how to read a pregnancy test
How to Read a Pregnancy Test
Reading a pregnancy test may sound elementary and uncomplicated, however, the anxiety and curiosity women feel at that time may confuse them. The following Buzzle article will instruct you on reading a home pregnancy test correctly.
- Read all the instructions given along with the test strip. Each brand has a different method of interpretation of the results, hence, be sure you have understood the instructions. You should read carefully, how many seconds you need to wait to determine accurate results. Follow the instructions properly and act accordingly.
- You need to check the duration for the strip to be kept immersed in the urine. The tip may be required to be saturated and immersed for no longer than 10 to 15 seconds. Do not immerse the strip pass the marker line or the specified time frame.
- Place the strip on a flat, dry surface and wait for some minutes as indicated on the box.
- In case of a negative test, you will observe only one color band on the control region and no band on the test region.
- In case of a positive test, you will observe color bands on the control and test regions. These two lines indicate that you are pregnant. Remember, a positive line will appear directly below the control line on the result window area. A faint line is also an indication of a positive pregnancy. You need to wait for a few days and take the test again. This time, you may get a darker line as the levels of hCG may have increased in your body.
- Any line that you may see at the point between the test lines indicates a negative result. If you do not observe any band at all, it indicates an invalid test. You may not have done the test correctly and therefore, need to do it again.
- You need to remove the cap off the test stick and turn it over, so that the absorbent tip points downward. Hold the stick in the path of your urine stream, such that, it comes in contact with the absorbent area. Keep the contact for about 10 seconds, so that there is sufficient urine absorption.
- The urine should not be splashed into the result window, as it may give inaccurate results. Then, re-cap the stick and keep it flat on a dry surface, with the window facing upwards.
- You may have to wait for about 5 minutes for accurate results. Depending on the concentration of the hCG levels, you may get a result even in 40 seconds.
- Once you complete the test you will observe a band at the control portion (C). This is an indication that your test is working properly.
- A positive test is indicated by a band that appears in the area marked (T) along with a band appearing in the area marked (C). These two lines indicate a positive pregnancy.
- In case of a negative test, you will not observe any line in the area marked (T). Even if a faint line is observed, it indicates positive result.
- In case of an invalid test, there are no visible bands and even the control line is invisible. This means the test was not conducted properly and needs to be conducted again.
- Quantitative test that quantifies the amount of hCG in the blood.
- Qualitative test that just gives a yes or no answer.
- Taking the test too early : Women feel anxious and hence, many of them go for a test on the very first day of their missed period. However, it is important to know, that the menstrual cycle may vary or there may be a miscalculation in the due date of the period. The level of hCG will also appear low in the urine. Hence, retesting after a few days may give you accurate results.
- Expired or improperly stored test kit : Check the expiry date and storage instructions on the test kit. The accuracy may get affected due to an expired or improperly stored kit.
- Incorrect use : Diluted urine, not following the instructions correctly, or exceeding the time frame mentioned in the instructions, may affect the accuracy of the test and you may get a wrong result.
- Medications : Certain fertility medicines that contain hCG may result in a false positive result or show a faint line on the display window, which may be difficult to interpret.