When women miss their monthly period, it is not always a clear indication that they are pregnant. The number of days between the last period and the next one may not always be the same hence; a late menstrual cycle may not readily tell you if you are pregnant or not.
To appease one’s mind, a home pregnancy test can help determine if one is in fact pregnant or not. There are various over-the-counter home pregnancy test kits available today and the size of pregnancy test kits may vary depending on whether you will be getting the strips or the digital model.
The size of pregnancy test kits is actually determined by the number of strips or digital pregnancy tests included in the package. This number may vary depending on the brand or manufacturer of your preferred pregnancy test kit.
Whatever size of pregnancy test kits you get, you can be sure that it is compact which means you can readily keep these in your purse or your medicine cabinet if you do not wish to use them immediately.
Some brands will have their size of pregnancy test kits starting with a single digital pregnancy test in the package; others will have two up to four tests per package.
As for the size of pregnancy test kits that use strips instead of the digital tests, packages usually have at least 20 strips per pack while others will start with two strips and then increase the number of strips per package in increments of two.
How to Use Pregnancy Test Kits
Instructions on how to properly use your choice of pregnancy test are included in the packaging. It is important that you follow these instructions to the dot to ensure that you will get results as accurately as possible.
Most pregnancy tests check for the hCG or the human chorionic gonadotropin in your urine. This is the hormone that is secreted by the woman’s placenta soon after fertilization.
For both the digital test and the strips, you can dip the tests in a cup filled with your urine. You should dip the tests immediately after filling the cup with your urine.
The tests will show results within five minutes after dipping. Some tests work best after a missed period while others can provide accurate results at least four days before a woman’s expected period.
Most pregnancy test kits include at least two tests to enable a possibly pregnant woman to double-check whether or not she really is pregnant.
This is especially helpful if the initial test showed a negative result. Home pregnancy test kits are only there to give you a better idea of whether or not you are pregnant.
Once you have determined that you are pregnant, it is important that you immediately consult your trusted OB-GYNE to check your condition and also to get an estimate of how far into the pregnancy you already are.