Are you feeling anxious, excited, or maybe even confused about a possible pregnancy? With a planned or unplanned pregnancy, understanding how to properly use a pregnancy test can be overwhelming for some women.
You may be wondering when is the best time to take one or how to know if the results are accurate. We are here to help clear up any confusion and give you more information about this important step of learning your pregnancy results.
Signs You Should Take A Pregnancy Test
If you think you’re pregnant after missing a period, you will want to take a pregnancy test to be sure. There is still a chance of pregnancy even when using condoms or birth control. Some common pregnancy symptoms are:
- Missed period
- Tender, swollen breasts
- Nausea with or without vomiting
- Increased urination
- Mood swings/irritability
The Best Time to Take a Pregnancy Test
We know you may feel anxious and want to take a pregnancy test right away, but taking one at the right time is vital to get the most accurate pregnancy result.
For best results, take a test at least one week after your missed period. During this time, pregnancy tests can detect the hCG (Human Chorionic Gonadotropin) pregnancy hormone in your urine. Though some pregnancy tests still advertise taking a test sooner, we recommend sticking to the regimen of taking a test at least one week after your missed period for best accuracy.
Do you need more than an at-home test? While at-home pregnancy tests are 99% accurate, the process can still be done incorrectly at times. For the most accurate pregnancy results, schedule an appointment with a local pregnancy clinic, like ours at Soundview Pregnancy Services, for a medical-grade pregnancy test.
What If I Receive A Positive Test?
If you receive a positive test, take your time to consider all your options. Confirm your pregnancy with an ultrasound to understand your pregnancy details as well. No matter what concerns or questions you have, know that you are not alone in this process.