Last updated on July 26th, 2017 at 08:19 am
Do you want to know the three advanced testing for pregnancy tips every sexually active woman should be aware of to get accurate results in just a few minutes?
If you’re a sexually active woman who wants to know the advanced tips to get accurate pregnancy test results, continue reading. You can avoid getting wrong results by taking your testing for pregnancy efforts to the next level.
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Advanced Tip #1: OTC pregnancy tests don’t differ much in accuracy
Accuracy concerns lead to wasted time and money. You want your Equate Pregnancy Test or other OTC product to deliver results that you can trust. Women who want results often think that spending more money to buy expensive nationally marketed pregnancy test brands will give them better accuracy.
Learn from this valuable tip: practically all OTC pregnancy tests have a similar efficiency level. Realize that accuracy depends more on when you take your test and how well you follow its directions and liberate yourself from manipulative branding and marketing.
Testing too early after ovulation causes the most inaccurate results. Similarly, storing your test in cold or hot temperatures can lead to misleading outcomes. Allowing either too little too much time between performing the test and reading the result can also cause erroneous results.
Advanced Tip #2: OTC money doesn’t buy you greater pregnancy test sensitivity
Get better results while testing for pregnancy by understanding sensitivity ratings. Pregnancy test products contain test material that reacts to the presence of the hCG pregnancy hormone in your urine. After conception, hCG levels gradually increase at first and then double every 24 to 48 hours. Tests with high sensitivity ratings detect smaller amounts of hCG, allowing you to test earlier than you can with other tests. No correlation between the price of your test and its sensitivity.
An Equate Pregnancy Test from Wal-Mart, for example, has a sensitivity rating of 25 mIU/ml. When hCG concentration in your urine reaches that level, it will display a positive result that matches the diagram found in the instructions. New Choice Pregnancy Test sensitivity from Dollar Tree has a sensitivity of 20 mIU/ml, making it more sensitive than the Equate products. Some drug tests distributed by Inverness Technologies and sold at large retail chains have sensitivity levels of 50 mIU/ml. Meanwhile, nationally marketed brands such as EPT (40 mIU/ml) and Clearable (50 mIU/ml) cost almost double the price of Equate and up to ten times more than the on-dollar Dollar Tree test. The pregnancy test at Family Dollar offers average sensitivity.
Advanced Tip #3: OTC pregnancy test sensitivity doesn’t matter
Stop worrying about the sensitivity level of your pregnancy test. Yes, you can get a more sensitive test and save money by using the Dollar Tree test. Still, the variation doesn’t matter much. Although the difference between 20 mIU/ml and 50 mIU/ml seems high, your body only needs one day to increase its hCG level by 30 ml. Most women will reach both levels during the fifth week after conception. Still, testing so early reduces the accuracy of your test, making sensitivity an unnecessary concern.
Advanced Tip #4: Wait as long as possible to test for pregnancy
Expensive brands such as the First Response Pregnancy Test make bold claims about how early you can test for pregnancy. Read the fine print. You will find a chart detailing the effect of testing early on accuracy printed on the package of every so-called “first result” test. Save money and worry by waiting until after the first day of your missed period to test, when the accuracy of almost every test will surpass 90%. If you test one week after the start of your missed period, you can expect 97% accuracy. If you choose to test early, buy multiple tests, so you can re-test after the first day of your missed period.
Use the advanced tips above for successful pregnancy testing to make your experience with the product of your choice accurate and fruitful.