For most women, the excitement and curiosity surrounding whether or not they are pregnant is simply too overwhelming to want to wait on a visit to the doctor—they want to know if they are pregnant, and they want to know right now. With an at home pregnancy test women are able to find out if they are pregnant as soon as possible, in the comfort and privacy of their own home but making sure you get accurate results is crucial. Here are a few tips to keep in mind to ensure accurate pregnancy test results:
Understand the directions and follow them closely
At home pregnancy tests are relatively straightforward. Most of the time it simply involves holding the test strip within the urine stream for a short amount of time and waiting for the results. Different manufacturers may require subtle differences in timing so make sure you careful understand how long you should hold the test strip, how much water you should drink before taking the test, and how long it will take for the results to show. Zoom Baby Pregnancy Tests are amongst the best pregnancy tests on the market right now. We sell the in packs of 10, 20 and 40 Pregnancy Tests.
Take your test when you wake up
Whether you work night or days, it’s important to take your pregnancy test as soon as you wake up from your longest period of rest. The reason being, pregnancy tests detect levels of the hormone hCG within urine to determine pregnancy and the hCG levels are more concentrated in the urine the longer it has been in the bladder.
Do not use the same test more than once
This is extremely important. Once you use your pregnancy test, it’s time to throw it away after you see the results because the test is intended for a single use. If you reuse the same test twice you could end up seeing false positives.
Purchase a New Pregnancy Test
Methods and technology have advanced the home pregnancy test market and allow for more accurate results that can be determined as soon as a day or two into pregnancy. Old pregnancy tests, however, will typically not give accurate results until weeks into the pregnancy.
As a result, it’s important that you don’t use a pregnancy test that is sitting on the back of a shelf, covered in dust nor do you want to use a pregnancy test that you purchased 5 years ago. Purchase a new pregnancy test to get the best results possible and always remember that if you suspect you are pregnant (even if you don’t get a positive result on your at home pregnancy test) you should consult your doctor as soon as possible.
Pregnancy Tests are now much cheaper than they ever have been. Some of the best pregnancy tests can be bought for under a fiver!
High Street pregnancy tests may not have all of the features as those produced by Clearblue and First Response, but they are a good budget option. Chemists such as Boots and Wilko offer own-brand pregnancy tests, whilst supermarkets such as Asda and Sainsbury’s also have a range.
This post has been updated since its original publication in 2013.
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