Pregnancy Test – What To Expect
One of the most exciting, or frustrating, events in trying to become pregnant is those pregnancy tests. I’m speaking of the over the counter ones you find in all of the drugstores. Here are some tips on what to expect with these tests.
All of these various tests for pregnancy work the same way. Basically, they require you to urinate onto a stick or in a cup they provide. After a few minutes you will then know if the test was a positive or negative. The key is when you take the test.
Naturally, the test needs to be taken the first thing in the morning in most all cases. This is due to the fact that the highest levels of your pregnancy hormone are in your first of the morning urine. Also, the best time of the month to take the test is after your period is due.
Some of these pregnancy kits are fairly accurate if you take the test a day or two before your period is due, but your best results, and most accurate, are a few days to a week after your period due date.
The actual pregnancy test itself is pretty straightforward from these kits on the market. Once you urinate onto the stick it takes 5-10 minutes for it to travel down the strip and give you an accurate reading of the results. Generally, after 10-15 minutes you will see a line that indicates whether or not you are pregnant. Tests vary by how they indicate this of course, so be sure to read all of the information provided in the box so you fully understand what to look for.
How accurate are these tests? In most cases they are very accurate if you have followed the instructions and have taken it at the right time of the day and month. One thing to keep in mind is that if you find yourself being 2-3 weeks late in your period, call your doctor and talk to them about it.
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