The pregnancy test is in principle reliable and foolproof if it is positive.
On the other hand, it is possible to have false negative reactions if the test is out of date, or if it is done too early. It is therefore advisable to perform the test 10 days after the first day of rule delay. And if doubts persist, in case of a negative answer, it is advisable to repeat the test a week later.
Various pregnancy tests are available in pharmacies. Since March 2014, they can even be bought in supermarkets.
The blood test for more reliability
Blood tests are more reliable, early and accurate. There are two types :
- The qualitative test that is the simplest. It is negative or positive.
- The quantitative test is more accurate, it evaluates the exact amount of pregnancy hormone: the beta-hCG hormone. This test is usually requested by the doctor when there are particular antecedents (like a miscarriage).
These blood tests are done in the laboratory and require a medical prescription. They are reimbursed.
A hormonal dosage in other cases ...This hormonal dosage may be requested by a physician in circumstances other than the search for a normal pregnancy. For example, in case of lower abdominal pain in women. After examining the patient, the doctor may request a beta-hCG test. In this case, he looks for a possible ectopic pregnancy.
Indeed, this hormone is secreted from the appearance of trophoblastic cells regardless of where the embryo implants. Thus the beta-hCG hormones increase even if there is an ectopic pregnancy.
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