7 things to know before conducting a home pregnancy test

There can be a number of emotions attached with a single pregnancy test. For some, bearing a baby can be a granted wish, or it can be a complete disaster for others Confirming one’s pregnancy has become extremely convenient these days as there are many ways to determine if you are pregnant  or not. Just for the reference, back in times there used to be no fool-proof way to check the same and women used to ‘guess’ it by factors as missing a period, swelling in belly or tender breasts. Later on, doctors could test pregnancy using ways as inconvenient as injecting urine in a live animal. That procedure was long and inaccurate at the same time.

Now, we rely on a number of pregnancy-tests kits to test the arrival of the baby. They are pretty inexpensive and you can get one of those from any drugstore or reliable online pharmacy. You can also confirm the same by visiting a OB-GYN. However, for some reasons women have always been inclined towards a  home pregnancy test. One of the reasons is missing periods which is very common these days. Conducting a test by doctor can be quite overwhelming and disappointing if it turns out to be negative. We have come up with a list of 7 things you should know before you sign up for a home pregnancy test.

1. Mechanism of home pregnancy tests

Before you dedicate your time and trust to any process, it is advised to have a basic idea of how it works. For home pregnancy tests, they all work by measuring a hormone known as human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG).This hormone is released by the developing placenta, and traces can be found in the urine after the embryo implants in the uterus. Pregnancy tests contain a fiber strip coated in certain antibodies that react with the hCG and a pigment indicator to produce those positive or negative lines displayed in the test window.

2. Timing is everything

The accuracy of your test results depends on when you use your home pregnancy test.Some tests claim to give accurate dates a few days before a missed period, but most will work better one to two weeks after a missed period.Many women get confused about how and when to use a pregnancy test. For them, each women have a different system and there is no perfect biological clock to test pregnancy.  Having said that, it is best to take your pregnancy test in the morning, when your urine is most concentrated with hCG and the results will be more accurate.

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3. How to use home pregnancy tests

First and foremost, all pregnancy tests use urine. However, they differ in their way of usage and how they showcase the results. Almost every pregnancy test kit has its usage instructions clearly mentioned on the packaging itself. Some home pregnancy tests are used by holding the stick under a stream of urine.Others require you to urinate in a cup and then dip the stick into the cup.Another type of test has you urinate in a cup and then use a dropper to apply a few drops of urine to the test window. Please read the instructions carefully and follow them religiously.

4. A Faint Line Does Not Mean There Is Something Wrong

If you are taking the litmus test, then there are fair chances you will get two faint lines instead of clear ones. The things is, two lines mean you are pregnant, no matter faint or clear. The darkness of the line is not an indicator of ‘how much pregnant are you’. The faintness or darkness of a line can depend on the brand too, and how sensitive the test strips are.

5. Cheap tests are not always false

Although some pricey brands claim to be accurate as early as a few days after implantation of the embryo, (a week or two after a missed period), for the average woman, any home pregnancy test will work just fine. This includes cheap dollar store versions as well.What matters more is whether or not a test is faulty, damaged, expired, or used incorrectly.These issues can occur with any brand or style.When buying a test, check the expiration date on the package.When using a home pregnancy test, read the instructions thoroughly.Each test will have a “control window” that lets you know if the test is working correctly.

6. It’s ok to have mixed results

If you are opting for more than one tests, there is a fair possibility that you will get mixed results in terms of positive and negative. You need to understand that it is completely normal for a woman to get such results, and it is best to get it confirmed by a doctor rather getting confused over the same. It is advised to take more than one home pregnancy tests to check the odds.

7. Results can be tempered

There can be various reasons if your home pregnancy test shows different results than what comes in your OB-Gyn report. Women who take fertility drugs containing hCG may not get accurate results with a home pregnancy test.However, normal prescription and over-the-counter drugs, birth control and alcohol will not cause a false negative or positive with a home pregnancy test. If you are on fertility treatments, or planning to use them, your doctor will probably discuss pregnancy testing with you.


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