We all know that scene from the movies or TV dramas where the heroine rushes into a pharmacy and throws every home pregnancy kit into her basket before rushing home to do twenty tests. When you find yourself the heroine in your own scene, it is often just as nerve-wrecking, but let’s face it, there are just so many tests one woman can do before she runs out of money, time and urine.
Pregnancy tests are done either by testing blood, urine or doing an ultrasound. Blood and urine tests detect the presence of a hormone called hCG (Human Chorionic Gonadotropin).
Blood tests are more accurate than urine tests, and are therefore used by most doctors to confirm pregnancy. But when your period is late or you know you’ve slipped up with the safety, there is nothing like an accessible test to calm your nerves. Step in home pregnancy kits.
Today’s home pregnancy tests are better than ever before, in fact, they have brought about a bit of a revolution in fertility management. Time is everything if you should turn out to be pregnant, whether you plan to continue the process or not.
But using home tests responsibly, to save time instead of waste it and to provide accurate results, means knowing a few facts and figures that you are bound to overlook when the tension level is peaked.
The hormone hCG is produced by the embryo soon after conception. During the early weeks of pregnancy, it tends to double in amount every two days. hCG is present in the blood stream and is also released into the urine, so by testing either of these, we can know what’s going on in the uterus.
The catch is that if you do the test too early, you could be pregnant but the test is not sensitive enough to pick up the low levels, giving you a negative result. This is known as a false negative. Under rare circumstances you can also have a false positive.
Directions on How to Take a Home Pregnancy Test