When you miss a menstrual period and are sexually active, it is likely that you are pregnant. You may want to use a pregnancy test to confirm whether or not you are pregnant. Pregnancy tests are mainly of two types: blood and urine. Blood tests are performed at a clinic or diagnostic centre. You can however use home pregnancy tests within the comforts of your home to confirm your pregnancy.
Home pregnancy tests work by detecting the human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) hormone in your urine. The hCG hormone increases if fertilization has occurred if the egg has implanted in the uterus. hCG hormone can be detected in your blood and urine 8 to 12 days after conception. There are many commercial home pregnancy tests which you can purchase over the counter at most drug stores. Though taking a home pregnancy test is simple, there are certain things to be kept in mind.
It is important to read the instructions on your test and perform the test as per the given instructions. The most critical factor is to read the test results within the time mentioned on the test instructions. Waiting too long before reading the test results may give you false results. There are different types of home pregnancy tests available, which display results in different ways. Some digital tests will display “yes” or “no” in the results window or may show the result as “pregnant” or “not pregnant”.
Most other tests display lines to show your pregnancy result, with two lines indicating a positive result. Some tests also show plus and minus signs, where plus indicates a pregnancy. Most pregnancy tests have will display a line or a symbol which indicates whether or not you have performed the test right. You must check to see if this line or symbol is seen on your test before you interpret the results as this is generally an indicator that the pregnancy test has worked right.
Many a times you may get a faint line or faint symbol in the results window. A faint line still means that you are pregnant and that the test has indeed detected the hCG hormone in your urine stream.