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How can I do a home pregnancy test (HPT)?

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Home pregnancy tests are quick and easy to use. They are also very accurate if you carefully follow directions. These pregnancy tests all work in a similar way. You test the urine in one of these ways:

With all of these techniques, you need to wait a few minutes before seeing the results. Results may show up as a line, a color, or a symbol such as a "+" or "-" sign. Digital tests produce the words "pregnant" or "not pregnant."

If you have any questions about the pregnancy test or the results, call your doctor or the telephone number listed with the home pregnancy test.

  • Hold the test's stick in your urine stream.
  • Collect urine in a cup and then dip the test's stick into it.
  • Collect urine in a cup and use a dropper to put urine into another container.

From: Pregnancy Tests WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Pregnancy Association: "Understanding Pregnancy Tests: Urine & Blood." 

American Pregnancy Association: "Taking a Pregnancy Test." 

American Pregnancy Association: "Pregnancy FAQ: Early Pregnancy."

Department of Health and Human Services: "Pregnancy Tests: FAQs."

Lab Tests Online: "hCG."

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on February 11, 2019

SOURCES:

American Pregnancy Association: "Understanding Pregnancy Tests: Urine & Blood." 

American Pregnancy Association: "Taking a Pregnancy Test." 

American Pregnancy Association: "Pregnancy FAQ: Early Pregnancy."

Department of Health and Human Services: "Pregnancy Tests: FAQs."

Lab Tests Online: "hCG."

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on February 11, 2019

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