Whether you plan to get pregnant or you’ve missed a period and you want to check if you are pregnant, a pregnancy test is important. It’s a tool whose results invoke fear or excitement after use. It also helps you decide on what to do after knowing the results. There are several questions which most women ask about.
What is a pregnancy test?
A pregnancy test is a device that shows if a woman is pregnant. It tests for the hormone called human chorionic ganadotropin which is released in a woman’s body when a fertilized egg attaches to the wall of the uterus. It is also only found in a pregnant mom. You can buy one over the counter. If you have missed your period for more than two month and your pregnancy test is negative, you can visit your doctor or health care provider and they will test your blood.
When do you take a test?
If you have had unprotected sex and your period is late, you can take a pregnancy test just to be sure. Some pregnancy tests can work even before a missed period. So if you are eager to get pregnant, you can take a test a few days to your next period.
Are pregnancy tests accurate?
Tests done at home are not 100% accurate. Until the doctor confirms that you are pregnant, you cannot rely on home tests. You could also fail to follow the instructions correctly thus getting the wrong results.
What does it mean if a test is negative?
A negative test means that you are probably not pregnant. It could also be that you took the test to early. To be on 100% sure wait for another 3 to 5 days and take another test.
What does it mean if a test is positive?
A positive test likely means that you may be pregnant. To be 100% sure, you should confirm with your health care provider.
What if it is unclear?
If the test is unclear, it could be that you did not follow the instructions correctly. You can purchase another test and if the results are still unclear, visit your doctor for another test.