Odd But True Pregnancy Test Questions & Answers
Odd But True Pregnancy Test Questions & Answers
Real answers from the queen of the pee stick!
My BFP is now 6 years, 5 months, 2 weeks & 4 days old.
1) Can you put too much pee on a pregnancy test, affecting the results?
Yes! If you over-pee on your test stick or strip it can cause a problem. It can wash out the dye and cause an unusual stain pattern on the test where the result line should be, or it can mess it up altogether and flush out the test line by diluting the dye, possibly even altering the control line as well. Make sure you follow the test directions to a tee. Since the amount of urine for every test can be different. Example 3 drops vs. 5 drops, 10 seconds in the urine stream vs. 5 seconds in the urine stream. Make sure you (even the pros like me) read every test’s directions for this information prior to testing to ensure the correct result.
(NOTE: If you don’t pee enough you may not get a correct result either.)
2) Can I use a pregnancy test twice? (Meaning, can I reuse an old test?)
OK, I’d be a total liar if I said I never did this. If say I ran out of tests and just had a real itch to pee on something, as many women trying to conceive will tell you that they do, it’s a huge temptation. It may sound gross to some because, ”Oh my God is she keeping these tests lying around? EWE!” (Just for a couple of days, and not all of them. Plus, they were hidden in the upper shelf of the vanity in my own bathroom. Don’t judge 😳 .) But I know I am NOT alone in that. (You know who you are 😉 .)
Will peeing on a used test show a valid result for pregnancy? There may or may not be enough dye left in the test to turn an already used negative pregnancy test into a true positive. I tested this out many times, especially after a pregnancy had already been confirmed as a positive result. It made my light tests look darker the majority of the time, but there were a couple of times where it did not turn my negative tests into positive ones. Sometimes the experiment worked, sometimes the experiment failed.
While not pregnant, however, I was more likely to get something called an evaporation line. A ‘ghost line’ if you will, when re-using a negative test. This is not a true positive test, just a faint line that does NOT indicate pregnancy and cannot be relied upon. Usually they are grayer in color than a pink result. And many times the lines are thinner, but I did have times these faux lines were thicker and even appeared pink, so BE CAREFUL!.
In conclusion, while it is possible for the test you are re-peeing on to contain enough dye in it to show a true positive result for pregnancy, it cannot be relied upon and trusted. I understand the urge believe me, but don’t bank on a used test giving you a positive result if you are pregnant, or a completely negative result if you are not. They are meant to be used only 1 time and thrown away. I recommend doing so to avoid this little situation.
3) Is 1st morning urine really the best? Is it possible I’d get a more accurate result testing later in the day or at night?
When you have yet to miss your period, most especially, most every test will say that you should use your 1st morning urine. WHY? Because HCG is said to be at it’s peak in your highly concentrated 1st morning urine. If you hold your urine for 2-3 hours prior it most usually will be enough. However, in the morning you have quite a number of hours under your belt, and this is why the HCG is most concentrated, which would help yield a truer positive result. Most times this happens earlier than testing at other times in the day, however, there are some women who will swear that their 2nd morning urine works best, or later on in the day urine.
Before your period is due most especially, whatever time of day you choose to test, make sure you hold your urine in for as long as possible first. And make sure your fluid intake is low to nil, as this will dilute your urine possibly causing a false negative result. The further along you get, like the day after your period is due and beyond, the HCG is increasing, often doubling (or close) every 48 hours, so it gets to a point where there are high enough levels of HCG in your urine to show a positive result at any time of the day or night. So maybe those night testers are just a little further along, even if only by 12 hours. Who knows?
HCG is constantly building up, so for early testers I agree that 1st morning urine is best, as I have had negative results, namely with my 2nd son, testing too soon in the later day. So if you wish to test early and don’t want to wonder or waste your money, do go with that recommendation.
(For the women who test with their second morning urine and swear by it, drop a comment in the box below, and let us know why you believe that this method works for you. I have heard that story a couple of times before. I am curious.)
4) Can a pregnancy test turn positive after the limit is up? And can I trust a seemingly positive result after the time limit is up?
Another thing I am super guilty of. Pulling those tests out of the trash and over-analyzing them. Often over and over again. This is another big no-no that we know is wrong, but it feels oh so right at the time.
Can you trust a result after the time limit has passed, especially by more than a couple of minutes? No. HOWEVER, that being said, when I was 19 and my mom forced me to pee on a test in front of her, that test did not turn positive even having had a planned parenthood test done the day prior that was positive. Even that PP test they told me it was negative at 1st and I was relieved, however, then a light positive showed up while they were counseling me about birth control. Low and behold she left to throw it away and came back and said, ”The line is faint, but it’s there.” You are newly pregnant. I’m certain it was far over the time limit, so I was baffled.
The test with my mom at 1st did not turn positive in the time limit and she threw it away. I fished it out of the trash later, and it had a definite line. I WAS pregnant. But this is not recommended because there is a possibility of a faint line showing up afterwards. (An evaporation line) that can fool those who are really wanting a child. I have seen them at least a hundred times before AFTER the time limit.
So, while it is true that if HCG levels are still quite low a positive can show up after the time limit, but it can also be very inaccurate, and not a practice I’d recommend, despite my own experience, as I have been on both sides of that coin. What I stated above, and also a time that I thought whole-heartedly that after I pulled the test out of the trash maybe an hour later, that I really was finally pregnant, but I wasn’t. Save yourself the possible heartbreak or heart attack and just wait another 24 hours to test again.
5) Can I take my pregnancy test out of the casing to check for a line?
Again, I’m SOO guilty of this. You want to see a line so badly that you crack open the shell of the test and even hold it up to the light if you must. That can be bad practice because, especially by the sunlight or another harsh light source, you may see what is called an indentation line in the test where the control line is. This can confuse people into thinking, ‘hey a line is a line, I might just be pregnant’, when really it isn’t anything more than a dent. (Dang indentations :-P.)
The safest way to test is by keeping the test in one piece and reading the results this way only. If you are fishing for a line that much, and yes you can develop line-o-vision (I have it), it is surely not a good habit to develop and succumb to. Waiting another 24 hours should make the answer clearer to you. Pregnancy tests weren’t made to be dissected and then read, so do things right, and you can trust your results much more. I’m such a hypocrite..ha, ha. But it really is true.
A negative test result doesn’t always mean you aren’t pregnant, so don’t lose faith. It may still be too early, as every woman and each and every pregnancy is completely different. Implantation dates do vary, and tests can and do turn positive at different times from one pregnancy to another.
I tested after my period was due with my 1st two kids. (Still faint lines.) I tested positive with a super faint line at 11 days past ovulation (3 days early) with my 3rd child. (That started out as a twin pregnancy.) And I tested positive at only 9 days post ovulation & trigger shot (5 days early) with the twins. Not only implantation dates vary, but also some pregnancy tests are more sensitive to the HCG hormone than others are. There are several factors at play here.
(To read about the most sensitive pregnancy tests, click the pink link.)
Please do try, hard as it might be, to play by the rules to avoid either fear or potential disappointment, depending on your particular case. I’d say make sure to not test earlier than when your period is due, but I’d be a HUGE hypocrite if I did. If you are trying to get pregnant I know how impossibly hard that is to do.
I hope that these pregnancy test Q&A’s help somebody out there in cyber space. I will answer more HPT related questions shortly.
Stay tuned & good luck testing!