By: Elena Grace Flores
Early detection of pregnancy can now be conducted at home. The hormone called human chorionic gonadotropin or HCG in the urine can determine the presence of an early life in the uterus of expectant mothers. The test can be effective even on the first instance that you miss your period. Do not attempt to use though when you have not miss your period because it won’t be that accurate. HCG builds up very fast during early pregnancy, and will double every two to three days. After one or two weeks of missing your period, the time element of the test will not be important anymore. Enough HCG will be found in the urine already to be picked up by the test. Otherwise, testing in the morning should be more effective during the initial week of missing the period when the urine is concentrated.
Most home pregnancy tests contain a test stick, which you should remove from the packaging right before taking the test. These tests are simple to use and require just one step, holding the test stick in the urine stream. One-step kits include e.p.t.®, First Response® and Answer . Expose the stick to urine and lay it on a flat surface. After waiting the proper amount of time (usually three to five minutes) you can read the results. You should check the results in the amount of time specified in the instructions. If you allow too much time to pass (usually 10 minutes or more), a negative result may look positive. The First Response Early Response Pregnancy Test claims to detect pregnancy as many as four days before an expected period. As with any pregnancy test, the earlier you test the more likely you will have a false negative result. In clinical tests, the First Response Early Response Pregnancy Test detected HCG in 52% of pregnant women tested three days before their expected period, 69% of pregnant women two days before and 86% of pregnant women one day before. When women test one or more days after missing their period, all home pregnancy tests are 96% to 99% accurate if used correctly. If your pregnancy test is negative and you are certain you performed it correctly, there’s still a chance that you may be pregnant. Take the test again two days later and continue using a reliable method of birth control if you do not want to get pregnant. If your period is more than a week overdue and the test is still negative, consult your doctor. Click here to see the direct source: http://www.drugstore.com/how-to-use-a-home-pregnancy-test/qxc295582
According to drugstore.com: Make sure you store the kit properly and not in extreme temperatures. Avoid drinking large amounts of liquids before taking the test. Drinking a lot of fluid can dilute the HCG in the urine and make it more difficult to detect. If you refrigerate a urine specimen, be sure to let it warm up to room temperature before testing, otherwise the results may be inaccurate. Each home pregnancy test has its own set of instructions that you should follow closely to minimize the risk of an incorrect results. If your test is positive, make an appointment to see your doctor as soon as possible. Your doctor can perform a pregnancy test to confirm the results of the home test. If you think you may be pregnant or are trying to become pregnant take at least 400 micrograms (mcg) of folic acid per day as a dietary supplement. Folic acid taken during the early weeks of pregnancy can prevent certain types of birth defects. Ideally, women should consume folic acid daily throughout their childbearing years to help protect the fetus immediately after conception. Folic acid comes in most regular multivitamins, as well as over-the-counter and prescription prenatal vitamins.