If your period is behind schedule, or you’re feeling nauseous, or unlike yourself, your mind could jump straight to pregnancy. But, before you self-diagnose, the first step is to find out for sure with pregnancy testing.
How Does Pregnancy Testing Work?
Pregnancy tests work by testing for the presence of human chorionic gonadotropin or (hCG). This is a hormone that’s primarily produced by the placenta during pregnancy. It tells your body to stop your period and thickens the uterus lining to support the growing embryo.
Pregnancy testing can analyze either urine or blood for this hormone. If found, it will deliver a positive result.
At our clinic, we conduct quick, medical-grade pregnancy testing using a urine sample. One of our nurses will evaluate the results and share them with you.
When Should I Take a Pregnancy Test?
Because it takes time for hCG to build up to detectable levels in your body, it’s typically best to wait until after your first missed period. However, technology keeps improving, enabling even earlier results.
Our pregnancy testing at Evany Clinic is 99% accurate and can detect possible pregnancy as early as seven days after conception. At-home pregnancy tests have varying timelines for when they recommend testing. Make sure to follow the instructions on the box.
Why Should I Schedule an Appointment if I Already Had a Positive At-Home Test?
At our clinic, we conduct ultrasound exams after you receive a positive pregnancy result through our medical-grade testing. An ultrasound will tell you much more than if you are positive or negative for pregnancy.
An ultrasound scan can confirm if the results of your test are accurate and rule out certain complications like miscarriage and ectopic pregnancy.
Ultrasounds can also take measurements to tell you how long you’ve been pregnant. All of these details will inform you of your potential next steps.
Schedule a Pregnancy Confirmation Appointment
Visit our Contact page to schedule your no-cost appointment for free and confidential pregnancy testing and a follow-up ultrasound.