A person will get pregnant if her released ovum is fertilized by the sperm. But this condition cannot be identified directly because pregnancy can only be known after you start releasing the human chorionic gonadotropin (henceforth, HCG) hormone. HCG will be released after the fertilized egg sperm attaches to the uterine wall, and at this time the pregnancy can be detected by a pregnancy test kit.
How soon will a pregnancy test read positive?
To find out whether or not you are pregnant, you can use a pregnancy test to check it out. But how soon will a pregnancy test read positive? It strongly depends on the pregnancy test you are using. All pregnancy tests measure the amount of HCG hormone to show you are pregnant or not. However, some pregnancy test kits are more sensitive than others. The more sensitive the pregnancy test device, the more capable the device is to detect levels of the hormone HCG that is still low in early pregnancy, maybe two days after your egg is fertilized.
How to choose the most sensitive test kit?
You can see the pregnancy test level of sensitivity from the information written on the packaging, especially about the unit of mIU (milli-International Units). In general, the sensitivity of pregnancy test kits ranges from 10 mIU/ml up to 40 mIU/ml. The lower the number, the more sensitive the pregnancy test device is, so the earlier the pregnancy can be detected.
Factors influencing the pregnancy test result
1. When does your ovum stick to the uterine wall?
When the fertilized ovum by sperm attaches to the uterine wall, the HCG hormone will begin to be released and the amount continues to increase. You can take a pregnancy test and get positive results at this time. However, testing a pregnancy too early can cause a negative test result because it takes about a week for the egg to stick to the uterine wall and release the HCG hormone.
2. How much you drink.
The level of HCG hormone in urine depends on how much you drink. If you drink too much, it is not impossible that the level of HCG hormone in your urine is low. More concentrated urine usually increases the chance of showing positive test results.
3. The HCG hormone level in your blood.
The levels of the HCG hormone in your blood may vary between individuals, and this will affect the accuracy of the pregnancy test results. Positive test results may take longer if you have low levels of the HCG hormone in your blood.
4. The test pack sensitivity.
Pregnancy test kits that use urine have different sensitivity levels that also indicate how quickly the test kit can detect the presence of the HCG hormone in the urine. Therefore, you should read the sensitivity level and the instructions in the package before testing so that you will get the right result.
If the results are positive on the first day of your last menstruation, your pregnancy age may have been around two weeks. However, these positive results can be wrong, although the chance is very low. To make sure about the result, you can check it with your obstetrician.
Conversely, a negative pregnancy test result does not always mean that you are not pregnant. In order for the results to be more accurate, you are recommended to use the first urine after waking up in the morning. Also, do not forget to pay attention to the expiration date of the test pack and pay attention to the usage instructions.