Category Archives:Pregnancy Testing?

Pregnancy Testing?

Jan. 11.

How soon can I check a pregnancy test?

Pregnancy tests are suggested for use only from the first day of your expected (missed) period.  A pregnancy test is normally only accurate 3-4 weeks after conception (normally at least 19 days after unprotected sex) or later, when the hormone hCG levels can be detected (which pregnancy tests measure).  The longer you wait, the more accurate the results. This is one reason for re-taking the test after a few days if you’re unsure (hCG levels will continue to rise over time if you are pregnant).

Jan. 11.

Can birth control pills interfere with pregnancy test results?

No.  However, if you are taking birth control you may not know exactly when to expect your period (and thus, might be unsure about when to do the test).  For reliable testing, use the pregnancy test at least 19 days after having unprotected sex.  Then, re-test again after a few days to be sure.

Jan. 11.

How do I use a home pregnancy test for the best results?

Home pregnancy tests should be used only on or after the first day of your expected (missed) period.  Follow the directions provided precisely.  Warning: drinking an abundance of liquor prior to using the test may “water down” the urine, so only test when urinating as normal;  early morning urine is said to be best for testing (as is it most concentrated).

Jan. 11.

My pregnancy test is negative. Am I definitely not pregnant?

When used as directed, pregnancy tests are 97-99 percent accurate.  However, it is only accurate on or after the first day of your expected (missed) period.  To be sure, re-test yourself in 3 days and be sure to follow the directions of the test closely.

–      Also, warning: do not drink an abundance of liquid prior to testing, as this may “water down” the urine, so only test when urinating as normal.  Early-morning urine is said to be best for testing.
–       If you are still not convinced, see your doctor.