The home pregnancy test kits are the urine pregnancy tests, that tracks the human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) hormone in the tested urine sample. They are easy to handle and when used correctly, renders nearly 97–99 percent accuracy.
Where can you get a home pregnancy test kit?
The home pregnancy test kit is readily available at the pharmacy without a prescription. They are inexpensive and easy to use with all the instructions given on the pack. Apart from how to use it, it also comes with a guide of the result. So even if you are a first time user, they are quite easy to handle.
How does it work?
Apart from knowing how to use the home pregnancy test kit, you must also know how it works. It detects the hCG hormone produced by your body nearly 8 days after you conceive. So it is advisable to wait for nearly 8days after ovulation/unprotected intercourse to carry out a home pregnancy test.
Because this chemical needs at least 8 days to build up in your body, very early pregnancy testing can render a false-negative result. With each passing day of early pregnancy, your body will produce even more hCG. Thus eliminating the chances of getting false-negative results in consecutive days.
Although this test can be carried out any time of the day, but are preferred in the morning because morning urine usually has more HCG.
What are the benefits of using a home pregnancy test?
Besides satisfying your curiosity to discover whether you are pregnant, at the comfort of your home, the other benefits of this test are-
- They are inexpensive.
- They are readily available over the counter.
- Can be used any time of the day.
- Saves a frequent visit to the hospital.
- They are easy to use and interpret.
- They provide results quickly.
- Furthermore, they have nearly 97% to 99% accuracy when used correctly.
What after the test?
If the tests show positive results, then consult your gynecologist for further examinations and other care instructions.
If the results are negative, you may want to try again, wait for a few more days, as you may have done the test too early. The hCG hormone level gradually increases during pregnancy.
What are the risks of the test?
There is no known risk in using the home pregnancy test kits.