Maybe you have typical symptoms of pregnancy, like nausea, fatigue, a missed period, breast tenderness, or frequent urination. But you’re confused with your pregnancy test result and unsure what to do next. We can help. Emotions can be high right now, and the process can seem confusing. You are not alone.

If your pregnancy test is unclear, we recommend coming in for a free pregnancy test to get clarity. Here are some reasons why your pregnancy test results may be unclear.

HCG Levels are Low

The visibility and strength of the positive test line on a pregnancy test depends on how much hCG is in your urine. According to the Mayo Clinic, hCG is a hormone called human chorionic gonadotropin found in urine during pregnancy. A home pregnancy test checks to see if there’s hCG in the urine.

If the pregnancy result line is faint, it typically means that the hCG level is low.

Low hCG levels can sometimes indicate very early pregnancy.

Some tests can detect pregnancy as early as 6 days before your missed period (5 days before you expect your period), but the levels of hCG this early are so low that you can expect any line to be faint.

Take Another Test

It’s easy to miss a step during the pregnancy testing process with nerves high. You could have taken a test too early or gotten a faulty test.

Wait another couple of days to test again to let potential levels of hCG rise, so you will likely see a much stronger positive line when you test again.

Be Sure of Your Results

You don’t have to do this process alone. Confirm your results with a free medical grade urine pregnancy test at Hopeline. We will discuss your results immediately and provide an opportunity for you to ask questions.

After a positive pregnancy test, we also offer a limited obstetric ultrasound to get even more clarity about your pregnancy.

If you find yourself experiencing any pregnancy symptoms, reach out to Hopeline today to schedule an appointment for your free pregnancy test.