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#1 of 12 Old 05-23-2008, 03:28 AM - Thread Starter
 
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Okay so I have heard so many different things about evaporation lines that, now I am thouroughly confused~Many say that if it appears its grey, or its an indent in the paper others say that it can in fact be a color (blue in this case) Anyway I took a pregnancy test last night (target brand) and it said negative (no line) but when I went to throw it away an hour or so later there was a blue line indicating positive~I know after 10 minutes the results shouldn't be considered valid but this has happened to me before, twice~when I found out I was pregnant with my 2nd, the Dr did a routine pregnancy test before putting me on birth contol~I left with the prescription in hand only to receive a phone call 30 minutes later telling me that when she went to toss the test out she looked at it and it said pregnant~The 2nd time was with my 4th child~I knew I was pregnant but it came up negative and later after the 10 min the line was there~I took another and nothing~A few days later it was confirmed that I was pregnant~so I am not sure what to think~only one test had this line after 10 minutes~Anyone know the facts about evaporation lines? what do they look like and what color it should be?
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Have you gone to Peeonastick.com to see what your tests do as far as evap lines. I never got any evaps on First Response Early Result or Answer Early result. I also didn't get any evap lines on the newest dollar tree tests, but there did seem to be a slight shadow near the test line.

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I haven't but I will~thank you!
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I always thought evap lines were colorless until my experience with Target tests. I too got distinctly blue lines (on 2 tests) and turned out to not be pregnant. The lines darkened after the 10 minutes but I could swear that at least one of them appeared within the limit.

Anyway, just wanted to post my cautionary tale. I'm sticking to pink-dye tests in the future, preferably FRERs. Good luck to you -- hope you really are pregnant if that is what you are wanting.
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I hate blue dye tests.

try a pink dye test or a digital
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I never have posted anything...but having read this thread I feel the need to. Last night I took 3 target brand early pregnancy tests. All three came back within the time limit with a thin/faint blue postive line. I didn't know what to make of it, but I have read that any line indicated +. So this morning to be sure I used the FMU and another brand (equate) pregnancy test. The target brand did the same thing and the equate was clearly -. After researching the web it seems that this is a common error of the target brand pregnancy test. I don't know what to believe at this point. I guess I will have to wait a few days and test again!! This is absolutely unacceptable product preformance from my view point :. I am calling tomorrow and complaining. Unbelievable! Thank goodness I haven't been trying that long... but I am sure there have been many tears shed over these false +. Spread the word ladies!!!
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I never have posted anything...but having read this thread I feel the need to. Last night I took 3 target brand early pregnancy tests. All three came back within the time limit with a thin/faint blue postive line. I didn't know what to make of it, but I have read that any line indicated +. So this morning to be sure I used the FMU and another brand (equate) pregnancy test. The target brand did the same thing and the equate was clearly -. After researching the web it seems that this is a common error of the target brand pregnancy test. I don't know what to believe at this point. I guess I will have to wait a few days and test again!! This is absolutely unacceptable product preformance from my view point :. I am calling tomorrow and complaining. Unbelievable! Thank goodness I haven't been trying that long... but I am sure there have been many tears shed over these false +. Spread the word ladies!!!
you should send a report to peeonastick.com

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I never have posted anything...but having read this thread I feel the need to. Last night I took 3 target brand early pregnancy tests. All three came back within the time limit with a thin/faint blue postive line. I didn't know what to make of it, but I have read that any line indicated +. So this morning to be sure I used the FMU and another brand (equate) pregnancy test. The target brand did the same thing and the equate was clearly -. After researching the web it seems that this is a common error of the target brand pregnancy test. I don't know what to believe at this point. I guess I will have to wait a few days and test again!! This is absolutely unacceptable product preformance from my view point :. I am calling tomorrow and complaining. Unbelievable! Thank goodness I haven't been trying that long... but I am sure there have been many tears shed over these false +. Spread the word ladies!!!
Welcome to MDC. I was one of the heartbroken who got 2 thin faint blue lines on Target tests. I really thought I was pregnant and was devastated when all other brands showed a negative. It's good to get the word out.
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Is this the general concensus about teh Target two lines test? That they tend to be pretty inaccurate? I have had two positives that showed up faintly closer to the 10min mark. I was very excited about being pregnant but since yesterday, I have just kept in the back of my mind that I am not. So disppointing! I just wonder about these because I have searched and searches about the accuracy of them and can't seem to find anything except about the +- ones. I used a blue test with my first and got a faint positive then and was pregnant, now I've had two this time and was hoping but I guess I will call it a negative. I don't know...I already told people...looks like I learned a lesson!!!
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I don't think I would necessarily call it a negative. Just a "maybe." I'd test with FRER and go with what that says. Evaporation lines are not nearly as common with them. I've had 2 blue evap lines with Target tests and none with FRER. Good luck!
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the pink dye, two line type of test is much better than the +/- tests - if you used a pink dye one and the line is pink (even if faint) and showed up within the time limit it is a positive.

I agree - retest with a FRER, or even wait a few days and try again
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go to www.craigmedical.com and order their HPT pregnancy tests. They do not ever have evap lines. I used them when TTC both of my kids. I prob went through 100 of their tests. I would pull them out of the trash, hours and sometimes days after I took them just to double check and see if I could find a line. There was never ever even a hint of an evap line.

When I got prego with dd I woke up one morning KNOWING I was prego by the way my boobs were. But of course I wanted the test to confirm...I was only 8 dpo though. So I peed on the stick and there was no line. I pulled the test out of the trash a few hours later and took apart the test so I could *really* see it I know I'm not the only one who does this! Anyways when I held it up to the light in just the right way I could make out a very faint line. My dh insists to this day he couldn't see it. But I was pregnant! So even the line that showed up an hour later was accurate. I their tests. And they're fairly cheap too.

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