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How Does Pregnancy Testing Work?

Pregnancy testing can be done through blood or urine. Both types work by detecting human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG), a special hormone that’s only present in your body during pregnancy.

While your body begins producing hCG at the moment of conception (when the sperm meets the egg), it takes a while for these hormone levels to be detectable in your body. Levels are typically high enough to be detected by an at-home pregnancy test after the first day of your missed period. And most at-home tests claim to be 99% accurate if you take them within this timeframe.

However, if you don’t know when you should have missed a period, taking an at-home pregnancy test can give inaccurate results. For example, if you take a pregnancy test too early, you may receive a false result even if you are actually pregnant.

At FirstLook, our pregnancy testing uses urine and is administered by a qualified nurse. After the testing, the nurse will go over your results with you and give you space to ask questions.

What If I Receive a Positive Result?

Receiving a positive result on a pregnancy test can fill you with overwhelming emotions, but our caring team is here for you.

Getting an ultrasound is an essential next step if you receive a positive result on your pregnancy test. This is because pregnancy testing only gives you one piece of the puzzle by confirming your pregnancy. An ultrasound will help you see the full picture with essential details of your pregnancy, such as its age, location, and viability (to ensure you aren’t experiencing a miscarriage or ecoptic pregnancy). These details give you the information you need to know to stay safe, no matter what decision you make moving forward.

We’re Here to Help

Whether you’ve received a positive result on your pregnancy test at home or in our office, we’re here to support you.

A positive pregnancy test comes with a whole host of emotions and questions. You might be feeling scared, anxious, depressed, or even a little excited all at once. And you’re likely wondering what to do next. We understand what you’re going through, and we’re here to help with free resources, information, and services that can help you understand your options.

Contact us today to schedule a free, confidential appointment.