Even if you’ve already taken an at-home pregnancy test, following up with a no-cost test at your local pregnancy center is best. You’ll confirm your results and determine the additional medical services you need there.
Both blood and urine-based pregnancy tests are highly accurate, though blood tests are not performed at home.
What Does a Pregnancy Test Detect?
Pregnancy tests work by detecting hCG, or human chorionic gonadotropin. This hormone is only produced during pregnancy and thickens the uterine lining, which helps support the embryo as it grows.
The amount of hCG rises rapidly during early pregnancy, but you’ll want to wait until after your missed period or several weeks after sexual intercourse to test. This allows your body time for the level to increase and improves a pregnancy test’s accuracy.
Does it Matter Whether I Choose a Blood or Urine-Based Test?
Both blood and urine-based tests are accurate, but blood tests are technically more sensitive. Doctor’s offices typically confirm your pregnancy with a blood test after you’ve had a positive at-home result.
Blood tests are generally more expensive because they require a doctor’s order. Your doctor may recommend repeating this test to monitor your hCG level over time, especially if they are concerned about miscarriage or another complication.
No-Cost, Confidential Pregnancy Testing
Receive the information you need when you have an unexpected pregnancy. Turlock Pregnancy and Health Center provides no-cost, confidential pregnancy testing. This urine-based test is lab-quality, and if you receive a positive result, you can confirm key pregnancy details with an ultrasound.
Having an ultrasound is vital. A registered nurse will determine your pregnancy’s viability, gestational age, and location. This information helps decide whether or not you are experiencing certain pregnancy-related complications like miscarriage or ectopic pregnancy. Protect your health with this essential step.
Contact us today to make an appointment. We’re here to help.