Home Pregnancy Test (cont.)
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After the Home Pregnancy Test Procedure
If you are pregnant, you will want to follow up with your doctor to confirm the result and begin prenatal care. If you are on any prescription medications, do not stop taking them without first consulting your doctor.
Home Pregnancy Test Risks
There are no medical risks associated with testing for pregnancy.
You may obtain inaccurate results that are either falsely positive or falsely negative. Errors can result depending on how you collect the sample. You may be too early in pregnancy for the hCG levels to be high enough to confirm pregnancy. If the urine is not collected the first thing in the morning, it may be too dilute to return positive, even if you are pregnant. Medications may cause the test to give an erroneous result
One study showed that women had difficulty following the instructions on the package insert. In this study, many results returned negative in patients who were subsequently determined to be pregnant.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 1/6/2016
Omnia M Samra, MD
Bryan D Cowan, MD
Francisco Talavera, PharmD, PhD
Lee P Shulman, MD
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