When Should I Take a Pregnancy Test?
There are pregnancy test kits available that claim to determine pregnancy before a woman misses her period. However, to be sure that the result is accurate, you can take a pregnancy test a day after you miss your period.
If you regularly monitor your cycle and notice that you haven’t had it this month, then it is best if you take a pregnancy test right away. On the other hand, if you have no idea when your next period will start, you can take a pregnancy test 21-28 days after you have had unprotected sex.
Remember that not all over-the-counter pregnancy tests are the same. Some can be more sensitive than others, while other kits can be less accurate. Always read the label and instructions before administering any tests.
How Does Pregnancy Test Work?
Pregnancy test works by detecting if human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) is present in the urine or blood. A pregnant woman’s developing placenta will start to produce hCG hormones 10 days after conception.
It is important to wait before taking a pregnancy test since hCG becomes more potent while the pregnancy progresses. If you take the test too early, then the hCG level may not yet be detectable, especially if you are using an at-home pregnancy test kit.
If you want to check the accuracy of your in-home pregnancy test or confirm your pregnancy as soon as possible, it is best if you ask your doctor for a pregnancy test by blood sample.
What Are the Types of Pregnancy Tests?
Your pregnancy can be detected either from urine or blood samples. Here are the types of pregnancy tests you can take to verify your pregnancy:
Urine tests can be done at home using a pregnancy test kit that you can purchase in your local drugstore, or you can have it done at the hospital.
The following is the process of a urine pregnancy test at the hospital:
- Your attending physician will ask you to collect urine samples in a specimen cup.
- Then the doctor will use a dropper to put a few drops of urine on the test kit.
- An indicator will show whether you are pregnant or not. Test kit indicators will either change colors or show a symbol.
The urine pregnancy test done at the hospital is accurate enough to confirm pregnancy compared to a home-pregnancy test.
There are different at-home urine pregnancy test kits you can purchase. At-home UPT is done by: