Wondering if you're pregnant can make even the most patient person squirm with anticipation. In order to know for certain that you have a bun in the oven, however, you need to know how to take a pregnancy test to ensure the most accurate results.
These days, you don't have to wait for an appointment with your doctor to find out if you have a baby on board. All it takes it a quick trip to the pharmacy, and you have a wide array of home pregnancy tests to choose from. Although the choices may seem overwhelming at first, just remember that each test is ultimately looking for the same thing. As Parenting magazine explained, "the chemical strip on the dipstick detects human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG), which the body starts producing after an embryo implants." And the longer after that implantation happens, the more hCG your body will produce, meaning an accurate reading has a great deal to do with when you take the test, according to Today's Parent magazine. Unfortunately, user error can often result in an incorrect reading.
To avoid getting a false positive or an inaccurate read on a pregnancy test, be sure to follow these five guidelines for a correct result.