How Does Pregnancy Testing Work?

Pregnancy testing is very simple and painless. When you are pregnant, your body produces a hormone called hCG, human chorionic gonadotropin. A pregnancy test works to detect the amount of hCG hormone in your urine to determine if you are pregnant or not.

When Should I Take a Pregnancy Test?

According to the Mayo Clinic, the best time to take a pregnancy test is at least one week after a missed period to receive the most accurate results.

During this point, your body has time to produce the right amount of hCG hormone to be accurately detected in a test if you’re pregnant.

Though pregnancy tests can detect hCG in urine as early as four days before your missed period, it is more sensitive in the days after. You can receive a more accurate result from the test by waiting just a little longer. 

At-Home Pregnancy Tests

Pregnancy tests you can buy at your local drugstore are very accurate, but there is always a chance the results could be false.

It can be easy to miss a step of the process when you are overwhelmed with emotion at the possibility of an unplanned pregnancy. It’s also easy to take a test at the wrong time without knowing it. There is still a chance you received an inaccurate result.

Take another pregnancy test to confirm your pregnancy, even if you received a positive result at home. Confirm your pregnancy with a free, medical-grade pregnancy test at our center today.

What if it’s Positive?

If you receive both a positive pregnancy test at home and at our center, you may be wondering what’s next? You are not alone.

A positive pregnancy test can not tell you all you need to know about your pregnancy to move forward with a pregnancy decision. An ultrasound is necessary to determine if you have a healthy, viable pregnancy, confirm how far along you are, and determine the location of the pregnancy.

We can help you by offering a free pregnancy test, an ultrasound, and education on all your pregnancy options so you can feel confident in your next step.

Contact us to schedule a free pregnancy test appointment and learn what options are available to you. Our team is here to support you today.

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