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Tips for Taking an At-Home Pregnancy Test

Think you might be pregnant? We'll help you put that theory to the test.

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I'm Kara Corridan, Health Director of Parents Magazine. We're gonna walk you through everything you need to know about home pregnancy tests, including how to find the best test for you and how to get the most accurate results. Pregnancy tests are basically divided into 2 types: digital and non-digital. What's great about digital test is that there's no guess work. You're not wondering is that a line or is that a color. It's gonna say pregnant or not pregnant. Digital tests can be a little bit more expensive though, so just keep that in mind if you think you'll be testing regularly. Many tests claim to be able to give you results as early as around 4 days before your period, but remember that pregnancy tests are looking for a specific hormone that becomes increasingly easier to detect over time, which means that the chances of you getting a negative result when you really are pregnant are higher the earlier you test. Certainly if you get a negative result and your period doesn't come for a few days, you wanna take another test. If your test says that you're pregnant, you probably are pregnant. False positives are pretty rare. So your next step is to call your doctor who can confirm your pregnancy with a blood test and take it from there.