Are You Pregnant With a Faint Line on an Ovulation Test?

Using an ovulating test will help you keep track of your most fertile days to improve your conception chances.

By Nancy Amon
Joel Taylor
Edited by Joel Taylor

Published November 30, 2021.

It's easy to mistake 2 lines on an ovulation test as an indication of pregnancy. However, ovulation tests are not the same as pregnancy tests and cannot accurately determine pregnancy.

Can an Ovulation Test Show You Are Pregnant?

As mentioned earlier, ovulation tests are not designed to determine pregnancy. If you are trying to get pregnant, you can use the ovulation test to help detect when you're ovulating. The ovulation test checks a rise in luteinizing hormone (LH) via the urine.

What Does an Ovulation Test Look Like?

Ovulation test strips always show 2 lines. The darker line shows that the strip is working correctly, known as "the control line". If there is a faint line next to it, the LH hormone is low, and you are not fertile.

As the days carry on, you will see 2 dark lines on the strip (the previous faint one is dark). Two dark lines mean there is an LH surge, and you will ovulate soon.

Can an Ovulation Test Be Negative if Pregnant?

Yes, an ovulation test can show negative for pregnancy despite taking the ovulation test while pregnant.

What Does a Faint Line on an Ovulation Test Indicate?

The faint line on an ovulation test is the one to monitor during the process because this one indicates the LH level.

A Word About Ovulation Tests

Using an ovulation test is a good way to optimize your chances of getting pregnant. Taking an ovulation test often is recommended a few days before ovulation, which generally occurs on day 14 or 15 of your cycle. Take the test every day after that until it shows positive for ovulation. The test will help you see when you are ovulating and the peak levels of luteinizing hormone. In this way, you're able to better monitor your chances of conception.