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How Accurate are Pregnancy Tests?

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After missing my period for two months and since I had a severe case of sore boobs, my husband and I decided it was time for a pregnancy test.

Instead of calling the doctor for an appointment, I walked over to the local pharmacy during my lunch hour and purchased a home pregnancy test. For the first time in my life, I didn't have to skulk around the pharmacy looking for one. However, I still felt the sweat starting to accumulate under my arm pits and at my temples.

The selection of tests was pretty impressive and some of the boxes were decorated with frilly pink flowers. The cost of the pregnancy tests ranged from $10.99-23.99 and some included two tests per package. I opted for the store brand for 11 bucks and headed back to my office to pee on the stick (which is the wrong way to take a home pregnancy test).

For accurate results, you should urinate in a cup and dip the stick in the cup of urine. Unless you have great aim, urinating directly on the stick is messy and difficult. But there is a high probability that you will drop the stick in the toilet and render your result inaccurate. So to avoid any headaches, grab a disposable cup.

As I sat and waited 10 minutes for the results, I started to ask myself a bunch of questions: how accurate is the test? Did I take the test right? Should I take another one? Maybe I should have bought the two pack?

Here are some things you need to know about pregnancy tests:

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services over-the-counter pregnancy tests claim to be 99 percent accurate on the first day of your missed period. However, you should take another test one full week after your first missed period as they may not detect low levels of the pregnancy hormone.

The way a home pregnancy test works is it detects a hormone called human chorionic gonadotropin (kohr-ee-ON-ihk goh-NAD-uh-TROH-puhn), or hCG through your urine. About six days after the egg attaches to the uterus hCH builds up in your body and this hormone triggers a positive result in a home pregnancy test.

Drugs and booze do not render a home pregnancy test positive.

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You should use early pregnancy test kit which is available in market easily. If you don't get result accurately contact doctor immediately or read the symptoms of pregnancy click here

June 23, 2014 - 12:28am
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