When the first home pregnancy test kits came out in 1978 it took 2 hours to get the results. Two nerve wracking hours. It was hard but for those of us who used the first home pregnancy tests waiting for the pregnancy test result was the longest 2 hours of our lives. It was much better than having to wait 2 weeks but there was something about that little test tube just waiting in the next room that kept us on edge.
Patience is a Virtue
The smart woman back then just left the house for a while. The rest of us spent the two hours peeking at the test tube trying hard not to disturb it because we didn’t want to wreck the test. Even though they only cost about $10 then, $10 was a lot more money 30 years ago that it is today.
Today the hardest wait for a woman who uses a home pregnancy test kit is the wait not for the pregnancy test result itself but the wait of the few days leading up to the optimum test day. Even though some home pregnancy tests advertise you can test several days before you even miss your period if you do take the test then it is hard to believe the pregnancy test result and you usually end up testing again in a few days.
False positives are rare so even if you test early and get a positive result you are most likely pregnant. It is when you get the negative pregnancy test result after taking the test early that you continue to wonder if that is the correct pregnancy test result and you find yourself repeating the test in a few days anyway.
If money is not an object and you absolutely have to know if you are pregnant as soon as possible you can get a blood test from the doctor that will measure any amount of the pregnancy hormone hCG as opposed to the urine test which will only measure a certain level of this hormone. That’s why you can get a negative pregnancy test result when you really are pregnant if there isn’t enough of the hormone in your system yet.
Because the placenta produces the pregnancy hormone, hCG after the embryo attaches itself to the uterine wall, there will be no hCG in your system until that happens. So if you get a negative result after testing before you even miss a period, you may want to repeat the test again in a few days.