A pregnancy test kit is convenient for checking if you are pregnant or not. However, if used incorrectly, it may generate unreliable results. So we have tips on the right way of using it.
1. How does a pregnancy test kit work?
Pregnancy test kits are especially useful when you are suspecting pregnancy, but not showing any symptoms. How does it work?
Do you remember the litmus paper that you experimented with in studying science? Dipping litmus paper in a liquid changes its color. Doing this reveals the nature of the liquid (acid or alkaline). If you can imagine that, it may be easier to understand the mechanism of a pregnancy test kit.
Pregnancy rapidly increases the secretion of a hormone called hCG (human chorionic gonadotropin). HCG plays a role in raising the fetus in the uterus. Secretion begins only when the fertilized egg is implanted in the uterus. When you are pregnant, hCG is discharged from the body with urine. Therefore, if you check your urine s with a pregnancy test kit, you can tell if you are pregnant or not.
The concentration of hCG in urine gradually increases after implantation. If you are not pregnant, hCG will not be excreted in the urine at all. In the very early stages of pregnancy however, hCG concentration is not high enough to be detected by a pregnancy test kit. Therefore, even if you are pregnant, the result of the pregnancy test kit may not show positive.
2. How to test by pregnancy test kit?
Pregnancy test kits are very easy to use. However, each brand may require a different method of use. Be sure to follow the instruction manual.
You may also refer to the manufacturer’s official website for how-to videos. Here, we introduce the general flow common to many products.
Most pregnancy test kits that you can buy at the drug store is stick-shaped. First, pull it out from the plastic packaging . Next, remove the cap and set it aside. You will need the cap later.
For some types of pregnancy test kits, the cap can be attached on one side like a pen. For others, it can be placed separately. But you don’t need to worry about that because the test will be performed correctly without the cap.
The tip of the pregnancy test kit has a paper-like part that absorbs urine where the urine is placed. The length required to wait before the results are revealed may vary depending on the product. On the average, it is about 2 to 3 seconds. Be careful not to put too much urine.
Another method of absorbing the urine is by putting urine in a paper cup and soaking the pen with urine.
Once the urine is absorbed, cap it with the urine side down. And do not shake it. Leave it on a flat surface and wait for the result. There are many quick pregnancy test kits that take only about 1 minute to get results. The final results are revealed by the lines that appear in the area where the urine was placed. One line means negative, while two lines confirm that you are pregnant.
Using a pregnancy test kit is the easiest way to confirm pregnancy. You can easily buy one over the counter at your local drugstore. It is easy to use and delivers results quickly.
So if you suspect pregnancy because menstruation is behind schedule, use a pregnancy test kit. Even if you are not experiencing early pregnancy symptoms, your urine can confirm if you really are pregnant or not.
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