About Pregnancy Tests
Being unsure about a pregnancy can be a stressful experience. We want you to know that if you feel that you have nowhere to turn for information about your potential pregnancy, we are here to help. At our clinic, we offer free medical-grade pregnancy tests done through urine. These are the same tests that your doctor’s office would run, and they’re very reliable in determining pregnancies.
A pregnancy test looks for the presence of human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) in your body. This can be done through testing urine.
What Are the Other Types of Pregnancy Tests Offered?
There are usually two different types of tests available: Urine and blood tests. Urine tests can be done at home, although it is possible to do them at a clinic as well. Blood tests are done by a healthcare provider.
At-Home Pregnancy Test
An at-home pregnancy test is quite similar to a medical test, and they’re available at most pharmacies or grocery stores. These tests have a specially designed strip that detects hCG. You will need to urinate on the chemical strip to detect whether you’re pregnant or not. For higher accuracy, you should wait about 10 days after conception.
When taking a pregnancy test at home, there are some things to keep in mind, including:
- You should take a pregnancy test when you wake up with a full bladder. The mornings are when your hCG levels will be more concentrated and easier to detect.
- Don’t drink too many liquids before you take a test, as it can dilute your hCG levels.
- Always read the directions carefully before starting the test.
Blood tests are rarely used as often as urine tests because they’re more expensive and produce the same results as urine. The test is done by taking a small sample of blood and analyzing it at a hospital or healthcare provider’s office. The blood test will detect if there is a pregnancy hormone in your body and how much of the hormone is present.
These tests are more sensitive and accurate for detecting pregnancies early on, within 9-12 days after conception. Blood tests may be required under special circumstances, such as for women who are undergoing infertility treatments or if there may be a potential problem with the pregnancy.
What Do We Assess For?
After a positive pregnancy test, patients may come to us for further assessment of their pregnancy through our point-of-care ultrasound (P.O.C.U.S) service.
There are three things that we assess when a client comes to us for P.O.C.U.S:
- Identifying a pregnancy within the uterus
- The presence of cardiac activity
- The gestational age of the embryo
Once the pregnancy has been confirmed through the ultrasound scan, we can offer our support through the many options available to you, such as parenting, adoption, or abortion.
What is P.O.C.U.S?
P.O.C.U.S stands for “point-of-care ultrasound” and is an assessment tool for those who qualify. This tool is how we offer detailed information to pregnant women about their pregnancy. An ultrasound scan is a useful tool that emits high-frequency sound waves that can be used at various periods during pregnancy, such as the first, second, and third trimester. An ultrasound procedure can include a transvaginal ultrasound or a transabdominal ultrasound.
Some tests may vary in results depending on how early you take the test. You will have a better chance of receiving correct results if you take a pregnancy test 10 days after conception. Another indication to take a pregnancy test would be if you have missed your period. Our centre offers free medical grade pregnancy tests that are more reliable than in-store tests.
You will want to wait at least 10 days after conception or wait until you have officially missed your period before you take a pregnancy test. The body needs time for the pregnancy hormone to increase enough for a pregnancy test to determine whether the result is positive or negative.
When you visit our centre, our free medical grade tests are over 99% accurate from the day you expect your period and onward, and false positives are rare. If you test on or the day after you’re expecting your period and the result is positive, you can be pretty sure of the result. If you receive a negative, you may have miscalculated the period due date.
At-home pregnancy test prices vary depending on the brand, ranging from $10 to $20. However, at our clinic, we offer a free medical-grade pregnancy test to clients that wish to confirm their pregnancy with more accuracy.
Tests utilized at clinics have a better chance of producing accurate results, as home tests can be used improperly. Professional nurses at our clinic understand exactly how to use our medical-grade tests to determine if a woman is pregnant.
Call Us - We're Here For You
If you think that you may be pregnant, contact us for help. You can come to our clinic to take one of our free medical-grade tests, as well as get pregnancy information through our P.O.C.U.S assessment. We have many resources and lots of information regarding your pregnancy options. No matter what you choose, we will be there to inform and support you.
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