Answers To All Of Your Preg Test Questions

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Jay - December 24

Hi there - just cut and copied from the net some interesting facts to help all of us "early testers" out - as it doesn't really pay, I guess to be over anxious.....What does hCG mean? hCG (human chorionic gonadotropin) is a hormone produced by the placenta during pregnancy. Home pregnancy tests are designed to detect it. It is important that your pregnancy test detect the lowest hCG levels. These tests are more sensitive and give the earliest results. How soon after ovulation can I test? 7-8 days after ovulation is the earliest you can get a positive result on the most sensitive pregnancy tests. Implantation needs to occur before hCG is produced, and that generally happens between 6-12 days post ovulation, usually by 10 days after. So it makes more sense to wait until 10-12 days after ovulation, but even then a significant percentage of women who are indeed pregnant will still show a negative result. If your period is late, test again. Your hCG levels should double every 2-3 days, but many people won't have a positive test result until the first day of a missed period or even a few days later. How long do I need to hold my urine? Usually a 4 hour wait is a good idea. The more hCG you have in your system, the less long you'll need to hold before trying to test. Can fertility medications such as Clomid, Serophene, Gonal-F, Follistim, Humegon, Pergonal, Repronex, Fertinex or progesterone supplements cause false positive results? No, the only fertility medication that can cause a false positive on a home pregnancy test is the one that includes hCG, (such as Profasi, Pregnyl or Novarel). You can still use pregnancy tests, but you should wait 7-14 days after your last injection before the medication is out of your system. Which is more accurate, a urine test or a blood test? A blood test is more accurate, but it really depend on the type and sensitivity of the test. The beta hCG blood test measures the exact units of hCG in the blood, and will detect even the most minimal level. The other type of blood test, qualitative hCG, simply gives a yes or no answer to whether you are pregnant, and triggered at 25 units of hCG. It is not any more accurate than the urine home pregnancy tests. Are urine tests at the doctor's office any more sensitive than home tests? They are usually equivalent to the the home pregnancy tests, reading an hCG level of 20-25 mIU as positive. In fact, they are often the same tests, only with less packaging.



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