How Do Pregnancy Tests Work?

Pregnancy tests work by detecting a hormone called human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) in your body. If you may be pregnant, it’s important to know when to take a pregnancy test to get an accurate result.

Both blood tests and urine pregnancy tests detect HCG. A blood test at a doctor’s office might show that you are pregnant sooner than a urine test, but both can be good options. 

Home Pregnancy Tests

You may begin with a home pregnancy test which is typically very accurate when taken at the right time. They are a good first step for many women who suspect pregnancy. Inaccurate results are still possible, and some types of home pregnancy tests may be more likely to give false negatives.

How Soon After Unprotected Sex Can I Take a Pregnancy Test?

It takes time for detectable levels of HCG to build up in your body. For the best accuracy, take a pregnancy test after your first missed period. If you have questions about when the right time is for you, talk to us today.

We can schedule an appointment for you to take a free pregnancy test at our center. We can help answer your questions and help you interpret the results.

Should I Take More Than One Pregnancy Test?

We always suggest taking more than one pregnancy test, whether your result at home is positive or negative. We provide pregnancy tests at no cost to you, whether you choose to visit us for your first test or if you want to follow up on a test you took at home. 

Free Pregnancy Tests

At Heart to Heart, we are here to offer free pregnancy services and support so you can get the peace of mind you’re looking for. Do your best to take one step at a time.

Take your first step with us with a free pregnancy test. Schedule an appointment today.