What are the different types of pregnancy tests

different types of pregnancy tests

There are different ways to take up a pregnancy test. The urine and blood test are the most common and the easiest ways of all. Skipping periods is one of the common symptoms that suggests pregnancy. Thus, to clear the doubts one should take a pregnancy test at the earliest. Most of the pregnancy tests are reliable, but it is advisable to consult a doctor after the test.

Here are some of the most common types of pregnancy test:

Types of pregnancy tests:

Urine test: They are the most feasible and easiest way to detect pregnancy.  Women do this test at home once she missed on her periods. One has to follow the instructions completely in order to avoid any misconception and falseness of results. It’s comparatively a quicker way to know the result. It is advised that though you might have taken a pregnancy test at home, still see your doctor confirm the results.

Blood test: Blood tests are usually more reliable and accurate when it comes to knowing the result but involve more time than the test taken at home. There are two types of blood tests available that detect the early stage of pregnancy and other complications come during it.

The two types of blood tests are:

Qualitative hCG test: A qualitative hCG detects if there are signs of pregnancy. Conducting this test during the early 10 days after missing periods can detect pregnancy. The presence of hCG in blood confirms that you are pregnant.

Quantitative hCG test: A quantitative hCG test measures the amount of hCG which defines any complications attached to pregnancy. It might turn helpful to diagnose and treat the problems during pregnancy and also helps in treatment if a woman, unfortunately, faces a miscarriage.

What decides your pregnancy status?
There is a hormone namely human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) which develops after the fertilised eggs get attached to the uterus wall. The pregnancy test is most accurate if you do it after a week of skipping your periods. If your urine or blood contains traces of hCG, you are likely to be pregnant.

How far are these home pregnancy tests are accurate?
The accuracy of the pregnancy test depends on how closely one follows the instructions and the time when you take the pregnancy test. The results are more accurate if you do it at least after a week of missing your periods. Also, it is advisable to take up the first urine in the morning to ensure the accuracy. The early morning urine is concentrated and usually, comes out with the right result.

There is a list of instructions prescribed on the pregnancy test kit, one should follow them to avoid any discrepancy. Also, no matter whether the result turns out to be positive or negative, a medical advice is always necessary. See a doctor immediately to ensure if you are healthily pregnant or you aren’t. There is nothing to be hesitant about ensuring your well being.

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