If you are showing some early symptoms of pregnancy such as fatigue, nausea (morning sickness), or a missed period, you may be starting to feel anxious and want to confirm whether or not you are pregnant.
It’s recommended that you wait at least a week after a missed period for the most accurate results on your pregnancy test.
How Do Pregnancy Tests Work?
The hormone called hCG is found in pregnant women and is detectable after a certain number of days postfertilization. The pregnancy tests consist of a reactive strip that will display a positive reading if there are detectable levels of hCG in your urine.
It’s also advised that you take a test first thing in the morning when your urine is undiluted.
How Do I Know If My At-Home Test is Reliable?
Most at-home pregnancy tests give reliable results. However, there is always the chance of an inaccurate reading. Several instances of this include:
- If you’ve experienced an early miscarriage (hCG is still detectable)
- The test is expired or defective
- The test has been taken too early in your menstrual cycle
- Certain medications result in a false reading.
At Birthline, we offer no-cost pregnancy tests that we keep in a quality-controlled environment, which increases the likelihood of an accurate reading. With immediate reading, our staff is on hand to answer any questions, such as helping you determine the best time to take a pregnancy test.
How Do I Get a Pregnancy Test?
You can go to a doctor’s office for blood tests to confirm your pregnancy, but the most convenient way is to either purchase them at your local drugstore or visit our clinic for a no-cost test.
In addition to no-cost pregnancy tests, Birthline also offers other complimentary services such as ultrasounds and options counseling, where you can learn and discuss your different options in a pressure-free environment.
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