Last updated on September 1st, 2016 at 01:05 pm
Blow your mind with a Home Pregnancy Test. Without leaving your home, you can check for pregnancy with amazing accuracy. An OTC pregnancy test saves you a visit to the doctor. It also saves you money.
Home Pregnancy Test: How it Works
A home pregnancy test checks for the presence of the pregnancy hormone, hCG, in your urine. Your body produces human chorionic gonadotropin in cells that eventually become a placenta. The hormone enters the blood in about six days after the presence of a fertilized egg. Concentrations of hCG increase quickly. A home pregnancy test will check for a minimum level of hCG in your urine. If the test finds enough hCG, it will show a positive indication of pregnancy. At least one test on the market will help estimate when you got pregnant.
Home Pregnancy Test: When to Use It
Pregnancy tests that say they allow you to test early can mislead you. When you test up to six days before your missed period, you might get a positive result. If you read the fine print on the package, you will learn that early testing has less accuracy. Women who choose to test early should repeat the test about a week after the first day of their missed period to verify their results.
When a package says a test has an accuracy of greater than 99 percent, read the fine print. The highest accuracy comes after your missed period, making most tests equal in accuracy. To get the best results from your home pregnancy test, use it about a week after the first day of your expected period.
Home Pregnancy Test: Accuracy Information
Packaging that boasts high levels of accuracy do not misrepresent the product. If you read the fine print, you will find out what the 99-percent accuracy rate means. FDA tests use a previously approved test as a benchmark for a new test. If the new test gives the same results, the maker of the test can make accuracy claims.
No test can produce accurate results before your missed period. Some tests might have a higher hCG sensitivity, but the product package and directions will tell you that you do not get a high degree of accuracy until you have missed a period.
Tests usually do not make a big deal of their sensitivity. In fact, some tests do not provide their sensitivity to the pregnancy hormone. If you find a test that can detect levels of 20 mlU/ml, it has more sensitivity than a test that detects 50 mlU/ml.
Home Pregnancy Test: How to Use It
Using your pregnancy test involves inserting the tip of the test into your urine stream. Some tests allow you to insert the test into a cup of urine. Other products require you to use a dropper to apply urine to a test strip or test cassette. Read the home pregnancy test instructions that come with the test you buy. If you do not follow the instructions, you might not get an accurate result.
Home Pregnancy Test: Reviews
CPG Health reviews OTC health and beauty products. We have several product reviews of home pregnancy test products.
- Clearblue Pregnancy Test.
- Dollar General Pregnancy Test.
- Dollar General Pregnancy Test Instructions.
- Answer Pregnancy Test
- First Response Early Result Pregnancy Test.
- Equate One Step Pregnancy Test.
- Equate One Step Pregnancy Test Instructions.
- Target Pregnancy Test.
- Equate Early Result Pregnancy Test.
- Equate Early Ovulation Predictor.
- Equate Early Ovulation Test Instructions.
Now that you know more about using a home pregnancy test, pick one out and give it a try. CPG Health wishes you a safe and healthy pregnancy.