How do I take a pregnancy test and how does it work?
Pregnancy is tested using either blood or urine. Pregnancy tests detect whether your blood or urine contains any of a hormone called “human chorionic gonadotropin,” (hCG), which is present during pregnancy.
Urine tests can be done in a doctor’s office, but can also be done very easily in the privacy of your own home. Home pregnancy tests (HPT) can be purchased inexpensively at drug stores or discount stores. You should wait until your menstrual period is about a week late before testing. Instructions for performing the test are included in the package and should be followed closely for most accurate results. Within minutes you will have your answer.
Urine testing is most often used, but a doctor can also draw a sample of your blood for testing for pregnancy. Blood tests can detect pregnancy earlier than a home pregnancy test, about six to eight days after pregnancy begins. Your blood will have to be sent to a lab to be tested, so you won’t know your results immediately.
How accurate is pregnancy testing?
The most accurate results will come by waiting at least a week after you were expecting your period. Because your urine is more concentrated first thing in the morning, taking the test then may also give more accurate results. Home pregnancy tests have an accuracy rate of about 97 percent; blood tests are even more precise.
If you have any doubts about whether you are pregnant or not, come to the A Choice for Women Center location nearest you and we will be happy to conduct a free pregnancy test.