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A 19-year-old female asked:

How accurate are home pregnancy tests?

6 doctor answers9 doctors weighed in
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology 31 years experience
Very: Currently available otc pregnancy tests are just as reliable as those done in your doctor's office - better than 98 to 99% accurate by 10 days after conception.
Dr. Michael Sparacino
Family Medicine 38 years experience
Very: The pregnancy test is very accurate. It measures to 25 miu of b-hcg. In other words it turns positive about a week after conception.
Dr. Valentin Drezaliu
Obstetrics and Gynecology 21 years experience
Very accurate: These tests are very accurate.
Dr. Angela Zhang
Dr. Angela Zhang commented
Family Medicine 20 years experience
Home pregnancy tests measure the amount of beta human chorionic gonadotropin hormone in urine. It takes about 1 week after conception for beta hcg to become detectable in the blood and 2 weeks for it to become detectable in urine. If it has not been 2 weeks since your missed period, your home pregnancy test may be falsely negative.
Jul 19, 2012
Dr. Angela Zhang
Dr. Angela Zhanganswered
Family Medicine 20 years experience
Depends: Home pregnancy tests measure the amount of beta human Chorionic Gonadotropin hormone in urine. It takes about 1 week after conception for beta HCG to become detectable in the blood and 2 weeks for it to become detectable in urine. If it has not been 2 weeks since your missed period, your home pregnancy test may be falsely negative.
Dr. Stephen Daquino
Sports Medicine 22 years experience
Pretty accurate : It's always a good idea to get it confirmed by your doctor but they are pretty similar to the ones we use in our office. That said I am suspicious of some if the really cheap ones out there.
Dr. Bryan Kurtz
A Verified Doctoranswered
Obstetrics & Gynecology 35 years experience
Very accurate: They are very accurate, but no test is perfect. If you are concerned the test is wrong, you can have your dr perform a blood test.

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When is a home pregnancy compeletly accurate.?

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Dr. Alvin Lin
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When used as directe: Home pregnancy tests are only accurate when used as directed. This typically means waiting until you've missed your first period or 4 weeks after your last one. Obviously, you then have to follow the directions for use & interpretation. Yes, they can be falsely negative but it's unlikely the further out you are from your lmp. It's even less likely for them to be falsely positive.
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How accurate are home pregnancy tests vs office ones?

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Dr. Christopher Dowd
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Pretty accurate: Home tests may take a little longer to turn positive (usually up to 2 wks after you're late for your period) than a test at your doctor's office, but they will generally turn positive if you're pregnant. There are some uncommon exceptions, so see your doctor if you still think you're pregnant after 2 home tests spread apart by a week or two.
A 18-year-old female asked:

What brand of pregnancy tests is most accurate?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 50 years experience
FDA approved: All of the FDA approved test kits are accurate when used as directed.
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A 19-year-old female asked:

What are some easy Home pregnancy tests?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Jeff Livingston
Obstetrics and Gynecology 23 years experience
Any of them: There are tons of different brands available at any pharmacy. There are cheap ones and expensive digital ones. For the most part they work the same. Head over the any pharmacy. If you had already missed your period then the less expensive ones are fine. In minutes you will have your answer.
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Do home pregnancy tests fail?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
I suspect that most: Problems are due to user error rather than product failure.

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