This woman is wondering how pregnancy tests work.

If you’ve seen a digital oral thermometer, you have an idea of what a pregnancy test looks like. You use them very differently, but they both measure something in our bodies, temperature, or pregnancy. The best way to tell whether you’re currently pregnant is to take a medical-grade pregnancy test at First Care Clinic

How A Pregnancy Test Works

Pregnancy tests work by detecting the presence of the hCG hormone in a woman’s urine. This hormone is also called the “pregnancy” hormone. When a woman gets pregnant, her body begins producing hCG. 

One of our nurses will perform a pregnancy test to detect levels of hCG and determine if you are pregnant. The amount of hCG increases rapidly, but it’s important to wait until enough is present for a pregnancy test to show a positive result. The earlier you take a pregnancy test, the harder it might be for the test to detect hCG.

Taking An At-home Test

Over-the-counter pregnancy tests can be reliable, but many women panic when their period is late and take the test incorrectly. They either don’t follow the directions, test too soon, or the test is out of date.

When you come into First Care, our nurses will ask a series of questions to find out more information before we get your urine sample. Our tests are extremely accurate and if it’s the right time, you can trust the results.

When To Take A Pregnancy Test

The best time to take a pregnancy test depends somewhat on your monthly cycle. If your period is usually regular, you can plan on taking your pregnancy test a day or two after your missed period. If it’s irregular, you should wait about five or six days after the date you think it should have started. 

Although the hCG hormone builds rapidly in your body, it needs a little time to be detected in your urine. We promise to keep all of your tests and our conversations strictly confidential. 

Ultrasound Is Your Next Step 

If you receive a positive result on one of our pregnancy tests, we’ll schedule you for a free ultrasound. 

You’d think a positive test result would tell you all you needed to know, but it doesn’t. Ultrasound gives you a better idea of how many weeks you’ve been pregnant (which you need to know if you’re considering abortion). 

Also, an ultrasound determines if the pregnancy is growing. The Mayo Clinic states that possibly 20% or more pregnancies end in a natural miscarriage. With ultrasound, you’ll learn whether or not you’ve had a miscarriage. Finally, you’ll learn where the pregnancy is located. If it hasn’t attached to the lining of the uterus, it could cause serious and even fatal consequences.

How We Can Help You

As you can see, First Care Clinic offers the services you need at no cost to you. We want you to be fully informed about your pregnancy and your options before you make any decision. Please contact us using the form here or text us at 608-259-1605. We’ll get back to you during normal business hours by phone, email, or text. Let us know which you prefer. 

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