You’ll find a pregnancy test stick in many of the different home pregnancy kits on the market today. It’s designed to be held in a woman’s urine stream in order to test for pregnancy. It can also be dipped into a cup if you would prefer to urinate in a cup and then dip the stick into the cup.
What You Need to Know
There are many different kinds of home pregnancy tests you can buy and you need to know the differences between them in order to pick the right one for you. This is not an area to cut corners or to let the price pick the product. Instead, choose the pregnancy test stick that offers the features that you need.
For one thing, you want it to be easy to use and easy to read. You can’t always tell this from looking at the box so doing a little research ahead of time would be a good idea. If it is a line you’re going to be looking for you want a pregnancy test stick kit that will produce a line that’s easy to see and not one that leaves you wondering if the line is really there.
Once you use the pregnancy test stick following all the directions exactly and read the test, throw it away. Some women like to keep the test around and look at it again and again either willing the answer to be different or making sure the answer doesn’t change.
How to Make Sure
What you might find after leaving the used stick sitting for several minutes is what has come to be known as evaporation lines. These lines, while not an indication of pregnancy, tend to show up several minutes later. You can drive yourself crazy staring at the pregnancy test stick if you don’t like the answer you’re getting but it’s not going to change.
One bit of comfort: You’ll rarely see a false positive in a home pregnancy test stick. You’re much more apt to see a false negative and that’s because there’s not enough of the hormone hCG at the time the test is taken and if you wait a few more days the test will then be positive.
If you absolutely have to find out as early as possible, you want to purchase one of the home pregnancy test sticks that show sensitivity to hCG and will pick up a minute amount. Look on the box before you purchase. These will also cost a little more than the less sensitive tests but now is not the time to cut corners.
If you think you might be pregnant or if you get a positive result in your pregnancy test stick see your doctor right away.