4 Biggest Myths About Home Pregnancy Tests (And The Truth Behind Them)

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Many women, especially younger ones, consider talking about pregnancy tests taboo. As a result, it’s natural for them to be a little clueless about it. Yes, you pee on the stick and wait for the line/s to appear, but surely there are other questions that you may have about this 19th century invention.

Is it okay to use it right after intercourse? Can it tell if I’m having a girl or a boy? These are completely legitimate questions that any woman ask when testing, and it’s important for all of us to know what home pregnancy are truly good for so we don’t end up having false hopes around it. Read as I help debunk the 4 most common myths about home pregnancy tests for you below:

Myth: New urine tests can reveal gender of the baby.

While it is true that the gender of the baby is determined from the moment of conception, urine/stick tests are not able to test sex hormones. They’re only good for checking whether or not a possibly pregnant woman has HGH (human growth hormone). Don’t believe any urine test that claims to be able to find out the gender of your baby! The best way so far is to get an ultrasound at weeks 16 to 20, when the baby’s sex organs are more visible.

Myth: There are false positives.

It can go both ways, actually. Some think that there are no false positives and some think there are. Here’s the deal. As mentioned earlier, pregnancy/urine tests check for HGH (human growth hormone) so a positive result means you have it in your body OR you’re having fertility treatments that contain hCG. So if you’re not under any fertility treatments, you can trust that double line.

Myth: Pregnancy tests can tell right away if you’re pregnant.

While the tests are usually very accurate (as long as you use it right, too) there can be false negatives. When you take the test a little too early, which is usually less than 7 days after your missed period. I know a couple of women who were able to confirm their pregnancies with two solid red lines by day 4 (like myself!), though. The best way is really to get a blood test done to measure the exact amount of hCG and have the doctor confirm the pregnancy.

Myth: There are cheaper, more “natural” and DIY pregnancy tests.

I’m sure you’ll find tons of them on the Internet, but not one of them are actually accurate unless they actually do test for the hCG hormone, which is the only bodily secretion that can confirm that a baby is on the way. It will obviously be difficult to do that with “holistic” and unsafe methods, so it’s really best to just pay a little more cash to do it the conventional, tried and tested way.

 

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