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Frequently Asked Questions Of Home Pregnancy Tests

Find below some of the Frequently Asked Questions about HPT



When should I test?

Some home pregnancy tests (HPT’s) are more sensitive than others. The more sensitive home pregnancy tests may detect low levels of hCG as early as 4 days before your period is due or 7 days after conception.
 
Depending on the test you are using, you can test at any time of the day. When you plan to test, try not to drink too many fluids beforehand, as this can dilute the levels of hCG in your urine.

Some tests recommend that you use the first urine of the day, especially if you are testing too early. The levels of hCG becomes more concentrated in your urine overnight.

If you have irregular periods, it may be tough to calculate accurately when your period is due. Allow your longest cycle in the recent months before testing.

If you have recently stopped taking the contraceptive pills, you may not be knowing how long your cycle is and you may end up testing either too early or too late. If your test shows negative, test again in 3 days.


How do I use a home pregnancy test kit?


A urine test can be done either at your home or at the doctor’s clinic. Home pregnancy urine test convenient and is about 96 percent accurate. Some very sensitive home pregnancy test kits detect pregnancy on the first day of a woman’s missed period. It is advised to take the test one week after a missed period to get the most accurate results. 

Do the test first thing in the morning, at which time your urine is very concentrated. It is important to follow instructions on the Home pregnancy test kit. The kit will have test strip and dipstick enclosed. The test strip needs to be held in the urine stream and a dipstick needs to be dipped into a urine sample. If you are pregnant, area on the end of the test strip changes its color.

Some kits will have a test device with round wells. You will need to collect urine sample in a cup and place few drops of urine sample with a dropper into the well. Color changes in the other wells indicate that you are pregnant. If you are not pregnant, you will get a negative result


How long does it take to see the results?


You should see the results in about 3 to 5 minutes. Of course, it can feel like the longest waiting ever.

If you are testing in the washroom, you may want to go to another place of the house and find something to distract yourself.  A watched pot never boils and a watched pregnancy test is just as excruciating.


Are all home pregnancy tests accurate?


Home pregnancy tests are 97 percent accurate if you follow the instructions carefully. Having said above, some tests are more sensitive and easier to use and interpret than others.

Is this possible to get a false negative result?

There are several reasons why a home pregnancy test can be negative. You may not be pregnant at all, or you may not be making enough hCG levels that a urine test can detect yet.

If you test too early, that is before the first day of your missed period, you may get a false result because not enough of the hormone levels have built up in your system by then.

If the test comes as negative and you still suspect that you are pregnant, wait for three days at least and then try testing again.


Is this possible to get a false positive result?

False positives are rare but not impossible. When the test shows you are pregnant but you are not pregnant in reality, this is may be that some medicines such as fertility drugs which contain hCG may have affected the test results.  Sometimes you get a faint line which makes it difficult to interpret.

Where can I buy a home pregnancy kit?


You can buy pregnancy tests without any prescription at most high-street pharmacies and supermarkets. You can also buy them online.