Whether you’re trying to get pregnant — or crossing fingers and toes and praying to whatever god you believe in that you aren’t — those couple of weeks between unprotected sex and waiting for that plus or minus sign to appear can be a stressful, trying time. Sorry, that’s putting it mildly. It’s hell.
So, if you have the patience of a preschooler and want the results yesterday, there is a way to speed the process along. It’s called “tweaking” and it involves our trusty friend, Photoshop.
After peeing on that life-changing stick, anxious women post pictures of their (seemingly negative) tests on specific threads on mommy boards or sites like Babycenter. That’s when others get in on the action, editing the photo, adjusting the lighting, contrast, brightness and exposure, all to try and uncover the little line every woman is dying (or terrified) to see. After so much tweaking, that line might now be visible to the naked eye.
And if Photoshop isn’t available, there’s even an app for the pregnancy hack that’s much cheaper than downloading the software.
Dr. Scott Sullivan, an OB/GYN and director of maternal-fetal medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina, told BuzzFeed: “We don’t really know yet how accurate the tweaking is. Of course it could be wrong. It might be that the technology or the tweaking itself might not be right.”
That being said, Sullivan finds tweaking “relatively harmless,” but just because a woman finds out earlier than normal that she’s pregnant doesn’t change what’s happening. Actually, one of the sad things that can occur is a chemical pregnancy, which is when a woman miscarries before the fetus has a chance to develop. It’s something many women go through but never know happened, but will now, especially if they’re getting results so much earlier. And the knowledge of that loss (or losses) can be rough (again, putting it mildly).
But the heart wants what it wants, and if a woman is so desperate to see a line, she’ll see a line. Regardless of what the early outcome reveals, it’s advised that another test should be taken later to confirm the positive or negative result (a.k.a. the test a woman would’ve had to take if she was just a little more patient).