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    All about HCG Pregnancy Test Kits

    Pregnancy By Gunjan Rastogi , Onlymyhealth editorial team / Apr 25, 2012
    All about HCG Pregnancy Test Kits

    The hCG pregnancy test kit is a convenient and easy-to-use method for detecting pregnancy at the earliest i.e. one week of conception. Home test kits measure the elevated level of hCG in urine, which is an indication of pregnancy.

    HCG pregnancy test kits are used to detect pregnancy by measuring human chorionic gonadotrophin (hCG), a type of hormone in the urine of a woman suspecting pregnancy.

    HCG Pregnancy Test KitsOnce implantation is done, the woman’s body releases this hormone into the blood and urine thus, the level of HCG gets elevated in the body during pregnancy. This elevated level of the hormone confirms pregnancy. HCG pregnancy rapid test kits are easy to use and help a woman to perform pregnancy test by herself at home. HCG home test kits are easily available over-the-counter.

    Features of HCG Urine Pregnancy Test Kits

    • HCG pregnancy home test kit can easily be used i.e. it requires no additional instrument or reagent.
    • Detects pregnancy within one week of conception.  
    • Instructions to use the test are given on the test kit.
    • A woman can herself carry out the test at home.  
    • Result is shown within a few minutes.
    • Both professional as well as home users can use.
    • HCG pregnancy test kits are less expensive than blood tests to detect pregnancy.

     

    How HCG Pregnancy Test Kit is used

    To detect pregnancy, home test kits measure the level of hCG present in a woman's urine or blood. To get an appropriate result, it is advised that you use the first morning urine as it contains the highest level of hCG. To perform the test, few drops of urine are put into the test kit following which chemicals present in the kit come in contact with the hCG levels, if there is any. Result is shown on a result strip a few minutes after hCG comes in contact with it. On the result strip, two lines marked as C (control) and T (test) indicate the outcome by a change in colour or no colour. Appearance of colour in T line is indicative of pregnancy and no appearance means negative result.  Appearance of C line means that the test is working properly.

     

    Are Home Pregnancy Test Kits Reliable?

    The reliability of home  kits has always been debatable and it is advisable to get a blood test done to confirm the result of the home pregnancy test. A quantitative blood test or beta hCG test can evaluate even the minimum hCG level present in the bloodstream.

    Note: To ensure proper functioning of home pregnancy test kit, instruction given on the packet of the test kit must be strictly followed. Do not undertake the test if you have a urinary tract infection.

     

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