Taking a pregnancy test is extremely stressful, whether you’re trying to conceive (TTC) or not. Even more stressful? When you can’t quite tell what the results are, or if you get the dreaded "line eyes." Line eyes is a common term used by women in TTC boards who feel like they’ve been staring so long and hoping so much, they see a line that’s not there on their pregnancy test. What happens if you see your "Big Fat Positive" (BFP) and then it evaporates? What does it mean if the line on your pregnancy test disappears?
According to OB-GYN Kameelah Phillips, a primary reason the pregnancy line disappears is because you’re testing too early. For the most accurate results, you’re supposed to test two weeks after you ovulate. "If the pregnancy is very early, the hCG level in your urine may just meet the threshold for being detected. You will see a faint line that can disappear over time," Phillips says to Romper in an email interview.
While I’m surprised to hear not everyone is like me and hovers over the test like a vulture, waiting on the results, Phillips says another common reason is you wait too long to interpret the results. "If the test was weakly positive, then a faint line can fade if left too long before interpretation," she says. "It is important to interpret the results during the recommended timeframe."
If you’re taking another pregnancy test during the early stages of your pregnancy, and the line is faded or it disappears, it can unfortunately mean you’ve possibly had a miscarriage. "[When you have a miscarriage], the levels of hCG drop, then, over time, the intensity of the line will fade," Phillips says.
If you were wondering if a disappearing line means you had a false positive, Phillips says they’re fairly uncommon, and taking more than one test can decrease the chance of a false positive or faulty test.
Unless you’re already pregnant, a disappearing line or fading line isn’t a huge deal — though it is frustrating. Just make sure you use a test that isn’t expired, wait at least two weeks after ovulation to take the test, and follow the timeline in the directions to review your results. And hovering over the test like a vulture after you take it isn’t (necessarily) required.