Three Things to Know About Home Pregnancy Tests

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A home pregnancy test is a quick and private way to find out if you’re expecting.  The instructions are simple and you can use one not long after you’ve missed your period. It’s an exciting time, so read our list of things to know about home pregnancy tests.

 How do home pregnancy tests work?

A home pregnancy test is a simple tool created to detect if your urine contains a hormone called human chorionic gonadotopin (hCG), the hormone that a woman’s body creates after the fertilized egg implants in the uterus.

Levels of hCG increase pretty rapidly, after implementation and will yield a positive pregnancy test result by the date of your next expected period if it is not on time

In most cases, a result will be available within a few minutes of adding a small amount of urine to the test strip. Each test offers a different way to read the results, so be sure to read the instructions carefully before use.

 Can I improve the accuracy of a home pregnancy test?

If you suspect that you are pregnant but had a negative result on your home pregnancy test, there are a few things you can try.

  1.  First, double check that you followed the directions on the package exactly.
  2. Be sure that you followed the steps and waited the required amount of time.
  3. Also, check the expiration date on the package.

You can also wait a few days and repeat the test. hCG levels increase rapidly over the course of a few days and the increase could mean a more accurate result. You can also try to use your first urine of the day, since urine becomes more diluted as you drink liquids during the day.

Most over the counter or prescription medications like birth control and antibiotics won’t affect the results of a home pregnancy test.  Any medications that contain the hormone hCG, may result in a false-positive result.

Of course, if you think you’re pregnant you should schedule an appointment with your OB/GYN to confirm any at-home test positive results. Call the friendly staff at Pacific Women’s Center at 541-342-8616 to schedule an appointment!