Apr 25, 2012
Why wait for the doctor to give you the good news? Know for yourself at home.
Pregnancy tests are undertaken to confirm pregnancy and to determine the gestational age of the foetus.
Indicators of pregnancy are checked in the urine and blood of a woman suspecting pregnancy. To test a woman for conception, it is important to have her blood or urine sample for testing.
The indicator of pregnancy in the sample is the high density of human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG), a hormone produced when a woman is pregnant.
It is a reliable pregnancy indicator, but cannot be analysed until the egg has fertilised an ovum (implantation). There are two types of pregnancy tests namely, home pregnancy test kits, which require urine sample and blood test that cannot be done at home.
Pregnancy test kits are easily available over-the-counter. Pregnancy test kits or home pregnancy test kits are considered as one of the convenient and easiest methods to detect pregnancy at the earliest stage. Home pregnancy test kits are cheaper than blood test and can be used just after 2-3 days of a missed period. Pregnancy test kits determine the level of HCG in urine to confirm conception, but are usually followed by blood test as their reliability has always remained questionable.
Try to perform the test first thing in the morning for optimal results, though this is not mandatory.
Result of the test
Accuracy of Home Pregnancy Test Kits
Usually, doctors advise to confirm the result of home pregnancy test with a blood test because other than pregnancy, there are certain health conditions such as breast cancer, yeast infection etc that can also increase the HCG level. A quantitative blood test or beta HCG test can detect even the minimum HCG level.
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