Taking a home pregnancy test can be a scary experience, especially if you are not ready to be pregnant.
Many home pregnancy tests claim to be accurate as early as the first day of a missed period. You’re more likely to get accurate results, though, if you wait a few more days. This is because shortly after a fertilized egg attaches to your uterine lining, the placenta begins to form. This causes the production of the human chorionic gonadotropin hormone (HCG). This hormone enters your bloodstream and urine. A home pregnancy test can detect HCG if there is enough of it in your urine, and this is how it determines if you are pregnant or not.
If you are sexually active and you are experiencing pregnancy symptoms, you should call our office today to schedule an appointment. Our medical staff will administer a free pregnancy test and share the results with you in just a few minutes. If you are far enough along in your pregnancy, you may also have a limited ultrasound.
At First Choice Georgia, we’ve been helping women with this first step in their journey since 2010. Call us today to come in for a test and to talk.
How To Take Home Pregnancy Tests
With most over-the-counter pregnancy tests, you place the end of a test stick in your urine stream or dip the stick in a container of your collected urine. A few minutes later, the stick reveals the result — usually it will be a plus or a minus sign, one line or two lines, or the words “pregnant” or “not pregnant” on a result window.
Follow the test instructions for how long to wait before you check the results — usually two or more minutes. Most tests also have a control indicator — a line or symbol that appears in the result window. If no result appears, the test may be defective, and you should try again with another test.
Some home pregnancy tests are more sensitive than others. This means that the amount of HCG that needs to be present in your urine to produce a positive test result is lower in some tests. The amount of HCG in your urine can double every two or three days if you are pregnant. Taking a home pregnancy test just a few days later after your HCG increases may give a positive result.
Call Today For A Lab Quality Pregnancy Test
If you think you may be pregnant, it is best to get confirmation from a medical professional.
Home pregnancy tests only indicate that the level of HCG is high enough in your system to cause a positive result or not. They do not actually confirm that your are pregnant or that you have a viable pregnancy in your uterus. An ultrasound is the most reliable way to confirm that you have a viable pregnancy.
The medical staff at First Choice Georgia can provide a lab-quality pregnancy test and ultrasound for you. Both are free and confidential. Make an appointment today!