As you probably know the pregnancy test is the best way to find out if you are pregnant or not. There are two types of pregnancy tests available in the current market, so is not quite difficult to choose one.

If you have any doubts about the accuracy of these tests, keep in mind that most manufacturers claim that their tests are 97 to 99 percent accurate. However, this doesn’t mean that they can diagnose pregnancy in women who have missed their period. They can be less effective if you don’t use them properly. In simple terms, the test is accurate as long as the instructions are followed correctly. Be careful and check the expiration dates of the tests, because they can also compromise accuracy. More than that, the results can be less reliable if you take the test too early or you take some medications. If you use them too early, there is not enough hormone in your urine, so you won’t have a positive test result. It’s recommended to test yourself at 7-10 weeks past ovulation.

Pregnancy tests are mainly designed to inform you about the presence of the human chorionic gonadotropin hormone (hCG). The hormone can be present either in your urine or blood and it is produced after the fertilized egg is attached to the wall of your uterus. As it was mentioned before, there are two main types of tests, including the urine and blood tests. Nowadays, most women choose a home test as they are private and more convenient. Everyone can use them as long as they come with useful instructions. In order to get accurate results, the test should be done in the morning. However, if you are testing later in the day, do not drink large amounts of liquids because they can dilute the hCG in your urine. The tests are negative and you are not pregnant when the hormone levels are too low. Also, you should avoid using any medication. Certain medications, including some prescription fertility drugs, can trip up the test result. Therefore, if you are using medications which can lead to a false result, take the test in the doctor’s office to ensure an accurate reading. Aside from being accurate and extremely efficient, the home tests are also very easy to use. They can provide accurate results if you carefully follow instructions. However, keep in mind that the usage instructions can vary from test to test. There are different tests on the market , but they all work in a similar way:

  • keep the test’s stick in the urine stream
  • dip the stick into the cup where you have collected the urine
  • collect the urine into a container and use a dropper to put the urine into another cup.

After using one of these methods, you just have to wait a few minutes to verify the results for pregnancy. Actually, at three to five minutes you can see the results, but to be more accurate, it’s recommended to read the result within the reaction time of the test (5 minutes).

Furthermore, if you still have doubts about the accuracy of these tests, it’s important to know that most of them are FDA approved, so you can stay without any worries.

Some of the most quality test kits are able to detect the presence of the hCG in your urine, while others can detect the hormone between the fourth to fifth week of pregnancy. This means that for women with regular periods, these tests will be positive once they have missed their period by a few days. What you really need to know about pregnancy tests is that they are rarely wrong. If a test has a negative result, it means that you are not pregnant or the test is done far too early. When the hCG levels are raised and then drop to zero, there is a biochemical pregnancy which can be a false alarm.

However, if you have doubts about home pregnancy test results, you can opt for blood tests for hCG. Since they measure the actual level of the hormone, they could more accurate than home tests. The hCG blood tests can also help you differentiate a miscarriage or a healthy pregnancy.