Is It Positive? Here Are 12 Pictures Of Positive Pregnancy Tests To Compare Yours To

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If you take a pregnancy test, especially if you take it early, it can be hard to tell if the result is positive or negative. Here are 12 pictures of positive pregnancy tests to help you figure it out.

Pregnancy tests work by measuring hormone levels in urine. Theoretically, we’re supposed to wait for a missed period–usually about two weeks from the date we think we may have conceived–before taking a test, because it takes a while for those hormones to get to a level the pregnancy test can detect.

Nobody wants to wait that long. People who are trying to get pregnant are really eager to find out if it’s happened as soon as possible. That leads to many of us squinting at pregnancy tests, holding them up to the light, and asking our partners, “Is that a line? I feel like I kinda see a line. Is it positive? I don’t know, what does positive look like?”


If you’re currently staring down a test and you can’t tell if that’s a faint line or your imagination, here are 12 pictures of positive pregnancy tests to help you figure it out.

1. Faint

2. Can You See It?

3. Two Different Tests, Both Positive

4. Yay! Dark Lines and Clear Indicators

5. Two Pink Lines, Getting Darker!

6. It’s There!

7. This is actually a whole collection of tests from 7 days past ovulation to 15 days past ovulation.

The line really doesn’t start to show until 15.

8. Grows Darker and Different Tests

9. Yay! Congrats

10. Clear Read

11. Two Confirmed

12. One Yes, One No

The kind of test that just says “pregnant” instead of showing a line is more expensive, but they might actually save you money if you or your partner are the type to buy and take 40 tests because you aren’t sure if you know what a line looks like.

That said, those display “not pregnant” if hormone levels aren’t high enough for the test to confirm a pregnancy, whereas the “pink line” models might show a barely-perceptible shadow of a line.

Some people have even resorted to taking pregnancy tests early, then adjusting the contrast and levels in Photoshop to see if there is a line there that is just too faint to be seen with the naked eye. It’s torturous, but it’s hard to resist.

Also, if you can’t tell if it’s positive or not, make sure you’ve actually read the instructions on the pregnancy test. Some brands that look like they should just be standard “pee on a stick” tests actually want you to pee in a cup and then submerge the stick for a certain amount of time.

(Image: iStock / b-d-s)