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 How authentic is confirming pregnancy at home

How authentic is confirming pregnancy at home

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Home pregnancy test involves the process of detecting the presence of the hormone, Human Chorionic Gonadotropin or HCG in the urine. This is done with the help of various home pregnancy test kits available in medical stores and pharmacies.

Monday, January 16th, 2017

The cells of the uterine wall secrete HCG which forms placenta when the fertilized ova implants itself in the uterus. This generally happens at about 6-8 days after fertilization. HCG levels increases rapidly in the blood stream after this.

Early detection is possible with high sensitivity test kit.

Home pregnancy tests done too early in pregnancy may not be able to detect very little HCG in urine and may give you negative test results. Though, if you chose a highly sensitive test kit, you may be able to get a positive result even in the first week of fertilization.

You might need to repeat the test.

Usually, home-pregnancy tests are able to pick up the HCG in your urine after the first day you miss your period. But if you get negative results and your doubts of pregnancy still exist, wait for a few more days. Allow the HCG levels to rise up a little more and repeat the test after a couple of days. The HCG values rise significantly in pregnancy and tend to double after every 48-72 hours.

Few things to remember about the test.

Do not drink too much fluid: Do not drink too much fluid before the test. This can dilute the HCG levels.

Test the first urine in the morning: Try to take the test with your first urine sample in the morning, as the urine is most concentrated then.

Know the result in five minutes: The pregnancy test will not take more than 5 minutes of your time to give the accurate results.

The result is as accurate as any clinical laboratory test.

If you have read the directions carefully, followed them accurately and the level of HCG in your urine is sufficiently high, then home pregnancy test can be as accurate as any clinical test for pregnancy.

Home pregnancy tests and tests done in clinical laboratories are both similar in the sense that they both depend upon the presence of HCG in your urine sample. In clinics, pregnancy test can be done on your blood sample or urine sample, while at home it is done using your urine sample only.

Pregnancy can be confirmed accurately at home, but it is always advisable to do a clinical test once your pregnancy is confirmed. To rule out the possibilities of multiple and ectopic pregnancy, you must get the clinical tests done as prescribed by your doctor.

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