What Is the Difference Between a Blood and Urine Pregnancy Test?

What Is the Difference Between a Blood and Urine Pregnancy Test?

Both blood and urine pregnancy tests detect human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG), a hormone a woman’s body creates during pregnancy. Blood tests are considered more accurate than urine tests. The concentration of hCG is usually higher in a blood test than in a urine test. 

For faster results, you should take a urine pregnancy test. For more accurate results, consider a blood test. 

When Should I Take A Pregnancy Test?

According to the Mayo Clinic, the best time to take a pregnancy test is at least one day after your missed period. 

Urine is most concentrated in the morning, which makes hCG more detectable. If possible, test first thing in the morning when you wake up. Read all the instructions before performing the test, as failure might lead to an inaccurate result.

However, some women may experience irregular periods. If your periods are irregular, waiting for at least 5 to 6 days after your missed period is best.

Confirm Results With An Ultrasound

Whether you receive a blood or urine pregnancy test, an ultrasound is needed afterward to confirm your pregnancy health and other essential details. Ultrasounds provide information about your pregnancy, including:

  • Viability (whether your pregnancy is progressing)
  • Gestational age (how far along you are)
  • Location (whether your pregnancy is growing within the uterus)

 Knowing this information will determine your pregnancy options and help you get clarity along your journey. 

Lab-Quality Pregnancy Testing

Begin your pregnancy confirmation journey with lab-quality pregnancy testing at A Choice for Women. We offer free and confidential pregnancy testing and ultrasounds to those who qualify. 

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

Schedule a free and confidential appointment to learn more about your unique pregnancy and find support. We are here for you.