Our HCG Urine pregnancy test measures the presence of the hormone human Chorionic Gonadotropin (HCG) in human urine for early detection of pregnancy. The concentration of HCG in a non-pregnant woman is usually 5mIU. At the time of the missed period the concentration rises to about 100mIU. The test is sensitive to 20mIU of HCG and is capable of detecting pregnancy as early as 7-10 days after conception. We do however recommend that you wait until the first day after your missed period to get a reliable result.
Collect a urine sample
A urine specimen must be collected in a clean and dry container. It is better to take a urine sample first thing in the morning because it normally contains the highest levels of HCG of the day but samples can be used from any time of the day.
Open the sealed pouch and remove the strip.
Place the test strip vertically (straight) into the urine sample, making sure the arrows are pointing down. Do not allow the urine surface to go above the maximum level line (marked by arrows) on the test strip.
Leave the strip in the urine for at least 8 seconds (recommend 10 seconds).
Remove the pregnancy test and place on a dry flat surface.
Wait for coloured bands to appear, depending on the concentration of HCG, results can be seen in as little as 40 seconds. However to confirm a negative result the complete reaction time (5 minutes) is required.
Discard the test after use, put the used test in a special container and if possible regard it as infectious.
If two coloured lines appear on the test strip, you are pregnant. One line may appear lighter than the other, but they will both be the same thickness. A faint line is more likely to occur when you are testing early and your hCG levels are low. See Questions 5 and 7 in the frequently asked questions.
If only one coloured line appears on the test strip this is a negative result and you are either not pregnant or you may have tested too early. If you are unsure repeat the test in 48 hours with a new test strip. See Questions 6 and 7 in the frequently asked questions.
If no lines appear anywhere on the test strip or if only the test line appears, the test has not worked properly and is invalid. This is usually due to the strip not being wet enough. Repeat the test with a new test strip ensuring that the strip is immersed in the urine sample for the full 10 seconds. See Question 4 in the frequently asked questions.
In a woman who is not pregnant the hormone hCG (Human Chorionic Gonadotropin) is normally present in urine at very low levels (typically 5mIU/ml). When you are pregnant the body produces much more of this hormone. At the time of the first missed period the level of hormone is detectable by this test. Our test detects hCG in urine at a level of 20mIU/ml.
You can test as early as 4 days before the expected date of your period. If you are testing early we recommend that you use the first urine of the day as it contains the highest level of hormone in a day. If you are testing from the day of your missed period you can use urine from any time of the day.
In laboratory tests, Clear & Simple pregnancy test strips have been shown to be over 99% accurate when used on the day of your missed period
If no lines appear anywhere on the test strip or if only the test line appears, the test has not worked properly and is invalid. This is usually due to the strip not being wet enough. Repeat the test with a new test strip ensuring that the strip is immersed in the urine sample for the full 10 seconds
A positive test result shows that hCG has been detected in your urine at a level above 20mIU/ml. You should talk to your Doctor who can tell you what steps you should take next
You may not be pregnant or the level of hCG may not yet be high enough to be detected or you may have miscalculated the day your period was due. If you tested early, test again in 48 hours with a new test. If your period is overdue, test again in 72 hours with a new test. If this retest gives you a not pregnant result and you have still not had your period, see your doctor
For your result to be positive (Pregnant) you should see 2 lines. The control line should be a strong pink coloured line. The test line may look the same as the control line or it may be fainter than the control line In both cases it will be the same thickness as the control line. If you are unsure, wait 48 hours and retest with a new test strip.
Testing too soon after using fertility drugs that contain hCG can give misleading results. If you have recently stopped taking hormonal contraception or are using fertility treatments such as clomiphene citrate, your periods may be irregular leading you to test too early.
If you have recently been pregnant (even if not carried to full term) you may get a false pregnant result. Ectopic pregnancy, ovarian cysts, menopause and some very rare medical conditions may give misleading results.
If you have a pregnant result it is possible that you later find that you are not pregnant due to loss of the pregnancy in the early stages. Some women who are more than 6 weeks pregnant may get misleading results due to high hCG levels (2 faint lines due to the hook effect).
If you get unexpected results you should talk about them with your doctor.
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