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Pregnancy Test

Pregnancy_Test Pregnancy tests are designed to tell if your urine or blood contains a hormone  called human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG).  This hormone is produced  right  after a fertilized egg attaches to the wall of a woman’s uterus.  This usually  happens – but not always – about six days after fertilization.  If you’re  pregnant, levels of hCG continue to rise rapidly –  doubling every two to three  days

We recommend that you wait until you miss your period to come in for a pregnancy test so that the test will be more accurate.  Otherwise, it may be too early to tell if you are pregnant, and if you are, you will have to come back for another test.

Our office provides a free urine pregnancy test, the UCG.  It is offered to patients whose menstrual cycle is at least two weeks late.  Test results are available within the hour.

Because false positives and false negatives can occur, it is important that you come in if you have tested positive on any pregnancy test or have tested negative and still believe you are pregnant. Pregnancy tests cannot be used alone as a diagnosis of pregnancy because false positive and false negative results can occur.  False readings can be caused if the urine is too diluted, the pregnancy is very early, or in an ectopic pregnancy.  In order to confirm a diagnosis of pregnancy, we recommend that a pelvic exam be done by a clinician.

If you want to use an at-home pregnancy test, the first morning urine specimen is preferred because the pregnancy hormone is more concentrated.  So test as soon as you wake up in the morning, the first time you urinate that day.

More Information:

  1. http://www.webmd.com/baby/guide/pregnancy-tests
  2. http://www.parents.com/pregnancy/signs/test/home-pregnancy-tests/

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