The Photoshop “Hack” For Early Pregnancy Test Results
Although most pregnancy tests are pretty advanced these days and can detect pregnancy very early on, some women are still hoping for even earlier results with a pregnancy test “hack.”
The hack involves taking a picture of a pregnancy test you aren't sure about and using Photoshop or another photo editing tool to adjust the exposure of the picture to show the lines (or lack of lines) more accurately on the test.
Baby Center even has a “test tweakers” club in their community forum, in which members of the club can post pictures to be “tweaked” in order to determine if there is a faint line the test can't see with the naked eye.
“Tweaking means to alter or enhance the test line to possibly make it clearer — something that the naked eye may not see,” the club explains. “It can also be making sure the line is a true line and not an evaporation line, indentation line, or antibody strip. We do not recommend adjusting any color settings while tweaking. It will cause false readings.”
Peeking into the Tweakers Club Rules reveals some pretty interesting information about pregnancy testing from those who are regular testers hoping for a baby or a rainbow baby. I learned a few interesting tidbits, such as:
- Pregnancy tests with blue dyes are more likely to get false positives since the dye can run more easily (all of my tests were taken with blue! Heck, I even named my blog Tiny Blue Lines!)
- Oversaturating (aka peeing too much on your test) a test can smudge the dye and make it look like there is an extra line
- Don't hold your test up to a light to read it — apparently this always shows another line, so it's better to read your test in a flat position
Scrolling through some of the pictures can be very difficult because those women are so hopeful for a baby and, most of the time, the pictures don't reveal another line. “Pretty sure it's empty,” wrote one user with her picture of a negative test. “Was just satisfying the urge. 7dpo.”
Doctors, understandably, worry that the practice is giving false hope to women desperately trying for a baby and that in some cases, the tweakers may even be changing the results. But one woman who tweaks photos for other women states you can absolutely not make a positive test out of a negative test. The forum itself is a place of positive hope and support for women trying to conceive, and even if the tweakers see anything, they always urge women to follow up with more testing or to visit their doctors.
How early did you take a pregnancy test?