How Does A Pregnancy Test Work?
When you become pregnant, your body produces a hormone called hCG, human chorionic gonadotropin. A pregnancy test detects the amount of hCG hormone in your urine to determine if you are pregnant. A pregnancy test is a very simple process with no pain involved. This is the first step to confirming if you are indeed pregnant after noticing pregnancy symptoms like:
- A missed period
- Swollen, tender breasts
- Nausea with or without vomiting
When To Take A Pregnancy Test
To get the most accurate pregnancy test results, take a test after one week of your missed period. When you wait a bit longer, your body can produce the right amount of hCG hormone to be detectable in the pregnancy test. Though it’s tempting to not wait, you can receive a more accurate result from the test this way.
Home Pregnancy Tests
Over the counter, home pregnancy tests are 99 percent accurate, but sometimes it’s used wrong or at the wrong time. There is still a chance for user error, as with anything. To be sure, get a lab-quality pregnancy test to confirm your pregnancy after taking a home pregnancy test!
Visit our center for a no-cost pregnancy test to confirm your pregnancy! We can help you with any questions or concerns you may have as well.
What If It’s Positive?
If your pregnancy test comes back positive, we can help. Know that you have pregnancy options and support from our team at Pathways Pregnancy Resource Center. We can help you navigate the tough decisions that an unplanned pregnancy brings. You are not alone.
Talk to us to learn more about confirming your pregnancy today.