Whether your period is simply never late, or you forgot to take one of your birth control pills last month, taking a pregnancy test is a quick, accurate way to find out if you’re pregnant any time you’ve missed your period. The team of experts at Advantage Healthcare in Wood Dale, Illinois provides comprehensive pregnancy testing services, including blood draw tests, for patients in the greater Chicagoland area. To find out more, call or book your appointment online today.
Advantage Healthcare offers two types of pregnancy tests: The urine-sensitive test and the blood draw test. Urine-sensitive pregnancy tests are free and available on a walk-in basis, with no appointment necessary, while blood draw tests require an appointment and carry a nominal fee.
Urine-sensitive tests detect a hormone in your urine called human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG). Your body begins making HCG when a fertilized egg attaches to the lining of your uterus, and you become pregnant.
When used at least one week after the first day of your missed period, urine-sensitive pregnancy tests are 99% accurate. They provide immediate results.
Urine-sensitive pregnancy tests are most accurate when taken about one week following a missed period.
If you think you may be pregnant but your menstrual cycle isn’t due to start for another week, the test is more accurate if you wait and take it a few days after your period was supposed to arrive.
Taking the test too soon may result in a false-negative, and you might have to repeat the test.
Although you can take urine-sensitive tests just one day after your period should have arrived, you’re more likely to get accurate results when you use it a week after your missed period.
If your periods are irregular or infrequent, your results are more accurate if you take the test three weeks after having sex.
The blood draw test also detects pregnancy by measuring your levels of the pregnancy hormone HCG. This test also gives you a numerical count for your HCG levels; in addition to confirming pregnancy, the number helps determine a range of possible gestation.
Unlike the urine-sensitive test, the blood draw test is accurate even for women who have not yet missed a period.
Blood draw test results are typically ready the next business day.
If a urine-sensitive pregnancy test gives you a positive result at least seven days after a missed period, chances are you’re pregnant. If you’d like to be sure, though, you can always wait a few days and take another test, or have a blood draw.
Whether your pregnancy is planned or unplanned, the earlier you know about it, the more time you have to consider your options and start getting the care you need to stay healthy.
Either way, a doctor or counselor meets with you to discuss your results and helps you get the care you need.