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How Do Pregnancy Tests Work?

All pregnancy tests use blood or urine to measure the amount of hCG (human chorionic gonadotropin) in your body. This pregnancy hormone increases rapidly during early pregnancy, and you should receive a positive result if it’s detectable.

Blood-based pregnancy tests are typically offered at your doctor’s office, whereas urine-based tests can be performed at home.

Home pregnancy tests can be purchased over the counter, and they produce accurate results. However, you must time when you take the test carefully. If you take the test too early or incorrectly, you may receive a false negative and assume you aren’t pregnant.

When Should I Take A Pregnancy Test?

If you’re experiencing pregnancy symptoms like a missed period, nausea, or fatigue, you should consider taking a pregnancy test. Sometimes, these symptoms can be caused by other conditions, hormonal changes, and more. It’s best to get an initial result so you can plan your next steps.

In addition to the symptoms mentioned above, you could also experience:

  • Vomiting
  • Frequent urination
  • Tender, swollen breasts
  • Cramping
  • Constipation
  • Nasal congestion
  • Bloating
  • Food aversions
  • Moodiness

 

Free, Confidential Pregnancy Testing

We provide access to medical-grade pregnancy testing through an on-site, independent medical office.

If your result is positive, the independent medical professionals can discuss your eligibility for a same-day ultrasound, which can confirm essential details and help you stay safe. You will also be provided information on your three pregnancy options: abortion, adoption, and parenting. You’ll learn the facts about each and can ask questions in a safe, compassionate environment.

The answers you need are within reach. Schedule a no-cost, confidential appointment to get started and learn how we can help.

 

Soundview is a non-profit 501c3 and does not benefit financially from your pregnancy decisions. All medical services are provided by referral to independent onsite medical professionals at no cost to you. Soundview, nor the independent medical office, does not refer or provide abortion services. Soundview does not provide medical services or medical advice. All information on this website is for educational purposes only and should not be substituted for medical and/or legal advice.

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