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The pregnancy test

  1. A pregnancy test can quickly determine whether you are pregnant. There are several pregnancy tests for sale. In this article you will find all information about pregnancy tests and about being pregnant, in clear language.

What does a pregnancy test do?

  1. A pregnancy test measures whether the hormone hCG is present in your urine. This is a pregnancy hormone, its full name is 'Human Chorionic Gonadotropin'. When an egg is fertilized, this cell will implant itself after about a week. As soon as this egg establishes itself, your body starts producing the hormone hCG. The amount of this hormone doubles approximately every 2 days. On the first day after your period, which is two weeks after conception, the amount of hCG has risen above 100 mU / l. When you are 10 to 12 weeks pregnant, the amount of hCG is between 30,000 and 200,000 mU / l. You can perform a pregnancy test throughout your pregnancy, because the hormone hCG is constantly present throughout your pregnancy.

How do you do a pregnancy test?

  1. Always read the package insert for the test carefully. There are many different types of pregnancy tests on the market. So these steps are not correct for every test, it depends on what type and brand of pregnancy test you have bought.

What does the pregnancy test result mean?

  1. Often the results of pregnancy tests consist of lines. This usually means:

Any doubts about the result of your pregnancy test?

  1. When using a pregnancy test in which lines do / do not appear, you may not be able to see whether the test line appears or not. Even if you only see a second line slightly, the result is positive. But if you really have doubts whether the test line is present or not, do the test again after a few days. Then make sure you don't drink too much! Drinking a lot reduces the concentration of the urine. The test line will appear more clearly or not, depending of course on whether or not you are pregnant, when you retake the test and have had less to drink.

Good to know when taking a pregnancy test

  1. Make sure you use enough urine for testing, read the instructions carefully. Sometimes you really have to hold the test in the urine stream. Make sure you have not had too much to drink. If you really have doubts about the result of your pregnancy test, go to the doctor. General practitioners have very sensitive tests, in which the tests are also read by the doctor or assistant. When you take a test yourself, you may suddenly see a second line appear after a while. You may not yet have enough hCG in your urine to show that you are pregnant. If so, do the test again after a few days. Do not assume that you are pregnant, because you can still have your period.

Is there a difference between pregnancy tests?

  1. Yes, there are pregnancy tests that measure different amounts of uCG in urine. There are the so-called ultra sensitive pregnancy tests, which already react at 10ml / U hCG. An example of this test is the Xtra Sensitive, for sale on the internet and at the drugstore. There are also sensitive tests that respond to 25ml / U hCG, an example of this is Clearview. The standard tests respond to 50mU / l hCG. Examples of this are the well-known Clearblue tests and the Predictor pregnancy test. The extra sensitivity does not mean that the test is less reliable. All pregnancy tests, the ultra sensitive and the standard tests are reliable. A woman has 'normal' namely 0 to 5ml hCG in her urine. The limit of the ultra sensitive test is 10ml.

What are the symptoms of an early pregnancy?

  1. In the first weeks there is mainly one or more of the following symptoms:



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