Quick Question For E

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Steph - October 26

I posted yesterday and asked you about the e.p.t. test. My question is, is it possible for the line running up and down (on the plus or minus test ) to show up at 20 minutes or longer? And if it does is it considered positive or negative? Is it possible that the line I am seeing is an evaporation line? I quetion this only because the line is so very faint. I appreciate your response, thanks!

 

E - October 26

If it shows up 20 minutes later, it is definitely positive. The same happened to me with the clearblue easy tests. Unless you are on fertility drugs, there absolutely positively needs to be HcG for a line to show. And to be frank, 20 minutes is not a huge lapse in time. If you said it showed up a day later, I would not say the same thing. But 20 minutes.... You must be preggo:)

 

E - October 26

I should add that I used that same test when I was 18 and got pregnant. I saw a faint plus which completely disappeared. I a__sumed it meant negaitve when all the while I was pregnant.

 

Steph - October 26

Yeah the same thing happened on two seperate tests (the same brand) it gets darker as time goes on and has not disappeared at all even the one I took yesterday. I a__sumed that because it took so long to show up it was negative, coupled with the fact that it was so faint. So then I guess your saying it is not an evaporation line and positive? I do not have anyone to look at it for me as my husband left about a month ago and is now in the middle east. Thanks alot for responding so quickly, you do give me alot of hope. How long does a positive test usually stay positive? I mean do they all always disappear? I heard a positive will disappear in 48 hours, so when I heard this I also a__sumed that if it didn't disappear I was not pregnant. I am so sorry to keep at this but I would like to know for sure and you seem to be very knowledgable. Thanks again.

 

m - October 26

Ladies, sorry to b___t in on your conversation, but it's a slow day at work, so I'm playing on the internet. I know, I'm not the overachiever! Anyway, Steph, when I was preg with my youngest son, I actually held on to the positive tests until he was born. And it still said positive when I threw it away 8 months later (please don't think I'm gross). I think EPT is one of those that requires a count of 40 mIU. If you do a google search for "hpt sensitivity" you can look at the different sensitivity levels of different ones. If you don't mind ordering on-line, go to babyhopes.com and order some test strips. They are cheaper than midstream and super sensitive. Worked for me! Also, they only take 3-4 days to arrive. Good luck, and I will b___t out of your conversation now.

 

E - October 26

M -no need to b___t out. Your input is always appreciated and welcome:) Yeah, the line gets darker and should not disappear anytime soon. I am not sure what an evaporation line is. You are pregnant my dear:) Congrats and I am sorry you have to be alone at this time. My prayers are with you and your husband. How do you feel about him being in the ME? My mom lives in Egypt (through marriage) and it scares me. She wants us to visit with our newborn but I have no intention of doing so. I went to Morocco a few years ago and that was enough adventure for me.

 

E - October 26

Also, if you tested twice and the same thing happened, it is a better indication of pregnancy. Kind of like counting money. The more times you count and get the same number, the more likely the number is accurate.

 

mellissa - October 26

I actually read in one of my (ridiculous amounts!) of pregnancy-related books that most tests are capable of eventually turning positive if left long enough, even if they started out (and are actually) negative. I have no idea if this is true because I've only ever taken one test and it, of course, was positive. However, I did keep mine for the first three months in the little holder and it stayed positive. I guess I wanted a souveneir or proof that it was all real until the ultrasound picture came along, LOL.

 

E - October 26

I have looked at my negatives a day or two past the date and they were still negative. Who knows for sure. Stranger things have happened in this world, right?

 

Steph - October 26

Thank you both. Melissa what is long enough, I am curious as to how much time needs to pa__s before it can turn positive. Also please do not feel you are b___ting in, I appreciate the response, and welcome it at that. As far as my husband being gone, its not easy but I have learned to adapt to it as he is a firefighter so the dangers are always there, but we have built a very strong relationship through communication. I talk to him every other night and if I am pregnant then he would be able to come home for the birth. Thank you both for responding, and if you can find out about that time lapse thing, please let me know. Thanks again.

 

m - October 26

I think Mellissa's books can be more helpful than my opinion, but that being said, I think maybe an hour or 2. That is just my opinion. I say this because by then I believe the urine would dry and I'm not sure the test could still pick up the hormone. But again, that's opinion. When I was pg with my son, it took 30 minutes the first time. To be perfectly honest, no matter what that "window" is, I have always left the negative tests sitting for a couple of days just to see if they would eventually turn. And knowing me, if after 2 days I would have seen a faint line, I would have probably put faith in it. But I get excited like that. You may be more level headed than I am. ;)

 

m - October 26

PS - Thanks for making me feel welcome. I always feel bad for posting in a board that is directed to someone specifically.

 

Steph - October 26

It seems as though you all would agree. I am going to wait about 2 days and re-test to see if the line is darker or appears any quicker. Thank you all for your input, it is appreciated more then you know. I'll keep you all posted. Wish me luck!!!!!!!!!!!

 

Daile - October 28

I took an HPT a few weeks ago, and it said in the instructions that any results read at 20 minutes or later should be ignored. Apparently, if it sits long enough, it can turn positive. That's why most of them say to check for a line at seven or eight minutes. I don't remember what type of test it was, but the way it read made it seem like that was true of all tests.

 

Christina - October 28

I'm up in the air about this one. If you read the back of the box it says not to read after so long. I think some boxes say don't read after 5 minutes. I did the same thing as you did. But, it came up saying I wasn't, then 20 minutes later it said I was. I just wated a few more days and took it again. Good luck.

 

E - October 28

There could be no evaporation line at the 20 minute mark. Urine needs time to dry and the slipcover over the test acts as a humidity chamber which means the urine will take longer to evaporate. A 20 minute positive result is POSITIVE. Like I said b4, if you asked me about reading it the next day, I would not say the same thing. Again, congrats:)

 

angel_one - October 28

my step mom still has the hpt from when she found out she was pg with my little sister (who is now 13 ) that test is still showing a bright positive sign!! so im guessing they dont go away !, as well as my 3 positive tests from my 2nd baby which were quite faint are still faint positives and to day i would be 28 weeks if i was still pg, so once positive always positive! i say

 

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