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Health Tip: Taking a Home Pregnancy Test

-- Home pregnancy tests are designed to detect a certain hormone that's present in a woman's blood and urine when she's pregnant.

The test must be administered carefully, following all of the product's written instructions.

The web site offers these general guidelines for home pregnancy tests:

  • Make sure the product is not past its expiration date.
  • Follow the label instructions carefully.
  • Wait 10 minutes before checking the results.
  • Take the test first thing in the morning.
  • Wait at least a week after missing your period before taking the test.
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Posted: May 2011