Itís not all about the hormones. Pregnancy and pregnancy testing can be a really emotional step for any woman or couple. Whether you are excited about welcoming a new family member or you are worried because you missed a period, information is key. Pregnancy tests at Planned Parenthood can give you the knowledge to help you take whatever next steps are best for you.
Pregnancy Tests at a Glance:
- Easily available from Planned Parenthood
- Very accurate
- Come see Planned Parenthood if your pregnancy test is positive
How Does a Pregnancy Test Work?
The pregnancy tests offered at Planned Parenthood are simple urine tests. Your urine is tested for human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG), a hormone that is released after the fertilized egg has implanted in the uterus. This means that HCG is only ever found if you are pregnant.
When Can I Take a Pregnancy Test?
A pregnancy test can be taken:
- After the first missed period.
- Or about 19 days after suspected conception. (It takes between 6 and 12 days for a fertilized egg to implant in the wall of the uterus. It then takes a few more days for it to release enough HCG to be detected by the test. This, plus the fact that sperm can live up to 5 days leads us to the number 19)
How Accurate Are Pregnancy Tests?
When taken correctly, pregnancy tests are extremely reliable. When used by health care professionals, home pregnancy tests are 97.4% accurate; however, this drops to 75% when the pregnancy tests are self-administered by consumers. By coming in to Planned Parenthood, you can be assured that your results will be very accurate.
What If My Pregnancy Test Is Positive?
If your pregnancy test is positive, then you are pregnant. False-positives (getting a test result that says youíre pregnant when you actually arenít) are extremely rare. Come in to Planned Parenthood to see a health care professional if your pregnancy test is positive. We can confirm the results, and refer you to prenatal care if you choose to keep the baby or refer you to abortion services if you choose not to.
What If My Pregnancy Test Is Negative?
If your pregnancy test is negative, you probably are not pregnant; however, you might have taken the test too early to be sure. You should wait a couple days after your missed period and take another test.
What If I Canít Tell If My Pregnancy Test Is Positive or Negative?
The results of some pregnancy tests can be difficult to interpret. Schedule a visit at your local Planned Parenthood health center to talk to health care professionals and to get a pregnancy test with the highest accuracy.