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I keep getting faint positives on my pregnancy tests. I am

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I keep getting faint positives on my pregnancy tests. I am 4 weeks and 4 days and have done about 8 tests over the last 5 days. Every one is positive but very very faint. Is this ok as I don't have my first midwife appointment until 13th May?
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. SH replied 3 years ago.

Dr. Shahzad MD :

Hi there. Thank you for your question. I will be helping you out with your queries

Dr. Shahzad MD :

When was the first day of your last period?

Dr. Shahzad MD :

When was your expected date of your period this time around?

Customer:

The date of my last period was 23rd March and I have a 28 days cycle. I have been trying to conceive for 8 months.

Dr. Shahzad MD :

So when did you expect your period this month?

Dr. Shahzad MD :

I mean what date?

Dr. Shahzad MD :

How many days over are you?

Customer:

20th April. I am 3 days over

Dr. Shahzad MD :

To confirm if you are pregnant you should test at one week over.

Dr. Shahzad MD :

At three days over the test may only be faint positive.

Customer:

I have done 5 tests and every one has been a faint positive. Would this mean I am still pregnant?

Dr. Shahzad MD :

Or alternatively you can have a blood test for pregnancy which is very accurate as opposed to the urine home pregnancy test.

Dr. Shahzad MD :

Yes this could mean that you are pregnant.

Dr. Shahzad MD :

But to be sure you should repeat the test at one week over.

Dr. Shahzad MD :

It should be strongly positive by then.

Dr. Shahzad MD :

Sometimes the test becomes strongly positive at around two weeks over.

Customer:

So I should repeat on Saturday? What if it is still a faint positive on Saturday? Can it take a while to show strong positive?

Dr. Shahzad MD :

Yes it can take up to two weeks to be strong positive.

Dr. Shahzad MD :

But on Saturday it will most likely be strong positive.

Customer:

ok so the faint lines I am getting this early is quite normal with a pregnancy?

Dr. Shahzad MD :

Yes

Dr. Shahzad MD :

The beta HCG hormone that is detected by these sticks is at a very low level at this stage.

Dr. Shahzad MD :

So it takes time for the levels to build up and the test to show as strong positive

Customer:

that makes sense. if after a week or two it is still very faint positive would it indicate something is wrong?

Dr. Shahzad MD :

It would be only speculation to say that. I think it would be strong positive. If its still weakly positive then I would do a blood test.

Customer:

ok thank you for your help. I wont waste any more money on tests and just do my last one on Saturday.

Dr. Shahzad MD :

Yup thats the right thing to do.

Dr. Shahzad MD :

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Customer:

thank you for your help. ill keep my fingers crossed for a stronger positive on the weekend :)

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