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Published on 27 May 2019
Pregnancy is the process where a woman conceives. It sounds pretty simple in the line but pregnancy is not this simple a process. It is a very complicated procedure. When the sperm from the man combines with the egg present in the female it leads to the formation of an embryo which then attaches itself to the uterus lining of the female for further growth and development. In order to conceive, the timing of having unprotected sex is crucial along with other factors. And as critical and complicated is the process of pregnancy, so is its test. A good number of factors should be kept in mind before having that pregnancy test, for an accurate result to show up.
Now before we get into the details of how should one take that test, let us first understand when should one take that test. In the case of pregnancy, there are certain symptoms which your body shall throw up to indicate that you are pregnant. These signs are not sure shot conclusions but they are definitely those indications which one should not ignore. Some of which are as mentioned below:
Missed periods: In case your date is due and it has been at least week past that, you may want to go for that pregnancy test.
Cramps in the stomach: If you feel cramping similar to periods, for a very long period of time, you should be alert for further indications.
Feeling nausea or having similar feelings is common during the initial stages of pregnancy.
Breasts become heavier: This happens during the menstrual cycle as well, but it is also one of the indications of pregnancy.
In case you experience any of the symptoms mentioned above, you might want to go for a pregnancy test.
There is a particular timing to conduct this test. You should wait at least a week post your due date for the periods. And in case you cannot wait till then, then wait for at least 10-12 days after having unprotected sex. The over-the-counter pregnancy tests basically detect the presence of a hormone named as human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) in your urine. This hormone is present only if the female is pregnant.
Although OTC tests cannot be trusted blindly, yet they are accurate in 99% of cases. Usually, there is a change in color of the strip or a showing up of some symbol (plus or minus) depending on the kit you have chosen. Best time for taking the test is in the morning just after you have woken up. As stated earlier, these tests are not 100% right yet they are mostly accurate in 99% of cases.
It is a misconception that pregnancy begins when the sperm enters the egg.
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