How do I use a pregnancy test?

By September 14, 2015Pregnancy

When your period skips, one of two thoughts may shoot into your head: “Am I pregnant? (Yay!)” or “Am I pregnant? (Oh no!)” However, a missed period isn’t always a sign of pregnancy. So, how do you find out if you are preggo or no-go? Simple, a home pregnancy test.

How to use it

Few tests are as simple to use and as accurate as a home pregnancy test. There are no fancy gizmos and gadgets involved, just one little stick, and it’s not even that complicated to use. With most pregnancy tests, all you need to do is wet a certain part of the stick with your wee, put it down and wait. Some tests require you to unclip the test, like a pen, and put the clip back on once you’re done wetting the strip. Read the label if this is required.

Important Note: Whatever you do, do not put the pregnancy test in your body! It won’t help and it won’t make the test more accurate. All you need to do is wet it with your urine.

How to read it

The main problem, and one where a lot of women get confused, is how to read the pregnancy test. Different brands use different methods to show a positive or negative result. This is where you need to read and, more importantly, TRUST, the instructions. Sometimes we get questions from women who want to know if their test came back positive, even though it says it’s positive in the instructions. These tests were designed to be accurate, so if you do everything right, you won’t need a doctor to give you the thumbs up.

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In most tests, one line means negative and two lines mean positive, even if the second line isn’t as dark as the other. Remember to read the instructions on the box very clearly. Some come with images for extra clarity. It might not even be two lines, it could be a plus sign or a negative sign.

When to take it

Another way you can make mistakes with pregnancy tests (leading to false negatives or positives), is taking the pregnancy test at the wrong time. We don’t mean the time of day, just the days leading up to your period. You’ll have to look at the box to tell when exactly you need to take the test, but it’s usually a 3-4 days before your period.

What happens next?

If the test comes back positive, it’s important to meet with your doctor or gynaecologist. You’ll have to go for regular check-ups and make certain dietary changes. But what if you’re negative? It’s either a sigh of relief, or a disappointment. If you were hoping for a positive, don’t let it get you down. We have lots of fertility articles for you to read as well as a great Fertility Health Tip module for you to subscribe to.