The most easy and accessible method to determine if you have conceived is using the Home Pregnancy test. Basically, it detects the presence of a hormone called human chorionic gonadotrophin (hCG) in your urine. This hormone is formed when a fertilized egg attaches itself to the lining of the uterus. On an average, a fertilized egg attaches itself to the uterus 5 to 6 days after the egg and sperm have merged. Experts advise you should wait more than one day after you have missed your periods to take a pregnancy test. This allows for the hCG levels to rise enough and prevent an inaccurate result. Also, the best time of day to take the test is first thing in the morning. This is when the urine is concentrated and hCG levels are highest.
Home Pregnancy Tests can be bought without prescriptions at most chemists and pharmacists. Make sure you read the instructions carefully before taking the test. If taken properly, home pregnancy tests are 97% accurate. Avoid ingesting too much fluid as this may dilute the hormone in your urine and defect the result. Also, if you have taken fertility drugs, the result may be influenced by it since fertility drugs contain traces of hCG.
There are a wide variety of tests available according to the sensitivity of hCG detection. Some tests can detect even the minutest amount of hCG and are naturally, more expensive. On receiving a positive result, make sure you schedule an appointment with you gynecologist for further confirmation and tests. However, if the results are negative, wait another week and repeat the test if your periods haven’t begun. Let the hCG levels rise enough so that they can be detected.