A home pregnancy test is a plastic stick, paper test strip, or other device that determines if a woman is pregnant. These pregnancy tests measure the presence of a certain amount of human chorionic gonadotropin hormone in urine to determine pregnancy.
When you are trying hard to conceive a child, and spending money on fertility treatments and fertility drugs, you likely want to know as soon as possible that the treatments were successful and you are pregnant. A home pregnancy test can let you know if you are pregnant without waiting for a doctor's appointment, and home pregnancy test kits are usually as accurate as the urine test your doctor would perform. As well, certain drugs can be harmful to a fetus, so the sooner you know you are pregnant, the sooner you know to stop taking your fertility drugs.
Some signs that you may be pregnant and should take a pregnancy test include missing your period; experiencing sore breasts or cramps; having nausea or an aversion to certain foods; urinating frequently; and feeling exhausted. These symptoms do not necessarily mean you are pregnant, and lack of these symptoms do not mean you are not pregnant, but they are a good reason to take a pregnancy test and check to be sure.
Pregnancy tests work by measuring the amount of human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) in the blood or urine, and home pregnancy tests use urine. After conception, the body will produce higher levels of human chorionic gonadotropin, sometimes called the pregnancy hormone. By measuring the level of hCG in the urine, a hCG test can determine if a woman is likely pregnant. In most women, 5 mlU/ml of hCG in their urine will indicate that they are not pregnant, while more than 25 mlU/ml will indicate that they are pregnant. Human chorionic gonadotropin levels will generally double every three days, reaching its peak in the eighth to eleventh week of pregnancy before leveling off. This means that while you may not detect hCG levels indicating a pregnancy soon after conception, if the levels are high enough, you can confirm that you are most likely pregnant.
Most home pregnancy tests are sensitive between 10 mlU/ml and 40 mlU/ml, and the lower the number, the more sensitive the test; the more sensitive the test, the earlier it can detect a pregnancy. Although the sensitivity of pregnancy tests varies, the most sensitive pregnancy tests can detect a pregnancy as early as four days before you are due to have your period or seven days after you have conceived. Home pregnancy tests are most accurate around the time your period is due, but even then some women may have low levels of hCG. To be sure, you should take another pregnancy test about three days later.
Your specific home pregnancy test kit will come with instructions on how to use it. Generally, you will either hold a test stick beneath you as you urinate, urinate into a cup and dip in a test stick, or urinate into a cup and then transfer a drop of urine into a different container. You should then wait a few minutes, and you will see an indication of whether you are pregnant or not. This could be lines, a particular color, a plus or minus sign, or on a digital test, the words "pregnant" or "not pregnant." Some home pregnancy tests will also indicate the approximate number of weeks you are into your pregnancy.
If it is too early in your pregnancy, the hCG levels in your urine may not be high enough to detect you are pregnant. Although blood tests at your doctor's office are more sensitive, your doctor will usually not perform a blood test until after your period is due and you are sure you missed it. Most pregnancy tests are about 99 percent accurate when you use them the day your period is due, but there is still a chance the test is incorrect. Some home pregnancy tests offer an estimate of how long it has been since you ovulated, and therefore about how far along your pregnancy is, but this may not be accurate; always consult your doctor to determine how many weeks pregnant you are, by using an ultrasound or by calculating how many days it has been since the first day of your most recent menstrual period.
Rarely, your home pregnancy test could give you a false positive result saying you are pregnant. This may occur if you have blood or protein in your urine, or if you are on certain types of drugs such as tranquilizers, hypnotics, and anti-convulsants. Diuretics or antihistamines can also affect your pregnancy test results, giving a false negative result. You can also have a false negative result if you consumed too much fluid before the test and your urine was too diluted to detect hCG levels, if your pregnancy test is past its expiration date, if you performed the test wrong, or if you are trying to test too early in the pregnancy. Generally, even if the line or symbol on the pregnancy test is faint, it indicates that you are pregnant.
The main symptom of pregnancy is a missed menstrual period, although a missed period does not necessarily indicate pregnancy. Stress, hormonal changes, or other factors can cause a woman to miss her period. Other pregnancy symptoms include breasts that are tender, sensitive, sore, or heavy; increased urination; sleepiness and fatigue, caused by high progesterone levels; nausea with or without vomiting, sometimes called morning sickness, including nausea triggered by smells that never used to be a problem; and food cravings or aversion to certain foods. If you suspect you may be pregnant, a home pregnancy test can help you find out.
Pregnancy is the gestation of an offspring inside of a woman, usually for about 40 weeks, or just over nine months, after the last menstrual period. For the first eight weeks after conception, the offspring is known as an embryo, and after that, the offspring is called a fetus. Weeks one to twelve of the pregnancy are known as the first trimester, and this trimester has the highest risk of miscarriage. Weeks 13 to 28 are known as the second trimester, and weeks 29 to 40 are known as the third trimester. With medical care, about 90 percent of babies can survive outside of the woman's uterus after the 28th week of pregnancy.
Fertility treatments and fertility drugs can be expensive, and a pregnancy test may seem like just one more added expense. However, a pregnancy test can help you get the news about your successful fertility treatment sooner, and it can help you avoid taking medication that might be harmful to your child. Because a pregnancy test is such an important part of a fertility treatment. As a licensed Canadian pharmacy, we aim to help you buy affordable ClearBlue pregnancy tests. When you buy fertility drugs, your pregnancy test can have free shipping as an add-on to your order. You do not need a prescription to buy a pregnancy test and there is no need to consult your doctor before purchasing and using a home pregnancy test. Order a ClearBlue pregnancy test online or phone our customer service hotline, and one of our partner pharmacies will ship your pregnancy test to you so you can find out you are pregnant soon after it happens, in the comfort of your own home.