Most at-home pregnancy tests claim to be 99% accurate if taken on the first day of your missed period. However, this percentage lowers significantly if you aren’t sure when to expect your period and take the test too soon. 

If you think you might be pregnant and have yet to take a pregnancy test, it’s important to understand how pregnancy tests work and know how to use them to receive the most accurate result.

How Does a Pregnancy Test Work? 

During pregnancy, human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) becomes present in your body. Pregnancy tests work by detecting hCG in your blood or urine. 

At-home pregnancy tests rely on a urine sample. If you are pregnant, the test will detect hCG, and you will receive a positive result. However, if you receive a negative result, there’s a chance you’ve received a false negative—this is when you’re pregnant, but the hCG levels are too low for the pregnancy test to detect. 

If you get a negative result on a pregnancy test but are still having symptoms and no period a week later, test again. 

Does the Time of Day Matter for Testing?

Yes! When hCG levels are still low in very early pregnancy, it’s recommended to test early in the morning (during your first trip to the bathroom) because this is when your urine is the most concentrated. 

Where Can I Get Free Pregnancy Testing?

While pregnancy tests are relatively cheap and widely available at most drug stores, Turlock Pregnancy and Health Center offers free pregnancy testing that’s administered by a nurse. The nurse will also explain your results, which leaves no room for doubt when it comes to getting the clarity you need right now. 

If your results are positive, you’ll be offered a free, limited ultrasound. This simple scan will give you the essential information you need to stay safe.

You’re not alone in this. Wondering if you’re pregnant can feel overwhelming, but we’re here for you. Contact us today to schedule a free, confidential appointment. 

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