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How do I do a home pregnancy test?

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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."

  • 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.

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 Brunilda Nazario on February 19, 2020

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 Brunilda Nazario on February 19, 2020

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