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When Should I Take a Pregnancy Test?

You’ve just realized that your period is late, or perhaps you’re feeling a bit off, and the thought suddenly hits you: “Could I be pregnant?” The idea of an unexpected pregnancy can be overwhelming, leaving you with a whirlwind of emotions and questions.

Figuring out when to take a pregnancy test is crucial in this moment of uncertainty. Whether you’re dreading the possibility or just need to know for sure, understanding the right timing for a test can help you take the first step toward clarity.

How Pregnancy and Testing Works

Shortly after a fertilized egg attaches to the uterine lining—a process known as implantation—the placenta begins to form. The placenta produces the pregnancy hormone human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG), which can be detected in both blood and urine and is present only during pregnancy.

A home pregnancy test works by checking for hCG in the urine. In the early stages of pregnancy, the level of hCG in your blood and urine rises rapidly, doubling every 2 to 3 days. Therefore, if you wait a day or two after your missed period to take the test and are pregnant, the test is more likely to detect hCG and give a positive result.

When Can I Test?

For the best accuracy, take a pregnancy test at least a day after your missed period or a few weeks after having sex. Timing is everything; testing too early might mean the hCG levels aren’t high enough to detect.

If you use an at-home pregnancy test, make sure to read the instructions carefully. Incorrect use of the test can lead to inaccurate results. You increase the likelihood of getting an accurate result by following the instructions precisely.

Get Free Pregnancy Testing

Pregnancy Help Center offers free pregnancy testing you can take advantage of. You don’t have to look for ambiguous signs or symptoms to find out if you’re pregnant.

If you receive a positive result, you may qualify for an ultrasound, which can get you essential details such as the viability, gestational age, and location of your pregnancy.

We provide these services and more so you can protect your health and make a decision that’s best for you.

Contact us to make an appointment.

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