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Know when to take Pregnancy Test - Pregnancy Test Kit

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Medically Reviewed by Dr. Deepika Tiwari - MBBS on 28 Apr 2018 - Written by Dr. Sheetal Pandey Tejwani - MBBS - Grammatically Approved by Dr. Kavita Jaggi Agrawal - MBBS

If you are having early symptoms of pregnancy, then you need to know that a pregnancy test with the help of a pregnancy test kit will prove to be beneficial for you. Dipping stick and pouring stick are the two pregnancy tests. Evaporation line and negative line on the pregnancy test are used to measure the presence of pregnancy.

When you start experiencing the symptoms of early pregnancy, obviously the first thing you do is to reach out for a pregnancy test kit. However, many of us don’t know when to use a pregnancy test kit. Your excitement knows no bounds after you had a successful unprotected session during your fertile window. But going for mindless pregnancy test rounds will fetch you misery if you don’t know when to use a pregnancy test kit. This is due to factor of HCG (Human Chorionic Gonadotropin), which is produced by the fetus. However, progression of HCG takes place after a week or two of fertilization. This is also to be noted that, not all women experience the range and level of HCG hormones equally. For some women, HCG hormones start with slow progression, for others it increases rapidly. But, the bottom line is if your body is not at the stage where HCG hormones are produced enough; declaration of pregnancy is hard and confusing most of the time.

What is a Pregnancy Test Kit?

Pregnancy Test Kit, most commonly known as OTC (Over the Counter) Pregnancy Kit or HPT (Home Pregnancy Test) Kit, UPT (Urine Pregnancy Test) kit etc., is a scientific device designed to detect the HCG hormones in a female body through urine. Normally, as pregnancy progresses, HCG level is at peak around 8-11 weeks. This is the time when pregnancy test is suggested. After 12-16 weeks, the HCG production is stable. Usually, a pregnancy test kit should be used after two weeks of missed period or at 8-10 weeks of pregnancy to see the maximum result. However, today in market you will find many variants of Pregnancy Test Kits, which can detect HCG level as low as 25mlU. 25mlU is normally detected after 10 days post pregnancy.

How to use pregnancy test kit

One of the best pregnancy kits is i-can pregnancy test kit in India, which can diagnose your HCG level as low as 10 DPO (10 Days Post Ovulation) very effectively on the basis of user review ratings.

HCG levels in pregnant women

1- 3 weeks LMP: 5 – 50 mIU/mL

2- 4 weeks LMP: 5 – 426 mIU/mL

3- 5 weeks LMP: 18 – 7,340 mIU/mL

4- 6 weeks LMP: 1,080 – 56,500 mIU/mL

5- 7 – 8 weeks LMP: 7, 650 – 229,000 mIU/mL

6- 9 – 12 weeks LMP: 25,700 – 288,000 mIU/mL

7- 13 – 16 weeks LMP: 13,300 – 254,000 mIU/mL

8- 17 – 24 weeks LMP: 4,060 – 165,400 mIU/mL

9- 25 – 40 weeks LMP: 3,640 – 117,000 mIU/mL

When to use a Pregnancy Test Kit?

As discussed above, a pregnancy test kit should be used after 2 weeks of missed menstrual period. However, with Pregnancy Test Kits, which can detect your HCG level as early as 10 days such as i-can, one need not worry and start tracking pregnancy from 10 DPO itself. This is the time when you start experiencing various early pregnancy symptoms in your body due to rapid increase of HCG level such as

1- Nausea & Vomiting.

2- Sore and tender breasts and nipples.

3- Spotting and cramping.

Spotting and cramping

4- Food aversions/cravings.

5- Constipation/ Loose motion

6- Headache.

7- Fatigue and restlessness.

8- Raised and stable Basal Body Temperature.

9- Milky white/watery vaginal discharge or cervical mucus.

10- Faintness and dizziness.

How to use Pregnancy Test Kit?

There are various variants of pregnancy test kits available in the market. On the basis of their distinctive use process, we are dividing them into following categories along with usage instruction.

1- Dipping stick- For this particular type of pregnancy test kit, collect your urine sample in a cup/bowl (washed and dried) and dip your stick for 30 seconds for results to appear.

2- The pouring stick- Collect your urine sample in a cup/bowl, dip a dropper and squeeze in sufficient amount, Squeeze out 3-4 drops in the specific hole on the test kit. Wait for 30-40 seconds for results to appear.

What a Positive Pregnancy Test really looks like?

When the urine sample passes through the window, you will see one control line in the stick to indicate that the test kit is working fine. If you are pregnant, another line of same color and texture appear next to the control. Follow the picture to understand better.

Positive Pregnancy Test

What is a Negative Line & an Evaporation Line on a Pregnancy Test?

A negative pregnancy test does not have any other line apart from the control line. Sometimes a very faint line appears which is also known as evaporation line. This is nothing but very low level of HCG in your body. Follow the pictures to understand how a negative pregnancy test and evaporation line looks like.

What to do if you are tested Pregnant?

You should visit your Medical professional/doctor (especially an Obstetrician & Gynecologist) to follow your health properly and kickstart your beautiful journey of pregnancy.

You have got positive pregnancy test and wondering the results can be incorrect! To rule out incorrect test results, learn the causes of false positive pregnancy test. If you are using pregnancy test kit for the first time, then find a complete guide on the usage of pregnancy kits.

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Dr. Sheetal Pandey Tejwani

Written by

Gynecologic Surgeon, Laparoscopic Surgeon

Dr. Sheetal Pandey Tejwani is an Infertility Specialist, Gynecologic Surgeon and Obstetrician, located in Mumbai and having an experience of almost a decade. Her alma mater is B J MEDICAL COLLEGE in Pune from where she completed her MBBS and MS in Obstetrics and Gynaecology in 2007 and 2009, respectively. In the following year, she pursued her DNB in Obstetrics and Gynecology. She received her Post Doctoral Fellowship in Reproductive Medicine from Krishna IVF Vizag and Nadkarni IVF Centre, Surat in 2013. She is the member of 3 different associations i.e. Indian Society of Assisted Reproduction (ISAR), Indian Medical Association (IMA), and Association of Medical Consultants. Her area of expertise includes Tubectomy/Tubal Ligation, Hysterectomy (Abdominal/Vaginal), Intrauterine Insemination (IUI), Caesarean Section and In-Vitro Fertilization (IVF). She is a consultant in Veda Fertility And Urology Care, Mira Road and is a visiting consultant in Wockhardt Hospital, Mira Road, Mumbai. You can get the contact details of Dr. Sheetal Pandey Tejwani at


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Nandini Pathak

I have some of the pregnancy symptoms, does that mean I am pregnant? I haven't done the test yet.

Oct. 10, 2018, 4:12 p.m. 4.5


Rama Nallapa

Very interesting and well-explained article about a pregnancy test. Those tips will surely help me in a future with my own child. Thank you so much for sharing.

Oct. 10, 2018, 12:20 a.m. 5.0


Sati Prabha

I had no idea there was so much involved, but it makes sense. One should not go after a pregnancy test if they don't have pregnancy symptoms.

Sept. 23, 2018, 11:34 p.m. 5.0


Ashwi Kumari

Fabulous tips! Thanks for the disclosure of these points. I was so confused and the reading helped me a lot.

July 31, 2018, 5:14 a.m. 5.0



How many days after sex on ovulation and sex before ovulation can you take a blood test?

May 3, 2018, 4:33 a.m. 5.0


Britnie Connolly

My period isn't due until 4 days and I took a pregnancy test this morning and it came out to be negative. Do you think i took it too early?

May 1, 2018, 10:02 p.m. 4.5


Narayan Pathak

Great tips. I have been looking for some blog on pregnancy test and found out this one to be very useful.

March 16, 2018, 11:10 p.m. 5.0


Paranjay Tarang

I got 3 miscarriages till last year. This year I am planning for pregnancy but I can't get pregnant.

March 7, 2018, 8:02 p.m. 5.0


Remya Sarin

I don't feel any of the above pregnancy symptoms. Can I still be pregnant? Tomorrow is my due date according to Ela app.

March 6, 2018, 10:07 p.m. 5.0


Shambhu Jinturkar

I have a question for anyone that has had their IUD (Mirena), removed. So I had it out January 24, had a 10 day period. Was thinking I would start around the same time this month, but I haven't, I'm 4 days late. I have been cramping at random times as well as being nauseous. I took a few test abo...

Feb. 27, 2018, 12:20 a.m. 5.0


Chelsea Oldroyd

I have some of these symptoms, but my period is due in like 6 days. So I don't even know for sure.

Feb. 26, 2018, 1:18 p.m. 4.5



So my period came on 2 days early as usual and stayed for 4 days. My breast keeps hurting for the whole month. Is it pregnancy sign or is it normal to have pain in breasts? We lost our baby 6 month ago and since then I am trying.

Jan. 29, 2018, 7:48 a.m. 4.5


Subhash Bisht

Didn't know about test kits, how they work and all. Will get this month.

Jan. 27, 2018, 12:19 a.m. 5.0


Purnendu Labhsha

Taking a pregnancy test has been such a tricky business. Nice read.

Jan. 27, 2018, 12:16 a.m. 5.0


Meghdutt Chheda

I would like to know more about pregnancy test kits like what are the good brands with the highest sensitivity level.

Jan. 27, 2018, 12:15 a.m. 5.0


Satindra Buhpathi

So badly wanted to to know about how to use a pregnancy test kit. Thank you!

Jan. 24, 2018, 5:25 p.m. 5.0



So I took a test last week. Negative but I have been throwing up and feeling nauseous for a solid week now. My areola is tender and my back hurts plus I have diarrhea. I have never had this nausea like this before maybe it's too early to really take a test. Going to try again soon.

Jan. 22, 2018, 5:15 p.m. 5.0



So, I haven't had a period for 2 months. I had something like implantation bleeding about 3 weeks ago and have many symptoms of being pregnant but I took a test a week ago and it was negative. what should I do?

Jan. 16, 2018, 8:04 a.m. 4.5


Krishna Pamela

I had a boy almost 2 years ago. My HCG never went super high and the doctor told me I will lose my baby. I wanted to share this with you ladies, if the doctor test your blood for the HCG levels, don't get nervous if is too low. I learned that God has a plan for each of us, and through him everyth...

Jan. 11, 2018, 6:49 a.m. 5.0


Pushkar Lolaksi

I am planning tomorrow. Wish me luck.

Jan. 10, 2018, 12:09 p.m. 5.0



Please help me to find that I'm pregnant or not.

Jan. 8, 2018, 8:17 a.m. 4.5



I tested after 5 weeks but the result is negative, but i'm not getting my period. I have the symptoms headache, tiredness, and cramping.

Jan. 8, 2018, 8:07 a.m. 5.0


Shelly Kilby

Keeping on imagining or seeing a very faint positive, it's driving me mad. Help me! Do you see it too or is it just me?

Jan. 6, 2018, 10:29 p.m. 4.5

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