Did you have unprotected sex and think you might be pregnant? Did you have protected sex but are experiencing pregnancy symptoms?
If so, it’s a good idea to take a pregnancy test. Pregnancy tests and a follow-up ultrasound are the only ways to know for sure if you’re pregnant.
Read on to learn more about how pregnancy tests work, when to take them, and what to do if you receive a positive result.
How Does a Pregnancy Test Work?
When you’re pregnant, your body produces a particular hormone (hCG) that’s only present during pregnancy.
A pregnancy test works by detecting hCG. At-home pregnancy tests use urine, and many claim to be 99% accurate if used correctly.
When Should I Take a Pregnancy Test?
Pregnancy tests are most accurate if used on the first day of your missed period or after.
If you don’t know when you should have missed a period, you can estimate. However, you’ll want to test again if you take a test and receive a negative result. You can take a pregnancy test too early and receive a false negative.
If you take an at-home pregnancy test, it’s best to take it in the morning. This is because your first-morning urine is the most undiluted and will have the most concentrated levels of hCG.
What If I Receive a Positive Result?
Seeing the positive result can feel scary. Many thoughts and emotions are probably running through your mind, but you’re not alone. We understand what you’re going through, and we’re here to help.
If you received a positive result on your at-home test, following up with lab-quality pregnancy testing and an ultrasound is critical. We offer free, lab-quality pregnancy testing and limited ultrasound at PSIC.
Contact us today to schedule your free, confidential appointment with one of our caring team members.