1. WHEN IS THE EARLIEST TIME TO TAKE PREGNANCY TEST
Consider taking pregnancy test 10 days after you missed your period. There’s a great possibility that you are carrying a child. However, two-week wait is quite long for trying-to-conceive women. To lessen the anxiety, you can do the early detection test between 7 and 10 days.
- Ovulation, Conception, Implantation
Once the egg or ovum is released into the fallopian tube and met with a hale and hearty sperm cell, the egg becomes fertilized. Conception occurs when the sperm cell penetrated the egg and becomes an embryo. In a matter of 6 to 12 days, this embryo travels to the uterus and starts the implantation. This is the process by which the embryo attaches itself to the maternal uterine lining and begins the secretion of the “pregnancy hormone” or hCG (human chorionic gonadotropin). Thus, first response pregnancy test can be done in 7 to 10 days if you’re anxious to know the result. However, you might get a negative pregnancy test at this early stage if your ovulation began late or the implantation hasn’t occurred yet. Better take another pregnancy test a few days after. The two-week wait is still the best time to make a test.
2. TYPES OF PREGNANCY TEST
There are two types of pregnancy test that you can do: the urine or blood pregnancy test that detects the presence of pregnancy hormones either your urine or blood.
- Urine Pregnancy Test – you can do this type of pregnancy at the physician’s office or at your own home. When using the urine pregnancy test, all you need to do is take a sample of your urine and follow the instruction found in your test kit. There’s no specific time for the test but early morning is the most recommended time wherein the collected urine exhibits a higher concentration of hCG. First morning urine decreases the possibility of test error and leads to a much reliable, accurate result.
- Blood Pregnancy Test – There are two types of blood tests: the qualitative and the quantitative HCG tests. Both are done to detect pregnancy through the presence or absence of HCG in your blood. Qualitative, checks whether the “pregnancy hormone” is present or not. Quantitative, measures the amount of hormones present in your blood. It helps verifies the age of fetus and also detects any abnormalities (ectopic and molar pregnancies) and possible miscarriage.
3. POSITIVE PREGNANCY TEST
What to do when you’re positive?
Once you get a positive result from your pregnancy test, visit the doctor at once. You can rely on a home pregnancy test for accurate results especially when it’s done during the most recommended period (in two week time). However, the doctor’s test is still needed to confirm that you are really pregnant. In the clinic you can have a positive pregnancy test photo and other necessary check-ups, and you can also discuss with your doctor the next best thing to do.
4. BEST PREGNANCY TEST
There are different brands of pregnancy test available. You can use any of it at the comfort of your own home. Each has its own way of telling that you’re expecting. Most pregnancy test kits use lines to indicate whether you are positive or negative. It is accurate in detecting the HCG in your urine but still it is advised that you visit a doctor once you get a positive result.
Both urine and blood pregnancy tests are reliable. You can take a urine test if you’re quite unsure. A blood pregnancy test on the other hand gives you the most accurate result with follow up advice from your doctor.
I received comments in Spanish and German…asking for more information. Please see below:
German : Alles was Du wissen musst über den Schwangerschaftstest !
French : Tout ce que vous devez savoir sur le test de grossesse !
Polish : TEST CIĄŻOWY – WSZYSTKO CO MUSISZ WIEDZIEĆ
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