Home pregnancy tests are an accurate and easy way to find out if you’re pregnant. You can buy them from most pharmacies. If you’re not sure how they work, read on for more information.
When a woman becomes pregnant, her body starts producing a hormone called HCG. This hormone can be detected in urine, and home pregnancy tests measure the amount of HCG present. Home pregnancy tests vary in their sensitivity, so depending on the test you’ve purchased, some may be able to detect pregnancy earlier than others. To find out how sensitive your particular test is, read the instructions or check the back of the packaging.
When to take a pregnancy test
If you’re wondering when the best time to take a pregnancy test is, it really depends on the type of test you’re using. Pregnancy tests can detect HCG as early as six days after ovulation, but the most accurate tests usually detect it 14 days after ovulation. For most women, this falls in the middle of their ovulation cycle. Wait at least one week after your due period to take a pregnancy test, even if your menstrual cycle is usually regular.
How accurate are home pregnancy tests?
According to research, pregnancy tests are accurate 97% of the time. Although false positives are rare, they can happen. To ensure you are getting a reliable result, be sure to follow the directions on the pregnancy test. Taking a test before your period is due is not recommended and can produce an unreliable result. If a negative test turns positive later, it’s usually not because the test is bad but because it was taken too early. For the most accurate result, it is best to wait until after your last period is due before taking a test.
Should I take a home pregnancy test?
If your period is late or if you are experiencing possible morning sickness and sore breasts, you are likely pregnant. Before making an appointment with a doctor, you can take a home pregnancy test. If your period is late, this means that you are already post-ovulation and this is the best time to take a test.
If you think you might be pregnant, it’s important to take a pregnancy test and then see a doctor to confirm the results. Most pregnancy tests are accurate, but it’s still best to wait the full three months before announcing your pregnancy to be sure.