Whether you are trying to conceive or not, taking a home pregnancy test can be stressful! The result of your test will be emotional regardless of what the outcome is, and although pregnancy tests aren’t usually difficult to take, there are certain steps you can take to ensure that you are getting the most accurate result. The following is a list of tips from our OBYNG in Bradenton for taking home pregnancy tests:
- Read all instructions – Although there isn’t too much variation with the different kinds of tests, they can have small differences that you should keep in mind. It is important to fully read the instructions on your specific test and follow them as closely as possible.
- Don’t test too early – Many tests claim to be able to tell if you if you are pregnant days before you miss your period, and while some may be able to do that, not every woman will produce a detectable amount of hCG (the hormone produced during pregnancy) that early. If you test too early, you could get a false negative.
- Test in the morning – If you are pregnant, there will be a higher concentration hCG in your morning urine (unless you went to the bathroom in the middle of the night), so a morning test will give you the most accurate result. If you can’t wait until the morning to take your test, you can also hold your urine for around four hours before you take the test. This will give the hCG in your urine more time to build up.
Want to learn more tips for taking home pregnancy tests? If so, please stay tuned for our next blog.