If you’ve recently had unprotected sex and you’re nervous, or if your period is late and you’re usually very regular, you may fear you’re pregnant. We know an unplanned pregnancy can feel overwhelming and scary, but we’re here to help! Before you panic, it’s important to confirm you actually are pregnant with a lab-quality pregnancy test.
When is the best time to take a pregnancy test?
In general, it’s best to wait at least a week after your missed period before you take a pregnancy test. If you take it too soon, you may get a false negative and need to take another one at a later date.
Even though you may feel nervous now, it’s better to wait. It’s possible your period is just late for other reasons and may still be on its way.
How does a pregnancy test work?
A pregnancy test works by testing the level of hCG in your body. This hormone, often referred to as the pregnancy hormone, is made by cells formed in the placenta. Your hCG levels can double every 72 hours for the first 8-11 weeks of pregnancy and then will level off after that.
Our lab-quality, urine pregnancy tests have a 99% accuracy rate to demonstrate if you are pregnant or not.
If I am pregnant, what should I do next?
If your pregnancy test comes back positive, don’t panic. There’s still more information to gather. If you are far enough along in your pregnancy, we can offer an ultrasound to answer more questions about your pregnancy. An ultrasound will tell you exactly how far along you are, if the pregnancy is viable, and where the pregnancy is located. All of this information will be critical to have before planning your next steps.
If you think you may be pregnant, contact us today to schedule a free and confidential pregnancy test!