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So I've had 2 faint BFPs on internet cheapies, which report a sensitivity of 20ul, but probably a lot more sensitive (I know dollar store is down to 7). My 2nd BFP was twice as dark as my first.<br><br>
Today I took a digital and it was negative. I'm at 16DPO. I did later take an OPK and it was just barely positive. So, my current guess is that I am really pregnant, i swear, but my hormones are still really low (below 50ul).<br><br>
I'm gonna take another digital on Monday morning (camping all weekend); if that one's negative I guess I should stop taking the progesterone and say goodbye to number 3. I so hope that's not the case though.<br><br>
Does anyone have stories of low betas at 16DPO but still having a baby?
 

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Dollar store cheapies are even better. In fact, they're the best (I've peed on/in everything, seriously). I've had SO many false positives on internet strips it's not even cute, I took pictures of all of them next to their negative dollar store counterparts, and when I actually am preg the dollar store tests pick it up before the cheapies do. So, I stopped buying those and use dollar store tests exclusively. But, at 16dpo if you've already gotten positves on other tests, the digis should be picking up your hcg -sigh- but I hope it's all a fluke and you can stay. -hug- sometimes it just takes a few days for everything to kick into high gear. I hope you have fun camping, I want to go but Im terrified of scorpions LOL!
 

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I could be wrong, but I'm pretty sure there aren't scorpions in Ohio.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I could be wrong, but I'm pretty sure there aren't scorpions in Ohio.</div>
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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> welcome mama <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/fingersx.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="fingersx">:<br><br>
scorpions in ohio made me laugh<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/loveeyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Loveeyes">:
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I could be wrong, but I'm pretty sure there aren't scorpions in Ohio.</div>
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ROFL! No, I doubt it. But, here in Arizona, there are plenty all trying to get into your tents and stuff, eek.. not happening <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">
 

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I know a lot of people have great luck with the dollar store tests and they guarantee to pick up as low as 25, but I have consistently had FR ones pick it up at 9dpo when dollar store tests took several more days.<br><br>
I recently bought some from like testforless.com and I had bright clear positives with FRER and nothing on those even though they claimed 20.
 

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My HCG level (that's the same as beta, right?) was only 81 at 16DPO, with a false-negative test 2 days prior to that, then on retest 4 days later (at 20DPO) my level went up to 638! Have a great time camping and come home relaxed to get your BFP. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Generally..... you can get false negatives, but a positive is a positive. There is always the slim chance that the stick was faulty or user error or something like that.. but generally true
 

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I've always heard that a line is a line, just make sure that you read it within the 10 minute mark or you run the risk of reading a darn evaporation line. I've had my hopes up before over those silly things.<br><br>
Sending baby vibes!
 

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You can tell an evap line apart from a positive b/c an evap line doesn't have any pigment. It'll just be the line where pink or blue WOULD be, but a positive is actually pink or blue.
 

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Thanks for the advice everyone. I'm very familiar with evaps, and it doesn't help that my test dye is darkish purple; luckily I can tell that there is pigment there, even if it's faint.<br><br>
The fun thing is I got a true false positive last month on Accuclear. A faint pink line showed up within 10 minutes, and since I had an HSG scheduled the following week, I got a beta right away. Of course, the beta was negative. So, Accuclear should be sending me a refund soon.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Thanks for the advice everyone. I'm very familiar with evaps, and it doesn't help that my test dye is darkish purple; luckily I can tell that there is pigment there, even if it's faint.<br><br>
The fun thing is I got a true false positive last month on Accuclear. A faint pink line showed up within 10 minutes, and since I had an HSG scheduled the following week, I got a beta right away. Of course, the beta was negative. So, Accuclear should be sending me a refund soon.</div>
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I called the Clear Blue easy hotline with my last pregnancy and they said the one with the blue tip was 20ml needed while the one with the white tip was 50. Does this help? I have no idea as to why they don't just set both at 20. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">: If you tested with the white tip I'd go out and buy the blue tip one just to ease your mind.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Dollar store cheapies are even better. In fact, they're the best</div>
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I got my first BFP on a Dollar Store test when the others were still negative. I did get a BFP on a digital later that evening though.
 

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The false-positive falsity is, I think, thanks to peeonastick.com flat-out saying they don't exist. They do, very much so (I should compile my pics and send them to her and see what she makes of them, lol). Pregnancy tests are pretty easy to operate, esp. if you've been taking several a month for two years, you get to be a bit of an expert on them LOL. It's easy to blame it on a miscarriage that happened as soon as it implanted, but usually those don't build up enough hcg to pop a pregnancy test in the first place. I've POAS with the same pee, with two of the same tests, one was pos, one was neg, never got another pos and started my period right on time. Same pee, two different brands, one was pos one was neg, etc. "They" chalk it up to having some small amount of hcg in me at all times, but I'm really not sure if I buy that or not. It's a possibility, but I just don't see how it's possible (I'm also not scientifically inclined, though!).<br><br>
And yes, I always looked before the time clicked by the "final looking point".<br><br>
Also, a pigmented line that is 1/3 or less of the size of the control line can also be an evap and certainly worth a second test. If you take a FR test, pee on it and its neg, stick it in the trash for 14 hours, there will be a slim teeny tiny pigmented line. Im not encouraging anyone to do that, LOL, but IME with FR tests at least 50% of them do this, and it drives women nuts because it is actually colored. A lot of them do it RIGHT after the "No! Stop looking!" point, but I assume thats because Im in arizona and a lake can dry up in 5 minutes, much less a pee test.<br><br>
But, false pos do exist, I've had many many many months that I got all riled up for no reason, and eventually just learned to wait until the line was so dark it was undeniable. And, I tortured myself over it because so many people say that a line is a line is a line, but...<br><br>
a darkish, fat, colored line is a line <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> for me, anyway, and I can't imagine I'm so weird that it doesn't happen to anyone else.
 

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actually the digital worked the best for me <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment">
 

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Well, today i'm at 4w4d, and feeling unmistakeably pregnant. There's somethign rotting in the fridge, and me with no sense of smell (unless pregnant) is the only one who can smell it. DH's sense of smell, for the record, is so sensitive that I'm not allowed to wear scented lotion and I have to buy all our soap cuz he can't stand the soap aisle.<br><br>
I'm also nauseous, ahve a constant headache, peeing every 20 minutes, light headed, and suffering from insomnia. Regardless of what that digital said yesterday, I'm definitely knocked up. So here's hoping I stay that way.
 

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Congrats, sunflowermoonbeam!! Fabulous news!!!<br><br>
Interesting about the false positives. I read the same thing at peeonastick.com, but then I asked the pharmacist about false positives and evap lines, and he had never heard of either as possibilities. In fact he told me a line is a line and that if a test is licensed for sale in Canada, any line will be a true positive.<br><br>
I wonder, if this is what he thinks, how common can false positives or evaps be? I know I've never gotten one of either (at least, not within the time limit).<br><br>
Are they more common for some women than others, I also wonder?
 

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Evap lines are very common, most tests that arent digital will come up with an evap line as time goes on (next time you take one thats negative, keep it around and see). Either dye will pool as the test dries (but pool in a very small/inconsistent area) or the little crease where the dye would sit if the test did turn positive will become more noticeable (grey line).<br><br>
False positives are less common, I just seem to have bad luck with tests. However, they do happen...<br><br>
If you call the test companies, they will hold the same opinion as your pharmacist (probably why s/he thinks the way they do, theyre taught to say that, we all want our products to be perfect but, they arent). However, there are pictures of both available all over the internet, and as the moderator of severa TTC boards I've seen way more than I ever wanted to see in my life.
 
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