How To Take Pregnancy Test For The First Timer
The process of waiting for a positive result seems to be so long. Days feel like weeks as you wait for it to be time to take a pregnancy test. Don’t stress yourself. If you are in the midst of trying to conceive, we wish you all the best and hope you get the positive result! If you are still new and cannot figure out on how to take a pregnancy test, we are here to teach you. So, before you head to the pharmacy to purchase the pregnancy kit, be sure to read everything you need to know about home pregnancy tests and how they work. You don’t need to be in doubt whether two-line strips or single-line strip means positive.
How does it work?
You can purchase pregnancy test over the counter in any pharmacy. They are available anywhere with affordable price. So how does it works? Basically, pregnancy test detects pregnancy hormones in your urine. The chemical strip on the dipstick detects human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) which the body starts producing after an embryo implants. Some tests also detect a variation of this hormone known as hyperglycosylated hCG (H-hCG) which starts being released sometime after fertilization and can be detected before hCG, indicating a pregnancy even earlier.
When to take a pregnancy test?
A lot of commercials show that it is promising to test your status five or even six days before your missed period. However, it is not always working on every women. Most pregnant women will not see a positive result that early. Besides, a test may pick up a chemical pregnancy where the hormones started but the pregnancy didn’t take. If you wish to have a more accurate result and avoid plunking down money for multiple tests, wait at least until the day after you miss your period. For the most accurate results, it is best to wait until a week after your missed period. If you test too early, you are more likely to get a false negative, but you really are pregnant. So make sure not to take the test too early.
How to take a pregnancy test?
Now, after you have read all the details you need to know about a pregnancy test, we can start the test. Let’s begin!
1. Purchase a home pregnancy test
There are many different kinds and not to forget brands of home pregnancy tests on the market. It doesn’t really matter which one you choose because after all, they all serve the same function. All home pregnancy tests work the same by which is by detecting levels of the hormone hCG in your urine. When you purchase a pregnancy test, make sure you check the expiration date on the box and ensure that the box is fully intact with no wear and tear as it could affect your result. If you in doubt or need double confirmation on the result, you may purchase a brand that provides two test sticks in the box. This way, you can test twice to confirm the result.
2. Figure out when to take the test
Experts advise that you should wait at least one day after your missed period before taking a home pregnancy test. But, waiting a week is considered the best. It can be tough when you are too anxious to find out if you are pregnant, but please be patient. The best time of day to take the test is with your morning pee.
3. Read the instructions carefully
Most pregnancy tests are pretty much the same, but it is important to follow manufacturer’s instructions. Some brands may require you to do different ways and some brands may have different instructions. Such as a pregnancy test might use the different method in collecting urine, the length of time you need to urinate on the stick and the symbols used to indicate whether you are pregnant or not. A classic pregnancy test shows result in strips – either single or double lines and some show in ‘negative’ or ‘positive’ symbol.
4. Get ready to start
Once you have read the instructions, sit on the toilet and urinate either on the testing stick or into a small plastic cup provided, depending on the type of test. You can try by pee a little first before you collect any urine in the cup or insert the stick. If teh kit require you to urinate directly, make sure to follow the instructions carefully. Some tests need you to urinate on the stick for a very specific time, for example 5 seconds, no more or less. Use a stopwatch to help you time it. Make sure you place the absorbent end of the stick into the urine stream and turn it so that the display window faces upwards.
5. Wait the stated amount of time
Now it is time for you to wait for the result. Place the testing stick on a clean, level surface with the result window facing up. Waiting time is typically between 1 to 5 minutes, though some tests may take up to 10 minutes to give an accurate result. See the instructions to find out the required amount of time for your particular test.
6. Check the results
Once the amount of time has passed, check the test stick for results. The symbol used to indicate whether you are pregnant or not vary from test to test. So make sure you read the instructions again if you are unsure. Most pregnancy tests use something like a plus or minus sign, a coded colour change, or the words ‘pregnant’ or ‘not pregnant’ on a digital display. If you get a minus sign after you just had a plus sign a few days earlier, it is recommended to see specialists right away.
If you get a positive result, that means you are pregnant! Calculate your estimated due date and then call your doctor to find out if you need to come in for a blood test to confirm the results and also to make your first prenatal appointment. Start popping some prenatal vitamins with folic acid to help in baby’s growth. Share the good news with your partner.
4. It’s okay
If you got a negative result but still don’t get your period when you expect it, wait for a few days and test again. It could be that your body wasn’t making enough hCG for the test to detect yet or taht you ovulated later than you thought. If you do get your period, hang in there. It’s okay and you can try to conceive again. Click here to see a list of pregnancy tests that you can buy.