How Do Pregnancy Tests Work?

How Do Pregnancy Tests Work

Pregnancy tests work by detecting the presence of a hormone called human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG). If you think you may be pregnant, knowing when to take a pregnancy test and how it works is important. Keep reading to learn more.

How Pregnancy Tests Works

Are you nauseated or experiencing moodiness? Did you miss a period or do you have tender breasts? All of these signs may point to pregnancy.

A pregnancy test confirms if you’re pregnant by detecting how much HCG or human chorionic gonadotropin is in your body. HCG is also known as the pregnancy hormone and starts to build about ten days after conception. 

When Should I Take a Test?

For a pregnancy test to accurately detect HCG in your body, it will take some time. Take a pregnancy test after your first missed period for the most accurate results. When taking a pregnancy test too soon, you may be pregnant but get a false negative.

According to the Mayo Clinic, you should wait until at least a day after your first missed period to take a pregnancy test for the most accurate results. If you still think you’re pregnant after receiving a negative pregnancy test result, take another one a week after your period for the most accurate results. 

Free Pregnancy Testing

We offer free and confidential pregnancy tests at A Choice for Women for you to begin your pregnancy confirmation journey. If you receive a positive result with us, we can offer a free limited ultrasound

In the event of a positive test, we can provide financial assistance to help you. But to qualify for financial aid, you must come in and talk to one of our counselors. 

Schedule an appointment to get the clarity you need about your potential pregnancy and your next steps. You are not alone!