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Taking a home pregnancy test can be nerve-wracking, especially if you're not sure you can trust the results. Knowing when and how to take a home pregnancy test — as well as some of the pitfalls of home testing — can help ensure that your reading is accurate.
Many home pregnancy tests claim to be accurate as early as the first day of a missed period, but for the most reliable results, it's a good idea to wait until one week after a missed period. Home tests may not be as precise at the start of a pregnancy, and some women develop detectable amounts of pregnancy hormones later than others do. In addition, most manufacturers recommend retaking a home pregnancy test in a few days — a negative result shortly after your missed period doesn't necessarily mean that you're not pregnant.
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