Reading Home Pregnancy Tests
If you believe you are pregnant, you may want to take a home pregnancy test before getting in touch with your health care provider. This will allow you to take the test from the privacy of your home and determine whether you need to make a doctor’s appointment or not. After you have taken a home pregnancy test, you will then want to determine if you have read the test right. This is especially important as the different types of pregnancy tests display positive and negative results in different ways. Understanding what the different codes mean can help in determining if you are pregnant or not.
If you are pregnant, almost every single type of test will respond within a matter of minutes. Depending on the test, there will be varied codes that state whether you are pregnant or not. This may be by one or two lines, depending on the test that you have. There should be instructions that come with the packet in order to help you read your results.
One of the problems that may happen if you are taking a home pregnancy test is that there will be a faint line that indicates you are pregnant. Sometimes this line may not show up right away and might take up to an hour after you have taken the test. If this happens, it may be an indicator other than what you thought. If you have doubts about the negative results, then you can wait to see if a line shows up later.
If there is a faint line that shows up on the pregnancy test, then it may mean that you are pregnant. However, the hormone, or hcG that is in your urine is not at a high enough level to make a determination from the test. If you have seen a faint line on your pregnancy test, you should wait for a few days and take another test. The hormone will have time to produce a higher level in your system and will show if you are positive or not. If you are still not able to determine the results, you can go see your health care provider and find out for sure with a blood or urine test.
There are also other things to keep in mind if you get a negative result from your pregnancy test. You may have not waited long enough in order to take the test. There may also be an interference with medication, alcohol or drugs that causes the test to not show the levels of hormone even if you are pregnant. If you think you are pregnant and the test comes out negative, or a faint line shows up, you should re-test to see if you get different results in a few days.
Taking a pregnancy test to determine whether you are pregnant or not means knowing how to read the test. There are some things that may go wrong with the test or you may be testing too soon. Knowing what to look for and making sure that you are able to determine the results easily is an important step when taking a pregnancy test and reading the results.