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A 19-year-old female asked:

How accurate are home pregnancy tests?

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Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
Obstetrics and Gynecology 30 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 37 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 20 years experience
Very accurate: These tests are very accurate.
Dr. Angela Zhang
Dr. Angela Zhang commented
Family Medicine 19 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 19 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 21 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
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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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A 34-year-old member asked:

How long after sex are home pregnancy tests most accurate?

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Dr. Collin Smikle
Obstetrics and Gynecology 36 years experience
Pregnancy: You didn't say when in your cycle you had sex. The test may be positive as early as 8-10 days after ovulation. Most of the tests are reliable now especially if done around the time you should get your menstrual cycle.
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A 18-year-old female asked:

When is a home pregnancy compeletly accurate.?

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Dr. Alvin Lin
Geriatrics 30 years experience
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 drugstore pregnancy tests?

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Good: There are the same urine pregnancy tests that most doctors' offices use. They are pretty good.
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A 17-year-old female asked:

Can home pregnancy tests have glitches ?

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Dr. Elise Sadoun
Family Medicine 14 years experience
Usually accurate: Home pregnancy tests are pretty accurate. If positive, almost 100% correct. They are less accurate when taken very early in the pregnancy or very late when you can get a false negative. Also, make sure the control line appears. See your doctor if you have doubts or if the pregnancy test is positive. Good luck.
A 47-year-old member asked:

How accurate are home pregnancy tests vs office ones?

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Dr. Christopher Dowd
Internal Medicine 20 years experience
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.

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