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An unplanned pregnancy changes many things and it’s difficult news to take in at times. No matter what you choose to do next, pregnancy testing is essential to confirm your pregnancy and learn what options you have. You can do this.

When Should I take a pregnancy test?

The best time to take a pregnancy test is at least one week after your missed period, according to the Mayo Clinic. This allows your body to produce an accurate amount of HCG, the pregnancy hormone if you are pregnant.

Though pregnancy tests can detect HCG in urine as early as four days before your missed period, it is more sensitive in the days following. You can get a more accurate result from the test by waiting a little bit longer.

How does a pregnancy test work?

At-home pregnancy tests are accurate, but there is still a slight chance they could be false. With the pressure that comes with an unplanned pregnancy, it’s easy to take a test wrong or forget a step of the process. If the test is taken too soon or the directions are not followed correctly, there is a chance of an inaccurate result.

Pregnancy tests are a very simple process. They indicate if you’re pregnant by determining the amount of human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) in your body (the pregnancy hormone). The most common type of pregnancy test is a simple urine pregnancy test.

If I am pregnant, what should I do next?

Don’t panic. If you received a positive pregnancy test, there is still more to know about your pregnancy and it’s important to learn about all your pregnancy options. 

Talk to our team today to learn what options you have. Our non-judgmental and compassionate team is here to come alongside you during this unexpected time.

Schedule your free and confidential appointment today.

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