How To Do A Pregnancy Test At Home?

How To Do A Pregnancy Test At Home?

Have you been doing your pregnancy tests all wrong every time? Do you need a complete guide on how to do a pregnancy test at home? Here are all the answers that you need.

Taking a home-based pregnancy test is a lot more than just peeing on the stick. It is not something that anyone can do without knowing anything about it. Following is a step-by-step tutorial on how to do a pregnancy test using a pregnancy test kit.

Let’s get started!


Gather all your supplies; for the pregnancy test, you will need these.

  • A pregnancy test kit (obviously)
  • A disposable cup (for dipping the strip)
  • A dropper (if you are using a drop placing kit)
  • A timer (on your phone or watch)
  • A pleasant time to take this test (You really preferably take the test in the morning.)

Set all these things in your bathroom or on your bedside table or dresser one day before.

All home pregnancy tests work to detect the presence of hCG (human chorionic gonadotropin) hormone inside a women’s body. Detecting it from urine and blood is easy.

There are many options in pregnancy kits available online and at your nearest stores. You may select any that suits you best

Step one- Buy a home pregnancy test kit

There are many brands that manufacture pregnancy kits for home. It really doesn’t matter which one of them you use. All of them work well. Make sure to check the expiry date on the box and not that the packing is not damaged. Prefer a brand that has two sticks in it. This way you can try the other if first stick drops or you fail to do the test in first go. Wait for at least one week after you miss your periods to take this pregnancy test.

Step two- take proper rest before doing the test

It is advised by the medical experts that you should wait one day before taking the test. It is to determine your ideal time i.e. after a missed period and to take proper rest. Ideally, a woman should take this home pregnancy test after a few days of the missed period. It ensures a reliable pregnancy result.

Step three- read the instructions carefully

Although all these home-based pregnancy tests are the same it is necessary to read the manufacturer’s instructions. These instructions are different for different types of pregnancy test kits. Example of what you will find in these instructions includes a method of urine sample collection, time to wait and test results indicate.

Step four- prepare yourself for the test

Relax and take as much time as you need. This home pregnancy checking idea can sometimes be nerve-wracking especially when you are desperately trying to get pregnant. Take this test privately, wash your hands and carefully remove the testing kit from its packing.

Sit on the toilet seat and urinate into the urine container. Use a dropper to put a few drops on the test stripe. If someone wants to try urinating on the strip directly, make sure that you are doing it correctly. Once you put drops on the strip, wait for it to settle. Normally these home-based tests take 1-5 minutes to show results.

Step fine- check the results

Once the recommended time mentioned in instructions is passed, check the strip for results. The symbols are used to indicate whether or not the woman is pregnant. Different test kits indicate results like a plus or minus sign, one line or two lines indication, coded color change or the words “pregnant” or “not pregnant” on a digital display. If the symbol appears faintly, try doing the test again. If it happens again, wait for a few days to take another verified test.


What to do next?

If results are positive

Make an appointment with the nearest doctor for confirming the pregnancy. The doctor will verify it by a blood test.

If results are negative

Wait for a few days and try the test again. For pregnancy tests, it is common to have false negative tests. It is because many women miscalculate their ovulation date and take the test at a very early stage.





The author is a Medical Microbiologist and healthcare writer. She is a post-graduate of Medical Microbiology and Immunology. She covers all content on health and wellness including weight loss, nutrition, and general health. Twitter @Areeba94789300

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