Looking for a Pregnancy Test to Confirm Pregnancy? Am I Pregnant?
Pregnancy tests fall into one of two types, those that you can do at home by checking your urine and those done at a clinic/doctor/midwife's office based on your blood instead of your urine.
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While many home pregnancy tests claim to be accurate on the day you miss your period, these tests may not correctly identify pregnancy that early. A home pregnancy test will usually be able to give you an accurate result about 2 weeks after conception. You can buy these tests without a prescription for between $8 to $20.
Blood testing done in a clinic or doctor’s office will require an appointment but are generally more sensitive and accurate than a home pregnancy test. A blood pregnancy test may be able to give you accurate results about 6 to 8 days after an egg has been released from your ovary.
How Accurate is a Home Pregnancy Test versus a Heath Care Provider’s Evaluation?
Both types of tests will answer your question about pregnancy, but a test done on your blood sample at a clinic/professional’s office will give it to you with more certainty and can give you a true result earlier in your pregnancy than can a urine test done at home. Sometimes with a urine test you can get false negative results (when the test says you are not pregnant and you are) if you test too early in the pregnancy. Accordingly, most home pregnancy tests advise you to repeat the test again in a few days regardless of the result.
To learn more about home pregnancy tests, their accuracy, how to use them, which brands are best, what can affect the results, and when to visit your health care provider, visit the link home pregnancy tests on the PregnancyAndChildren website. You can also visit the page Pregnancy Symptoms for additional information.
Where Can I Find Additional Sources of Information?
Food and Drug Administration
Planned Parenthood Federation of America
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