Are you wondering if you might be pregnant? Have you recently had unprotected sex? Is your period a couple of days late? Sometimes a day or two late means nothing more than cycle variance, however, if you are late for your period, it’s generally a wise idea to take a pregnancy test.
The Mayo Clinic states that the most accurate reading of an at home pregnancy test is one taken the day after your missed period.
How Does A Pregnancy Test Work?
An at-home pregnancy test works by detecting the hormone human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG). When a fertilized egg implants into the uterine wall, a woman’s body begins to produce HCG. HCG concentrates in the blood and urine and can then be detected by a home pregnancy test.
While all home pregnancy tests use the presence of HCG to reveal a positive result, some tests can detect a lower concentration of HCG, meaning they can reveal if you’re pregnant sooner than other tests.
What Are The Early Signs Of Pregnancy?
Some women experience early symptoms of pregnancy in addition to a late period. These early signs can include:
- Tender, swollen breasts
- Frequent urination
- Late or missed period
You can be pregnant and have no other symptoms other than a late period. So even if you’re feeling normal, it’s best to take a pregnancy test if you suspect you might be pregnant. Knowledge is power.
Where Can I Get A Free Pregnancy Test?
If you suspect you may be pregnant, our center is here to serve you. At Lakes Life Care Center we offer free and confidential pregnancy testing, in addition to many other services.
Appointments are free, so don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We’re here to offer information and encouragement as you navigate this season of life.