6 Tips To Make Sure You Take Your Pregnancy Test The Right Way

a woman with a pregnancy test

It’s the little things in life that we usually take for granted — things like at-home pregnancy tests. For less than twenty bucks, we can go home, pee and find out if we’re pregnant or not without anyone having to know — until we’re ready for them to.

But if you take a pregnancy test the wrong way, it can give you a sense of false assurance — whether you want to be pregnant or not. To keep this from happening to you, we wanted to offer up a few quick tips. You know, just to make sure that you’re actually taking your pregnancy test the right way and can trust its results.

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Check The Test’s Expiration Date

Expiration dates don’t just come on cartons of milk. They’re on tons of the products that we buy, including pregnancy tests. You can’t trust the one you’re about to use if the date on the box has expired. Plus, imagine how pissed you’d be to spend all of that money on something that isn’t reliable! That’s why it’s important to check the date on the pregnancy test before ever leaving the store.

Make Sure It’s Facing Upwards While Peeing
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Make Sure It’s Facing Upwards While Peeing

You could pee into a cup and sit the absorbent end of the stick into it, but that seems a lot more inconvenient than to just hold it into your urine stream. 

Make sure you place the tip directly into it and that the test itself is facing upwards. If you don’t, this is another way to possible mess up the results.

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Give It Enough Pee

You’re going to need to give the test enough urine in order to avoid getting a false negative or positive. In other words, always hold it until you are finished urinating. 

Once you are done, do not shake the test or run it under water (to clean it off). Simply put the protective cap on it and lay it on a flat surface, like your bathroom counter. The surface should be as flat as possible so that your urine can be evenly distributed.

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Don’t Let The Test Sit Too Long

Another big mistake people make is letting the test sit too long, which is why it’s important to read the instructions thoroughly before taking the pregnancy test. 

Typically, you need to allow the test to sit 3-5 minutes in order to do its thing. If you wait more than 10 minutes, the urine within it could evaporate and give you false results.

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Don’t Overlook The Impact Of Fertility Medication

A pregnancy test checks for the amount of hCG (human chorionic gonadotropin; the hormone that’s produced within the body after implantation) that’s in your system. If you’re currently on some sort of fertility medication and you take a pregnancy test too soon after taking the drug, it could give you a false position. This is why it’s important to consult with your physician before taking at-home pregnancy tests too.

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See A Doctor Even If You Get Your Period (But The Test Was Positive)

Technology is pretty impressive these days. But if the test came back positive, and you get your period a day or two later, you still need to see your doctor to confirm whether you are actually pregnant or not. That way, you’ll have an answer you can be sure about. And, if you are pregnant, your growing baby can get the kind of care that s/he needs as soon as possible!



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