Home Pregnancy Test

Once you wake up in the morning and realise that something has changed - you still haven’t got your menstrual period, you feel sick, your breasts have enlarged and are sore, your clothes feel tighter.

What should you do next to be sure you are pregnant?

Home Pregnancy TestOne of the most popular ways to get “Yes” or “No” answer is to take a home pregnancy test (HPT).

A home pregnancy test measures the levels of hCG (the hormone human chorionic gonadotropin secreted by the placenta during pregnancy) in your urine. You just have to place a drop of urine on a chemical strip and wait for the result. To get a positive result your urine should contain a sufficient quantity of hCG.

It is usually suggested that the HPT is taken not earlier than the date your period is officially late, but in fact “pregnancy hormone” can be detected not earlier than 14 days after conception. To ensure the accuracy of the test it is better to wait 7-10 days after the due date of your period.

You should also bear in mind that different pregnancy tests can show different results. It depends on their sensitivity - with a more sensitive test you will get a positive result earlier. It is suggested to take the tests that measure approximately 25-50 mIU/ml of hCG, as it is usually the amount urine contains at 4th week of pregnancy.

Although most tests do not require using first morning urine, it is important to remember that it takes hCG about 4 hours to build up after you last urinated, provided you don’t drink excessive amounts of water to increase the volume of urine in your body.

The advantages of HPTs are that they are easy to use, they take only a few minutes and they rarely give false results, unless they are taken too early.

HPTs are available in most pharmacies and do not require a prescription.

 

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