PREGNANCY TESTS: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
Taking a pregnancy test is simple, right? Usually, yes, but there are a few things that you might want to know when preparing to take a pregnancy test!
There are literally hundreds of pregnancy test brands out there. We suggest using a sensitive brand to better your chances of getting the right answer the first time you test. The most sensitive test on the market right now is First Response Early Result. This test detects the HCG hormone (Human chorionic gonadotropin) as low as 6.3 mIU/mL (milli-international unit per milliliter). Clearblue Digital pregnancy text has a sensitivity level of 25 mIU/mL.
HOW TO TAKE A PREGNANCY TEST
OK, so we know that taking a pregnancy test is pretty easy stuff. But we will touch on a few things you may not have known. Follow the directions on the box. It is recommended to test first thing in the morning during your first bathroom visit. This is because your urine will be more concentrated and so will the HCG hormone if present. Be sure to wait the full amount of time suggested before reading the result and don’t read it past the allotted time. This will avoid test result confusion.
READING THE RESULTS
Depending on your test brand a positive test result will provide two lines, a plus sign or the word “pregnant”. Your result may look very bright or light. As long as the result is valid (control line appears) your test line can be lighter than the control and be positive. It must have color and have appeared within the time frame.
If taken correctly most test are accurate. If your control line appears without a second line or the words “not pregnant” are displayed on your digital test you may not be pregnant. Know that false negatives are much more likely than false positives. There are many factors that come to play in a negative test result. You may truly not be pregnant, testing too soon, or a test that isn’t very sensitive. If you ovulated later or implantation happened later it will take longer to get a positive result. Most negative results after a missed period are negative but if in doubt wait a few more days or a week to retest.
Evaporation lines can form after the test has been sitting for a while. A colored, grey or white line forms where your test line would be. This is why it isn’t recommended to read a result after the time frame. If you are hoping for a positive result and see an evaporation line it can be heartbreaking if you end up not being pregnant! After the time has passed toss the test to avoid seeing these common lines!
After you test call us! No matter the result we can help you on your next steps!