Almost every home pregnancy test comes with the midstream pregnancy test strip which is a lot easier to use than the test tubes of yesteryear. Even the digital home pregnancy tests use the pregnancy test strip which makes everything easier.
Midstream Pregnancy Test
In most cases, you just hold the pregnancy test strip under your urine stream for about 5 or 6 seconds and follow the directions from there. Some of the home pregnancy test kits state in the directions that you may collect your urine in a cup if you prefer and then dip the pregnancy test strip in the cup instead of holding it under your stream.
Most of the pregnancy test strips will change color when enough urine has been absorbed on the strip. This does make it convenient if you’re using the strip to dip into a cup but not if you only need to hold it in your urine stream for about 5 seconds. When you look at it, it should have changed color if the directions state that it will.
For the home pregnancy test kits that are not digital, you would then place the strip on a flat surface. Some of the kits instruct you to replace the cap first. Then you just wait the two or three minutes and the results should display in the results window. Its better if you have purchased a home pregnancy test with a pregnancy test strip that has a control window, which is a window that will show you a line so you will know what the line should look like if you are pregnant.
Some of the pregnancy test strips show a plus or minus sign to indicate the positive or negative results. Some will show a straight line if you are pregnant and nothing if you are not. The digital pregnancy test strips use the words PREGNANT or NOT PREGNANT to display the results to eliminate any perceived confusion.
With the digital pregnancy test strip kits, you can use the holders again if you choose if you purchased a kit with more than one pregnancy test strip. There are no refill packs available for any of the digital home pregnancy tests so once you finish with the strips you have you can throw away the holder.
If, for some reason, you should decide to perform another test immediately after you performed the last one, you will need to wait until the words are off of the display window before you repeat the test. This can take up to an hour.
Be sure and visit your doctor as soon as you know or think you are pregnant.