Pregnancy Tests FAQ

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Pregnancy Tests

How soon can I do a pregnancy test?

The very earliest that a pregnancy test should be done is 8-10 days after ovulation or assisted conception. In early pregnancy testing an ultra 10miu pregnancy test kit should be selected, as these are the most sensitive, and able to detect the very low levels of hcg, which are being produced at this time.

Does a negative pregnancy test mean I'm definitely not pregnant?

A negative pregnancy test does not mean that conception has not occurred. Pregnancy may be progressing, but just not at the stage of implantation and placental growth to produce sufficient hcg (pregnancy hormone) in your urine yet.

What should I do if my pregnancy test is negative?

Wait 24-48 hrs and then repeat your pregnancy test on your first morning void. This is the first urine you pass in the morning, after you have been asleep.

Should I confirm my early pregnancy test result?

Yes you should check that the pregnancy has continued to implant, and remains viable, by repeating the pregnancy test at around the time your next period is due.

There is a faint line on my pregnancy test, am I pregnant?

If the test line on your pregnancy test is only just there or really faint the pregnancy test may not be positive. Most modern pregnancy tests are so sensitive that they will give a really clear strong colour Test line as soon as there is hcg at 10miu and above.

What is a BFP?

A positive test or BFP on a pregnancy test will be very obvious with a strong dark T line under the control line. BFP stands for big fat positive

What does a faint line appearing after the test time mean on a pregnancy test?

A line appearing after the test time on a pregnancy test should always be ignored. Do not be tempted to come back to read a pregnancy test later, as any test line forming after the correct read time is not an accurate result. If a pregnancy test strip is read after the test time, faint lines can appear and this can just cause distress and should be ignored. These lines are known as evaporation lines.

How soon can I repeat my pregnancy test?

Wait at least 24 hours and ideally 48 hours before you repeat the pregnancy test, making sure to use a first-morning urine sample, as the it is usually more concentrated after you have been asleep.

My pregnancy test is negative but my period is late-could I still be pregnant?

The simple answer is yes you could still be pregnant. 

What is the best time of day to perform an early pregnancy test?

It is always best to perform a pregnancy test on a first morning void (the urine you produce on first rising from bed in the morning). If you work nights then it will be a different time of day, but still your first void after waking.

What should I do if my pregnancy test is negative and my period is late?

You will need to repeat your pregnancy test. Consider trying a different brand of pregnancy test and make sure you follow the instructions exactly. If your period is very late, and the pregnancy test is still negative contact your doctor or healthcare provider for advice.

How accurate are pregnancy test strips compared to more expensive pregnancy test brands?

Our pregnancy test strips are 99.98% accurate. The reason that they are cheaper is that there is minimal packaging with pregnancy test strips, so they cost less to manufacture.

Is it a positive if my pregnancy test shows slight pink but no line?

This is not a positive pregnancy test. There are lots of possible explanations for this. The pregnancy test may be picking up very low levels of hcg or it could be the dye from the pregnancy test strip. If you get this result wait at least 24 hours and repeat the pregnancy test on your first urine sample on waking. For the pregnancy test to be positive you are looking for a definite easily visible T line.

How common are false negative pregnancy tests?

False negative pregnancy tests are more common if you are testing before the missed period than if you are testing after the date your period is due. This is because in early pregnancy the hcg levels in the urine increase as the pregnancy continues and are more easily detected by a pregnancy test after the missed period.

Do I have to do a pregnancy test first thing in the morning

If you are testing early then you should always do the pregnancy test first thing in the morning. If you are testing once your period is overdue you can test at any time of day as the pregnancy hormone hcg levels should be higher in your urine.

How common are false positive pregnancy tests?

False positive pregnancy test results are rare, as long as you have followed the instructions correctly. 

What is a chemical pregnancy?

A chemical pregnancy is caused by an early pregnancy loss. This means that a pregnancy started but failed to implant and proceed normally. If you are testing early with an early detection pregnancy test you may detect this.  

Written by Dr Kate Garside. Last reviewed 18/2/22 Thanks for visiting our page!

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