How to Read Results of Ept Pregnancy Test


EPT is one of the leading manufacturers of pregnancy tests. EPT test strips measure the amount of the hormone hCG in the woman’s urine, a hormone that surges during pregnancy. If you have missed your period and plan to use an EPT pregnancy test, you need to know how to read the results.

Plan to take the EPT test on the first day after your missed period. Although you can take EPT tests as early as five days before you expected period, the hCG levels may be too low at that point to detect pregnancy. EPT pregnancy tests detect as little as 40 mIU/ml of the hCG hormone.

Take the EPT pregnancy test. Your first morning pee will likely give you the most accurate results. You can urinate directly onto the absorbent end of the test strip for five seconds or pee into a clean cup and dip the tip into the urine for 20 seconds. Place the cap over the absorbent tip. Both the digital and standard EPT tests collect the urine sample in the same manner.

Place the EPT test on a flat surface and wait for the results to appear within two minutes. For the standard version, a plus or minus sign appears in the test window. A minus sign indicates you are not pregnant while a plus sign means you’re pregnant. It does not matter if one of the lines are lighter than the other, it still indicates pregnancy. If no lines appear than the test is invalid and a new one should be taken. For the digital version, “Pregnant” or “Not Pregnant” will appear on screen. If the screen is blank or displays "See Leaflet," the reading is invalid and a new test needs to be taken.

Contact your doctor to confirm the results if you have a positive EPT pregnancy test.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can find EPT tests at most local pharmacies and big box retailers, like Target and Wal-Mart.
  • Do not read the results of the standard EPT pregnancy tests after more than 10 minutes have passed. Allowing the urine to soak into the test paper for longer than 10 minutes can give a false positive result.

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