(Evaporation Lines) Home Pregnancy Tests

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I’m sure by now if you’ve started your TTC (Trying To Conceive) journey, you’ve started charting your BBT (Basal Body Temperature), CM (Cervical Mucus), and possibly even your CP (Cervical Position). Some even opt to Take OPK’s (Ovulation Predictor Kits) in conjunction, to verify whether or not you’re in your Fertile Window! Once Ovulation has taken place, you can usually get a reliable result on a HPT (Home Pregnancy Test) when you’ve missed a period. But what does a true positive result look like? It’s highly recommended to read that result within the strict 10 minute window. If a line appears past that time frame, (regardless of color) it’s usually considered an evaporation line, (a line that appears once the urine has dried where a positive line would have appeared had HCG been detected!) which should be discarded. What does an evaporation line look like? I decided to put together a Gallery of actual, “Evaporation Line,” tests, that display both Pink Dye and Blue Dyes, manufactured by different brands!

 

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*PLEASE INCLUDE whether it’s a Positive, Negative, or Evap Line!

*ALSO – If you have submitted a Test and you notice it’s in the wrong category, PLEASE let us know so we can put it in the right category as soon as possible! Thanks

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Up and Up Prenatal Vitamins Customer Reviews!

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“These are cheap and amazing, about $4 a bottle they have everything you need for TTC, pregnancy and well prenatals are recommended for any female age 20-35 to keep healthy. These don’t make you nauseous like a lot can.
I strongly recommend!”
TTCWolfCub

“I recently heard that taking prenatal vitamins would help with hair and nail growth and also give me the nutrients that ive been slightly lacking. after hearing this i took a look in the mirror at my hair that hadnt been growing for over a year and then down at my nails that i recently stopped chewing that looked like hell and decided id test this theory out. ive been taking prenatals every other day for over a year now and they have become part of my routine because ive seen healthychanges. my nails grow at a better rate and chip and peel less. my hair has been growing at a good pace as welland its a relief to actually see strands getting longer after such a longperiod of not growing at all. i canhonestly say that these will be part of my routine for a very long time now.”JenniferMaye

“I have five children and it feels like I have taken at least twenty different brands or types of prenatal vitamins. I started with only taking the prescribed prenatal vitamins, but my insurance only wanted to pay for the cheap generic brands that made me feel even worse while being pregnant. They would make me nauseated and cause my stomach to be upset. So after experimenting a bit with over the counter name brand prenatal vitamins, I decided to try Target’s brand of prenatal vitamins. If I ever decide to have another child, this prenatal vitamin from Target will be my first choice. You can’t beat the price and all of Target’s store brand products have proved to be just as good, if not better, than leading national brands. They didn’t make me feel nauseated, and they were gentler on my stomach. I still experienced a little bit of an after taste, but I could deal with it. And if you take them with some food it will eliminate the after taste. This is a great prenatal vitamin at a great price.”lonnieb

“I purchased these prenatal vitamins from Target back when my husband and I first decided to start trying to have a baby. I wanted to get a jump start on the vitamins and my OBGYN said they were fine to take while trying to get pregnant. I continued to take them through the first trimester of my pregnancy, until I switched to a prescription prenatal vitamin that contained DHA. I didn’t have any bad side effects from these prenatal vitamins. I always took them with a meal though so I can’t say for sure if they would make you feel sick if taken on an empty stomach. These were the lest expensive prenatal vitamins that I found. I sat in the store and read the labels and the ingredients were just about identical to the brand name vitamins that cost twice as much as these from Target. I gave birth to a very healthy 7lb 2oz baby girl and while I’m sure I can’t give all the credit to these prenatal vitamins, I’m sure they helped!”jcaitlin221

“This is a great product. I have been taking prenatal vitamins since December of 2009, before I was pregnant. These are a great price and comparable to the One A Day Prenatal. The only difference now is that the One A Day vitamins have a smaller DHA pill which is a HUGE plus and kind of worth the extra money during early pregnancy when nausea it at it’s worse. The price on the Up and Up are great, especially when paired with a Target coupon.

The DHA pill is essential and highly recommended by doctors/midwives. It’s beneficial even after birth if the mother is nursing. It’s great for brain development of baby. I have taken these before, during and after pregnancy both times and will do so again if we have a 3rd!

This is a prenatal vitamin that you can feel good about. It will help provide vitamins and minerals that you may be missing during/after pregnancy…iron being one of them!” – tickledpinkgiggles

“During my last two pregnancies, I used Target Prenatal Vitamins, and truthfully I wish I would have discovered them sooner (I have 3 kids). Using this product saved me a lot of money compared to prescription prices and due to the larger sized bottle, it saved me several trips to the pharmacy to pick up monthly prescriptions.

I was feeling insecure about switching products at first, so I brought the Target Prenatal Vitamin bottle to my OBGYN office to show them the label. They approved my choice and only recommended that I start taking an additional supplement for DHA (and I found an over-the-counter alternative for this too).

These vitimans were not as large as other prenatal vitamins that I had taken in the past and had no bad aftertaste like I had experienced with some prescription vitamins. They did not cause any stomach issues for me either… thankfully! I always took them with food, but I don’t think this was necessarily a requirement.

I breastfed all of my babies, and continued to take these prenatal vitamins during these times also. I would highly recommend them for all pregnant and nursing moms!” – lauriebullmom3

“I started taking Target Women’s Prenatal Vitamins when I was trying to get pregnant. My doctor said that generic prenatals were equivalent to prescription so I thought this would be a good choice. The price was very reasonable and the nutritional composition looked appropropriate and not excessive. When I started taking the vitamins I really liked the size of the pills, they are small enough that they are easy to swallow. The coating doesn’t smell or taste like vitamins, like so many other brands do and because of this I can take them on an empty stomach without feeling like I am going to gag. I took these through the morning sickness of my pregnancy and have continued to take them years after my child was born. I am not even trying to get pregnant now but I continue to take these daily because I notice, more than any other vitamin my hair and nails are so much stronger with them. I have, on occasion switched to a one-a-day and immediately noticed cracks in my nails. Great vitamins!”whitney105

“My wife is currently taking womans prenatal target brand multi vitamin and she loves them.I love the price and that we no longer have to visit a pharmacy to pick these up it is way more convienient and easy for a busy family to just grab off the shelf and go. I know she did discuss with her doctor and he agreed that these are just as healthy and beneficial for her and the unborn child as any vitamin she would get from a prescription at the pharmacy. The only downside is if your local pharmacy offers free prenatal multi vitamins you have to get a brand behind the pharmacy not off the shelf.but the convience to us and our kids is worth more than the sevrel bucks we pay every so often for a bottle of prenatal vitamins. She has a easy time swallowing these pills as well and the make her less sick than the stuart prenatal vitamins did. she is taking these for four months now and we are very pleased with them.”jtr1978

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Product Review! TARGET Brand (Up and Up) Prenatal Vitamins

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There’s a vast majority of Prenatal Vitamins that are over-the-counter or can be prescribed by your Primary Care Physician.

Whether you’ve found out you’re Pregnant or you’re actively TTC (Trying To Conceive) it is highly recommended to start taking Vitamin Suppliments before, during, (and in some cases) even after you’ve given birth if you’re opting to BF (Breast Feed). 

Some of the benefits from taking Prenatal Vitamins (just to name a few) include:

Follic Acid (which is very important during the Early Stages of Fetal Development)
Iron (which helps to prevent you from becoming enemic)
Calcium (which helps strengthen bones and teeth)

So with that being said, which Brand is right for you? I’ve done some research myself on a well known Brand, (that you can find in Target) and have gotten some very good feedback on this particular Product!

One of the main things that most women complain about during Early Pregnancy is Nausea. And some Prenatal Vitamins can increase or even cause it to a certain extent. Another thing most have concern about is the actual size of the pill. (I remember those days. My prescription prenatals were monstrous to swallow!)

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Reviews suggest that the Target Brand are a whole lot easier to swallow, than some of the other over-the-counter Brands.

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This by far, seems to be a GREAT value, (they’re about $4 a bottle) and ABOVE ALL from what feedback I have gotten so far – it seems to work well with their bodies! I myself, would happily recommend this Brand of Prenatal Vitamins and give two thumbs up!

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Equate OPK Customer Reviews!

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“Terrible!!!!! False Positives that are thin and only one side of the vertical line that sucks!!!! Don’t buy these or the Dollar Store Brands.”TTCWolfCub

“The walmart brand OV test are no good. my first time using it a couple test turned out invalid and also i got a positive off of one but when my blood results came back negative a couple days after. the walmart brands give false positives…i warn you…be careful…i have had a bad experience with it before.”Dori

“The local Wal-Mart didn’t have the ClearBlue Easy non-digitals that I usually get so I bought this product. Hey, all the Equate brands that I used were the same or better than the known brands. What could have gone wrong?

I followed the instructions in the box and four of the tests didn’t work! No matter if I peed in a cup or peed on the stick, nothing could register to make the test work. Because of this, I never was able to get a positive OPK. I will never use this brand again!” – jerrysliljess

“I have NEVER got a positive response on any. I’ve purchased two boxes and in both boxes half of them didn’t even work! I will not be wasting my money on these again!ADavid323

“It works okay, buy you’ll drive yourself crazy trying to guess whether the line is dark enough, to mean you’re ovulating. I abandoned these after a few months of confusion as to whether I was actually ovulating or about to ovulate, or what. I went back to the other brand that shows the smiley face when it’s time. The lack of guesswork was worth the extra money I saved on these. Actually I didn’t save anything with these because I had to use them for several months. I used the smiley face one once and got pregnant right away. Oh, by the way this is my second pregnancy, and both times started with this type of test to save money, but it was the smiley face that did it for me each time. Don’t waste your time, ladies!”LMC

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Home Pregnancy Test Sensitivities

Pregnancy TEST Sensitivities

Image: www.americanpregnancy.org Graphics: Pee-On-A-Stick-Freak

 

At the end of every cycle, (one of two things can happen) either the dreaded AF (Aunt Flo) rears her ugly head or you find you’ve missed your Period!

Some of us Chart our cycles every month by taking our BBT (Basal Body Temperature) using a special kind of Thermometer called a, “Basal Body Thermometer.” They are a bit more sensitive, and can record even the slightest body fluctuations. The next thing would be our CM (Cervical Mucus) which goes through different phases throughout the course of our cycle, as well as our CP (Cervical Position).

During the first Part of our cycle, Estrogen is responsible for gearing our bodies up for Ovulation. Once that happens you’ll notice your CM and CP getting less fertile and Progesterone (which is a heat inducing Hormone) keeps our Temperatures higher and elevated until AF shows up. Progesterone is responsible for the second half of our cycle known as the (Luteal Phase). If your Temperatures remain elevated past your ETD (Estimated Testing Day) or the day you’re expecting your Period – chances are you may be Pregnant! Estrogen is responsible for the first Part of our cycle, (Follicular Phase) so it just makes sense that our Temperature will drop within a day or two of AF.

There are all kinds of different Test Sensitivities, and you’ll find it rather easy deciding which one is right for you depending on how far along you may be in your possible Pregnancy. Usually the first day of your missed Period you can expect a reliable result, although some opt to start testing as Early as 8dpo (Days Past Ovulation). A good rule of thumb is if you KNOW you’re testing Early, you may want to rely on a HIGHLY SENSITIVE TEST that’s at least 25 mlU/ml and if you’re far enough along than usually a 40 or 50 mIU/ml should be sufficient.

Here is a List I’ve put together by Name Brand and Sensitivity!

Tests UNDER 25 mIU/ml:

– First Response Digital Gold 18mIU/ml
– First Response Early Result (Quantative Test that will pick up ANY amount of HCG per the manufacturer)

20 mIU/ml Tests:
– AimStep
– Aim Midstream 
– AimStick OTC PBO
– AimStick OTC/Accu Dip
At Home Pregnancy Test
– D Best One Step
Early Pregnancy Test
Save On Tests
– Simplicity
Tests For Less

25 mIU/ml Tests:
– AccuHome
– Answer
– Answer Quick & Simple
– Clearblue Easy (Digital) 35-50 mIU/ml
– Clearblue Easy Earliest Result
– Confirm 1-Step
– CVS Brand (Midstream)
– E.P.T. ( + or – ) Result Window
– Equate ( l l ) 2 line Result Window
– Equate ( + or – ) Result Window
– Fact Plus (Cassette)
– Fact Plus 1-Step (Cassette)

– First Signal One-Step Pregnancy Test (cassette)
– Health Check
– Health Mark
– Insta Test
– Iverness ( + or – ) Result Window
– Life Sign One Step (Midstream)
– New Choice (Dollar Tree Brand – Cassette)
– Smart Strip HCG (Fertilinet)
– Walgreens Brand (Digital)
– Puralin One Step Pregnancy Test
– One Step Be Sure Pregnancy Test

40 mIU/ml Tests:
– E.P.T ( l l ) 2 Line Result Window
– E.P.T ( + or – ) Result Window
– E.P.T Certainty

50 mIU/ml Tests:
– Clearblue Easy
– CVS Brand (Cassette)
– Early Pregnancy Test
– Iverness II
– Dollar Store Tests
– Target Brand
– Rite Aide Brand
– Drug Emporium Brand

100 mIU/ml Tests:
– Fact Plus Pro (Cassette)
– Walgreens Brand (Midstream)

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Can the CONCENTRATION of Urine effect the opacity of a Test Line on a OPK?!

I’ve had a few inquiries (Yes my fellow TTC’ers please keep the experiment ideas coming!) about whether or not the actual CONCENTRATION of urine, can effect the lightness or darkness of a Test Line? So, (seeing as how I’m not currently Pregnant) I thought, WHY NOT TEST WITH AN OPK? (Ovulation Predictor Kit) – For some odd reason during my last cycle I had an extremely higher level of LH (Luteinizing Hormone) and had tested positive the night before!

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Blue Dye vs Pink Dye OPK

The Difference Between CONCENTRATED Urine and DILUTED Urine

Basal Body Thermometer

 

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There are so many benefits you can experience from charting your fertility! One of the main, key ingredients in order to gain insight into your most fertile window is the ability to track your daily BBT (Basal Body Temperature) throughout the duration of your cycle. Your BBT is your lowest body Temperature at rest, following a solid block of at least 3 hours of sleep or more.

Now, before you go reaching for a typical (Fever Thermometer) you may be surprised to know that fertility experts of the like have come up with this amazing invention known as a Basil Body Thermometer! That’s what you’ll typically want to use. It’s a special kind of Thermometer that is very inexpensive, you can find it at most drugstores and it measures at 1/100 of a degree. So for example, with a normal (Fever Thermometer) that only measures at 1/10 degree – your temp would read at 98.6° whereas a BBT will measure your temp detecting slight body fluctuations reading at 98.67°. It’s very ideal just for the fact that you may detect Ovulation with only a slight Temperature increase over the course of several cycles, which may give you better insight inside your future fertile window.

During your FP (Follicular Phase) Estrogen is responsible for lower BBT’s. Once Ovulation occurs, you’ll notice a rise in BBT’s due to Progesterone, which is a heat inducing Hormone responsible for gearing your body up for possible Conception. Many women commonly opt to use OPK’s (Ovulation Predictor Kits) to detect their LH Surge (Luteinizing Hormone) that’s highly concentrated just a day or two prior to Ovulation – but only a rise in temperatures for at least 3 days or more will confirm it!

It’s important when temping, to do so at the same time everyday and in the same manner. Some may opt to do it vaginal rather than orally. Whichever method you prefer consistency is key! Another important factor is making sure you get plenty of rest beforehand. Otherwise you may start to notice erratic temperatures on your chart that can make it difficult when trying to interpret it. It’s not uncommon though to occasionally experience a slightly higher or lower temp when charting. The most important thing is maintaining a pattern with several temps throughout each part of your cycle so you can know when to accurately pinpoint Ovulation, as well as knowing when to expect a reliable result on a HPT (Home Pregnancy Test). If you’re charting for other reasons, pinpointing Ovulation will also aid in knowing when to expect your next Period.

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