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.
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.
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.
When taken correctly, pregnancy tests are extremely reliable. When used by health care professionals, home pregnancy tests are 97.4 percent accurate; however, this drops to 75 percent 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.
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.
The results of some pregnancy tests can be difficult to interpret. Schedule a visit at your local Planned Parenthood health centerto talk to health care professionals and to get a pregnancy test with the highest accuracy.
If your pregnancy test is positive, then you are pregnant. False-positives (getting a test result that says you're pregnant when you actually aren't) are extremely rare. We can confirm the results and go over your options with you. We can also refer you to prenatal care, adoption resources or abortion services depending on your choice.