When you think of a pregnancy test, you probably think of the traditional pee-on-a-stick home pregnancy test that you can buy off the shelf at your local pharmacy (or even order from this website). To be sure, the urine pregnancy test is the most common test to use at home, and only a blood test given by your doctor is more accurate at being able to predict pregnancy. Even so, urine pregnancy tests are accurate about 97 percent of the time, making them a fairly reliable indicator that you are indeed pregnant.

It’s important to understand a little bit about how a urine pregnancy test works. The idea behind the test is to be able to look for the presence of the hormone hCG (human chorionic gonadotropin). As soon as the embryo attaches to the lining of the uterus, it starts to produce this hormone. Within a few days, there’s enough of a buildup of the hormone for it to be detected by the urine pregnancy test. (Incidentally, it is the buildup of this hormone that is also responsible for much of the symptoms of your pregnancy.)

There are a couple of different configurations of urine pregnancy tests, mostly having to do with how the urine is collected. One type requires you to collect your urine in a cup and then dip the stick from the test into the urine. Another type has you collect the urine in a cup and then place it into a testing container using an eyedropper. The most common type of urine pregnancy test on the market tends to be one in which you place the test strip in your stream of urine and catch the urine in that manner.

Most urine pregnancy tests take just a few minutes to produce results. The tests vary in how they display those results. Some will display a change of color, while others may display a symbol. Some even show the words “pregnant” or “not pregnant” on the test after you use it.

Generally speaking, you’ll want to wait until the first day after you would have started your period before using a urine pregnancy test. While you may be able to read a positive result prior to this, chances are pretty good that there’s not enough hCG yet in your system to register that early.

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