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What does a positive pregnancy test really look like??

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Pregnancy tests can be tough to decipher – pregnant, not pregnant… that kinda looks like a line?

What does a positive pregnancy test reaaaaaly look like? Help others figure out what their test says:

How did you know yours truly was positive? What brand did you use? Share a picture of it here or email it to [email protected]

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Re: What does a positive pregnancy test really look like??

  • @alyssa719 That looks like a FRER... Did you use both brands?

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  • @vikingmom806 - crap, you're right, the box was pink - thanks so much!!  I made DH buy them so I guess I wasn't paying total attention and didn't get the acronym of FRER at first.  Ugh, I'm so stupid some days.
  • Haha no worries, just making sure I wasn't nuts!

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  • All of my BFPs were on digital tests.
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  • Used FRER one week after period was due (5 weeks pregnant). The line was super strong and appeared before the moisture even hit the assurance line.

    Sorry for BW image, I only have the edited picture left on my phone.


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    potterowl said:
    This is my FRER AT 9dpo they day I was supposed to get AF.

    This is what mine looked like on the day I was supposed to start my period. I tested again 3 days later and it turned bright pink right away.

    ETA: quote fail. The first test was an extremely faint pink line that made me think my eyes were playing tricks on me. I read that HcG doubles every 2-3 days, so I forced myself to wait that long to re-test.
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  • haliebabyx3haliebabyx3 member
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    On the right picture the line showed up almost instantly. I wasn't trying to get pregnant so I haven't really kept up with dates, but don't get me wrong my DH and I are very excited. I was on my birth control in November. My first day of my last period based on my birth control was around the 13th of November. My periods were irregular before birth control.

    Edited because I had put bottom picture instead of right and sorry for the gross counter in one. My hair falls out like crazy, I promise I clean up! Lol. 
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  • I used the Family Dollar brand (Early Result Pregnanty Test), and tested about 5 days before AF was due. It's a blue dye.



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  • These are FRRR (rapid result) that are not sensitive like FRER. I stopped peeing on sticks after seeing this!
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  • I can't remember the name of the pregnancy test, but I used this one with my girls when I got pregnant with them and now again!  This time around, I definitely saw the second line but thought they'd be closer together.  We followed it up with the clearblue easy the next day to be sure. :)

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  • I got a negative at 11DPO and then a positive at 13dpo then a positive digital the next day. The pics are all positive tests.
    Yes I kept all the tests and labeled them because I'm weird. They looked the same within the time frame.
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  • First time mom and my DH and I couldn't be more excited! Based on LMP my due date is Aug. 31st. Took the test 2 days after Aunt Flo was suppose to visit. The pregnancy line showed up almost instantly while the test line took a little time!.
  • Here's what my positive test looks like (sorry it's upside down)
  • My tests were faint on a wondfo at 9 dpo and I was very skeptical. I even threw it out... then took another one the next morning. Still faint so I verified with a frer... people were like "doesn't the line have to be the same color" started having me sorry lol. The one with the lighter line was the one people questioned. So I got a digi!

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  • lookame3639lookame3639 member
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    These are from the day i found out. I took the picture on our (very old) coffee table which is why it looks kind of gross.obviously even with the very clear first responce line I still didn't believe hence the digital. I still tested well until my first dr appointment 3 weeks later.

    based on fertility friend my test day was 12 dpo. I usually have an 11 day luteal phase.
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  • HlancasterHlancaster member
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  • FRER day period was due
  • I used a cheap drugstore generic brand first and it showed two dark lines...pregnant. I couldn't believe it, was totally shocked. Then I took 2 First Response tests and both showed teh same...two dark lines.
  • Tested on 1/11/14 at exactly 5 weeks with morning pee, Walgreens brand. It showed up positive RIGHT away.
  • marina3203875marina3203875 member
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    Tested 2 of them, positive. The next 2 the next day. All of them are positive.
    The pink one I believe is First Response, the purple one I believe Walmart brands, and the blue one is Clear Blue.
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  • I used a FRER for the hell of it because I was not feeling good at all and got a positive result at 4 weeks.  


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  • Mine was just a Walgreens one. I wasn't trying to get pregnant, in fact, I was on medication for ADD and all the signs of pregnancy were also side effects. I contacted my doctor and they told me to go see my reg. doctor as the side-effects shouldn't have just come on like they did. Wondering if I could be I ran out to get a test. Sure enough I was preggers, it didn't even wait the 2 minutes that it said to it that plus sign showed up as soon as the pee hit the window area. I had been a week or two after the missed period so yeah.image
  • I took my first test 14 days post ovulation and thought I could barely see a line with these cheap internet stick. I tested the next morning and it was just a tiny, tiny bit darker. I still thought that it wasn't enough to be positive (thought I was just seeing through the stick to the "placeholder" for a positive. haha. So, I took one the next day and this time, showed my DH. I asked him what he could see and he said a light line and a darker line. That was enough for me. I went and got a digital First Response and it came back as a YES! So excited, but still very new!
  • I did the 88 cent Walmart PT first and then did the early response and got 2 BFP instantly about 3 days before AF was set to arrive.
  • My positive from the doctor with baby #3 I used dollar stores dollar pregnancy tests with my other 2. Doctor said it's weird my test line is darker then control line. Which is scary bc I'm high risk. :(
  • I used a clear blue test after an equate test came out positive.  The clear blue was one of those that told me that I was pregnant and how many weeks I was.
  • ksolomon51ksolomon51 member
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    Frer at 11 and 12 dpo. Honestly though, I feel like my boobs knew first. They were so sensitive and super itchy. I told my sister that I couldn't stop itching them and she told me to go get a pregnancy test!
  • Here is my first response at 11dpo, evening urine but held it for 3 hours haha and clear blue 13dpo fmu
  • Here's mine! Two little pink lines!
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  • kirstynikolekirstynikole member
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    FIRSTLY: Congrats to each and everyone of you!

    I was 5 days past my period but as SOON(literally seconds) as urine hit the EPT stick a bright blue positive line jumped up.. the Clear Blue digital took a bit longer to process but the Pregnant font popped up within 1 minute and then the weeks a few minutes after... image

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    I used an FRER 5 days after my missed period (on January 21st). It turned positive within seconds. =)
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  • Got mine the day after period was due, turned positive in about 10 seconds and was bright pink! :D

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  • edited January 2014
    We used The CVS brand of the EPT digital early response a day before my period was due. So it could either say pregnant or not pregnant. Also used another early response one, Answer brand, 2 days prior to period due. Options were one pink line = not pregnant, and 2 pink lines = pregnant.
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  • I used ClearBlue Easy.  Very easy to decipher as it said PREGNANT (all 3 times, had to be sure). After that I used a Dollar Tree test and could see an incredibly faint line

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  • I made myself wait until 14 DPO and then I didn't have to guess if I saw the plus sign... the test line was even darker than the control. My advice is to wait until it has a better chance of a decent result... easier said than done, I know...
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  • This is from this morning... 11DPO. Sneaking into the 1st Tri board via preg test pic post. Hi all! :)

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  • I used a Walgreen's brand test and this is what it looked like at 20 DPO
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  • my doctor told me that the labs uses the dollar store brand test. they all work the same but some are just "fancy". if you see a faint + sign then there is a good chance but I would wait a few days and test again first thing in the morning.  Good Luck!!


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    That beautiful line showed up in less than 30 seconds, at 12 dpo, on a FRER.

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  • I used a cheap internet test first. After I got a faint line I went to get a first response to be sure (I like peeing on sticks I guess...) so here's both of mine .. Oh and I'm not sure how long after I ovulated these were but I was expecting my period the following week.
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  • I took First Response and it was almost instant.  My husband wanted to do a second one and this time got a CVS brand.  It took a little longer but still less time than the 2-3 minutes it says to wait.

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  • One of the many internet cheapy tests I took. This was at 5 weeks (we weren't charting so I don't know the exact DPO), the day before my dating ultrasound - I wanted to make sure I was still pregnant. 

    This was the last one I took, and it was the darkest. The test line is darker than the control line by this point :)
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  • juseausjuseaus member
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    I used Up & Up early response & got a BFP...the line was so faint that I had to take a 2nd look to make sure it said pregnant. A line is a line though. Totally unexpected...my DH & I weren't even trying. EDD: 10/3/14
  • Forgot to attach pic...like I said, very faint line.
  • I took my first test at 10 DPO - a line is a line!
  • Here is my FRER last night at 9 DPO. 
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  • GreenmoodGreenmood member
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    3 days after missed period, strong positive. Not sure how fast it showed up since I closed my eyes to set it on the counter for the recommended 2 minutes.
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  • Ugh didn't go through

  • Honestly the best positive I've gotten so far have been with $tree tests. They were better than the frer for me sorry the images are hugeimageimage


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  • Faint but immediate line on an internet cheapie, followed by a much better line on FRER. we were trying but I did not think it would be our month so I was quite shocked :) This was 15 DPO.

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  • I'm so glad this board was made, because I am desperate for some help here on determining how excited/not excited i should be right now lol!!

    I had a previous pregnancy that I lost in December and this was my first cycle after the loss and we started trying again, except timing has been awful.  Like, REALLY awful.  We only HIO once, yes, ONCE on CD10.  I got EWCM on CD 13 and 14, can't pinpoint my O day because my chart is uggggggglllllyyyyyy with temps, but I'm guessing going off my CM I O'd on CD 14 or 15?  So with that being said, I figured my chances of a BFP were slim to none this go around.

    I took an Answer brand pregnancy test, pink dye, last night which was CD 24.  Didn't get an instant + like last time so I stuck it back in the box planning to check it again in 10 minutes or so.  Completely forgot about it til this morning, checked it, and BOOM it was a squinter.  And by squinter I mean I'm turning it in all angles of the light making sure my eyes aren't fooling me, but it was definitely a faint line.

    During my last pregnancy I got a VERY clear BFP instant on a blue dye test at CD 28, so I am planning to retest then without a doubt.  I can't decide to do the cheapo blue dye test again, or splurge for the FRER?
    I would post a pic of the test I took last night, but the line is so faint you can barely see it in a picture.  I'm hoping the "A positive is a positive, no matter how faint!" applies to me right now.  
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  • kbsatrekbsatre member
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    Mine were plain as day!! I didn't even have the cap back on the stick yet and two lines were already visible! I took three tests, and all turned out that way :) 
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  • which ever  brand you are using perform the test early in the morning .You will surely get correct result.Sometimes in early pregnancy the result is not so clear.But a positive test will give you two dark lines.
  • I'm not sure how many DPO I was because none of my ovulation tests showed positive when I was suppose to ovulate so I gave up on testing. I really didn't expect this month to be our month but decided to test anyways. Well actually, 6 times lol. Oops! And they all came back positive!
  • I used dollar tree, first response, and clear blue digi that estimates how far along you are which is pretty cool. I couldn't believe it until i saw it spelled out on the digi test.

  • 7 days after the start of my missed period, I used a First Response Early Response and got a very clear positive result. I ran and got a big glass of water so I could take a Clear Blue Digital with the Weeks Indicator and the word "Pregnant" popped up almost immediately, with the weeks estimator not too far behind. I didn't feel very pregnant, so I took another Clear Blue Digital a week later, and the weeks indicator had in fact advanced a week :)

    I'd recommend both of these tests!
  • I actually tested w cheapo Dollar Tree test and it picked it up at 3 wks 2 days. We had been trying for awhile and I just decided to stock up on them one day when I was in figuring it wouldn't hurt and was super surprised that they were so accuate for a dollar!
  • I started testing at 9DPO. All positive. 3 from makeababy.ca and two clear blue one digital. 5 all together
  • I used a dollar store test first time. Left it for a couple minutes and nothing came up. Forgot about it, came back maybe five more minutes late and saw the second line. It was faint but I've heard even a faint line means yes! Bought another test just to be sure and the second one (grocery store generic) came up positive right away. I'm definitely impressed with the dollar store version both times I used it, got accurate results, first BFN a month ago and now BFP this month. Made myself wait five extra days, though. Excruciating!
  • I went on 4 different sticks lol. The first one was first response, the second 2 were Clear Blue and the last one was digital because I was SURE my eyes were playing tricks on me. :)
  • I used a First response test 10 DPO and got a negative.. I thought by that time "oh I guess it will be nothing then"... then 4 days later when period should have been coming around... I had the weird back ache and stuff... but I did another one and then I got a faint but definite pink 2nd line that said positive! so for me the 6days before period thing didn't work with First response but it can still tell remarkably early that you are pregnant.  
  • These were my super faint positives, before I took a digital. :)
  • I tested when I was 5 days late. I first used first response and got a dark line and another lighter but very clear pink line! I then used clear blue with the weeks indicator and all 3 confirmed I was 2-3 weeks along! ( from date we conceived!) our first baby will be here around 10/19 and we are ecstatic!!!!
  • Both were done two days after my period was due, not using first morning urine.



  • Here are mine. The two dye ones showed very faint lines, the one in the middle almost invisible. I don't know exactly how many DPO I was because I'm not entirely sure when I ovulate but I estimate I was about 12-13 DPO. I wasn't quite sure if I should believe them or not so I went out and bought a digi. That was pretty conclusive! :-O They're all Clearblue. 


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  • Here are what mine looked like. I took 2 rather inexpensive ones as this pregnancy wasn't planned so I didn't really think I could be pregnant. Once I got 2 positives, I went back and spent over $20 for Clearblue's test that also shows how far along (estimate). I had to read the directions multiple times because I just couldn't believe it ;)
  • I had the faintest lines imaginable and ended up buying the digital test because I kept thinking maybe I was seeing things.  Why this uploaded upside down is beyond me.  I feel old and technologically incompetent when it comes to these boards.

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  • These are mine.  I took the Digital the same day as the two first response the dollars store one a couple of days later
  • Took a 5 days before misses period. (First response early response) negative.

    I took another on the day of my missed period! Bam. Within seconds. My big fat postitive. Good luck!

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  • Took an EPT three days past my missed period.  It was light, but the + was there!

    Took a First Response one later that night for a for sure positive. Only 5 weeks here. :)
  • I used First Response and a strip both were super faint but positive.
  • I used the First Signal (88 cents at Walmart lol). My cycle was all whacked out right before this one, so from what I'm guesstimating, I ovulated around Feb. 8th and got a positive test on the 28th. So, 19DPO I guess? At any rate, I used this test with my DD as well and I wasn't due for AF yet with her and it came up very faint.
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    Blue Wondfu Sticks

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    10DPO FMU - faint line
    9DPO - very faint line
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    FRER 10DPO afternoon 
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  • Here are some positive EPTs. I just found out I was pregnant yesterday morning (!!!), and happened to still have these on my counter. 
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