Not all pregnancy tests are created equal. And not all people use proper CLIA-approved methods in administering the test.
If you think you might be pregnant, you are welcome to come in for a pregnancy test any time that we are open.
If you can, we’d love to have you call to make an appointment so that we can try to make sure we have someone to give you more personalized attention. It can get very busy in the office with all of our walk-in clients, so if you would prefer more anonymity or help, please work with us to find a private time to do this with you.
Our tests are laboratory-rated. They can detect the hCG pregnancy hormone as early as 7 days after conception or 21 to 24 days after the first day of your last period. The test is very accurate!
Yes, you may be rescheduled for another test. The hCG hormone doubles every 2.2 days during the first three months of pregnancy, so another test about 7 days later will have even more accuracy.
If you have concerns about missed periods and your pregnancy test continues to be negative, you should see your health care provider for assessment. If you need resources for health care, Life Connections can provide you with referrals.
The amount of hCG in your urine increases with time. So, the earlier after a missed period you take the test the harder it is to spot the hCG. But a recent study shows that most HPTs don't give accurate results this early in pregnancy. Positive results are more likely to be true than negative results. Waiting one week after a missed period will usually give a more accurate result. You can take the test sooner. But just know that a lot of pregnant women will get negative test results during the first few days after the missed period. It's a good idea to repeat the test again after a week has passed. If you get two negative results but still think you're pregnant, call your doctor.
Be sure to check the expiration date and follow the directions. Research suggests waiting 10 minutes will give the most accurate result. Also, testing your urine first thing in the morning may boost the accuracy. A change, whether bold or faint, means the result is positive. If the control indicator does not appear, the test is not working properly. You should not rely on any results from a HPT that may be faulty.
Also, some medicines affect HPTs.
Some HPT tests are better than others at spotting hCG early on.
The most important part of using any HPT is to follow the directions exactly as written. Most tests also have toll-free phone numbers to call in case of questions about use or results.
If a HPT says you are pregnant, don’t panic. You should confirm your results with a doctor, but if you want to talk to us first or re-test with us, please call or stop by.
Your doctor can use a more sensitive blood test along with a pelvic exam to tell for sure if you're pregnant.
Seeing your doctor early on in your pregnancy can help you and your baby stay healthy.
Links, like the one below, are available to us to help you see what your rights are as pregnant person, whether it’s in school, the workplace, medical care, or for housing. You cannot be harassed or dismissed in most cases. Know your rights. We’ll get you legal help.A Safe Way to Give Up your Newborn