Home Pregnancy Tests

If you are trying for a baby or think that you may be pregnant, it is possible to buy a home pregnancy test so that you can check yourself in the comfort of your own home.

A home pregnancy test checks for HCG (human chorionic gonadotrophin) which is the pregnancy hormone.  This can be found in your urine. As soon as the fertilised egg implants into your uterus, your body starts to produce HCG and this hormone helps to form your baby’s placenta. Most home pregnancy tests are able to detect the HCG on the first day that your period is due and some claim to be sensitive enough to do so before the first day of your period. However, when you first test, it may be possible that you do not have enough HCG to be picked up by the test yet, so if you think you are pregnant, wait a few days and try again.

How do I use the Home pregnancy test?
It is important to always read the instructions before use. Most tests advise testing on the first day that your period is due and many say that they can be used at any time of the day. However, it is best to test first thing in the morning as this is when HCG levels are normally at their highest and will therefore be easier to detect. It is also advisable not to drink too much before testing as too much fluid can dilute the reading.

Each brand of pregnancy test will look different. For most, you remove the cap and urinate over the end of it. You are then required to put the cap back on and wait a certain amount of time: this can vary so ensure you follow the instructions. The result will then be visible. Again, the way the result is shown varies between each test, some tests show a line or a positive/negative mark and the more modern digital tests simply say ‘pregnant’ or ‘not pregnant’ and can sometimes even tell you how pregnant you are.

Where can I get a Home Pregnancy Test?
Home pregnancy tests can be bought very easily. There is no age restriction on pregnancy tests. You can buy a home pregnancy test from a supermarket or chemist. It is also possible to buy them on-line.

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