Home Pregnancy Tests are useful and accurate?

During pregnancy, high levels of a hormone called human chorionic gonadotropin, or hCG are produced, the presence of which can be detected by home pregnancy tests.

Home Pregnancy TestsThere are three types of home pregnancy tests available. The most commonly used is are test strips or a dipstick, to be either dipped in a sample of urine or held in the urine stream. Another type involves a urine collection cup or well, with a testing device. The third type, more uncommon involves the mixture of a sample of urine with a powder or liquid, in several tubes or cups to produce a chemical reaction. A first morning sample is essential for accurate results. Home pregnancy tests may vary in accuracy because the days of a woman’s menstrual cycle and ovulation can vary from month to month, the exact day of the implantation of the egg may vaary, different home pregnancy test kits have varying sensitivity to hCG.

Home Pregnancy Tests  You can look for home pregnancy kits on the Internet.The best time to use a home pregnancy kit is a few days after you have missed the first menstrual period, although you can use a home pregnancy kit on the first day itself. There are certain guidelines you must follow for any home pregnancy test. Storethe test kits according to the directions. Read the instructions, and understand them thoroughly. Check the date of expiry on the package. Follow the directions exactly. Make sure you are able to observe the color change on the test strip. In case of a timed test, do not try to guess, but use a clock. Keep a record of the result for a later consultation with the health professional.

If you have a kit that requires a first morning sample, you must test the sample within 15 minutes of collection. If a midstream is asked for, urinate a little first, and then hold the dipstick in the stream as you finish urinating. There is no pain or risk associated with these tests, other than the misinterpretation of the results.

Home Pregnancy Tests Many factors affect the results of a home pregnancy test. The kit may not detect the presence of hCG at a very early stage of pregnancy. Not assessing the result at the proper time as indicated in the instructions. Any residual soap or detergent in the collecting cup may yield a false possible result. Taking of certain medicines or drinking a lot of water before collection of urine may affect the test results too. A false positive may be returned if fertility medicine containing hCG is being taken.

Some Home pregnancy kits are easier to use than others. A blood test can confirm a pregnancy before a blood test can. You may be able to detect the signs of pregnancy by observing your body’s changes. You should consider changes in your nutrition if you are thinking of getting pregnant. You should also find out the time of ovulation as closely as possible.

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