What are the advantages of using a home pregnancy test?
Using a home pregnancy test has a number of benefits, such as:
According to pregnancy kit manufacturers, most at-home pregnancy tests are 98% to 99% accurate when you use them exactly as instructed Positive results can be trusted, but if you take the test too soon, you risk getting a false negative result.
Blood tests tend to be more expensive and inconvenient. Blood tests, however, are the only ones that can accurately measure HCG levels in your body and can identify pregnancy earlier.
How common are false results on pregnancy tests?
False results, either false positives or negatives, are frequently the result of improper use of the test. The main reason for a false-negative is testing too early. If you use a home test incorrectly, such as by using too much or too little urine, you might also receive a false-negative result. To ensure you receive an accurate result from your test kit, it’s crucial that you adhere to the instructions.
When should I take a pregnancy test?
It’s a good idea to take a pregnancy test if you suspect you might be pregnant. How early a pregnancy can be detected by home tests can vary. An at-home test can frequently yield a positive result as early as 10 days after conception. Wait to take the test until after you have missed your period for a more accurate result. Remember that even if you are pregnant, a test you take too soon may come back negative. Take another test if you get a negative result and then miss your period.
The ideal moment is typically when you take your first morning urinal. However, depending on the pregnancy test, some are sensitive enough to detect HCG at any time of day. If at all possible, wait three hours after your last urination before taking the test. To ensure the results of two pregnancy tests are identical, you could also do that.
In a pregnancy test, the amount of human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) in your body is what is being measured. You can find HCG in your pee or blood. HCG needs time to build up in your body. Early on in a pregnancy, your body will produce more HCG each day. Your body will produce more and more HCG as the weeks pass, increasing the likelihood that a pregnancy test will come back positive. This implies that if you take a test too soon, the results will be negative.
Pregnancy tests function by detecting the presence of HCG in either your blood or urine. A piece of reactive paper in a urine test finds the HCG. A plus sign, two vertical lines, or even the word “pregnant” could appear on this test. The results of various tests will be positive in various ways. To find out what a positive result will look like, read the test’s instructions. For instance, the majority of tests have a control window that appears first. If you see a symbol in this window, the test is functioning. Remember that different brands of tests will display results in varying amounts of time.
Your doctor will draw a sample of your blood and send it to a lab if you decide to get a blood test. The laboratory will calculate the level of HCG in your blood. Your provider will contact you with your results.