A pregnancy test is an easy first step to answer the question, “Am I pregnant?”
How do pregnancy tests work?
Pregnancy tests measure the level of HCG in your urine. HCG stands for human chorionic gonadotropin and is a hormone that’s only produced by the placenta when you are pregnant.
If HCG levels are high enough, the test will show positive. It is possible to have a false negative if you take the pregnancy test too early or at the wrong time of day. Generally, it’s best to wait until after you’ve missed a period to take a pregnancy test, though some women do have positive pregnancy tests before they miss a period.
Whenever you’re taking a pregnancy test, be sure to carefully follow any instructions included with the test (or given to you by clinic team members). Not following instructions can result in incorrect results.
Are they always accurate?
Pregnancy tests today have high accuracy results. But in addition to taking a test too early or at the wrong time, there are some other times when pregnancy tests aren’t accurate. Learn more here.
When should I take a pregnancy test?
It’s generally best to wait until after you’ve missed a period to take a pregnancy test, though some women do test positive before they miss a period.
Where can I get a pregnancy test?
You can pick up a pregnancy test at the store. But you can also schedule a free pregnancy test and consultation at one of our clinics. Click here to schedule your free consultation (no insurance needed).
If it’s positive, what should I do next?
If you have had a positive pregnancy test and are unsure what to do, here are some next steps:
First, schedule a free pregnancy test and consultation at one of our clinics. One of our client advocates can help you walk through the testing process and discuss your pregnancy options.
Second, find out how far along you are through a no-cost ultrasound. A viability ultrasound is the most accurate way to determine how far along you are in your pregnancy. If you’re considering abortion, knowing how far along you are in your pregnancy will help determine what options are available to you.
It is possible to have a positive pregnancy but not have a viable pregnancy. Medical professionals estimate that almost 1 in 4 pregnancies end through miscarriage. So even if your pregnancy test is positive, it might not be viable.
Third, make your pregnancy decision with confidence after exploring all your options. If you are considering parenting, we have a parenting support program where you can receive free resources from the day you find out you’re pregnant until your child turns 4 years old. If you’re considering adoption, we can help you explore that option and connect you with adoption agencies and referrals.
If you’re considering abortion, we can educate you on your options. All our education is medically accurate and non-graphic. We do not sell or refer for abortions. Instead, we provide a safe place where you can explore all your pregnancy options without pressure.
Take the first step and schedule a free pregnancy consultation today.