Sometimes pregnancy tests can be daunting to use especially when you have never done one before and you do not know which one to use or understand what some of the words mean. Here we'll go through all the necessary information in both home pregnancy tests and blood tests.
Home Pregnancy Tests:
Home pregnancy tests are the most commonly used of all pregnancy tests as they are cheap and you can do them in the privacy of your home. Home pregnancy tests work by using a urine sample to read the hormone human chorionic gonadotropin or (hCG) that is only present in your system when you are pregnant. Some tests can read very minor levels of this hormone, even before you period is due, these are usually called early pregnancy tests. The lower the level it can detect the more sensitive the test. No home pregnancy test is 100% accurate and can sometimes give a wrong reading if the test is done wrong, always read the instructions before you do the tests.
Some tips to have the most accurate reading possible:
Try and do the test when you first wake up because this is when your urine is most concentrated and strong.
Always make sure that the test has not gone past it's used by date.
The best results for a home pregnancy test kit is to do it the day of your missed period even with a early pregnancy test as this will allow time for the hCG to grow in your system.
And no matter what your outcome you should do the test again in a few days to see if there was any change in the results.
If unsure always see your healthcare professional.
Blood Pregnancy Tests:
Blood pregnancy tests are the most accurate way to determine pregnancy and even if you have a had a positive home pregnancy test your doctor will want to give a blood test just to make sure and can test how far along you are by reading the levels of the human chorionic gonadotropin hormone in your blood.
There are two types of blood tests you can get done to see if you are pregnant and again they are done by evaluating your hCG levels. The first one is the quantitative test, like above it measures just how much of the hCG hormone is present in your system and can determine how far along you are. It can measure levels as tiny as 5mIU/mL. The other test is a qualitative test, this one is less informative as it will only give you a yes or no answer to whether or not your are pregnant.
With blood pregnancy tests you can test as little as six days after ovulation to see if you have conceived, most doctors will recommend this sort of test if you have been having trouble conceiving and have had a fertility test and other such measures, if you have been trying to fall pregnant.
No matter what option you decide to take whether it be a home pregnancy test kit or a blood pregnancy test, they are all safe and easy to administer. If you are unsure or have any questions on such factors that you would like to know more about or you feel that you may be or are having trouble conceiving, especially after a year, go and see your doctor for more information. You may also ask about how you can go about having a fertility test for both you and your partner.