Edited by mrssenorita - 9/5/12 at 2:22pm
The instructions on the pregnancy tests say that the line is a line - they don't have to be equally dark.
So that there, in that picture? Looks like a positive pregnancy test from here.
its lighter because the concentration of your HCG is a little less concentrated. Did you go to the bathroom a bit earlier or early to take the test?
The dark line is the control, it doesnt need the HCG to turn pink, just fluid......the other line MUST have the pregnancy hormone present to change, no matter how faint. If you where not producing that hormone you would not see a second line.
Sometimes OPK's show positive when you are pregnant. I don't think you need to keep taking OPK's. Save your money. You're pregnant. A line is a line is a line. They only need to be the same on OPK's. It doesn't matter on pregnancy tests. Congratulations!
But I read online that a test line must be as darker as control line or at least same as control line but i dont know which one is test and control line on my first response pregnancy test stick (midstream) so that means it is a negative.
The lines only have to be the same or darker if it's an OPK. On a pregnancy test, any second line is a positive. It does not have to be as dark as or darker than the control line. If you look on the box the pregnancy test comes in, it will say any line means it's positive. The picture you have above is of a positive test.
Here is First Response's website explanation of how to read the results.
Q: What do I do if the result is positive (pregnant)?
A: A positive (pregnant) test result shows that the pregnancy hormone (hCG) was detected. You should see your doctor to confirm that you are pregnant. Because this test detects very low levels of hCG, some women may test positive even if they are not pregnant. For example, a study of women aged 41-55 showed that 4 out of every 100 women tested positive even though they were not pregnant. Such “false positive” results in women in this age group are generally due to a hormone called pituitary hCG.
Why do you think you are ovulating right now?
Because of your positive OPK? You are most likely pregnant. Sometimes when women who are pregnant use an OPK, it shows up as positive.
Any second line on that pregnancy test you took, no matter how light it is, means it is definitely positive.
It's far more likely you're pregnant than you having a hormone problem. 4 out of 100 means 96 out of 100 chance it is a positive. That's exactly what my test looked like with my son, and he is indeed right here in front of me to prove it. Not sure why you're arguing against everyone telling you you're pregnant.