Home Pregnancy Test (cont.)
Francisco Talavera, PharmD, PhD
Home Pregnancy Test Preparation
To get the best results from your home test kit, follow the instructions that come with the kit.
Don't change medications or dosages based on a home test without talking to your doctor.
- Read the label and instructions carefully: Review all instructions and pictures to make sure you understand how to perform the test. The instructions will tell you the following information:
- What the test is for and what it is not for
- How to collect and store your urine sample
- When and how to run the test, including timing instructions
- How to interpret the test results
- What might interfere with the test results
- The manufacturer's phone number if you have questions
- Only use tests regulated by FDA: Ask the pharmacist or check the FDA database at How Can You Know if a Home Use Test Is Regulated by the FDA. If a test is not regulated by FDA, the US government has not determined the product to be reasonably safe or effective.
- Follow all instructions: You must follow all test instructions to get an accurate result. Most home tests require specific timing, materials, and sample amounts. You should also check the expiration dates and storage conditions before performing a test to make sure the components still work correctly.
- Keep good records of your testing.
- Call the 800 telephone number listed on your home use test if you have any questions.
- When in doubt, contact your health care provider: All tests can give false results (meaning the test indicates you are pregnant but you may not be, or the test says you are not pregnant and you are). You should see your doctor if you believe your test results are wrong or to confirm the result.
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