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Does lack of line progression indicate a problem?

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blondie87 Wed 03-Apr-19 06:39:25

See picture attached. I thought hcg would have doubled by now?

hobblingawayslowly Wed 03-Apr-19 06:41:45

It did for me but that won't be everyone's experience.

Don't keep testing, I know it's hard but it will drive you nuts.

7circlemats Wed 03-Apr-19 06:46:04

It can indicate a problem, but not always. If you're worried maybe ask your GP for a blood test? They could then see what your levels actually are and if they are increasing appropriately.

Catconfusion Wed 03-Apr-19 06:46:35

I'm so so sorry @blondie87 but this happened to me and was a chemical pregnancy. This is a very sensitive test and your line is very faint. I would wait 48 hours and test again to be sure. Good luck! XX

blondie87 Wed 03-Apr-19 06:47:24

Thank you. I'm going to step away from the tests! Guess I will just have to wait and see. Feeling a bit disappointed that the most recent is so much lighter.

Catconfusion Wed 03-Apr-19 07:08:08

@blondie87 did you test at the same time every day? Are you sure of when you ovulated?

I had a missed miscarriage at 12 weeks in Feb and my first response was blazing red at 14 dpo with that pregnancy. I then got pregnant the next cycle after my surgery. The lines were faint at 14 dpo and it was a chemical.

It was so disheartening but I was glad to have earlier tests to compare with so I knew without getting my hopes up.

Don't rule it out just yet and retest in a couple of days. If it is a chemical it's a very good sign you conceived even if brief. Xx

blondie87 Wed 03-Apr-19 07:26:19

Thank you Catconfusion. I'm really sorry for your losses and for everyone else who's had a loss.

I think I'm due today. So it is still early days but like you I'd rather be realistic about the chances of a viable pregnancy. I've not really heard of a chemical pregnancy but I'm a bit sad about it as had just processed it. I suppose all is not lost yet. I guess this is the peril of early testing.

stucknoue Wed 03-Apr-19 07:30:32

For everyone's mental wellbeing I wish they would withdraw very early tests. Apparently 40 years ago people didn't have as many documented miscarriages, because they just thought they were late. I had two one 5 days after af due another at +7 possibly another at +3 but hadn't tested. Try to wait to test however anxious you are to get pg

Catconfusion Wed 03-Apr-19 07:57:24

@blondie87 Thank you, just don't be hard on yourself. In a way it's good you tested when you did so you have a point of reference.

As you say still early days and difficult to be sure. I'd never really heard of a chemical either (actually don't like the term). With my first pregnancy I didn't even question the positive test. Obviously it ended later on but I didn't test again to check. With the second one something just felt off. I gave it a few days then retested to get a negative. Guess it felt too good to be true as straight after first loss.

Do nice things for yourself over the next few days and think as positively as possible. I've since read that 80% of conceptions don't implant properly so it's very common. Saying that you conceived! Your cells started to divide with your partners so very positive in terms of your fertility whether it progresses or not. Keep me posted and happy to support either way! Xx

Catconfusion Wed 03-Apr-19 08:01:01

@stucknoue I agree it can lead to a lot of disappointment. I'm someone who gets very early pregnancy symptoms so the nausea starts with the first whiff of hcg so knew at 9 dpo. The test just confirmed it. It was very sad though to feel the symptoms go and see the lines getting fainter. too. I do think it could be useful from a diagnostic point of view to know if chemicals keep happening as could be a sign of a treatable problem. Xx

Keyboard91 Wed 03-Apr-19 09:15:10

It was a bad sign for me, I went on to lose at 6 weeks. However, there are plenty of women who had the same sort of progression and went on to have a healthy pregnancy (I googled obsessively!).

The best bit of advice I was given was to stop testing. As whatever way it goes, a stick won’t change the outcome and just makes it harder on you. I will keep everything crossed for a positive outcome for you though, sweetie ❤️ Xx

With regards to comments on early testing - it can cause heartache ... but personally I want to know if I was to have chemicals/early miscarriage/etc just in case it’s an indication that something isn’t working (TTC #1).... but that’s just a personal opinion, the other side of the coin smile

OneDayillSleep Wed 03-Apr-19 09:19:07

I’ve never carried on testing, I’ve always (twice I’ve been pregnant) just tested around when my period was due with cheap tests until I saw a line and then bought a clear blue digital to see it in words. I don’t understand why people continue to test, surely the absence of your period and a positive test is enough to convince you that you are pregnant? If your urine is more dilute your test line won’t be as dark even if the pregnancy hormones are increasing. You’ll just drive yourself mad testing.

seriouslyreally Wed 03-Apr-19 09:23:26

It was a bad sign for me sorry OP

I've also used clear blue indicator with weeks in the past to check HCG levels are rising as you can find online the level of HCG which triggers it to say 1-2 weeks/ 2-3wks /3wks etc - that being said I did that with my last pregnant and had text book HCG rises and it ended up being ectopic so you can never tell.

If you have somewhere local to you - private hcg tests cost about £50 and I've also had them done for peace of mind/preparing myself for the worst x

Catconfusion Wed 03-Apr-19 09:26:24

@OneDayillSleep I think it's for peace of mind. Miscarriage is so common. As someone who's had two it's more important for me to know it's coming rather than finding out with unexpected bleeding. I do agree too much poas isn't good. Next time I'll test when my period is due then again a couple of days later to check progression. Annoyingly my doctor won't do blood tests to check a pregnancy has implanted so the wait for first scan will be a little bit torturous.

Catconfusion Wed 03-Apr-19 09:59:00

I'm so sorry @seriouslyreally for your loss

It's really horrible waiting without knowing and poas is a lifeline when you just want to know if the pregnancy is viable

Just wish I could still be as innocent as I was the first time I got pregnant

blondie87 Wed 03-Apr-19 11:27:26

Sorry to hear so many people have gone through this. I've got some cramping and pain so going to see if I can get checked out in case it's ectopic. No bleeding yet but I think it's inevitable.

Thank you for all your help.

Catconfusion Wed 03-Apr-19 11:32:50

@blondie87 I'm so so sorry. I was in your position at 16 dpo a few weeks ago. My doctor rushed me to hospital as I had pain and the gynaecologist there said an ectopic wouldn't be symptomatic so early so if it helps unlikely to be tubal. Is the pain any worse than your usual period pains? Definitely see the doc if you're not coping with the pain or bleeding when it comes. If it is a chemical, likely to be like a heavy period. Thinking of you today! Xx

blondie87 Wed 03-Apr-19 18:25:58

Sorry to hear that catconfusion. Thank you for the advice re tubal. The cramps have subsided thankfully and not started period so I guess I'll find out soon!

mussie Wed 03-Apr-19 19:09:02

@blondie87 I had faint pregnancy tests for a week and it turned out to be ectopic. I also had a lot of bleeding though. Best of luck! Hope you get happy news 💐

Mummies12 Wed 03-Apr-19 19:47:54

Every pregnancy is different, maybe try the doctors. Can I ask for some advice....Sorry to jump on your post but we are so confused.

My partner had a donation on ovulation. Lots of pregnancy symptoms but also period ones. She started spotting at 13dpo, and got heavier for 2 days but not her normal period. She stopped bleeding completely today, at 17dpo, but we did a test and thought it was negative, looked after 20-30minites and it's slightly positive.....We are so confused, is this test a dud, or could she be pregnant even with slight bleed?

Baby dust x

mussie Wed 03-Apr-19 21:59:29

@Mummies12 best to start your own thread. Incidentally, no bleeding in pregnancy is normal, so if she has had bleeding and a positive pregnancy test, she needs to speak to the early pregnancy unit.

blondie87 Thu 04-Apr-19 06:57:40

mummies12 Was the like an evap or did it have colour? Most instructions give a timeframe for when to discard results. I hope it works out for you.

I did another test using fmu and it was very faint but gradually got darker over about 15 minutes so not sure if it's valid. Either way I don't think the signs are great but currently I'm still pregnant but for how long who knows!

Mummies12 Thu 04-Apr-19 07:28:01

It had colour, didn't look like an evap line but I don't think it's a sticky baby if there is one.

Remember these test are only so accurate. In my opinion if there is colour to the line, even if it's after time it counts so if it got darker go with that.

I have everything crossed for you x

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