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If you miss a period and want to quickly check if you are pregnant, before you visit your doctor, try the home pregnancy test. This is is especially convenient for women who are trying to get pregnant. After all, you do not want to go rushing to a doctor each time you experience some telltale sign of pregnancy but are not sure you are pregnant.
How does it work?
How is the test performed?
Some newly launched pregnancy test kits can be held directly in the urine stream and do not require you to collect urine in a container. These kits are usually more expensive (around $3).
How do I interpret the results?
1. Look at the regions marked 'C' and 'T' on the test card. 'C' indicates a control. This band must always appear because this is the comparison band. 'T' indicates the test sample.
2. If only one pink/purple band appear, in the region marked 'C', it means that the test is negative for pregnancy.
3. If two pink/purple bands appear, one in the region marked 'C' and the other in the region marked 'T', it means that the test is positive for pregnancy
4. In case no bands appear, then the test is invalid. Repeat the test with a new pack of pregcolor cards after 72 hours.
5. If the line formed in region 'T' is faint, this could be due to low levels of hCG hormone. In case of a faint band, repeat the test with a new pack of pregcolor cards after 72 hours.
Will the test work if I have just missed my period?
In most cases, the test is sensitive enough to detect pregnancy even on the day of the missed period. In some women though, the levels of hCG are not detectable so early in the pregnancy. If the test is negative, you might want to try and repeat it after 72 hours.
It is, in fact, advisable to wait a couple of days to a week after missing your period, before you perform the test. This will help avoid a falsely negative test.
Can the test be falsely positive?
What if the test is negative?
What should I do if the test is positive?