Medical pregnancy testing consists of having your urine and blood tested to determine the presence of a special hormone known as human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG). HCG is produced immediately after a fertilized egg has attached itself to the wall of your uterus. Medically tested early pregnancy detection can be effective as early as six days after the egg has fertilized. If you are pregnant, the quantity of HCG in your system increases quickly, doubling almost every two to three days.
When to Take A Pregnancy Test
It is recommended to wait a minimum of one week after you have missed a period to take a pregnancy test. The further away you are from a missed period, the higher level of accuracy. The fertilized egg has a chance to attach itself to the wall of your uterus, resulting in the production of HCG hormones.
Regardless of the results of your store-bought pregnancy testing kits, we recommend scheduling an appointment at the earliest sign of pregnancy symptoms. If you are using a home pregnancy test kit, we recommend testing in the morning as it is when your urine has a higher degree of concentration. Home pregnancy tests offer a very high percentage of accuracy although medical testing of your blood is even more accurate.
Blood tests provide the best pregnancy test results. Ultimately, most women choose to confirm the results of a home pregnancy test by booking an appointment with one of our OB/GYNs.
Find Out If You Are Pregnant
If you suspect you are pregnant, the most accurate form of pregnancy testing is medically tested blood analysis that are not only more accurate, but proven to reveal results earlier than home-based pregnancy tests.
What to Expect from Pregnancy Testing at Our Clinic
When you come in to see our providers for a pregnancy test, you likely already suspect you are pregnant and have taken a home pregnancy test but need confirmation.
We will have your blood drawn for your pregnancy test, as blood tests can reveal higher accuracy earlier than urine testing. Our laboratory services will be able to provide quick blood analysis so that you can get your results as quickly as possible. If we discover the presence of HCG in your system, your OB/GYN will perform an ultrasound or sonogram for further confirmation.
Our doctors and medical professionals will determine how old the fetus is, providing an estimated due date. Upon pregnancy testing and evaluation, our medical professionals will want to know more about your health and medical history of you and your family. You will have an opportunity to ask questions, and we will cover pregnancy guidelines regarding food and activity levels.