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Pregnancy Tests

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

When to collect urine for the test? Any urine specimen is appropriate for pregnancy testing, but the first morning urine specimen is optimal because of its highest concentration of hormone. 

Can test results be interpreted after more than 5 minutes? No. Test results must be read at 5 minutes. Though a positive result should not change for several days, a negative result may change to a false positive within minutes after the end of the testing period, which would not be an accurate reading. It is always best to read the results at the 5 minute testing  period and then discard the test to avoid confusion. 

My result is Positive (Pregnant). What should I do? See your doctor who can advise you on your next steps. It is possible to get a positive result and later find out you are no longer pregnant.

My result is Negative (Not Pregnant). What does this mean? You may not be pregnant or the level of pregnancy hormone may not yet be high enough to be detected. Test again in two days' time. If this test gives you a Negative result and your period is late, see your doctor.

How early can I test? This test can be used from 5 days before your missed period (4 days before you expect your period). However, as hormone levels vary from woman to woman, and in early pregnancy can be very low, you may be pregnant but still get a negative result. 

How does Pregmate Pregnancy Test work? It detects the pregnancy hormone hCG (human Chorionic Gonadotrophin) in urine. Test sensitivity is 25mIU/ml.

Can any medication or medical conditions affect the results? Always read the manufacturers' instructions for any medication you are taking before testing. If you get unexpected results you should discuss them with your doctor. 

Medications containing hCG (e.g., Pregnyl® and Profasi®) can affect the result. Ectopic or recent pregnancy, even if not carried to full term, can cause misleading results.

The test should NOT be affected by hormone therapies containing Clomiphene citrate (Clomid®), common painkillers, alcohol, antibiotics, or the contraceptive pill.

I previously tested Positive (Pregnant) but have tested again and got a negative result, or my period has started. What does this mean? It is possible to get a positive result and later find out you are no longer pregnant. This is called early pregnancy loss which is sadly not uncommon, affecting around 1 in 4 pregnancies. Happily, most women can go on to have a healthy pregnancy afterwards.

How to make sure I am getting the most accurate result? If you want to test as early as possible, but want to make sure you are getting the most accurate reading, test the day your next period is supposed to begin - you will have a 99% chance of getting an accurate result.

There is much difference between the control lines of two tests. Is this a concern? No. Variations in the color of the control line will not affect the test result. 

A pink background color and vertical streaking appeared in the result area during the testing period. Is this a concern? No. Each urine sample will vary in its chemical makeup, as will the humidity of the air in testing room. Such variations in physical conditions can cause vertical streaking and/or pink-rose background color but will not affect the test results. As long as the control band appears within 5 minutes, the test is working properly.

Is there anything I should do if I am planning to get pregnant? It's a good idea to speak to your doctor before you try to get pregnant. Many doctors advise taking folic acid or prenatal vitamin supplements, avoiding alcohol, stopping smoking, and that trying to maintain a healthy weight can be beneficial. You may also want to consider using an ovulation test to identify your most fertile days. Pregmate offers a range to help maximize your chances of conceiving. 

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