Pregnancy home test kits (cassette type)
The use of home pregnancy tests have been around for years and afford women a quick and instant way to determine if they are pregnant.
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2 x Test cassettes individually packed in a foil wrappers.
Human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) is a glycoprotein hormone secreted by the developing placenta shortly after implantation.
From the onset of pregnancy hCG concentrations in a woman's serum and urine increase rapidly making the hormone a good marker for pregnancy testing.
Seven to ten days after conception the hCG concentration reaches 5 - 50 mlU/ml, at the time of the first missed menstrual period reaches about 100 mlU/ml and then increases steadily to peak at 100,000 - 200,000 mIU/mI at the end of the first trimester.
hCG levels vary from person to person during early pregnancy and a low concentration of hCG can give a negative result. In this case another test should be done 48 hours later.
A high percentage of pregnancies micro-abort. It should therefore be noted that a positive pregnancy test result recorded before, on, or a day or two after expected menses should not be interpreted as a "false" positive result when menses commence a few days afterwards.
hCG levels may remain detectable for several weeks after normal delivery, delivery by caesarean section, spontaneous abortion, or therapeutic abortion.
As with all diagnostic tests a diagnosis should not be based on the results of a single test, but should only be made by your doctor in conjunction with other clinical evidence.
Home cassette pregnancy test detects hCG levels of 20 mIU/mI or lower in urine.
Depending on the hCG concentration in the specimen, a positive result may be observed within 30 seconds. However, to confirm a negative result, the complete reaction time of 5 minutes must be observed.
In many cases, home cassette pregnancy tests can detect a pregnancy up to 2 days (and longer) before expected menstruation.
For the detection of an early pregnancy, when hCG levels are still very low, it is recommended that a first morning urine specimen is used.
100% correlation with a well known commercially available one step pregnancy test.
First morning urine usually contains the highest concentration of hCG and is preferred for testing.
However, specimens obtained at any time may be used. Collect the specimen in a clean, dry container, either glass, plastic or wax coated.
Do not use preservatives.
Only one color band is visible in the test window. This result indicates that conception has possibly not occurred or that the hCG level of the specimen is below the detection sensitivity of the test. It is likely that you are not pregnant.
Two pink-rose bands are visible in the test window. This result indicates that conception has occurred and that it is highly likely that you are pregnant. Please note that if a second line is visible, even if it is very faint, it indicates a positive test result.
If there are no visible color bands in the test window, the result is invalid. Proper procedures may not have been followed in performing the test, or the test may have deteriorated. The test should be repeated with a fresh device.
For this reason we supply two tests - in order to provide you with another test to correlate the results.