The result of a pregnancy test is only good if it is accurate. There are right and wrong ways to perform a test. If you are testing at home it is important to closely follow the directions that come with that test.
Here are a few key points that are universal with all home pregnancy tests on the market today.
When performing a urine test it is best to:
- use concentrated urine (perform test first thing in the morning)
- check the test’s expiration date
- wait until you have missed a period
- purchase the most sensitive test you can afford
Even when you have performed the test exactly as directed, here are a few additional considerations.
There is the possibility of a false negative reading with a urine pregnancy test if:
- the test is done too early in the pregnancy
- the urine specimen is too diluted
The likelihood of having a false negative test is greater than having a false-positive test but, a false positive can result if:
- certain fertility drugs have been used
- a woman suffers from liver disease or specific cancers
- the test has passed the expiration date
Often home pregnancy tests come in packaged with two tests. If you are unsure of your initial results you can use the second test to confirm. However, it may be best to wait a few days between tests for greater accuracy.
Avenue Women’s Center provides fast, and reliable, pregnancy tests in a safe and confidential environment. If you think you may be pregnant, call or text for an appointment for a free pregnancy test at one of our six centers.
The information provided here is general in nature. It is not a substitute for a consultation with a medical professional. Before any medical procedure, it is imperative that you discuss your personal medical history, risks, and concerns with your doctor. If you have questions during or after a procedure, your doctor should be immediately contacted. Avenue Women’s Center is not an emergency center. If you are experiencing severe symptoms, such as bleeding and/or pain, seek immediate medical attention. Contact your physician, go to an emergency room, or call 911.