Health Tip: Taking a Home Pregnancy Test05/03/11
(HealthDay News) -- Home pregnancy tests are designed to detect
a certain hormone that's present in a woman's blood and urine when
The test must be administered carefully, following all of the
product's written instructions.
The Womenshealth.gov web site offers these general guidelines
for home pregnancy tests:
- Make sure the product is not past its expiration date.
- Follow the label instructions carefully.
- Wait 10 minutes before checking the results.
- Take the test first thing in the morning.
- Wait at least a week after missing your period before taking
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