How Soon After A Missed Period Can I Get Accurate Results From A Home Pregnancy Test?


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Charlotte St. Aubyn Profile
There are some early-pregnancy tests on the market that can show results up to a week before your next period is due.

But the most sensible thing to do is to wait until your period is actually late (even just by a few days), before you take a home test.

How Do Home Pregnancy Tests Work?
The home urine tests are exactly the same procedure and chemical process as used by US doctors for urine pregnancy tests. The test can be 80 per cent accurate within 72 hours of conception, and about 98 per cent  accurate within 12 to 14 days of conception.

Both home and doctor urine tests measure hCG, the ‘pregnancy hormone’ which is produced by the body when the fertilized egg attaches itself to the uterine wall.

An hCG level of less than 5 mIU/ml is considered negative for pregnancy, and anything above 25 mIU/ml is considered positive for pregnancy.

If you have reason to doubt your hCG level testing, blood serum tests can be administered by a doctor, but home pregnancy tests are up to 98 per cent accurate if you administer them correctly.

Testing For Pregnancy
It is now possible to tell if you're pregnant as early as 72 hours after
conception. This can be done by using a special pregnancy test that
detects whether you are pregnant earlier than the standard test.

Most people will want to wait until their period is a few days late before taking a pregnancy test, but now it is possible to check at will. However, don't pin all your hopes on this as it has usually not been long enough to test for pregnancy hormones in your system.

If you are very in tune with your body, then you could also start looking out for some of the most common pregnancy symptoms such as nausea and light-headiness.

The most accurate pregnancy test is the blood test that is conducted by Doctors. If you suspect that you may be pregnant, then speak to your Doctor who will be able to tell you if it is too early and
it not then they will perform a blood test on you.

They will most likely tell you that you should wait until you have missed a period. If you have missed your period and you are normally as regular as clockwork then now is the time that you should take a home pregnancy test.

These can be bought from your local drug store for a variety of prices, depending on how accurate they are, however the cheapest ones will do just fine after missing a period.  They are very reasonably priced and so have become a very popular and more discreet way of checking pregnancy, instead of having to go to the doctors.

Once the test is bought, it is very important that time is spent reading the instructions. This will ensure you know how to use the test, and therefore ensure the result will be a valid one. It is always worth getting two tests just in case you do not do it correctly on the first attempt, or wish to gain piece of mind by double-checking.

The test will be more accurate if you conduct it with your first trip to the toilet in the morning. This is because there will be higher levels of HCG present. HCG stands for Human chorionic gonadotropin, which is a hormone produced during pregnancy that is made by the embryo as it starts to develop.

If the test is positive it is important to head to the doctors. The doctor will normally do a confirmation test and then will talk you through what you will need to do in order to have a successful pregnancy and birth. This will include diet tips and what you will need to do now, such as cutting out cigarettes and alcohol.

You should normally test for pregnancy once you have missed a period. Once the egg is fertilized by the sperm, it normally takes a week for the egg to travel to the uterus. The fertilized egg does not always stay in the uterus and can often be flushed out of the system during the menstrual cycle.

The Stages of Pregnancy
A woman only becomes pregnant once the fertilized egg attaches itself to the uterus. It normally takes between 4 and 5 weeks from having sexual intercourse to being able to recognize pregnancy.

Just because a woman misses a period doesn't necessarily mean she is pregnant. A missed period can be caused by a number of outside influences including stress and anxiety. If a woman feels she is pregnant, the best course of action is to take a pregnancy test more than once to make sure, as pregnancy tests are not 100% accurate.

Pregnancy is often classified in three stages known as trimesters. The first trimester lasts from fertilization to 12 weeks pregnant, and it is at this stage that the baby grows at the fastest rate. Morning sickness, cramps and tiredness are common symptoms during this stage of pregnancy.

The second trimester runs from 13 weeks pregnant to 28 weeks pregnant and during this stage of pregnancy the woman starts to feel better, and the morning sickness passes. The baby will continue to grow and will begin to move around, and the bump will begin to show. During this stage, ultrasounds are common, and it is possible to determine the sex of the baby.

The third trimester runs from week 29 to week 40, and at this stage of pregnancy, visits to the midwife become more frequent. The baby will continue to grow and tiredness will become a major issue with most women. Women will also start to consider what will happen during labor.

The earliest day that you will be able to be 100 per cent sure that you are pregnant is when you miss your period. However if you are prone to slightly irregular periods then it is best to wait a few more days before you start making announcements as you could just be slightly late.
Deborah Wacker Profile
Deborah Wacker answered
Once you have missed your period you want to wait at least a week to a week and a half to test yourself. That is from the day you were supposed to start your period. If you do it any sooner you will get a false-positive report.

Nowadays you can go get a blood test three days after you were supposed to start your period. That is much more accurate.
Deborah Wacker Profile
Deborah Wacker answered
You can find out if you're pregnant by waiting a week, to a week and a half after your period was supposed to start, then do a pregnancy test and you will know. If you do a blood test, you can do this three days after your period was supposed to start.

If you do the pregnancy test, make sure you check it with the first voiding of the morning. If you test yourself too soon you will get a false-positive result.
Shreya Ullal Profile
Shreya Ullal answered

Modern day pregnancy test kit claim to check for pregnancy after
a day of missing period but for better and accurate test results it is
advisable to check after a week of missing periods.

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