If you think there’s a chance you could be pregnant, you’re probably worrying about what to do – and whether you need to take a pregnancy test. Learn all about pregnancy tests and how they work here, then Request an appointment with Sound Choices Pregnancy Clinic to get a free pregnancy test today. Call us at 706-322-5024 or send us a message online for more information.
Signs You Should Take a Pregnancy Test
If you aren’t sure you need to take a pregnancy test, or you don’t know what signs to look for, you’re not alone. Early pregnancy symptoms can be hard to detect and easy to misinterpret. That’s why it’s a good idea to take a pregnancy test if you’ve been sexually active and you are noticing any of the following symptoms:
- Missed period
- Unexpected changes to your body such as headaches, tiredness, breast sensitivity, nausea, or vomiting
- Unexplained mood changes like irritability, mood swings, or food cravings, or sensitivity to certain smells
These are a few of the most common and well-known pregnancy symptoms. However, most women experience these symptoms differently, and some may have very few of them at all. That’s why it’s very important for you to Request a pregnancy test when you experience any of these symptoms.
How a Pregnancy Test Works
Pregnancy tests work by measuring the levels of HCG, or human chorionic gonadotropin, present in your bloodstream or urine. HCG is a hormone that is only produced by women when they are pregnant. Urine-based pregnancy tests display a positive result if HCG is detected.
When to Take a Pregnancy Test
Most doctors recommend that you wait until the first day of your missed period before taking a urine pregnancy test. This is usually about two weeks after conception.
Our pregnancy tests can detect the HCG pregnancy hormone as early as 4 weeks after the first day of your last menstrual period (LMP), or 2 weeks after conception. Before these times, the levels of HCG in your body are simply too low for the test to detect them accurately.
How Accurate Are Pregnancy Tests?
If you do end up taking a pregnancy test, you might wonder how accurate your results are. Our tests are medical grade tests, which have been FDA cleared and approved, and are over 99% accurate.
What Do I Do Next?
If you suspect you’re pregnant and are not sure what your next steps should be, we can help. Call Sound Choices Pregnancy Clinic today at 706-322-5024 or visit us online to Request your free pregnancy test appointment. We’ll support you every step of the way.