If you missed your period and plus you discovered some pregnancy symptoms like changes in you appetite, frequent urination, morning sickness, tender breasts, increased vaginal discharges and some other unusual feelings, you definitely need to prove that you are really pregnant or you need the confirmation for absence of the pregnancy. If you cannot go to your doctor yet, you could make your own home pregnancy test. Home kits as well as laboratory urine tests can give instant results. If you opted for these tests but remain doubtful, you could go to a clinic and have the test done by a health care practitioner.
Pregnancy Home Tests
Home kits are possible the easiest and quickest way to determine pregnancy. These are sold at drug stores and are basically simplified chemistry tests. They are designed to detect the presence of the pregnancy hormone called human chorionic gonadotrophin (hCG, the hormone produced by the developing placenta) in urine. The hormone hCG is mostly concentrated in the urine that is discharged upon waking up in the morning.
This is the best time to use the test. Put a few drops of urine on the device (depending on the instructions provided in the kit) and wait for at least three minutes for the result. Home kits can determine pregnancy two days after your missed period.
Depending on the brand, and handle may show one bar (which means negative) or two bars (positive), or may display a change in color. For your convenience, always pick the brand that gives quick, easy-to-follow instructions. But in it also important to choose the most accurate one (see in instructions).
Pregnancy Urine Test
This is similar to the procedure of urinalysis. You put a sample of your first urine in the morning in a clean and tightly closed container and bring it to the laboratory for medical technologists to test for positive pregnancy. A negative result for the first try may not mean that you’re not pregnant. Don’t hesitate to repeat the test in six of seven days. Laboratory urine and home kit tests are usually 90% reliable.
Pregnancy Blood Test
These tests check for hCG presence in the blood. This can be done through the positive-negative test and the quantitative type which measures the actual hCG amount in your blood.
Basal temperature during pregnancy
You can double check your pregnancy test by checking your basal temperature which should be high after missed period days:
Disclaimer: It is strongly recommended to consult your doctor for professional advice. Above mentioned information and recommendations are just general and should be adapted to each person according to personal health indicators and status.