How Do Pregnancy Tests Work?

Wondering if you really pregnant? Your adrenaline may be high as this waiting period can feel very uncomfortable. You are not alone; we know you deserve answers. Pregnancy tests will help you gain the clarity you need so you can move forward – a simple and quick first step to pregnancy confirmation.

You could have experienced multiple signs of pregnancy already. According to the Mayo Clinic, some of these early pregnancy symptoms include:

  • A missed period
  • Frequent urination
  • Tender, swollen breasts
  • Nausea with or without vomiting
  • Food aversions
  • Moodiness
  • Fatigue

How Do These Tests Determine Pregnancy?

Pregnancy tests detect whether or not a hormone called human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) is present in a woman’s body. This particular hormone is only present when a woman is pregnant.

Pregnancy tests can read both your urine or blood to detect hCG. Most women start with an inexpensive home pregnancy test which is a simple urine test. When done right, home pregnancy tests are very accurate.

What About Home Pregnancy Tests?

You may have already taken a home pregnancy test – or maybe a couple! Although it’s not common, it’s possible to receive a positive result from a home pregnancy test when not actually pregnant (a false positive).

You could receive a false positive if you had a pregnancy loss soon after the fertilized egg attached to your uterine lining or if you took the test too soon. 

When Do I Take A Pregnancy Test?

According to the Mayo Clinic, more accurate results can occur if you wait until after the first day of your missed period to take a pregnancy test. 

Get Answers Today

Gain confidence and direction in your pregnancy journey by confirming your pregnancy today!

To get answers, schedule a no-cost and confidential pregnancy testing appointment with our team. We are here to support you.

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