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Are there different types of pregnancy tests?

Are there different types of pregnancy tests? Yes. There are two main types of pregnancy tests that can let you know if you’re pregnant: urine tests and blood tests. One tests the blood for the pregnancy hormone, hCG. And you need to see a doctor to have a blood test. The other checks the urine for the hCG hormone.

My home pregnancy test is negative. Can I still be pregnant?

Yes. Most home pregnancy tests (HPTs) suggest the user take the test again in a few days or a week if the test result is negative.

Each woman ovulates (when the egg leaves the ovary) at a different time during her period or menstrual cycle. And the fertilized egg (when sperm enters the egg) can implant in a woman’s uterus at different times. So, the accuracy of HPT is different from woman to woman.

Sometimes women get false negatives when they test too early in the pregnancy. This means that the test says you are not pregnant when you are actually pregnant. Also, problems with the pregnancy can affect the amount of hCG in the urine.

If your HPT is negative, test yourself again in a few days or one week. If you keep getting a negative result but think you are pregnant, talk with a doctor right away.

Can anything affect the results of home pregnancy testing?

Most over-the-counter and prescription medications, including birth control pills and antibiotics, should not affect the results of a home pregnancy test (HPT). Only medications that have the pregnancy hormone hCG in them can give a false positive test result. A false positive is when a test says that you are pregnant when you are not. Sometimes medicines containing hCG are used to treat infertility (not being able to get pregnant).

My home pregnancy test says I am pregnant. What should I do next?

If a home pregnancy test is positive and you have decided to continue with the pregnancy, you should call an obstetrician (OB Or OB/GYN) as soon as possible. The doctor can use a more sensitive test such as blood testing along with a pelvic exam to make sure you are pregnant. Seeing the doctor early in your pregnancy will help you and your baby to stay healthy.

If a home pregnancy test is positive and you have decided not to continue with the pregnancy, you should call a clinic as soon as possible. The doctor will do another urine pregnancy test for their records and a sonogram to determine how far your pregnancy has progressed and discuss termination options that best suit your circumstances. Click here for help in choosing a clinic.

How do you do a home pregnancy test?

There are many different types of home pregnancy tests (HPTs) such as EPT, First Response, ClearBlue, etc. Most drugstores sell HPTs over the counter. The cost depends on the brand and how many tests come in the box.
Most HPTs instruct the user to hold a stick in the urine stream. Others involve collecting urine in a cup and then dipping the stick into it. One brand tells the user to collect urine in a cup and then use a dropper to put a few drops of urine into a container. Different brands instruct the user to wait different amounts of time. Then the user should inspect the “result window.” If a line or plus symbol appears, you are pregnant. Whether the line or symbol is bold or faint means the result is positive. New digital tests show the words “pregnant” or “not pregnant.”

When should I take a home pregnancy test?

Home pregnancy tests (HPT) claim to be accurate as early as the first day of a missed period, but for more reliable results, it’s a good idea to wait until one week after a missed period. HPTs may not be as accurate at the start of a pregnancy. And some women develop readable amounts of pregnancy hormones later on than others do. Also, most HPTs instruct users to retake a home pregnancy test again in a few days. A negative result shortly after your missed period doesn’t mean that you’re not pregnant. Most HPTs instruct the user to take the test 7 days after a missed period and then again a few days later.

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