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A 19-year-old female asked:

How acurate is a home pregnancy test?

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Dr. Robert Killian
General Practice 29 years experience
Timing Dependent: It all matters upon when you take the test. If you test too early it will be negative and invalid if you are really positive but it is too soon for the body to know it. Home pregnancy tests are very accurate if you test after a missed period and not before. Validity is about timing and not about the test.
Dr. Rahul Khare
Emergency Medicine 23 years experience
Very Accurate: Truth is, many of the over-the-counter pregnancy tests are as good (sensitive and specific) as our urine pregnancy tests in the ER and hospital. No need to get another one at the doctor's office for an uncomplicated pregnancy check.

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A 33-year-old member asked:

How do I interpret a home pregnancy test?

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Dr. Ian Taras
Obstetrics and Gynecology 30 years experience
Need a 'control': The test will explain in their instructions, but one thing is universal. There will be 2 indicators. The most important is that there is a 'control.' that is an indication to you that the test is working and should give you an accurate result. After you see that come up then you look to see if it is 'positive' (pregnant) or 'negative' (not pregnant).
A 46-year-old member asked:

Can home pregnancy test can fail?

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Dr. Carol Peters-tanksley
Obstetrics and Gynecology 36 years experience
Yes: A home pregnancy test is quite accurate, but not quite 100%. If you are concerned that a home pregnancy test may not be telling you the truth, a sensitive blood test can give an accurate answer.
A 22-year-old female asked:

Home pregnancy test after9weeks?

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Dr. Jeff Livingston
Obstetrics and Gynecology 23 years experience
Take a test : Don't guess. Take a test. In today's world you do not need to wonder if you are pregnant or not based on symptoms. Pregnancy tests are available at any pharmacy and in minutes you will have your answer. They can detect a pregnancy 7-10 days after conception. The best time to take one is when you miss your period.
Middle Village, NY
A 16-year-old female asked:

Are home pregnancy test realiable?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 34 years experience
Very reliable: Today's home pregnancy tests are very accurate and not affected by foods, herbs, common illnesses, sexually transmitted diseases, or medications. A correctly done urine test will give a reliable result 3 weeks after sex (or when conception might have happened) or 1 week after missing a period. If done sooner, a positive result is likely real, but a negative result may be due to testing too soon.
A 52-year-old male asked:

What is home pregnancy test? And how can it be conducted?

3 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Robert Killian
General Practice 29 years experience
Pregnancy Testing: In many parts of the world women who suspect they may be pregnant can buy a kit at the local market that can test their urine for a common pregnancy hormone. This testing is inexpensive and can help them determine if they may be pregnant without a doctor's visit.

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