Table of contents:
- What is the best day to take a pregnancy test
- How to take a home pregnancy test
- How to know if the test is working
- How to know if it was positive or negative
- Online test to find out if you are pregnant
- Find out if you are pregnant
- Do popular home tests work?
- What if the man takes a pregnancy test?
The pregnancy test that you buy at the pharmacy and that you can do at home is quite reliable, as long as it is done correctly, that is, after the first day of missed period.
This type of test measures the presence of beta hCG hormone in the urine, which is only produced when a woman is pregnant, and which increases during the first weeks of pregnancy. Therefore, a positive test means that the woman is producing beta hCG and, therefore, the chances of being pregnant are very high.
It is important that the woman does not take this test before the delay, because she can give a false negative, as the amount of hormone in the urine is still very small and may not be detected by the test.
What is the best day to take a pregnancy test
The pregnancy test you can buy at the pharmacy can be done from the 1st day of your missed period. However, if the result of this first test is negative and your period is still late, or if there are symptoms suggestive of pregnancy, such as light pink vaginal discharge or sore breasts, the test should be repeated within 3 to 5 days, as that the levels of the beta hormone HCG may be higher, being easily detected.
See the top 10 pregnancy symptoms.
Currently, there are already some pregnancy tests, called "early", which can detect a possible pregnancy up to 6 days before the delay. However, if the result is negative, the test must be repeated on the day of the delay.
How to take a home pregnancy test
The pregnancy test should preferably be done with the first urine in the morning, because this is the most concentrated and therefore contains a greater amount of hCG hormone However, the test result is also reliable if performed at any time of day, after waiting at least 4 hours without urinating.
To take the pregnancy test that you can buy at the pharmacy, follow the steps below:
- Urinate in a clean container;
- Take off the test cap and dip the absorbent tip into the urine;
- Wait 5 seconds (or the time indicated on the package) and remove;
- Place the test on a flat surface, such as a table.
Finally, you should wait between 1 to 5 minutes (or according to the package), as it may take the time for the test result to appear.
It is important to remember that the way some tests are used may vary and, therefore, it is always important to read the product instructions.
How to know if the test is working
The test is working correctly whenever at least one streak appears within 10 minutes of starting the test. This stripe appears in the "control" window, which is on the side of the result window and which can be identified with the letter "C".
In the case of digital tests, the control window is not visible and, therefore, the device will indicate if the test is not working, showing an error on the screen or keeping the screen blank.
Whenever the test is not working correctly, regardless of the type, it is recommended to repeat the process, using a new test.
How to know if it was positive or negative
Pregnancy test results can be:
- Two stripes: positive result, indicating confirmation of pregnancy. Even if one of the lines looks more "erased";
- A line: negative result, indicating that there is no pregnancy or that it is still too early for it to be detected;
- "+": Positive result, indicating pregnancy. Even though the "+" symbol appears to be a little "off";
- "-": negative result, indicating that there is no pregnancy or that it is still too early to be detected.
Generally, after 10 minutes, the result can be changed by external factors, so it should not be taken into account if the result changes after that time.
False negative result
The pregnancy test can give a "false negative" result when the test is done too early and there is still not enough beta hCG in the urine. This is especially true when the test is done before your period is late. See the main reasons for a negative pregnancy test.
False positive result
A "false positive" result occurs when the woman tests positive, repeats the test, and tests negative. This is usually due to a miscarriage, which is a relatively common occurrence in the first few weeks of pregnancy.If this happens, it is advisable to consult a gynecologist, especially if it is frequent, as it may indicate a fertility problem that needs treatment. Check out the 7 main causes of infertility in women.
Online test to find out if you are pregnant
In case of suspicion of pregnancy, it is important to observe the appearance of characteristic symptoms, such as increased sensitivity of the breasts and mild abdominal cramping. Take our online test and see if you might be pregnant:
Find out if you are pregnant
Do popular home tests work?
Popularly known home pregnancy tests, which use a needle, toothpaste, chlorine or bleach, should not be done because they are unreliable. See the top popular tests and why they don't work.
To guarantee the result, the best choice to confirm the pregnancy is to take the pharmacy test or the blood test done in the laboratory, because they allow the evaluation of the amount of beta hCG in the blood or urine, allowing the confirmation of the pregnancy.
What if the man takes a pregnancy test?
If a man takes a pregnancy test using his own urine, there is a possibility of seeing a 'positive' result, which indicates the presence of the beta hormone hCG in his urine, which is not related to the pregnancy, but with a serious he alth change, which could be cancer. In this case, you should go to the doctor as soon as possible to carry out tests that can indicate the state of his he alth and start treatment promptly.