A pregnancy test can be an important tool for women who think that they may be pregnant. They are highly successful at determining if you are pregnant and can easily confirm any suspicion that you may be having. However, there are certain times that are better at providing an accurate reading than others. In order to know when you should take a home pregnancy test, it is first important to learn more about them.
1. What is a pregnancy test?
A pregnancy test was designed in a couple of different ways, but they all work basically the same way. By taking a sample of a woman’s blood or urine, the test will look for a particular hormone that is present when a woman becomes pregnant called human chorionic gonadotropin or (hCG).
Immediately after an egg is fertilized and implants to the wall of the uterus, hCG will be produced in the body. Sometimes, it will register on a pregnancy test about six days after fertilizations, but sometimes it takes longer to appear. The level of hCG will continue to rise in the body throughout pregnancy.
2. What is the difference between the types of tests?
There are two major types of pregnancy tests that are used to determine if a woman is pregnant; urine and blood tests. There are also a couple of different types of blood tests that can be administered as well: qualitative hCG and quantitative hCG.
A urine test is a simple test that can be taken either at home or at the doctor’s office. Usually, women decide to take a home pregnancy test about one week following a missed period. The benefit of a home urine pregnancy test is that they are private and convenient.
They are also very easy to use and come with instructions that are easy to follow. It is important that you follow the instructions carefully when you take a home pregnancy test so that you will make sure that you are receiving results that are accurate.
A home pregnancy test is also easy to find at most supermarkets, pharmacies and other stores where general items are purchased. They are fairly inexpensive and cost much less than what a woman would pay if she were to take a trip to the doctor to have one administered instead. They are also very accurate and can predict pregnancy accurately nearly 99% of the time.
Blood tests are completed at your doctor’s office and are not used as often as a urine test. Most often your doctor will conduct a urine test similar to the ones that you will find for at home purchase rather than rely on a blood test. The benefit in a blood test is that they are able to detect pregnancy sooner than a urine test.
3. What do the test results mean?
When you are taking a pregnancy test, you will receive one of two responses. Either you are pregnant or you are not. Regardless of the darkness of the line, sign, or color is, if there is a mark, the test is registering that you are pregnant.
There are some instances that may produce a false positive, but for the most part a pregnancy test is very accurate. Certain types of medications can register a false positive on a pregnancy test as can protein or blood in your urine. However, this only occurs in rare circumstances and you can usually trust the results of a pregnancy test.
4. Can I take one early?
Each pregnancy test will have a specified time frame listed on the box which indicates when you should take the test. For the most part, you should stick with this schedule. For example, most pregnancy tests will confirm a pregnancy a few days before or after you have missed your period. However, they are more accurate the longer you wait to take them after your missed period.
Since hCG only shows up in the urine a certain amount of time after fertilization, results will not be as accurate if you take a test early. However, many women have received great results by taking a test early and there is no harm in taking one early. However, you should not rely too heavily on the results that you receive because they will not be as accurate.