Learning if you are pregnant can be an exciting time in a woman’s life. Finding the best method to learn if you are pregnant or not can therefore be very important. There are many different pregnancy tests on the market that can provide excellent results and with all the different options available, choosing the right one may be a bit confusing.
1. When should you take a test?
When you are trying to determine if you are pregnant, it is best to take a test about three or four days after you miss a period. Most pregnancy tests are the most accurate starting at this point and you can expect a 99% accuracy rating at this point.
However, the longer that you wait, the more accurate your pregnancy test will become. Home pregnancy tests work by looking for levels of hCG in the urine, which is present when a woman is pregnant. This level only increases when a woman is pregnant and doubles every few days after fertilization occurs.
2. Different Types of Pregnancy Tests
While there may be multiple ways that a pregnancy test displays the results of a pregnancy test, they all work very basically the same way; urine is tested for hCG and if it is found a positive reading is displayed. Below are some of the different brands that are popular to choose from:
With this brand, you will find a variety of options. One option, the Early Response test, will test for pregnancy six days before you miss a period and with the Gold Digital Early Result test will allow you to see results digitally rather than with the old fashioned method of revealing lines on the result screen. All the versions that are sold through First Response offer a 99% accuracy reading.
This is another popular brand that offers two different types of pregnancy tests. One displays a simple digital text of either ‘not pregnant’ or ‘pregnant’ and the other changes colors before displaying a plus or a minus sign depending on the results. You can take both of these styles five days before you miss a period and they are over 99% accurate if you take them near the day of your missed period.
EPT also has a digital and a non-digital version of their test. The digital version displays the words ‘pregnant’ or ‘not pregnant’ when the results are revealed. These tests are very sensitive and offer results of about 99% accuracy and can be taken as soon as five days before you miss your period.
These options are often sold at stores, such as The Dollar Store and are one of the most cost effective ways to test for pregnancy. These tests also offer a 99% accuracy and a very sensitive reading. However, there are some differences with this version over that of the more expensive versions. Instead of urinating directly on the test, you will need to urinate in a cup instead and use a dropper to apply to the test itself.
Most generic pregnancy tests are distributed through the same company and they all have a high rate of success; 99%. However, they are not quite as sensitive as the more expensive brands, which only means that you may not be able to test as early as you would with a name brand pregnancy test.
There are many different brands and styles of pregnancy tests. Some are digital and others offer a strip that changes to a particular shape if you are pregnant. However, all these tests work the same and look for the same hormone that is present when you are pregnant.
Even the tests that are administered through the doctor, except for blood tests, work the same way as an at home version and you will receive the same amount of accuracy. Whether you choose a name brand version or a generic one, you will be able to rest assured that you are receiving the correct results, as long as you follow the directions and wait the proper amount of time.
Some women do feel as though a digital version is much simpler to use because it offers a simple yes or no answer. With a non-digital version, you may be left confused as to whether the test is positive or not because the strips can vary when it comes to the degree of color that is present. If you believe that you are pregnant, it is best to talk to your doctor to confirm any results that you do find so that you can receive the best prenatal care that is available.