Pregnancy Test - Early Pregnancy Symptoms and Signs

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We've all seen them on some of our favorite internet sites and if we suspect we may be pregnant, we'll take one. We're talking about a pregnancy quiz. These fun items ask you questions and, depending upon your answers, you may have some indication as to whether you may be pregnant.

But a pregnancy quiz is not the final word on conception. Sometimes a case of the flu can present the same initial symptoms that are associated with early pregnancy signs. The best way to confirm a pregnancy is with a pregnancy test. There are many reliable home pregnancy tests on the market today that have been shown to be very accurate and reliable. Performing an early pregnancy test when pregnancy symptoms are just beginning may confirm pregnancy. Sometimes conception has taken place but not enough time has lapsed to give an accurate reading on the pregnancy test. Be sure you wait long enough before doing a pregnancy test to make sure you get a proper reading.

The e.p.t. Pregnancy Test

The e.p.t. Pregnancy Test is a popular early pregnancy test that is easy to use, easy to read and accurate. However, there is no tip which means the urine window on the back is exposed. This test kit can be used on the day your period is late and the accompanying description of the test says that it measures 40 mIU of hCG. There are excellent diagrams and photographs, and the instructions are in English and Spanish. It also has a separate control window and the results appear in less than one minute - which is very fast.

First Response Pregnancy Kits

First Response pregnancy kits have several different types available to assist in determining whether you're pregnant. The Early Result Pregnancy Test give results up to six days before you've missed your period. The Rapid Result Pregnancy Test allows you to find out within one minute on the day of your missed period and the Gold Digital Pregnancy Test gives you a clear Yes or No response five days before your missed period. Finally, they produce a Test and Confirm set that gives you a lined test and a Yes or No test as well to confirm pregnancy.

These tests are available at grocery stores, drug stores and other retailers nationally, and prices are very competitive. Once a pregnancy is confirmed with a pregnancy test, it is not usually necessary to do another test. Unless something happens and a miscarriage is suspected, you won't become "unpregnant" over the months. It isn't necessary to do more tests as long as everything is going along well. If you administered a test and the results were negative, but you persist in having pregnancy symptoms, a blood test by the doctor may be a better choice to find out what's going on. Home pregnancy tests are done using urine to determine the presence of human chorionic gonadotropin, the pregnancy hormone that is made by the placenta.

Blood Test for Pregnancy

The doctor can do a blood pregnancy test as early as 11 to 14 days after ovulation. After drawing blood, the sample is sent to a lab for testing and the results usually come back within a couple of days. Blood tests are usually about 99 percent accurate and are able to detect lower amount of hCG than urine tests. There are two main types of blood pregnancy tests, Quantitative, which measures the exact amount of hCG in the blood and tells approximately how far gestation has gone, and Qualitative, which only checks for the presence of hCG. The Qualitative test will not give information as to how far the gestation has progressed.

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