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 How Reliable are Home Pregnancy Tests

How Reliable are Home Pregnancy Tests

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This is a common question that comes in your mind when you use a home pregnancy test kit to detect pregnancy. Most of the home pregnancy tests are claimed to be accurate on the first day of your missed period, but sometimes it may not be correct.

Friday, December 2nd, 2016

Before you use a home pregnancy test kit, learn some facts about it:

During pregnancy, your body releases human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) hormone, and home pregnancy test kits detect the presence of hCG in your urine. Follow the instructions carefully while you take up the test, as various methods are used for pregnancy test and they show results in different ways. Do check the expiration date of the kit before using it.
When the test result is positive, it assures your pregnancy. You can contact to your gynaecologist immediately for further confirmation tests.
Negative test results are always not reliable. Test result appears negative if
The test is performed during early pregnancy when hCG concentration is less in urine.
The instructions are not followed properly.

Avoid drinking excess fluid before the test, as it may dilute the presence of hCG in your urine. Wait for 10 minutes after the test. Reading it too early or too late might misinterpret the test result.

Hence, it is recommended to repeat the test in a week.

Try to test with the morning urine, as it contains higher amount of hCG hormone and increases the chances of result being more accurate.
Some medicines which contain hCG can affect the test results such as medicines used to treat infertility.

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