Home pregnancy tests
Home pregnancy tests are available from pharmacies and give you a result in just five or so minutes.
How do they work?
About 11 to 14 days after conception – or about a day after a missed period – a urine test can detect the pregnancy hormone HCG (human chorionic gonadotropin).
Are they accurate?
While home pregnancy tests are fairly accurate, they can sometimes give you a false result, so it’s a good idea to repeat the test a week later to double check. Follow up with your healthcare practitioner if you test positive – or if you aren’t sure about the result.
Tips for a more accurate result
- Read the directions on your test before you start and follow them carefully.
- Don’t drink too much fluid beforehand as it can dilute your HCG levels.
- Test your urine first thing in the morning when it’s most concentrated.
- If you test negative but you are still unsure, make an appointment to see your doctor. A pregnancy test conducted by your doctor is more likely to be accurate than a home pregnancy test.
My test is positive? What next?
It’s time to see your doctor to confirm your pregnancy. A blood test can detect hCG as early as 11 to 14 days after ovulation. Your doctor will also organise any other relevant tests to check everything is on track for prenatal care.
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