Different Types of Pregnancy Tests

Different Types of Pregnancy Tests

A pregnancy test is an effective tool to help women determine whether or not they are pregnant. For the most part, pregnancy tests are around 99% accurate when they are taken correctly. There are a few different types of pregnancy tests to choose from. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

Test Strip Tests

A test strip test is the most common type of home pregnancy test. With this type of pregnancy test, the woman will urinate directly on the test strip. The test will then look for the hormone hCG, which is only present in the woman’s system when she is pregnant.

Urine Collection Cup

A second type of pregnancy test is one that requires you to collect a small cup of your urine in order to test it. With this urine, you will then use a dropper to place the urine in a specific collection area on the test. Like the test strip test, this type of test will then look for hCG in your system.

Blood Tests

Another type of test is a blood test. This is a test that you will need to take at your doctor’s office. Often, this is something that is performed to confirm a pregnancy after you have taken an at-home pregnancy test. It is possible that you will be able to determine a pregnancy earlier by taking this type of test because it tests for smaller amount of the hCG hormone.

Taking a Test Correctly

When taking any pregnancy test, it is crucial to take them correctly. Start by making sure you take a home pregnancy test first thing in the morning. This can help make sure your urine is not tainted by other hormones that could develop throughout the day.

In addition to this, you should wait until at least the first day of your expected period. This is when the test is the most effective. If you do happen to have a negative test but still feel you are pregnant, wait a few days and take a second test. Since the hCG hormone will increase in your body as your pregnancy progresses, it is possible for a test to produce a negative result when you are actually pregnant.

Regardless of which test you choose, you will find accurate results when you take a test correctly. If you do find you are pregnant, make sure you schedule an appointment with your doctor as soon as you can. You will need to continually have prenatal care throughout your pregnancy and there are things you doctor will need to do early on in your pregnancy in order to keep you and your baby healthy.

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Dr. Christine Lee, MD
Dr. Christine Lee, MD | ConceiveEasy
Dr. Christine Lee earned her Ph.D. in Developmental Biology and Master of Science in Biomolecular Organization. Dr. Lee is Lab Director for ConceiveEasy and is board certified as a High Complexity Laboratory Director (HCLD).