Have you recently missed your period and are now wondering how soon you can take a home pregnancy test for accurate results? If you go to your local drugstore, you will see many products that claim to give you an accurate reading as soon as the day you miss your period. However, how true is this claim? And what could happen if you take the test too soon?
If you go to the drugstore to buy a home pregnancy test, you will see several products that claim they can give you accurate pregnancy test results even if you are only one day late. While it is true that your pregnancy can be detected at this early stage, sometimes it won’t be.
Home pregnancy tests are most accurate when taken a week after you’ve missed your period. If you take the test before you’ve missed your period, it’s possible to get a false negative result.
The most accurate way to take a pregnancy test is by taking it in the morning as your first urine of the day. The urine at this time has the highest concentration of human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) – which is the hormone that most pregnancy tests are designed to detect.
It’s important to be precise when reading and following the directions that come with your home pregnancy test because each test is designed differently and if you don’t perform the correct steps, you might not get an accurate result.
Home pregnancy tests are designed to be easy to use for anyone. All you need to do is hold the stick (or whatever your test came as) under your stream of urine for a few seconds. Then, wait a bit for the results. Look at the example that came with your test to know exactly what to look for as the test develops. Most home pregnancy tests will show results within a few minutes.
If you test negative for pregnancy but still haven’t had your period after a few more days, you can always test again or call your doctor. Doctors’ offices typically use urine tests to detect pregnancy, but blood tests are more accurate at detecting early pregnancy.