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Cheap tests, can they be wrong? Panicking

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differentkindofpenguin Tue 06-Jan-15 17:21:22

I know I know, I'm a grown adult and should have known better! Please don't shout at me!

We have 2 small children, dh has had the snip but not had the all clear yet ( 2 months ago) and I haven't had a period since September ( PCOS, trouble conceiving the first time, took a year and a half the second time ), all that plus a bit of Christmas wine... You get the picture.

Had a bit of boob tenderness the last few weeks, so got some tests- 3 for £1 kind from a cheap shops- the ones I've always used in the past. The control line is fine, but where the test line should be is a faint pink blob- not a line as such. Can this be a faulty test? Or an artefact of some kind?

It wouldn't be the end of the world if I was pregnant, but pretty inconvenient, and abortion is not an option for me. Not told dh yet, he will be upset ( I know I know I know)

Somebody talk to me please

AppleSnapple Tue 06-Jan-15 17:24:03

Can you post a picture?

AppleSnapple Tue 06-Jan-15 17:25:59

I don't know about cheapo tests but I thought they all used the same basic principle, you get a response if there's any beta hcg in your wee. I would suggest another test first thing in the morning, although I appreciate the wait will be a killer. Best of luck and wishing you the result you want!

ProcrastIWillFinishThisLater Tue 06-Jan-15 17:27:23

Sounds like a positive test but hard to say without seeing it. x

lk26 Tue 06-Jan-15 17:27:53

I had a poundland test. Was positive. She is sitting watching toy story now.
A line is a line I think !

raffle Tue 06-Jan-15 17:33:47

If you got 3 for a pound, why don't you try testing again?

differentkindofpenguin Tue 06-Jan-15 17:38:06

I've always used cheapo tests, but it's always been a clear positive or negative. It's not even a line, just a bit of pinkness! How can I be if I haven't had a period in 3 months?

Can't pee, I'm worrying so much my bladder has retracted to somewhere near my tonsils :/

Dogsmom Tue 06-Jan-15 17:48:53

Mine have always been a line, never a blob,.maybe it was some kind of mark that's become enhanced when it got wet. Drink a glass of water and try another one, does sound unlikely if you haven't had a period and your husband has had the snip though.

weelamb123 Tue 06-Jan-15 18:22:15

Yes, post us a picture x

GoldfishSpy Tue 06-Jan-15 18:23:51

Never wrong in my experience.


dy14 Tue 06-Jan-15 18:28:22

Absolutely not.

I was working one day I was walking past poundland and thought I will see if they have any tests bought a few very strong positive lines as I thought maybe cheap tests were wrong doctor soon after confirmed they were strong positives at 5 weeks pregnant! smile

Showy Tue 06-Jan-15 18:34:00

How did you take the test? Did you wee in a pot and dip? Sometimes splash back or taking the test incorrectly can cause discolouration on the test strip.

The cheap tests are completely reliable if taken properly. Hang on, have a drink and do another one later. Save the third for in the morning.

differentkindofpenguin Tue 06-Jan-15 18:43:02

Thank you everyone for your replies

Just done another one and its a very clear negative

Confused now

PotteringAlong Tue 06-Jan-15 18:45:20

Try tomorrow morning - first wee of the day and all that.

blackwidow74 Tue 06-Jan-15 19:05:51

Home testing after 12 weeks can give unreliable results

differentkindofpenguin Tue 06-Jan-15 19:53:33

Can't possibly be after 12 weeks- that was before we got careless!

And you normally have a lump in your stomach by then right?

Will retest in the morning though

WombRaider Tue 06-Jan-15 20:01:16

I would say the first one was faulty if it was a blob?

ProcrastIWillFinishThisLater Tue 06-Jan-15 20:25:36

Maybe the first one was faulty then. Or your second wee could've been more dilute. I think retest in the morning with first wee to be sure.

blackwidow74 Tue 06-Jan-15 20:40:44

My bad ... I was going from September as your last period ... defo retest in morning smile

differentkindofpenguin Tue 06-Jan-15 21:38:20

Will do! Very relieved, a little bit disappointed. And a lot confused about all of it

hlc123 Wed 07-Jan-15 14:41:22

I had a pink blob on a cheap test when ttc number 2 and I was not pregnant, it is possible

Hellohellohowareyou Wed 07-Jan-15 15:09:20

This was my pound land cheapie 4 days after AF was due. I took 3 of them in total if remember rightly and none had a 'blob' so maybe it was a faulty test?

Number3cometome Wed 07-Jan-15 15:12:15

Buy a First Response and test tomorrow.

I bought cheap tests from the pound shop, tested one evening it showed a faint pink line, I got all excited, called OH to get me a better test and it was negative, I was gutted.

Mrscog Wed 07-Jan-15 15:19:14

Umm your picture looks like a solid positive to me rather than a blob.

Choccyhobnob Wed 07-Jan-15 15:26:52

That is not the OPs test smile

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