How to Take a Double Marker Pregnancy Test? The double marker pregnancy test can tell you two important things with one quick and simple test: whether or not you’re pregnant, and if so, when your baby will be born (or more accurately, how many weeks along you are).
Here’s what you need to know to take the test correctly and get clear results.
What is the purpose of taking a double marker pregnancy test?
The purpose of taking a double marker pregnancy test is to help determine if a woman is pregnant. It’s often used in the early stages of pregnancy, when there aren’t any noticeable symptoms yet. When a pregnancy test indicates that a woman is pregnant, it doesn’t necessarily mean that she’s ready for the next step in her journey toward motherhood.
In most cases, a doctor will order some type of follow-up tests once the results of a home pregnancy test come back positive. For example, the doctor may want to confirm the presence of hCG with an ultrasound or blood test. This is especially true if a woman has missed her period and believes she might be pregnant but isn’t experiencing many other common symptoms such as morning sickness or fatigue.
Which tests have a double line feature?
The tests that have a double line feature are normally only used if you’re more than a week late. If your period is two weeks late, there’s really no need for a test because it’s safe to assume you are pregnant and should visit your doctor. Therefore, if you are one week late, you may want to take a test with a double line feature in order to detect pregnancy as early as possible.
The tests that double line feature can be a little tricky at first because you actually have to look at both lines together in order to determine whether or not they are both appearing (if both lines appear on opposite sides of the test). These types of tests work by looking for high levels of HCG (human chorionic gonadotropin) which is what is found in women who are pregnant.
What does it mean if you see one dark line, and one light line?
When you see one dark line and one light line on your pregnancy test, it indicates that you are most likely not pregnant. This could mean that either you are in fact pregnant, or that you have a medical condition such as anemia. In either case, it is recommended that you see your doctor for an examination and blood work. If blood work shows anemia, treatment can begin right away.
Meanwhile, if your pregnancy test result is negative and you had unprotected sex during ovulation last month, be sure to wait three days before taking another pregnancy test as it could take up to 72 hours for hCG levels in your body to reach detectable levels after fertilization has occurred.
When should you take your second pregnancy test?
Many pregnancy test kits come with two tests. Some recommend you take both at once, others suggest you take them separately. You’ll find that most double marker pregnancy tests have one line for each test result; some even have pregnant and not pregnant listed directly on the second test. Theoretically, taking your pregnancy tests at once makes sense; by doing so, you can see if you’re pregnant sooner than if you took them separately. Still, there are arguments against taking your tests together.
Since pregnancy tests react to hormones, timing is an important factor in getting accurate results. And it turns out, taking double-marker tests too close together or as soon as they arrive in the mail can give misleading results. After testing positive but still wanting answers, I tested again right away…and got negative results! Apparently, my hormones were still converting and doubling up on pregnancies tests gave me false negatives instead of false positives—meaning I could’ve spent all day freaking out over nothing!
Waiting for results can be hard, here are some tips!
During pregnancy, doctors typically recommend that expectant moms wait at least three weeks between taking a home pregnancy test and making an appointment with their OB-GYN. This allows time for inaccurate results to be ruled out or discounted, while providing ample time for accurate results to surface on their own. Waiting longer isn’t recommended, because it can make it harder for your doctor to confirm results.
If you are less than 10 weeks pregnant, your doctor will likely order a blood test when you visit your office; most women won’t need further testing if they’ve taken multiple tests at home and had them all come back positive (more about that below). If you are more than 10 weeks along, however, your doctor will probably ask you to submit a urine sample for analysis.
Does reading about this change your mind about taking any tests at all?
Many people who are confused about their double marker test results go on Google. They don’t realize that reading about this is not going to change your mind at all. If you’re feeling confused and concerned, reach out to your doctor directly. This is a process that requires expert guidance, so make sure that you give yourself room for error while you’re still trying to understand what’s happening with your body.
The best thing you can do in this situation is ask questions—and talk with an authority who can answer them properly. That’s why it’s important for women in these circumstances to schedule an appointment with their OB/GYN as soon as possible.
Double marker pregnancy tests are commonly used during early stages of pregnancy. Double marker pregnancy tests can be easily identified by their two pink lines, which show up if your test is positive for pregnancy hormones. To properly take double marker tests you should: urinate on a clean white piece of toilet paper; not use any other substance such as soap or water on your vagina (these substances may interfere with test results); and then wait five minutes before checking results to ensure that your urine dries completely.
If after five minutes both lines appear, you have taken an accurate double marker test and are pregnant! If one line appears in contrast to another then you have not taken an accurate test and should repeat testing soon.