Free and Confidential Pregnancy Tests
A pregnancy test is your first step to confirming your pregnancy. Let our client advocates instruct you on properly taking a pregnancy test. We’ll give you the results during your appointment.
How Does A Pregnancy Test Work?
When you get pregnant, your body produces a hormone called hCG (human chorionic gonadotropin). This hormone starts right after a fertilized egg attaches to the wall of a woman’s uterus.
As hCG builds in your system, it eventually enters your urine and bloodstream. Our free pregnancy tests work by detecting hCG in your urine.
How Early Can I Take A Pregnancy Test?
Although the hCG hormone develops rapidly in your body, it takes a little time to be detected with a pregnancy test. We recommend waiting until the day after your period should have started. If your monthly cycle is normally irregular, it is best to wait for several days after your missed period.
What About Home Pregnancy Tests?
The Mayo Clinic reports that home pregnancy tests differ in their ability to detect pregnancy. Some over-the-counter tests are more sensitive than others, so waiting is essential.
One study found that “up to 5 percent of pregnancy tests return results indicating a woman is not pregnant when, in reality, she is.” It’s always good to get a second opinion.
What If The Test Is Positive?
A pregnancy test is only an indication of a possible pregnancy test. You may need an ultrasound to determine your next step. At HopePlace, we offer referrals for a free ultrasound.
An ultrasound confirms if the pregnancy is viable (growing with a detectable heartbeat) and helps determine how far along you are in your pregnancy.
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To get answers and results you can trust, visit HopePlace. Call, text, or fill out our online form. We’re here to help you.