Home Pregnancy Kits

Written by Serena Berger
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There are two types of products related to pregnancy that you will be able to find in your pharmacy. The most common tests are home pregnancy tests, which allow you to determine whether or not you are pregnant. Ovulation tests do not receive as much advertising as home pregnancy tests, but may be very useful to women who are trying to conceive.

Different Types of Home Pregnancy Products

Ovulation tests help you identify the window of time in which you have the greatest likelihood of conceiving a child. The ideal timeframe is estimated to be between 6 and 24 hours after you ovulate. Given that this is a relatively short period of time, it would be easy to miss it. Rather than running that risk if you are trying to conceive, using ovulation tests can help you predict when you are ovulating.

As an alternative to ovulation tests, you may want to use a basal thermometer. When a woman begins to ovulate, her body temperature rises. By regularly checking your temperature, you can plot your ovulation cycle and determine the window of time in which you have the greatest chance of conceiving.

Once you believe that you have conceived, you can run to your nearest pharmacy to pick up a home pregnancy test. Many of these tests will detect hCG, a hormone present in women's urine within one week of conceiving. It is important to keep in mind, however, that these tests are not 100 percent accurate. If you get a positive reading, you should meet with your physician to confirm the result of the test. Conversely, the test may turn out negative when you actually are pregnant. If you begin to experience symptoms related to pregnancy, you may want to pick up another test or just head into your doctor's office. Many home pregnancy tests actually include two tests so that you can wait a day or two to confirm the result that you get in the first test.


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