Pregnancy Test: The 1st step to finding out I’m pregnant

Different Types of Pregnancy Tests. In this article, we will focus on the most common among them: the Home Pregnancy Test (HPT).

Most women reach for this test first, the moment they suspect they might be pregnant. Often referred to as the stick, the HPT are easy to use, can be purchased in drugstores at a relatively low price, and claim as much as 99% accuracy.

However, to ensure that results are as accurate as possible, you need to follow the instructions on the package to a T, and take the test at the proper time.

Some tests are more sensitive than others, and they are able to detect pregnancies as early as five days before your next period is due. In most cases, pregnancy test results are more accurate if done from the first day your period is delayed. If your cycle is irregular, it’s recommended to wait around three weeks from the day you think you conceived before taking the test.

Why do I have to pee on a stick?

The pregnancy hormone human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) can be found in your urine. It develops around 10 days from conception.

There are different kinds of home pregnancy tests, which means you do not necessarily have to urinate directly onto the stick. Some will require you to pee in a cup, which you either dip the stick into, or use a dropper to put a few drops of urine into the testing kit.

It normally takes two minutes to get the results. Again, read the instructions carefully to know what symbol represents positive results versus negative ones. Some tests remain blank if negative, and a single line if positive, while other tests may show a double line or a plus sign to confirm a pregnancy.

"What should I do in the next steps of my pregnancy?"

If your results are positive, schedule an appointment with your doctor for a proper examination and guidance on what to do next.

If your results are negative, yet your period still hasn't begun, it is also important to check with your doctor to find out what could be causing the delay.

And stay tuned for new articles from Enfamama A+ for tips about pregnancy, whether you are planning to have a baby or already have one on the way!