Women who’ve never taken a pregnancy test before have a lot of questions about how they work, what they mean, and why there are lines on the test. What does each line mean? How come one always appears and a second doesn’t always appear? What’s the point of the first line? There are so many questions about home pregnancy tests that it only seemed right to tackle a few of the most commonly asked questions regarding the lines on home pregnancy tests.

When you use a home pregnancy test, you might end up using one that has lines on it. This is a traditional pregnancy test. The alternative is a digital pregnancy test. Digital pregnancy tests are often preferred by many women because of their easy to read results, but they are notoriously more expensive. Since not every woman wants to pay for a more expensive pregnancy test, they sometimes opt for the less expensive tests with lines. Before you use this test, however, be certain you read the instructions thoroughly and carefully. Each test is complete with its own unique set of instructions, which means you could accidentally effect the results of the test by not using yours correctly.

There are two things you should know about the lines on pregnancy tests. The first is that there should always be at least one line on a test. The presence of one line means that the test is working correctly. This line should appear the minute you begin to saturate the absorbent tip of your pregnancy test with urine. It appears to let you know that you have a test that is working properly. The second line will tell you whether or not you are pregnant. If at the end of your waiting period there is still only one line on your pregnancy test, you are not pregnant.

What Are Faint Lines On A Pregnancy Test?

This is perhaps the most common and most controversial topic surrounding home pregnancy tests. Let’s make it clear right here and right now that if a second line appears on your test, it means you are pregnant. It doesn’t matter how faint or light or dark this second line is. If it’s there, you’re pregnant. Unfortunately, some women aren’t convinced. When this second line is so faint that it’s almost not noticeable, you might throw your test away without noticing it. Otherwise, you might sit and agonize over whether or not you see the line or it’s just your imagination playing tricks on your hopeful mind.

If you see a faint second line and you’re not sure it’s really there, ask someone else. They aren’t hoping to become pregnant so they don’t have to worry about their desires and excitement clouding their judgment and creating a shadow that might not exist. However, if it’s there, you are pregnant.

There’s one other important thing you should know about faint lines on pregnancy tests. If you wait longer than the recommended amount of time to look at the results of your home pregnancy test, you might see a faint line that absolutely does not indicate pregnancy. This line, in fact, could be an evaporation line. Evaporation lines appear on pregnancy tests when the urine in the test begins to dry out and evaporate. The evaporation creates a shadow on the test that is often mistaken for a positive result.

For this reason, it’s imperative that you read the results of your home pregnancy test immediately after the waiting period is over and before the recommended time frame lapses. Otherwise, you will end up reading inaccurate results and find yourself wondering if you saw a positive result or an evaporation line on your home pregnancy test.

What Does Two Lines On A Pregnancy Test Mean?

Two lines on a pregnancy test is a good thing. Two lines mean you are pregnant. There are two different kinds of lines on many different tests. Some tests have a test line that appears when you urinate on the test and a second line that appears next to it to indicate pregnancy. Other tests have that second line appear in the form of a cross over the test line to show a plus sign when you are pregnant.

Either way, if you see two lines on a pregnancy test, you are pregnant. There are very few instances in which women receive false positive results on a pregnancy test that result in two lines. However, let’s talk about what might make that happen. If you’re taking fertility drugs, you might not want to take a home pregnancy test. In fact, your doctor will probably ask that you refrain from taking a home pregnancy test. The reason is that these drugs place hCG into your body. You might not be pregnant, but because your fertility drugs placed that hormone into your body, it will register on your pregnancy test even if you’re not expecting.

Secondly, you could be experiencing an ectopic pregnancy, which is a tubal pregnancy. In this instance, your body produces hCG even though your baby never made it into the uterus. It is stuck inside your fallopian tube and will not survive in there. It’s important to call your doctor as soon as you receive a positive result on any pregnancy test.

Again, however, it’s important to understand that two lines might mean something completely different. As discussed above, the presence of a second line on the test after the recommended window could indicate nothing more than the presence of an evaporation line thanks to the fact that you read your test results too late. If you don’t catch the results in the recommended time frame, wait to test again the following morning or two mornings later. Most medical professionals and home pregnancy tests advise you wait 48 hours before retesting. This is the amount of time it typically takes the hCG levels in your urine to double, making it more likely for you to receive an accurate positive or negative pregnancy test result.

Blue Line Pregnancy Test vs. Pink Line Pregnancy Test

There is no difference between the two. There are always some women who think that a blue line means they are pregnant with a boy and a pink one means they’re pregnant with a girl. This could not possibly be more inaccurate. The color of the lines that appear on your pregnancy test mean nothing more than that’s the color your particular test’s manufacturer chose to include in that test. It does not indicate gender. It doesn’t indicate a multiples pregnancy. The color of the lines that appear means nothing more than you are or are not pregnant. One blue line or one pink line means not pregnant. Two blue lines or two pink lines mean you are pregnant. It’s really just that simple.