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Pregnancy Test

Also known as Pregnancy Test Stick Random Urine
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What is this test?

Pregnancy Test Stick random Urine is a small testing instrument used to detect pregnancy. These testing kits/sticks usually work by measuring the amount of HCG (Human chorionic gonadotropin) in the urine sample.

What is HCG?

HCG( Human chorionic gonadotropin) is a hormone produced by the placenta after the implantation of the embryo. The HCG hormone stimulates the secretion of progesterone and estrogen which support the placenta for maintaining the pregnancy. The increased levels of HCG in a woman is a sign of pregnancy. The HCG Levels increase during the first 8-10 weeks of pregnancy and decline gradually until delivery. The HCG levels can be measured from the urine sample with the help of the pregnancy testing kits/device.

How does it work?

The pregnancy testing kit contains a specialized enzyme which upon binding to the HCG in the urine produces a result. The test results depend upon the concentration of HCG present in the urine.

How is the test done?

This test can be performed in a clinic or at home. Follow all the recommended instructions of your doctor/ physician. If the individual has opted to take the test at home it is recommended to read all the labeled instructions carefully before using this device for accurate /correct results.

Why is this test done?

This test is used to detect as the HCG levels which usually increase during pregnancy and the presence of HCG in urine is considered as a positive sign for pregnancy. The pregnancy testing kit is used to confirm pregnancy if an individual is expecting pregnancy or has missed their period.

Precautions:

Report the use of any of the medicines to your doctor as some the medicines like diuretics, promethazine, anticonvulsants may interfere with the tests to cause false positive or false negative results. Read all the labeled instructions carefully if you are taking this test at home to avoid false positive or false negative results.

Test Preparation

Inform your doctor if you are on any medications, have any allergies or underlying medical conditions before your Pregnancy Test. Your doctor will give specific instructions depending on your condition on how to prepare for Pregnancy Test.

No specific preparation is necessary for this test.

Understanding your test results

The test results may be different depending on age, health conditions, and other factors. The presence of two colored bands in the test strip confirms that the individual is pregnant. An individual is not pregnant of there is only a single line on the test strip. A person may have to repeat the test with a new device of no lines appear on the tet strip. Based on the test results, your doctor may advise you appropriate medical treatments, lifestyle modifications, or further diagnostic tests, etc.

GenderAge groupsValue
FEMALEAll age groupsTwo lines in the stick indicates positive test and detection of HCG
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