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Home pregnancy test: know when to do it

A home pregnancy test can be purchased at the pharmacy and is reliable provided it is done after menstrual delay, because when done before this date, you may obtain a negative result and that might not be correct. Some good examples of tests considered reliable are First Response and Clear Blue, which can be bought in pharmacies and drugstores.

Pharmacy tests measure the amount of beta-HCG hormone in the urine, which is only produced when a woman is pregnant. So these tests are reliable and easy to do but can go wrong when they are done too early because in that case the amount of hormone in the urine is still too small and may not be detected by the test.

Home pregnancy test: know when to do it

What is the best day to do a pregnancy test

A pregnancy test purchased at the pharmacy can be done from the 1st day of your menstrual delay. However, if the result of this first test is negative and menstruation is still delayed or if there are pregnancy symptoms such as mild pink discharge and painful breasts, the test should be repeated within 3 to 5 days when beta HCG hormone levels are higher and easier to detect. See what are the first 10 symptoms of pregnancy.

How to do a pregnancy test at home

The pregnancy test should preferably done with the first urine of the day because it is the most concentrated and contains a greater amount of hormones, but usually the result is also reliable if performed at any other time of the day.

To do a pregnancy test purchased at the pharmacy, you must urinate in a clean container, then place the test strip in contact with the urine for a few seconds (indicated in the test box) and remove afterwards. Hold the ribbon or place it on top of the bathroom sink and wait. The result usually appears between 1 and 5 minutes later.

Is the result positive or negative

Results of the home pregnancy tes
Results of the home pregnancy tes

The results of a home pregnancy test can be:

  • Two stripes: positive result, indicating pregnancy;
  • One stripe: A negative result, indicates that there is no pregnancy or that it is too early for it to be detected.

Generally after 10 minutes the result can be altered by external factors so it should not be taken into consideration if another stripe appears after this time. If you are trying to get pregnant, you can wait another 3 to 5 days and repeat the test. In addition to the Positive and Negative results, the home pregnancy test can also have a false negative result because although the result is apparently negative, when a new test is done after 5 days, the result is positive. However, there is no possibility of a woman having a false positive result.

In cases where the test is negative, even after being redone 3 or 5 days later, and your period is still late, an appointment with a gynecologist should be made to check the cause of the delay and initiate appropriate treatment, if necessary. See some of the possible causes for a late period that do not mean pregnancy.

Online test: are you pregnant?

If you suspect that you are pregnant, you should also observe the appearance of symptoms such as increased breast tenderness and mild abdominal cramps, as they can be signs of pregnancy. Take our online test and see if you may be pregnant:

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In the last month, have you had sexual intercourse without using a condom or other contraceptive method such as an IUD, implant,
  • Yes
  • No
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Have you noticed any pink vaginal discharge lately?
  • Yes
  • No
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Are you getting nauseous and want to vomit in the morning?
  • Yes
  • No
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Are you more sensitive to smells, being annoyed by smells like cigarettes, food or perfume?
  • Yes
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Does your belly look more swollen than before, making it harder to keep your jeans tight during the day?
  • Yes
  • No
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Does your skin look more oily and prone to acne?
  • Yes
  • No
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Are you feeling more tired and sleepy?
  • Yes
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Has your period been delayed for more than 5 days?
  • Yes
  • No
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Have you ever had a pharmacy pregnancy test or blood test in the last month, with a positive result?
  • Yes
  • No
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Did you take the morning-after pill recently?
  • Yes
  • No

Do other home pregnancy tests work?

Other home pregnancy tests that are popularly known include a needle, tooth paste and bleach, however none of them are reliable and therefore are not recommended.

To ensure the outcome, the best way to confirm pregnancy is to do a pharmacy test or a blood test done in a laboratory, because they evaluate the amount of Beta-HCG hormone in the blood or urine, enabling confirmation of pregnancy.

What if the man takes the pregnancy test?

If the man takes the pregnancy test using his own urine, this can give a 'positive' result indicating the increase of the hormone Beta HCG in his urine, however, this does not mean that he is pregnant, but that he has a serious health problem,that may be cancer. In this case, you should go to the doctor as soon as possible to perform tests to evaluate your general state of health and start treatment promptly.

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