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When Should I Take a Pregnancy Test?

Pregnancy

Feel like your entire world has changed overnight? As you navigate a possible unplanned pregnancy, feelings of fear, confusion, and anxiety are normal to experience. 

Just remember that you are not alone. Take a pregnancy test a bit later than your missed period to get clarity. We’ll explain more details in the blog below!

Common Pregnancy Symptoms

First things first – are you experiencing a missed period or other common pregnancy symptoms? If you have one or more of these symptoms, it may point to pregnancy:

  • Tender, swollen breasts
  • Nausea with or without vomiting
  • Moodiness
  • Food aversions
  • Increased urination

When to Take a Pregnancy Test

According to the Mayo Clinic, the best time to take a pregnancy test is at least one week after your missed period. If taken earlier, you may receive inaccurate pregnancy test results. 

It’s essential to wait a bit after your missed period, so your body has time to produce a detectable amount of hCG – human chorionic gonadotropin (a pregnancy hormone).

How Does A Pregnancy Test Work?

Taking a pregnancy test at home is very simple and painless. A pregnancy test checks your urine for hCG (human chorionic gonadotropin), a hormone produced during pregnancy.

At-home pregnancy tests are 99 percent effective and very low in cost. Always follow up on your at-home test with lab-quality pregnancy testing to ensure your results. 

If It’s a Positive Test

At BsideU For Life, we offer free and confidential pregnancy testing so that you can be sure of your pregnancy. If you receive a positive pregnancy test, an ultrasound is your next step to pregnancy confirmation, which we also offer at no cost to you.

Schedule an appointment today to get clarity about your pregnancy results. If you are pregnant, our compassionate team is here to educate you about all your options. You are not alone.