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Let go the trouble of using pregnancy test strips with the right knowledge

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
Apr 09, 2013
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Quick Bites

  • Morning urine sample allows one to test for pregnancy accurately.
  • There are three types of test results, namely, positive, negative and invalid.
  • Follow instructions given on the user manual to produce accurate results.
  • Do not hastily pull the strips off when testing for pregnancy.

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Pregnancy test strips help determine the level of hCG (human Chorionic Gonadotropin) in a person's urine specimen and is the best way of monitoring early pregnancy as early as 6 to 15 days after fertilisation.

 

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Subsequent rise in the concentration levels of hCG confirms pregnancy can help one know if she is pregnant with the help of a pregnant test kit that comes with a pregnancy test strip.

 

 

Instructions to use

Open the sealed pack and remove the test kit from its pouch.

 

Urinate into a small unused cup to collect your urine sample for testing. First morning urine sample gives best results as it contains the highest concentration of hCG, however, urine sample collected at another time of day can also be used.

 

Hold the pregnancy strips vertically so that the arrows point down i.e. towards the urine specimen.

 

Carefully dip the test strip into the urine sample and let it stay for three seconds. Lift and dip again if you are not satisfied.

 

Lay the test strip on a flat surface and wait for the colour band to appear. Time taken for the result to display directly depends upon the concentration of hCG in the urine specimen. A positive result may be observed within 40 seconds, however, for confirmation of a negative test, you need to wait for at least 5 minutes.

 

Before reading the test result, you must be clear about the specified reaction time for test results to appear. The reaction time varies from test to test and must be followed according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

 

 

Interpreting test results

  • Positive test result: When the test is positive, two distinct bands appear in control and test regions. Colour intensity of the test band may vary due to different stages and levels of HCG.
  • Negative test result: A single band indicates negative pregnancy result. When only one colour band appears in the control region and no band in the test region then the pregnancy has not been detected.
  • Invalid test result: There may be a time when none of the bands appear, either in control or test area of the strip. This may happen due to low level of HCG, insufficient volume of urine sample or you must have not followed the right procedure while performing the test. In such a case the test must be conducted again after 72 hours.

 

Pregnancy test strips are an accurate method of testing whether one is pregnant or not and at most times, it works accurately provided the one doing it knows how to perform the test.

 

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  • Nandini01 Oct 2012
    i lost my periods and its being 3 days now... mating took place 21 days before.. i need an abortion.. please help me with the suitable way to get rid of pregnancy.. please. which medicine will be useful for me?..please help me
  • Nandini01 Oct 2012
    i lost my periods and its being 3 days now... mating took place 21 days before.. i need an abortion.. please help me with the suitable way to get rid of pregnancy.. please. which medicine will be useful for me?..please help me
  • Pooja 27 Aug 2012
    What about the relaibilty of these pregnancy test kits. Is there any quality standard we should look for when buying a kit?
  • gotu09 Jun 2012
    my period date 5/5/12..kya prepnency ka pata 15 -20 din pata chal jata hai.mene pregnency tester use kiya usme positive batha raha hai..1 line dark hai or 1 line light hai .kya aisa hota hai ke positive hone ke bad be pregnent ne ho.mene dr.ko bataya lekin dr.be confarm ne bol rai hai..lekin morning me test kiya tho dono line clear ai ti..kya ap mery help kar sakte hai.ki kya me pregnent hu ya nai
  • gotu09 Jun 2012
    my period date 5/5/12..kya prepnency ka pata 15 -20 din pata chal jata hai.mene pregnency tester use kiya usme positive batha raha hai..1 line dark hai or 1 line light hai .kya aisa hota hai ke positive hone ke bad be pregnent ne ho.mene dr.ko bataya lekin dr.be confarm ne bol rai hai..lekin morning me test kiya tho dono line clear ai ti..kya ap mery help kar sakte hai.ki kya me pregnent hu ya nai
  • Rose21 May 2012
    Please i would like to know if Fertilaid is a HCG drug.I tried running a home pregnancy test and it appeared negative, then i search online and came across this article that says Fertile drugs can make it appear negative.
  • geet01 May 2012
    my period date in 04/04/12 kaya pregnancy 15 days me pata chal skta hai pregnancy ki effect 15 days me kaya hoti hai plz give me ans
  • katerine13 Apr 2012
    i fiinised ma menses on d 28th...and had sex on the 2nd of the next month....den i descovered ma breast is aching me....and i decided to go for the test...on the 12th..the first test prove positive.....i was worried and did the second and it shows negative....am worried does it means am pregnant
  • surekha06 Feb 2012
    i was expected my date of period on 29th-30th jan 12.but not yet come. i think i am pregnent.what should i u do?
  • Surekha06 Feb 2012
    hi i was expected my date of period on 29th-30th jan 12.but not yet come. i think i am pregnent.what should u do?
  • Anu27 Jan 2012
    i ve tested two times 1st after 4-5 dyas of my due date of period than it shows negative and second after 10 days than in test it shows light line of pregnancy what does it mean
  • Ria Sharma19 Jan 2012
    Can anyone tell me where I can go for Abortion, I am unmarried girl and I am pregnant. Please help me
  • rajesh19 Jan 2012
    i used musoprostol t0 prevent pregnency 9 jan.12.and i tested it.i got a pink line with very very faint another line which did not seem normally. after the taking tablet my period had started, i took the tablet 2 jan. and i had done the sex 12 dec.2011. now my period has finished. after happen all of this i am pregnent or not? please tell me soon
  • twinkle26 Dec 2011
    how can i prevent pregnancy after being pregnent
  • Sophalin23 Dec 2011
    I've tested two times, one was last 5days which was three weeks after my last period. The other one was today which is the 27the day of last period. The tests were all negative. Was it because I took the tests too early or because I didn't use the morning urine? Is there any chance I get a positive result soon later?