Accuracy of Home Pregnancy Tests

Home Pregnancy Tests

Pregnancy tests are done by women for knowing whether they are pregnant or not. Human chorionic gonadotropin hormone is detected in the urine by all the home pregnancy test devices. Different types of home pregnancy test devices are available in the market. However, they all basically perform the same function. Such tests check the presence of Human chorionic gonadotropin in the urine of women. Several brands offer their pregnancy test devices which can be easily used by women. Mostly they come in the form of a dipstick which collects and analyze the urine. Though most of the home pregnancy tests work the same way, one should read the instructions on their packages carefully.

In this article, we will be talking about the accuracy of home pregnancy tests. You may have read different reports regarding the accuracy of such tests. Most of these tests offer 99% or more accuracy. However, this accuracy may also depend on some factors. For instance, if the home pregnancy test is done on the day on which a woman missed her period then she can expect it to be more accurate. Several reports also suggest that many of the home pregnancy tests make false promises of accuracy to people. Experts have also suggested that a large number of home pregnancy tests are not much sensitive to spot HCG (Human chorionic gonadotropin) in the urine after one or two days of the missed period.

One should also understand that the sensitivity of the home pregnancy test also determines that whether it is accurate or not. Higher the sensitivity of a test mode will be its accuracy. In those cases, where a woman has HCG in her urine due to giving birth to a baby recently, fertility drugs, miscarriage etc. then tests which are not very sensitive are recommended. People should also understand that the accuracy claims which are made by a large number of home pregnancy tests are also meant for promoting the sales. Almost every such test claims that it is the most reliable and accurate test. One should buy a home pregnancy test device from an established and trusted brand.

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