If you suspect you might be pregnant, chances are you want to take a test as soon as possible to find out for sure. There are a number of different home pregnancy tests available, making it difficult to know which one to choose. Some of them have plus or minus signs, some use lines and some are digital. Which option is best? How can you tell which test is the most accurate? The following section will help you decide which pregnancy test to choose:
1. Do you need a digital test, or is a traditional test OK?
Digital home pregnancy tests are a relatively new introduction to the market. The main benefit of these tests is that they tell you outright whether or not you are pregnant. Old-fashioned pregnancy tests can be a bit more confusing since you have to judge whether or not a line or plus sign changed color.
For instance, you may see a slight hint of color near the line. Does that mean you are pregnant or not? Unless you get a brightly colored line, a lot of guesswork goes into using these tests. With a digital test, on the other hand, the test clearly states whether the test is positive or negative, taking the guesswork out of the equation.
2. Have you missed a period yet?
If you haven’t yet missed a period, you still may be able to tell whether or not you are pregnant by using an early detection test. These tests can detect pregnancy up to 7 days before your missed period. The only downside is that they are more expensive than standard pregnancy tests. However, when you need to know in a hurry, they can be a great option. If, on the other hand, you have already missed a period, you should be able to get by with a cheaper standard detection test.
3. Do you need to buy a brand name, or is generic OK?
Although some women are more comfortable using brand name tests, generic tests are generally just as accurate. Just be sure to note whether the generic test is an early detection test, or whether you have to wait until after you miss a period.
Deciding which of so many home pregnancy tests to choose is not a decision that should be made lightly. After all, planning your future starts by determining whether or not you are actually pregnant. Regardless of which test you choose, if you get a positive result, it is important to follow up with your doctor for confirmation.