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Home Pregnancy Test (cont.)

Home Pregnancy Test Results

Patient Comments

The accuracy of the home pregnancy test depends on how well one follows the instructions and interpret the results. If you mishandle or misunderstand the test kit, you may get inaccurate results.

If the test is performed too early in the menstrual cycle, the hCG levels may not be high enough to produce a positive test result. This may be a particularly significant issue if one has irregular cycles or is uncertain as to the date of onset of her last menstrual period.

When to Seek Medical Care

If your period is late and you suspect you may be pregnant, wait 7-10 days before trying the home pregnancy test. If the test is negative, wait a few more days. If you still don't menstruate, try the test again. If you still test negative and your periods do not return to normal, see your doctor.

For More Information

If your symptoms don't seem to agree with your test results, or if your test or device does not seem to be working properly, you can report it to FDA's MedWatch program at the US Food and Drug Administration, MedWatch.

If you want to notify the Office of In Vitro Diagnostic Device Evaluation and Safety of the US Food and Drug Administration directly of a problem with a home use test, send an email to

Medically reviewed by Wayne Blocker, MD; Board Certified Obstetrics and Gynecology


"Clinical manifestations and diagnosis of early pregnancy"

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 1/6/2016
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