Are you curious about your status of pregnancy? Have you missed periods? This is the time you find out about the truth, especially after you have unprotected sex. Nowadays finding whether you are pregnant can be done at home, despite the fact that the precise fact is gained through examination done by the doctor. So, when can you take a pregnancy test?
When to Take a Pregnancy Test
The home test pack is designed to tell you whether your urine or blood contains a certain hormone produced during pregnancy. The hormone is called human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG). It is produced after an egg fertilized by a sperm attaches to the uterus wall.
The exact time to take pregnancy test is six days after fertilization. If you are not sure how fertilization is, then you can count for a week after having unprotected sex. In fact, the level of Human Chorionic Gonadotropin will increase fast in pregnant women.
Why is it not recommended to take the test right a day after unprotected sex? It is because the hormone is still being produced and might not have been carried by the urine or blood. If you have a regular period cycle, then you can take the test a week after you miss the starting date. Then, the result will be more accurate. Some test pack suggests that you take the test using the first urine, because it is more concentrated with the hormone. The accuracy of home test is 99% accurate as long as it is used properly.
False Result in Pregnancy Test
All test pack is equipped with the using instruction. Read the instruction thoroughly and do the test properly. The accuracy of home test pack depends on how you use it and the sensitivity of the test pack itself. It is important that you know what the results mean. Positive result means that you are pregnant and the test pack will come with two stripes. No matter how faint the stripes are, it is still a positive result and it is better to contact your medical advisor for further consultation. If there is just one stripe, it means that you are negative or not pregnant.
However, it is also possible to get false result. The test pack can give you two stripes but you are actually not pregnant. It can also give you one stripe but you are actually pregnant. Therefore, it is important to take the test in the exact time.