Pregnancy Tests

Pregnancy tests help you determine whether you’re pregnant or not. The timing of the test depends on the type of test. There are two basic types of pregnancy tests: urine tests and blood tests. Both tests check for a hormone that will be present only when a woman is pregnant. This hormone is called ‘human chorionic gonadotropin’, or hCG. Urine tests can detect hCG about 14 days after ovulation. Blood tests are more sensitive and can detect hCG about 6 to 8 days after ovulation.

Home pregnancy tests are widely available, inexpensive and private. The urine test should be done using the first urination after you wake up in the morning. If the test gives a positive test result, you will have to consult your doctor soon. Doctors will confirm your home test result with a blood test and a pelvic exam.

When to take a pregnancy test is an important factor. If you test too early in your pregnancy, the pregnancy hormone may not yet be present in the urine to provide a positive test result. Home pregnancy tests will be more accurate if you wait and test at least one day after your missed period is due. If the home pregnancy test is negative and you feel you are pregnant, repeat the test again in a week if your period has still not started. If the tests are still giving negative results and you think you are pregnant, consult your doctor.

The most important thing is to learn as much as you can about improving your own health. It will provide your baby the healthiest and happiest start to life.

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