Choosing the Right Pregnancy Test
When you think you may be pregnant, the first thing you want to do is run to the nearest store and get a home pregnancy test. But how do you choose the ‘right’ pregnancy test? With a few pointers your can select the test that will give you the best results, and even save some money.
The first consideration you need to make when choosing a home pregnancy test is how quickly after conception you wish to find out you are pregnant.
A more sensitive early pregnancy can let you know whether you have a ‘bun in the oven’ as early as a few days before your missed period. Just like anything, you can save a lot on home pregnancy test by buying in bulk so if you have a feeling that it may take some ‘practice’ to get results then you may want to save yourself some cash by buying a lot, instead of individual tests. Many online stores can help you out with bulk orders of 5 or 10 or more tests. In case you get lucky on the first few tries you will likely have a friend or two who could use the spares!
No matter what type of pregnancy test you choose it is extremely important that you follow all the instructions to the letter. Of particular importance is the time of day that you take the test, as some tests are specifically manufactured to test your urine first thing in the morning, when the hCG levels in your body are the highest. Others are meant for mid-stream urine, and some give you a cup rather than a stick. By following the instructions closely you can ensure that you get the best results.
When to Take a Pregnancy Test
If you suspect that you may be pregnant, likely you are itching to head to the pharmacy for a home pregnancy test. Before you do you may want to consider whether it’s the right time to take the test. Since home pregnancy tests will give a positive result when your body starts producing a certain level of hCG, if you take the test too early you may get a negative result when you are in fact pregnant.
Early pregnancy tests are the most sensitive available without going to the doctor’s office for a blood test. You can take the test at home, in private, and have results in just a few minutes. While early pregnancy tests are not as readily available as standard home pregnancy tests, they can detect a pregnancy as early as 6-15 days after conception, even before you’ve missed your period!
Standard home pregnancy test are more readily available than early pregnancy tests, but they aren’t as sensitive. This means you’ll have to wait until at least the day your period is due, to up to a week after. As long as you are fine with the wait, then these are an affordable solution.
Blood tests, while not exactly convenient, offer the earliest detection method. A blood test can provide a measure of the exact levels of hCG in your blood, so it can detect elevated levels much earlier than urine tests.
In addition to being able to detect an early pregnancy, an hCG blood test can help determine the viability of a pregnancy, which can be helpful in situations where there has been spotting or previous failed pregnancies. By measuring the change in hCG over several days it can be determined whether the pregnancy is progressing normally.
If you do choose to take a home pregnancy test it is important that you don’t make any significant lifestyle changes before consulting your doctor, as it is possible that the test may not pick up a pregnancy if it is done even a day too early, or if it is done improperly. Ensure that you always follow the directions ‘to the tee’, and consult your physician about the results.