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Help please!...faint positive test

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BunOven Thu 05-Nov-09 12:51:57

Name changed.

I have just changed from the combined pill to the minipill and have just finished my second pack.

I haven't felt happy on this pill from the start because my doctor warned me it wasn't as reliable as my other pill. Last month I had a 28 day cycle. This month I have very sore swollen boobs and was due on yesterday. I felt a bit sick this morning so I did a test just now and there is a VERY faint line.shock

My reason for posting is that my pill doesn't stop ovulation....just implantation. So could I have a fertilised egg that hasn't implanted or does it need to implant to create the hormone to get a positive pregnancy test?


sdr Thu 05-Nov-09 12:59:41

Sorry don't know answer, BUT do know you need to find out for your sanity.

Can you call GP and speak to nurse, or ask them to get GP to give you a call (ours is quite happy to make telephone calls, quicker for them).

How do you feel about the possibility of being pregnant?

BunOven Thu 05-Nov-09 13:07:24

I'm not sure. I'm really not. Arrrrrrghhhh! I know my poor DH wouldn't be at all happy - at least not to begin with. I do get very broody at times but know realistically we're stretched (and happy) as we are. It would be a big change for everyone and I'm not sure I'd ever have planned another. We were talking about sterilisation/vasectomies a few weeks ago because we don't want any more and I was worried about this pill. I should have trusted my instincts.

I might just wait a few days and test again. Who am I kidding, I'll test again in the morning!

BunOven Thu 05-Nov-09 13:07:58

Sorry, I meant to say thank you for posting! I'm just a bit shell shocked at the moment. But thanks

peppapighastakenovermylife Thu 05-Nov-09 13:10:38

Joining you in the shell shock and similar situation - see my post about evap lines below.

Was it a faint line within the time period? What test did you use?

Gracie123 Thu 05-Nov-09 13:11:36

It definitely does not need to implant to show positive on a pregnancy test - it depends how strong your hormones are! Some women (me & my sister for example) test WAY earlier than most.
What pill are you on? Sounds way too risky for my liking. Have you spoken to your GP about IUS? It helps prevent ovulation, and makes implantation impossible, whilst also thickening cervical mucus so that sperm can't get up there (I know, I know TMI)
Go see your GP if you are worried, but personally I'd give it a couple more days before I got too concerned.

BunOven Thu 05-Nov-09 13:20:57

Hi peppapig....I'm just off to read your post. It was a Clearblue and the line was there in the time period but has faded away now. I've never had a fading one before.

Gracie, thanks for sharing your experience. I'm on micronor which also thickens cervical mucus. I have been really careful about taking it at the same time each day but was late on one occassion a few weeks back. I fell asleep on the sofa and took the pill 3 and a half hours late. The 'window' is three hours so I thought it would be ok blush

What is IUS?

Ok, will try and chill a bit. Thank you!

rosieposey Thu 05-Nov-09 13:21:28

Hmm im pretty sure that your egg needed to implant in your womb (or tube!) in order to the release the pregnancy hormone HCG. Might be wrong but im absolutely certain i read that.

peppapighastakenovermylife Thu 05-Nov-09 13:22:15

Bunoven - thats exactly what happened to me with a CB yesterday...well you have probably read my post by now.

Ditto - shock, no money, debating another in possibly 4 years then vasectomy...

Gracie123 Thu 05-Nov-09 13:28:08

This is an IUS.

It's different from IUD because it releases hormones as well. So
i) it's like being on the pill but you don't have to remember to take it
ii) you can wear it for 5 years, but take it out and be fertile within 24 hours
iii) should the hormonal 'pill' effect fail, the coil will not allow the egg to implant.

Rosie - you may be right about the need to implant, but if so then I must implant very early. Pregnancy test with DS showed positive within 36 hours of ovulating (according to midwife. Still not convinced her dates were right...)

Gracie123 Thu 05-Nov-09 13:30:56

p.s. Other bonuses of the IUS are lighter, more regular, periods and very few side effects. Because it's right where it needs to be you only need about 1/7th of the dose of progesterone your normal pill gives you.

BunOven Thu 05-Nov-09 13:33:38

Rosie, thanks for replying.

Gracie, I had Mirena before but bled constantly for 5 months before having it removed again. My doctor did suggest trying it again which is the next step if I don't get on with micronor.

ziggyf Thu 05-Nov-09 13:43:25


As rosieposie said, HCG is only released after implantation. Implantation typically occurs 5-12 days after ovulation and it usually takes 2 or 3 days to have enough HCG in your system to show up on an hpt. If you are late then you could test anytime of day and get an accurate result, can you get hold of a digital test?

Have you talked to your DH about this?

Z xx

BunOven Thu 05-Nov-09 14:09:08

Hi Ziggy,

I could go and buy a digital test. Are they more accurate then? Or more sensitive?

I haven't told DH about the test but we have discussed contraception alot recently. Mainly because I felt that the pill wasn't safe enough and I know he doesn't want any more children. I did a test last month too because I wasn't sure when to expect my period and I was so worried about getting pregnant. I did say to DH yesterday that my period hadn't started and he just rolled his eyes. I asked him if he'd be devastated and he said yes. He knows how easily I fall pregnant (I know I'm lucky) and I have kept saying "I just know I'm going to get pregnant on this pill, I think you need to have a vasectomy or we should use condoms if you don't want any more children." and now I'm worried he'll think I planned it because it is almost like I knew. The doctor even said to use condoms if we wanted to be as safe as the combined pill - and I did tell him that, but we didn't use them.

I keep thinking of other being out in the car and a wave of sickness coming over me, and crying at the Cinema when I took the kids to see Up, the tiredness etc. and I'm convincing myself and getting worked up. I really need to chill a bit.

BunOven Thu 05-Nov-09 14:10:28

Oh yes....does anyone know, do I continue taking my pill until I know for sure?

sdr Thu 05-Nov-09 14:21:45

On this site says you should stop taking if think you're pregnant. Think call to GP would help put your mind at ease a bit and sort out next steps.

BunOven Thu 05-Nov-09 14:42:00

Thanks sdr, I think you're right.

Also just found this;

Here, implantation of the fertilized egg needs to take place before hCG is produced by the developing placenta, and that generally occurs at 6-10 dpo.

So I guess that answers my original question. I do have a bit of crampy tummy ache so I'm just going to have to be patient.

LondonL Thu 05-Nov-09 14:51:08

You must be so anxious. Call the GP, and take another test.
Wishing you the best.

rosieposey Thu 05-Nov-09 15:56:58

Good luck Bun, let us know how you get on. (BTW i think everyone cried at UP wink)

Gracie123 Thu 05-Nov-09 18:33:30

Yes, good luck. I'm sure your DH would change his mind if you were pregnant, or at least have the good grace not to sulk about it.
Take another test and let us know what happens.

BunOven Fri 06-Nov-09 06:52:34


I am very relieved, tinged with a tiny bit of disappointment. On the whole I know it's the best result for us all as a family. My DH's job isn't very secure at the moment (got laid off this week) and we'd have such a big gap between #4 and #5. I know we'd have managed somehow but it is a relief to not have to now.

We're going to have a chat about a more permanent contraceptive later - I can't go through this every month!

Thank you all for your advice and support yesterday - you were fab!

Peppapig - I hope you get the result you want this morning. Good luck x

peppapighastakenovermylife Fri 06-Nov-09 08:02:22

'I am very relieved, tinged with a tiny bit of disappointment'. I always feel like that when I get the negative that my head wants but my heart doesnt.

I'm glad you had the outcome you wanted smile

Off to update you now ...

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