Pregnancy Tests Do’s and Don’t with Laura Solomon, founder of Hoopsy
November 28, 2023
This might be stating the obvious, but pregnancy tests are usually used if you think you might be pregnant because you have missed your period and are worried or if you are hoping that you might be pregnant. Home pregnancy tests are easy, convenient and widely available, it is important to follow certain dos and don’ts to ensure that you get accurate test results.
In this article, we will discuss some dos and don’ts for pregnancy testing to help you get the most accurate and reliable results.
Follow the instructions on the pregnancy test kit carefully. In the research we have done with women, we usually find that the results are not accurate due to the test instructions not being followed properly
All pregnancy tests are most accurate, around 99.8% when used on the day your period is due to start. However, many tests including our Hoopsy Eco Pregnancy test can be used up to five days early, but because of the varying levels of hCG (the pregnancy hormone) that women can have at the start of a pregnancy all tests are only about 78% accurate when used 5 days early. This is because when you are in the very early days of pregnancy your hCG levels can be too low for the test to determine.
Take the test first thing in the morning, especially if you are testing early, as this is when your urine is most concentrated, and the test is more likely to be accurate.
Store the pregnancy test kit according to the manufacturer’s instructions, usually this means at room temperature.
Wait the recommended amount of time before reading the results.
Consider taking a confirmation test if you get a positive result, especially if you have irregular periods or are taking certain medications that may affect the accuracy of the test.
Don’t use expired pregnancy test kits, unfortunately they expire for a reason – that the results cannot be relied upon to be accurate after the expiry date.
Don’t drink a lot of fluids before taking the test, as this may dilute your urine and affect the accuracy of the test.
Make sure you read the result in the time frame on the instructions, as after 10 minutes you may get an evaporation line, which is looks like a positive result, but unfortunately isn’t ☹
Don’t use a test that has been exposed to extreme temperatures, as this can also affect the accuracy of the test.
If you are using a strip test don’t use a contaminated cup or container to collect your urine, make sure it is clean.
Don’t rely solely on a home pregnancy test, unfortunately sometimes they can be inaccurate. If you are worried it isn’t accurate take another test the same or next day or go and see your doctor for a blood test.
As with all tests, you need to carefully follow the instructions to get the most accurate result, it can be hard, as you are excited, or worried or freaking out…. especially if you are pregnant after recurrent miscarriages or baby loss. Take a deep breath, you can do this and if you need any help or support regarding pregnancy testing you can check out the Hoopsy Community on our website.