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Tips for Taking a Pregnancy Test

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Updated July 17, 2014

Positive Pregnancy Test and Negative Pregnancy Test
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Pregnancy tests are supposed to be fool proof these days. In many ways they are fool proof. Though even though the tests have gotten easier to take, they still involve a component that we can't quite make use reason - our emotions.

Any woman who has every sat over a small white disk filled with her urine, praying for a certain result will tell you, emotions play a big part in pregnancy testing. I personally have been known to hold a pregnancy test up to the wall to compare white backgrounds to see if the test was positive or not. Here are some tips to help you deal with reading the test, regardless of your emotions.

  • Use first morning urine (FMU).
    By using urine from the first thing in the morning you actually have more of the hormone (hCG) that the test is looking for built up in your urine. This makes it more likely to get an accurate test reading. If you're worried you'll forget to collect it when you first get up, close the lid to your toilet and sit the pregnancy test on top. Some say that if you hold your urine for more than four hours it is the same as first morning urine. The key is to not overload yourself on fluids to make your urine more diluted.

  • Really read the instructions first.
    I know you're anxious, we all are when faced with the small pregnancy test that has the potential to change our lives forever. But, before you even enter the bathroom, pull out the instructions and read them thoroughly. Be sure you know what you're doing, don't assume you remember from previous tests. It will also give you information on time limits, both in how long you need to wait and when the test is no longer valid to be read.

  • Bring a clock with you.
    You might feel like you're a great estimator of time, but when you're dealing with a pregnancy test, bring along your unbiased friend - a clock. If the test says you shouldn't read the results after ten minutes, a clock can tell you if the test turned positive at 9 minutes 30 seconds or 10 minutes 3 seconds. This can be a huge difference.

  • Don't be afraid to use a cup.
    Even if the directions tell you to hold a pregnancy test in your urine stream, don't panic. If you're not a good aim or that you'll make a huge mess, don't fear. Collect the urine in a cup. Then simply hold the absorbent end of the pregnancy test into the urine in the cup for the amount of time you were supposed to hold it in your urine stream.

  • Don't hesitate to use the toll free number on the box.
    That's what it's there for! You can ask the people, usually nurses, questions that concern you. Typical questions might be about medication interactions that effect the pregnancy tests workings or even something about evaporation lines, test reliability, etc.

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