How Do I Know If I Am Pregnant
Often, a missed period is the first sign that a woman might have conceived. But some symptoms, such as breast tenderness, headache, and fatigue can occur even before a missed period. Due to this, a woman might suspect she is pregnant even sooner. For most women, the nerve-wracking wait to know whether she has really conceived is emotional.
A pregnancy test is the best way to tell if you are pregnant or not. A pregnancy test detects a hormone human chorionic gonadotropin or hCG in the urine or blood. This hormone is present only when a woman is pregnant. hCG is produced when a fertilized egg implants in the uterus. This hormone rapidly builds up in a woman’s body with each passing day you are pregnant.
Home Pregnancy Tests
You can know if you are pregnant by taking a home pregnancy test. HPTs work by detecting human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) in your urine. HPTs are affordable, easy to use, and can be used in the privacy of your home. Home pregnancy tests (HPTs) are sold by most drug stores over the counter. HPTs are highly accurate. However, you have to use an HPT at least a week after your missed period for accurate results. They may give false results if used in the first few days after a missed period. The amount of hCG in your urine increases with time.
Check the expiry date before buying an HPT. It is very important to read the directions for use carefully before using an HPT. The directions generally explain how to use them. Using them as per the instructions will give you accurate results. All HPTs have toll-free phone numbers to call in case of questions about use or results.
If a home pregnancy test shows that you are pregnant, call your doctor right away. Your doctor may perform a pelvic exam and will use a more sensitive test to confirm your pregnancy.
All blood tests are usually done in a doctor’s office. Blood tests can pick up hCG earlier in a pregnancy than urine tests can. Blood tests can tell if you are pregnant about a week after you ovulate. Doctors use two types of blood tests to check for pregnancy. One is a qualitative hCG blood test and the other one is a quantitative blood test or beta hCG test. The first one just checks to see if the hCG is present or not. So it gives a yes or no answer. This blood test is about as accurate as a urine test. The second one measures the exact amount of hCG in your blood. So it can find even tiny amounts of hCG. This makes it very accurate.