How to Take a Home Pregnancy Test

Taking a home pregnancy test requires following the instructions on the label. It does not take more than 2 minutes for the test to give the results.

Written by: Vatsal Anand Updated at: 2011-08-17 13:18

If you feel you are pregnant, using a home pregnancy test is the most feasible option. You do not need a prescription for getting test kits at a medical store. Pregnancy tests detect the presence of a hormone in your urine called human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG). However, these tests are qualitative, the results are either positive or negative for pregnancy.

Many women prefer the ease and privacy of taking home pregnancy test to laboratory tests by health care providers. The hormone hCG can be detected around 2 weeks after conception. The home pregnancy test kit is used by placing one drop of your urine on the chemical strip. It generally takes less than 2 minutes for the chemical strip to show the result.


Preparing for Home Pregnancy Test

For getting the right results with your home pregnancy test kit, you need to follow all the instructions on the kit. 

Go through the instructions on the label carefully:  Having gone through the instructions with explanatory pictures, you will understand how to do the test. The instructions will give you the following information:

  • What the test will confirm and what it will not.
  • Ways to collect and store your urine sample.
  • Timing instructions on how and when to perform the test. Interpretation of test results.
  • Factors that can affect the test results. The manufacturer's contact no. if you have any doubts.

You need to follow all instructions of the home pregnancy test to get a correct result. To give the right result, most home tests need specific timing, sample amounts and materials. You must also check the expiration dates and storage instructions. This is important because before performing the test, you need to ensure that components will work correctly.


Word of Caution for Home Pregnancy Test


Inquire from the pharmacist or check out FDA database to know whether the particular home test you undertook was regulated by FDA or not. If you find that a test is not regulated by FDA, it means that government of USA has not evaluated the product for its safety or effectiveness.

In any case all pregnancy tests can give you a false alarm about being pregnant. It is quite possible after getting a positive result that you find expected body developments are not taking place. That is why confirming the home pregnancy test results with a test done by your doctor to confirm the result is a must.


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