It can be nerve-wracking to not know if you’re pregnant, but a pregnancy test will help you know for sure. Pregnancy tests are designed to detect a hormone called human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG), which starts being made right after a fertilized egg attaches to the wall of a uterus, which usually happens about six days after fertilization. If you’re pregnant, levels of hCG continue to rise rapidly, doubling every two to three days! Some of the symptoms you may be experiencing if you’re pregnant include:
- Missed period
- Swollen or tender breasts
- Bloating and constipation
- Feeling tired, or fatigue
- Peeing more than usual
- Nausea and/or vomiting
Some early pregnancy symptoms can sometimes mimic other common conditions, including PMS, so the only way to know if you’re definitely pregnant is by taking a test. Since it can take up to two weeks after conception for the pregnancy hormone to kick in, you should avoid taking the test too early so you’re not risking a false negative. Ideally, wait at least a week after a missed period for the most accurate result, and to increase the accuracy even further, do the test first thing in the morning, when your urine is the most concentrated.
There are two main types of pregnancy tests that you can take: urine tests and blood tests. Urine tests are the most popular, and can be done at home or in a doctor’s office, although you should always confirm a positive result with a trip to the doctor. Blood tests are done at a doctor’s office and can detect pregnancy six to eight days after ovulation – although the results take longer to get back then urine tests.
If you’re looking for a place that offers fast, convenient pregnancy testing near you, Solv can make it easy. We will match you with a nearby urgent care center that accepts your insurance and will allow you to make a same-day appointment, so you can get the results you’re so anxiously waiting for as soon as possible.