the stress we have been through all week and if any couple desperately wanted a baby would get lines like that, the heartbreak would be awful.

any who im stuffing myself with chocolate and sitting here feeling so relieved that I don't have a awful decision to make.

Armadale Fri 07-Mar-14 15:09:06

so glad you have answers and are relieved. Chocolate is surely medicinal at times like this.

ladythatlunches Fri 07-Mar-14 15:28:03

my thoughts exactly. smile

Vikkijayne2507 Fri 07-Mar-14 17:38:20

agreed on the chocolate front glad you got an answer

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