Home Pregnancy Tests: Can You Rely on Them?

Hopeful couple consulting a doctorMany women who think that they might be pregnant use a home pregnancy test to find out if they are. If you are thinking of doing the same, you may be wondering if the results are credible. Note that the accuracy may depend on when and how you take the test.

Too Soon to Confirm

Some tests claim that they offer reliable results even if you take it soon, or on the first day you missed your period. It is, of course, advisable to wait for at least a week to get a more accurate result. The test will only be positive if it detects the hormone human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG).

It takes about a week for the fertilized to travel to the uterus and the body to produce HCG.

Tests Not Sensitive Enough

Pregnancy doctors in Pleasant Grove note that in some cases, the body may not produce enough HCG and you will get a negative result.

Healthcare institution Revere Health reveals that pregnancy tests claim they are 99% accurate, but studies suggest that some are not sensitive enough to detect pregnancy, especially in women who have just missed their period. Some tests may detect, but it is advisable to wait for a week.

Trying the Pregnancy Test

Most home pregnancy tests use a urine sample to detect HCG, which enters the urine and bloodstream. Before using it, make sure to check the expiration date and follow instructions carefully. It is best to try it during the morning, as this is the time when urine is at its most concentrated.

The tests vary how they show the result; some use a plus or minus sign, while others display “pregnant” or “not pregnant.”

If you get a positive result, wait for a few days then try again. If it is negative, do not immediately assume that you are not pregnant. Note that the production of HCG varies from woman to woman.

If there is an immediate need to confirm your pregnancy, it is best to contact a healthcare provider who might perform ultrasounds or a blood test.