Are you questioning whether you’re truly pregnant? Perhaps you’re doubting the accuracy of your home pregnancy test or considering whether to take another one.

In this blog, we’ll explain how pregnancy tests function and discuss why getting a lab-quality pregnancy test at your local pregnancy center is reliable for confirming pregnancy.

How Do They Work?

Pregnancy tests are simple and determine whether you are pregnant by detecting the presence of human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) in your body. This hormone, often referred to as the pregnancy hormone, is usually present only during pregnancy.

These tests can be conducted using either a urine or blood sample, both of which look for hCG. While urine pregnancy tests are more common and convenient, blood pregnancy tests can detect a pregnancy earlier and provide exact measurements of hCG levels.

For the most accurate pregnancy test results, wait at least one day after your missed period. This gives your body time to produce enough hCG to be detected.

How To Use

Most home pregnancy tests involve either holding the test stick in your urine stream, dipping it into a cup of collected urine, or dropping urine onto the test area. After a few minutes, the results appear as a plus or minus, “yes” or “no,” single or double lines, or directly as “pregnant” or “not pregnant.”

It’s crucial to follow the kit’s instructions on how long to wait before reading the results, typically at least two minutes. Most kits also have a control feature, like a line or symbol, to confirm the test is working. If this doesn’t show, the test might be faulty, and using a new kit is recommended.

Confirm Your Results

Even if you’ve already taken an at-home test, Hope of the Delta offers a 99% accurate, lab-quality pregnancy test. 

If you receive a positive result, we can set you up for a free ultrasound to get you the key details about your pregnancy that you’ll want to know.

Make a free and confidential appointment with us in a safe environment at Hope of the Delta.