Pregnancy Test

So you think that you might be pregnant and you're not sure what home pregnancy test that you should use? Home pregnancy test kits are almost as reliable as the tests that are performed in the doctor's office. You can purchase these kits at Wal-Mart, Target, just about anywhere really.

How they work

The kits measure your hCG - human chorionic gonadotropin hormone level in your urine. The tests won't give you an actual number, they simply read positive or negative. These kits offer you privacy and convenience, not to mention that you will have your results in a matter of minutes. You should be able to determine if you are pregnant within a couple of weeks after conception. Be sure to follow the instructions for the kit that you purchase so that you understand how to perform the test.


• How to collect your urine

• How to perform the test

• How much time is necessary to run the test

• How to read the tests

• What may interfere with the tests giving you a false positive or a false negative

• The manufacturer's number if you have additional questions

With the hope test kit, you can either place the strip in your urine stream of place a drop of urine on the chemical strip. The strip will show your result in 1 to 2 minutes. You should use your first morning urine for the test to have a more accurate result, because this is a larger amount of urine that's sat in your bladder all night, it will contain a higher amount of hCG.

You can retake the tests a few days later if your first test is negative. If you are pregnant the hCG level will make a rapid increase and it will be easier to read positive the longer you are pregnant. And the good news is that some test kits will actually provide you with more than one chemical strip so that you can repeat the test.

If your home test kit is negative and you want to have a more sensitive test done, then, you should see your physician and have a blood sample drawn that will be tested. Besides detecting the hCG level in your blood the can also give you an exact number for the hormone, which doubles every few days during the first several weeks of pregnancy. A blood test has the ability to tell how long that you've been pregnant as well as detect if there is a problem thus far with the pregnancy.

Whichever pregnancy test that you use, if you have a positive result, you will want to follow-up with your doctor to so that you can start your prenatal care.

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