HCG (human chorionic gonadotropin) is a “pregnancy hormone” that is actively produced and accumulated in a woman’s body from the moment the placenta begins to develop. Any pregnancy test responds to this very hormone. HCG appears immediately after the implantation of the embryo into the uterine wall: first in blood, and soon in urine.
It should be noted that in non-pregnant women, this hormone is also present in urine in concentration from 0 to 5 mIU/ml. A week after the onset of pregnancy, HCG concentration in urine reaches 10 mIU/ml. The most sensitive tests, such as MAMATEST® early pregnancy test, can already detect pregnancy at this concentration.
Attention! Keep in mind that pregnancy does not occur at the moment of impregnation, as many people think! It takes about 7-10 days for a fertilized ovum to pass through the fallopian tube and attach to the wall of the uterus, resulting in the formation of the placenta. From this very moment, increased production of HCG can be detected.
Laboratory and clinical trials have shown that accuracy of MAMATEST® exceeds 99%.
The dipstick placed in the MAMATEST® test device is coated with a special substance that reacts to HCG with a color change. If HCG is present in urine, a reaction results into a band appearing.
Please note that the appearance of a band in the control zone only indicates that the test was performed correctly. The bands in the test and control zones do not necessarily appear at the same time, it is normal if one appears faster than the other.
Please note that the second band in the test zone, even a weak one, in the first five minutes of testing is a sign of pregnancy.