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Pregnancy Tests FAQ

1. How does a pregnancy test work?

A pregnancy test works by detecting a hormone that is only present when a woman is pregnant. This hormone is called human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) and is also known as the pregnancy hormone. Some pregnancy tests use your urine to detect hCG, whilst others use your blood.

 

2. What is the difference between pregnancy tests that test your blood and those that test your urine? Which one is better?

You will need to see your Doctor for a blood test whereas you can carry out a urine test at home in the form of a home pregnancy test kit. Most women will first use a home pregnancy test kit to find out if they are pregnant. These tests are easy to use, very accurate, offer you privacy and some can be inexpensive.

 

3. Which type of home pregnancy test should I use, midstream or strip test?

With a home midstream pregnancy test, you hold the test directly in your urine midstream whilst on the toilet. In comparison, a test strip requires you to collect urine in a container beforehand and the strips are then held in the urine for a few seconds.

 

4. How to use a home pregnancy test?

Most standard midstream tests work in a similar way. However, it is still important to read the instructions with your test carefully, as each test may vary slightly. Also, check the expiry date of your test.

1. Open the packet with dry, clean hands and remove the cap to expose the absorbent tip.

2. Urinate on the absorbent tip directly until it is thoroughly wet (at least 5 seconds).

3. Leave for 5 minutes.

4. Read the results: If you are pregnant, two distinct pink-coloured lines with appear, one in test region (T) and the other in the control region (C). If you are not pregnant only one pink line will appear in the control region (C). If the test is invalid, no pink line will appear in the control region (C).

 

5. How accurate is a pregnancy test?

Every women wants confidence when she suspects that she might be pregnant. Hence why all pregnancy tests available from Dr Fertility are 99% accurate from the day your period is due.

 

6. How early can I use my test and what time of day is best to do my test?

Dr Fertility recommends that you use your test from the first day your period is due. You can use your test any time of day. If you do get a negative result, there is a chance that you could still be pregnant, but your hormone level is not high enough to be detected yet.

7. What factors can affect my home pregnancy test?

Always read the instruction leaflet carefully before use. This will be able to give you detailed information on the factors that can affect your test. In general, certain medication can affect the results of your test, for example, fertility drugs containing hCG. Some medical conditions such as ovarian cysts and menopause, and some very rare medical conditions may give you misleading results.

8. My home pregnancy test is positive what do I do next?

If you get a positive result from your home pregnancy test, Dr Fertility recommends that you make an appointment to see you doctor to discuss the next steps.