When should you take a home pregnancy test

Do you suspect you are pregnant? If so, a pregnancy test can give you the answer one way or another. For many women, the two week waiting to know if they are pregnant just adds more anxiety to deciding the best time to take a pregnancy test. One of the most important things to know if you are confused about when you should take a home pregnancy test is that you are more likely to get a negative result if it’s done too early. Keep reading to know more.

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Before going further, it will be helpful for you to understand how a pregnancy test works in order to know when to take one.

Pregnancy tests are made to detect human chorionic gonadotropin or the hCG hormone in the urine or blood. This is a pregnancy hormone produced once a fertilized egg is attached to the uterus wall.

This usually happens around six days after the egg fertilization. The hCG levels will continue to increase rapidly if you are pregnant, actually doubling every two to three days.

It is important to mention that there are some tests that are able to detect hyperglycosylated hCG or H-hCG, a variation of the hCG hormone. The regular hCG is only produced after an embryo is implanted in the endometrium and H-hCG will release earlier at some point after fertilization.

When Should You Take a Home Pregnancy Test

You can get the most accurate result if you wait at least one week after missing your period. In addition, the result might be even more accurate if the test is done first in the morning as the urine is far more concentrated at this time. The urine-based home pregnancy tests offer about 97% accuracy.

This accuracy will depend on several factors such as how early the test is taken; if the instructions were followed closely, when ovulation occurred in the cycle, how early implantation takes place, and the sensitivity of the test.

It is always best to take a pregnancy test after a late period to avoid false positive or false negative results. If you have irregular cycles or you are not charting your cycles, it might best to take the test after passing the longest menstrual cycle. For example, it would be best to take the test at around 37 days or later if your cycles are in the range of 30 to 36 days.

Another thing to know is that you should not take the pregnancy test if you are using some fertility medication. An early test can detect the remnants of the medication.

Now that you have an idea as to when you should take a home pregnancy test, you need to know how to use it.
The home pregnancy tests are easy and quick to use. Once the instructions are followed carefully you will get accurate results. They are all made to work in the same way. You’d use one of these ways to test your urine:

  • Collect some urine inside a cup and then use a dropper to place it in another container.
  • Collect some urine inside a cup and dip the pregnancy test stick in it.
  • Hold the pregnancy test stick under your urine stream.

For all of these techniques, you’ll have to wait several minutes to see the results. The results can show as a color, line or symbol. Some digital tests will say not pregnant or pregnant.

What is The Meaning of the Pregnancy Test Results?

When you do the test and the result is positive, this means you are pregnant. Bear in mind that this will be the case, regardless of the faintness of the color, line or sign. It would be a good idea to contact your doctor in order to know what will come next if you get a positive result.

A negative result will mean that you are not pregnant. Nevertheless, you could still be pregnant in cases where the test is taken incorrectly, the test stick is expired, the test is done too soon, you are using certain medications like antihistamines or diuretics, and large amounts of liquid is consumed immediately before the test (which dilutes the urine). You could try retesting about one week after getting a negative result to get a more solid confirmation. There are some home-based pregnancy tests that will suggest this no matter the results.

Although this only happens in rare cases, a pregnancy test can give a false-positive. This means the test is saying you are pregnant, but you are not. You could get this result if your urine contains protein or blood and if you are using certain drugs such as anti-convulsants or tranquilizers.

When you are ready to take a home pregnancy test, you can buy it without a prescription at the drugstore. Be sure to contact your doctor if you have questions pertaining to the pregnancy test or results.

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