It’s tempting to want to grab a home pregnancy test and use it the minute we suspect we could be pregnant whether that’s a week before we’re supposed to get our period or a week after. As many women know firsthand that’s a hard wait.
Testing too Early
It’s rare to get a false positive; it’s much more common to get a false negative result especially if you test too early. While the outside of the EPT box states you might be able to test as soon as 4 days before you expect your period, unfortunately, getting a negative result isn’t going to do much to put your mind at ease if you know how these tests work.
Although it’s very important to read and follow all of the EPT pregnancy test instructions, it’s also important to know the mechanics of how this and other home pregnancy tests work so you’ll be able to feel comfortable with the results.
If you’re testing too early, as the EPT pregnancy test instructions state a negative result could mean that there isn’t enough pregnancy hormone for this particular test to detect. The EPT test will detect the pregnancy hormone, hCG at 25,000 International Units (40 mIU.) You may have produced this much of the hormone by the first day of your missed period but there is no guarantee. The amount of hCG will double about every 2 days in the early stages of your pregnancy so it really is only a matter of days before the hCG would be detected.
Those days can seem like weeks when you’re waiting for this kind of answer and if you absolutely have to know immediately, you can get a blood test from the doctor that will measure any amount of hCG regardless of how small the amount is. Other than that, you have the option of repeating the test in a few days. Again, take care to follow all of the EPT pregnancy test instructions exactly and if you have any questions, you’ll find an 800 number to call and speak with a nurse with the instructions.
The EPT Certainty test, along with many other home pregnancy tests often come with 2 or 3 test kits inside one box. This may be your best option from the beginning especially if it is early to be testing. Follow all the EPT pregnancy test instructions exactly as they are written. This test is very simple to use and many women like it because by using the words instead of having to stare at a blue line, they can feel sure they have interpreted the results accurately.