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How to Understand Pregnancy Test Results

There are many different pregnancy tests on the market, including the Clear Blue test, the Answer test, the Quickvue Test, the First Response Test, the Equate test, and the EPT pregnancy test. All of these tests are basically one step tests that measure the HCG levels in your urine.

HCG is the “pregnancy hormone” that is excreted by the implanted embryo starting from the date of implantation, which is 9-11 days after ovulation. These tests can all pick up a pregnancy before a missed period, but they have a high false positive reading and are only accurate at 99 percent accuracy at the time of the missed period.

If you want to try a homemade pregnancy test, you can try the bleach test or the Pine Sol test, which involve adding bleach to your urine to see if it changes color or foams up vigorously during a pregnancy. These tests have not been tested scientifically and may give fake test results. It is better to try a safe, over the counter pregnancy test that will definitely give you accurate test results.

There are many different pregnancy tests on the market, including the Clear Blue test, the Answer test, the Quickvue Test, the First Response Test, the Equate test, and the EPT pregnancy test. All of these tests are basically one step tests that measure the HCG levels in your urine.

HCG is the “pregnancy hormone” that is excreted by the implanted embryo starting from the date of implantation, which is 9-11 days after ovulation. These tests can all pick up a pregnancy before a missed period, but they have a high false positive reading and are only accurate at 99 percent accuracy at the time of the missed period.

If you want to try a homemade pregnancy test, you can try the bleach test or the Pine Sol test, which involve adding bleach to your urine to see if it changes color or foams up vigorously during a pregnancy. These tests have not been tested scientifically and may give fake test results. It is better to try a safe, over the counter pregnancy test that will definitely give you accurate test results.

EPT Pregnancy Test Results

One such over the counter test is called the EPT Pregnancy Test. This test can be digital or non-digital and can detect a pregnancy within 5 days of your missed period. If you try to test any earlier than that, you will get no result or a very faint plus sign will appear, indicating that you are in the earliest stages of pregnancy. If you have an ectopic pregnancy, the test will still be positive and you won’t know that the pregnancy is ectopic until you have symptoms of pain in the lower abdomen and vaginal bleeding. If you experience these symptoms, see your doctor right away to be evaluated.

The test results on an EPT test that is non-digital will show a blue plus sign if you are pregnant. It will show a minus sign if you are not pregnant. All you have to do is pee on the test stick and wait about 2-3 minutes to get your results. Digital tests will say “Pregnant” or “Not pregnant” and are easier to interpret than the plus/ minus tests.

The other pregnancy tests read the same thing (the HCG levels) but will have slightly different positive and negative readings. This is why it is important to read the instructions before taking any pregnancy test.

Does Birth Control affect Pregnancy Test Results?

The pregnancy tests you buy over the counter are not affected by glucose levels in the urine, by urinary tract infections, or by being on birth control. They strictly measure the levels of HCG in the urine and are usually very sensitive when it comes to measuring the levels of HCG. These tests can pick up on HCG levels just after implantation of the embryo in the uterine wall. Then the HCG from the embryo is leached into the maternal serum and excreted in the urine in high enough amounts to showing up as a positive pregnancy test. The tests are so sensitive that you can tell if you are pregnant before your missed period.

How to deal with False Negative Test Results

Even though these tests are very sensitive for HCG, there can be false negative test results if you test before implantation has occurred or if the urine is too dilute. If you believe you are pregnant, but the pregnancy test is negative, repeat the test on a first morning specimen a day or two after the first negative test. The HCG levels double in 48 hours so that, if the test is negative at first, it will likely be positive in 48 hours as long as you are really pregnant. Most pregnancy test kits come in sets of two to three test kits per package so you have the opportunity to retest without having to purchase more kits. This is perfect for ultra-sensitive tests that may be negative if you test six days before your missed period but will be positive on testing again 48 hours later.

Once you have a positive pregnancy test, you do not need to retest because it will continue to be positive throughout most of the rest of your pregnancy. HCG levels peak at 8-10 weeks gestation and gradually go down after that.

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