Pregnancy Testing

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If you think you may be pregnant, we can provide you with an accurate pregnancy test to determine if you are. You should not wait to find out and the most accurate way is to get tested at a medical clinic.

What kind of pregnancy tests are there?

There are two kinds of tests- blood and urine. The urine test is taken at least a week after the first missed period of a woman’s menstrual cycle. A blood test is can be done as early as six to eight days after a woman’s missed menstrual cycle. Blood is drawn and sent off to a lab where it is tested. Blood tests can determine pregnancy earlier than a urine test; however, the results take longer.

How does a pregnancy test work?

A pregnancy test detects a hormone known as human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG). This hormone is present (about six to eight days) after a fertilized egg attaches to the wall of a woman’s uterus. If you are pregnancy, the levels of hCG hormone rapidly increase every few days.

Is it possible to have a false pregnancy?

Though it is very uncommon to have a false pregnancy, it does happen. Most of the time, false positive results come from improper testing, especially while using at-home testing. Certain medications can interfere with pregnancy tests. Sometimes urine can be contaminated with blood or large amounts of protein, which can also lead to inaccuracies in test results.

*If your pregnancy test results are positive, you should seek medical attention to confirm the accuracy of the results and for medical care.

If you think you are pregnant, call or visit The Urgent Care at one of our convenient locations so we can assist you.

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