How to Run a Pregnancy Test

In this blog post, I’m going to give you a complete guide to finding out whether you’re pregnant. And no, not from a home pregnancy test kit.
First things first: if you think you might be pregnant, the best thing to do is take a trip to your local pharmacy and buy a pregnancy kit. They’re pretty affordable and there’s no need to worry about going through the steps of reading the instructions and dealing with the disappointment that comes a few days later by registering a positive test result.
You may know it as a “pregnancy test”.
Pregnancy tests work because human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) hormone levels in your system will change as soon as implantation happens. So if there’s an hCG present in your body, all good pregnancy tests will detect it within days or weeks after conception has happened.

But not all tests will detect this.

If you’re looking for something a little more advanced, look no further than this pregnancy test with its built-in fertility monitor. This little doohickey will give you actual ovulation data, plus the hCG it produces (pregnancy test) as well as your luteinizing hormone (an ovulation predictor) levels in your blood. Can this be considered a whole lot of product for the price? You betcha!

Pregnancy Test Kit

Pregnancy Test

How to Run a Pregnancy Test

  1. Try your first dose

The night before you do your test, make up a solution and apply it to a white cotton pad. You will need to rub this pad for five to 10 minutes (depending on the brand). A few hours later, when you apply it to your cervix, you should try to check if you are pregnant within the next eight hours. It works best if you’re using the test at home. At-home results are more accurate because the pads can be placed directly on your cervix. It can take up to eight hours to detect hCG. So you’ll want to go to the bathroom around the time you expect to ovulate. When you think you may be about to ovulate, take a test from the day before, rubbing the pads about three times on your cervix. Read the instructions on your pregnancy test kit and follow them.

The timing of your test could be anywhere from three to eight hours. The more you know about your body, the better prepared you’ll be. Time and temperatures are the two main factors in test timing. Remember: urine can stay in the tubes for up to eight hours. Also, you’ll want to wait three to eight hours before visiting the bathroom to check the test result.

Even if the test is positive, your ovulation may not follow right away. It can take up to five days for the blood level of hCG to reach its peak. Just because you think you’re pregnant, do NOT take a pregnancy test immediately.

Pregnancy Test

Baby’s First Period

Ovulation

How to Run a Pregnancy Test

  1. Checking for a positive result

Once you know you’re pregnant, you have two weeks to take a test. Some kits have an “official first day” and you may want to take your test the first day you think you might be pregnant. By doing so you can check whether you ovulated. Yes, you can check your ovulation one day earlier than checking the following day.

Check your test for a positive result based on the instructions on the package. Most kits are easy to read and you won’t have any problems. If you’re having trouble with the timing, see if you can find a close friend or coworker who can help you.In a box marked “PREG,” you’ll see two lines (usually a diagonal line and a horizontal line). Your test kit may be able to tell you if it’s a positive (preg) or negative (nog) result. Positive tests will show two lines; negative tests will show only a line.

  1. What to do next

If the test is positive, you’ll get a result much quicker than you would if you waited a day. You should also contact your doctors.

Checking for a Negative Result

You can always check for a negative result by taking another test. Most kits have a box that you can use for testing twice.

It can take weeks or even months before you’ll see a baby on an ultrasound. That’s why you should test again if you think you’re pregnant. Do so at least three months after your last period to ensure that you’re not pregnant.

You can take another test anytime after the first positive test result. You can take a different pregnancy test or you can just do a test two days later.

  1. In the meantime, book your prenatal appointment

Once you verify a pregnancy, you’ll want to visit your doctor again. This will allow your doctor to confirm that a pregnancy is present and estimate your due date.

A quick note on the accuracy: the first pregnancy test is often positive. The second pregnancy test is more accurate in differentiating between a positive and negative pregnancy.

If you have a positive test after the first trimester, your doctor will perform a blood test in addition to ultrasound.

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