How Do Pregnancy Tests Work?

Shortly after a fertilized egg attaches to the lining of the uterus, the placenta forms and produces a hormone called human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG). The amount of hCG increases rapidly, doubling every two to three days. A positive pregnancy test means hCG was detected in a woman’s urine or blood, depending on the type of test used.

When Should I Take a Pregnancy Test?

A lot may depend on your normal monthly cycle. If your periods are like clockwork, coming every 28 to 30 days, you can probably take a pregnancy test a day or two after your expected period. If your menstrual cycle is irregular, you’ll want to wait five or six days after you expected it.

It’s important to give your body time to build up enough hCG to be detected by the pregnancy test. If you take the test too early, you won’t get an accurate result.

At-home Pregnancy Tests

At-home pregnancy tests are reliable, but sometimes women are too anxious or scared and don’t take the tests at the right time. If a pregnancy test is taken at the wrong time or the directions aren’t followed carefully, there’s a chance you’ll get an inaccurate result. For instance, makers of at-home pregnancy tests suggest you take the test first thing in the morning when your urine is the most concentrated. Otherwise, you may get a false-negative result.

Different tests can give you different results. We suggest you have your pregnancy test results confirmed just to be sure. Come to the Warrenton Pregnancy Center for your free and confidential pregnancy testing.

What If My Pregnancy Test Comes Back Positive?

If your pregnancy test comes back positive, we’ll schedule you for a free and confidential limited obstetrical ultrasound. An ultrasound is necessary to get a closer understanding of how many weeks you’ve been pregnant (which is important if you’re considering abortion), if you’ve possibly had a miscarriage, and to find out where your pregnancy is located.

You Have Options

You also need to know you have options for your unexpected pregnancy. We’ll be happy to talk with you about which option is best for you. How can we help you today?