Pregnancy Test Directions

on Oct 09, 2014

by Monica Scott, BS, RN

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Taking a home pregnancy test. It seems quite simple, doesn’t it? You can buy the tests at any local store or even order them online, and find out if you are pregnant in the comfort of your own home. However, many women actually do not fully understand how to take an at home pregnancy test, and might be doing it wrong.

All About Testing

Taking a home pregnancy test. It seems quite simple, doesn’t it? You can buy the tests at any local store or even order them online, and find out if you are pregnant in the comfort of your own home. However, many women actually do not fully understand how to take an at home pregnancy test, and might be doing it wrong. This can lead to inaccurate results and can cause confusion and worry. Read on for more info about what to do and what not to do when taking an at home pregnancy test. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

The Timing

One of the most important things about taking a home pregnancy test is to make sure you get the timing right. Taking a test too soon is just a waste of time and money and will give you an inaccurate result. Most home pregnancy tests recommend that you take them on the first day of your missed period or later. However, there are several (more expensive) tests on the market these days that are more sensitive and can pick up on lower levels of hCG in the body. Two brands that come to mind are the Clearblue Advanced Digital Test and the First Response Gold Digital Test. These tests are able to detect hCG in the body at 4 days before a missed period and 6 days before a missed period, respectively. This still doesn’t guarantee that they will work at this stage, however. It all depends on a woman’s body and how long it takes the hCG to build up in her body.

The Testing

Another very important thing to remember about taking a home pregnancy test is that the instructions must be followed very closely. Many women just discard the instructions and go ahead and do the test their own way, but that is not a good idea. Every test has different instructions, and they vary from brand to brand. For example, some tests need you to place the test strip in the urine stream, and some need you to use a cup and dunk the test strip in the cup. Some tests have you wait three minutes before reading the results, some have you wait five minutes before reading the results, and some have you wait longer. Some tests ask you not to read the results after ten minutes, and some give a longer time frame. It is so important to follow the directions of each test fully.

The Bottom Line

The bottom line is that pregnancy tests are not one size fits all. Make sure to follow the instructions and take the tests exactly as directed for the most accurate results. If you have questions about your home pregnancy test results, or how to use your test, ask your local pharmacist or ask your doctor. They will be able to give you some tips to help you make sure you are using your test the right way. Pregnancy tests can be confusing, but if you take your time and read and follow the directions closely, you will have nothing to worry about.

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Ms. Scott joined ConceiveEasy after working in prenatal obstetrical care for two years in a private practice before being promoted to Director of Nursing. She has a strong interest in women's health with an emphasis on promoting fertility awareness.

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