Sticks are not getting darker :(

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Sticks are not getting darker :(

And it's freaking me out.

I've been testing every day (same time of day) in the hopes of watching a progression.

And my tests look about the same as 14 dpo. I'm 17 dpo today and the line still isn't as dark as the control.

I KNOW it's not a quantitative measurement but I've been around boards long enough to KNOW that sticks. get. darker.

I am really really afraid this is going to be a chemical and could use some comfort or support or straight talk or anything.

My beta isn't until tomorrow and I won't know the results until Monday. Second draw is Monday with results Tuesday.

For reference here are some sticks. - there is some difference in the color of the control line so what I'm really looking at is how dark the test line is compared to the control line of that test. They all look about 3/4 as dark to me and nothing beyond that..
14dpo

16dpo

17dpo

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I definitely think the 16dpo line is darker. The 17dpo looks about the same as the 16dpo. It is probably just the test. They aren't always consistent from one to another. I have seen tests from the same FMU with different line darknesses. I would just keep testing (if you have enough tests) and look at the line differences over a longer period of time. Plus by then you will have your beta numbers and they will tell you that everything is just fine.

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Just try to relax and I am sure that your betas will come back with the numbers you want to see! Smile

Sending you good thoughts! xoxox

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Well I definitely think 16 and 17 are darker than 14, so that's good! When I was taking them everyday they looked similar, then I waited from thursday to sunday- that's when I actually saw a difference and started feeling a little better.
GOOD LUCK!

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I was the same as you... I tested every day for several days from 14 dpo on and the lines barely got darker and took forever to come up. The lines got a lot darker from the first day of my missed period... then today at 22 DPO the line is finally as dark as the control line. 2 days ago it still wasn't.

Have you missed your period yet?

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"sometimes" wrote:

I was the same as you... I tested every day for several days from 14 dpo on and the lines barely got darker and took forever to come up. The lines got a lot darker from the first day of my missed period... then today at 22 DPO the line is finally as dark as the control line. 2 days ago it still wasn't.

Have you missed your period yet?

Ok that makes me feel so much better. I was looking at the FF galleries and almost all of the 17/18 dpo tests are darker than the control. So it's really helpful to talk to someone who's wasn't as dark until 22 dpo.

I'm 17 dpo today so technically 1 day late.

thank you so much for the reassurance girls. I can't tell you how much it means.. :comfort::comfort::bighug:

There might be a few panicked posted from me between now and a good ultrasound. I'm so nervous after the loss. I never expected it to hit me so hard..

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I agree that 16 and 17 definitely look darker than 14DPO -

Also, dilution of the urine may be different from one morning to the next, saturation of the test may vary, even if there is a one second difference - sensitivity on the tests vary too, even same brand, same box.

I think your tests look great for 14-16DPO

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Step away from the tests!

Your lines are darker at 16dpo than at 14dpo. I'd stop testing, you are just worrying yourself. That's not good either.

Keep us updated on your draws.

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i agree that 16DPO looks darker than 14DPO and you wouldn't probably notice much of a difference between 16-17DPO. Unless you know exactly when you implanted, you can't really tell how long you've even been producing HCG, and even then, every pregnancy and woman produces various amounts

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16 & 17 are deff darker than the first. I think 16 & 17 look alike but its ONLY a one day difference. I have been testing every other day just to use up my extra OPKs and HPTs and they are getting darker but I have a few were 2-3 in a row look about the same. (: Just relax dont stress!

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I see a difference between the two test. I, too, kept testing and waited until that test line is sucking up color from the control line. I am 21DPO but as long as you are still getting lines that is what matters.

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I agree...step away from the tests..limit yourself to one or two a week....not getting darker lines will just stress you and thats not good for you or bub.
Big hugs to you.
xxxxxx

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Just a quick update - I tested again against all the advice I got because I'm a nutcase...and it's finally DARKER. Yahoo

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LOL!!! Glad it's darker now Smile

I know how you feel, I am a testing addict - I even test the same urine with more than one strip just to see and even those lines vary a lot sometimes.

My DH thinks I'm just obsessive when it comes to POAS. I say he is right!

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Yay for getting darker! I am a nutcase too when it comes to POAS!

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I used the digital clear blue ones you have in your siggy until they maxed out with time. My non-digitals were light and I was concerned that at 15 dpo the digital read 1-2 weeks so I kept checking every week to make sure it was increasing.

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Lurker...

Congrats Mel - I have been secretly stalking you hoping you would get a BFP

Best wishes from Sept 2011!

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Hello there,

My test showed the same thing and I was only 1 week and 3 days past a mp. Went to the doctor and I am 6 weeks and 2 days pregant Smile According to the website I could of tested a week and half earlier and found out which is strange since that would of been before I even mp. I wouldn't worry so much as if it changes.. your for sure pregnant Smile I have been trying for 15 year .. IVF and all.. this was a miracle baby Smile try to relax.. soon u will see your lil one