If your period is late or you are experiencing other common early pregnancy symptoms, you’re probably eager to confirm your suspicions with a pregnancy test.

Different options are available at the local drugstore and the doctor’s office, so read this article to understand the difference between blood and urine tests and which works best for you at this stage.

Blood vs. Urine Pregnancy Tests

Urine Tests

The most popular pregnancy tests are those that test your urine (and are found at your local pharmacy or drugstore). A hormone called hCG, or human chorionic gonadotropin, rises during pregnancy. The pregnancy test is designed with a strip that becomes reactive if found in your urine.

You’ll need to wait at least a week after the missed period for there to be detectable levels of hCG in the urine.

They provide immediate results and, when used correctly, offer a 99% accuracy rate.

Blood Tests

Blood pregnancy tests can detect pregnancy at an earlier stage compared to urine tests. These tests are typically performed at a doctor’s office and require laboratory analysis. These blood tests are a series of appointments that watch hCG levels as they increase or decrease. 

When Should I Take a Pregnancy Test?

If you take it too early, it’s possible to get a false negative on your urine or blood pregnancy test because there are not yet detectable levels of hCG. At Crystal Women’s Clinic, we can help you estimate the best time to take a test and provide a free, lab-quality urine pregnancy test on-site. This is your first step when confirming a pregnancy. 

Confirming Your Pregnancy

Even if you’ve already taken a positive pregnancy test, the best way to guarantee the results is with a free ultrasound at our clinic. Up to 26% of documented pregnancies end in miscarriage, so your pregnancy may not be progressing.

It’s important to schedule an ultrasound to determine the pregnancy’s viability and confirm how far along you are. We offer free pregnancy services and options consultations, so you can get more information and learn about local resources in a safe, supportive environment. 

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