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Many trying to conceive have heard of “tweaking” a pregnancy test. But what exactly does this mean? Here’s an explanation of what pregnancy test tweaking is, when people do it, and whether it really works.
What is Tweaking a Pregnancy Test?
Tweaking a pregnancy test involves using photo editing tools to manipulate digital images of home pregnancy tests to try to find the faintest hint of a second pink line.
Reasons women may tweak test photos include:
People may adjust brightness, contrast, saturation etc. trying to make a faint line more obvious. Tests are photographed within time limit for valid results.
Can It Really Enhance Accuracy?
There are mixed opinions on whether tweaking actually improves the accuracy of the test results. Potential pitfalls include:
So while tweaking may seem helpful, many experts warn it often does more harm than good. At best it should be used sparingly when you think you possibly see a very faint line.
When Might Tweaking Be Useful?
There are a few situations where tweaking a pregnancy test image may have some utility:
Otherwise, resist the strong urge to obsessively tweak and analyze tests excessively. Retesting with concentrated morning urine in a few days provides more definitive results.
While many women tweak tests hoping to uncover secret positive results, this practice has serious limitations at best and causes false hope at worst. Use tactfully only in select circumstances, like visibly seeing faint lines or confirming early IVF treatment positives when hCG is still rising. Retesting thoughtfully usually gives more clarity.