Pregnancy Tests to Put Your Mind At Ease
Am I Pregnant? Am I Not? How Soon? How Sure? How Accurate...?
Once you have decided to start a
family, you have probably engaged in a slew of activities to get ready.
You have prepared
yourself physically. You have charted and tracked temperatures to predict your fertile days. You have made sure
that there has been just enough sex on just the right days. And now, you have to wait.
But how long do you
have to wait before you can take a test? What kind of test should you take? How accurate are the tests? Should I
have my doctor do the test, or can I do them myself? If these are the questions you are asking yourself, then
you've come to the right place. Read on to find the answers.
Testing Question #1: How do I find out if I am pregnant?
If you are sensing
classic pregnancy symptoms such as tiredness, nausea, and breast tenderness, there is a good chance that you
are. To find out for sure, you need to take either a urine or a blood test.
Testing Question #2: Does my doctor have to do the test?
Maybe. Doctors can
administer blood tests, which are the most accurate way of testing for pregnancy. You can test for pregnancy
yourself using an at-home urine test, even though the blood test is the most accurate. The pregnancy tests have
gotten much more accurate, so if you see a strong test result, you can be certain that you are
Testing Question #3: How soon after I have sex can I take a test to see if I am
You can take a
pregnancy test a few minutes after sex, but you will not get an accurate result. If you want an accurate test
result, you probably aren't going to get one until somewhere around 14 days after intercourse, when you were
This time period should
coincide with when you are schedule to get your period again. The reason that you need to wait is that when a
fertilized egg attaches itself to the lining of the uterus, the body produces a hormone called human chorionic
gonadotrophin, or HCG.
Home pregnancy tests
evaluate the level of HCG found in the urine, so as time progresses, there will be more HCG in the urine if you
are pregnant. If your body starts producing HCG levels quickly, then you may be able to get an accurate result
earlier, but it really is best to wait about two weeks after your predicted ovulation date.
Pregnancy Testing Question #4: Do all home pregnancy tests have the same
level of accuracy?
manufacturers all claim to have the most accurate tests, but in reality, accuracy is very dependent upon how
soon after conception your body starts releasing the HCG.
Pregnancy Testing Question #5: If I get a negative test result on one day,
could I get a positive test result the next day?
Again, it all comes
down to the HCG levels in the urine. It is possible for this to happen if you take a test 24 hours before the
HCG shows up.
Pregnancy Testing Question #6: Is there a certain time of day that I
should take the test?
Absolutely. You should
take an at-home pregnancy test first thing in the morning, as that is the time of day when your urine is most
concentrated and therefore has the greatest probability of containing HCG. It does not matter what time of day a
blood test is administered, as pregnancy hormone levels are consistent throughout the day in the blood
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