Early Pregnancy Tests

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When you are trying to get pregnant, it can be hard to wait until it’s time to take a pregnancy test. Knowing how they work and when to test can save you from multiple tests, and can help you get the correct results.

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How They Work

Pregnancy tests work by measuring the amount of human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) in your system. Tests can be conducted by measuring the hCG in urine or blood. Each test is accurate at different times during your pregnancy.

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Urine Tests

Home pregnancy tests measure the amount of hCG in your urine. They have become much more affordable and accurate in recent years, and new super-sensitive tests can detect a pregnancy a few days prior to your missed period. However, caution must be used when testing at home. If you use the test too early, there will not be enough hCG in your urine to trigger a positive result. It is extremely important to test on, or after, the recommended date. Even if you do get a negative, you may want to wait 2-3 days and test again to be sure, particularly if your period is late.

If you really need to know whether you are pregnant or not, look for early pregnancy tests that can detect levels of hCG of 20-25 mIU. This will let you know, about 10 days past ovulation, if you are pregnant. While these types of tests cost more than standard pregnancy tests, they can tell you if you are pregnant earlier, which may be worth it!


Blood Tests

A blood test can measure the amount of hCG in your blood as early as a week before your period, or six to eight days after you ovulate. Additionally, by taking two tests a few days apart you can confirm the viability of a pregnancy because your hCG amounts should double every few days. That being said, most doctors will not order a blood test unless there is a medical reason to confirm your pregnancy early.

If you follow the instructions on your pregnancy test you should be fine; just don’t test earlier than recommended. Make an appointment with your doctor for confirmation if your test result is positive. And, of course, once you know you're pregnant your next question is when you are due, so check out a due date calculator like this one from Pampers and good luck!


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Early Pregnancy Tests

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  1. verochka31 says:

    one was enough for me but used up the second one just for fun…………..lol! the dollar stores one work great as well. used them on most of my pregnancies. pregnant for the 6th time! loving it. if you have doubts, go see your OB and get blood work done to know fo sure. otherwise, if you are trying to get pregnant, there is no need to spend too much money on something that will last a minute to a day and be thrown out.

  2. mama_#4 says:

    i took 4 test for 4 pregnancies they were the cheap ones that cost $1 they work just as well as the name brands and you save a bundle

  3. I took 3. Two dollar store ones, which were positive, and 1 First Response, which was also positive. I really didn’t trust the dollar store ones but I know some nurses at the local clinic and they said that when they run out they go to the dollar store to buy some.

  4. i took an urine test and saw 2 lines, wasn’t surprised but scared about telling my parents and others, but my sister always knew all a long

  5. Marilyn says:

    I took four. Three were negative and one was unsure it was strange. Then I went to the doctor weeks later and found out I was preggers for sure :O I was shocked lol

  6. Marilyn says:

    I took two. One was a first response and it was negative since it was taken early. The other was some smart sense brand and it came out positive, but I didn’t believe it until I went to the doctor’s to confirm it.

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  8. Elfie says:

    I took 3. First one was a First Response Early Result Pregnancy Test negative, then a positive dollar store one, the a positive First Response Early Result Pregnancy Test.

  9. katherine says:

    I only took one! Im 16 so i was very scary of wat might of happen…

  10. Lulu says:

    I only took one, then went to the Dr.

  11. Aimee says:

    That’s a great idea! I have to keep that in mind when my time comes and it happens to me. My best friend is several hours away at med school!

  12. verochka31 says:

    i took three to make sure one wasn’t defected…………………lol. and just to use them up. what’s the point in saving the rest before they expire ;}

  13. sheenaholman says:

    I took two tests. The first one had a faint line.

  14. I took two tests. Immediately after, I sent a photo to my best friend who was overseas at the time and said "what do you think this means?!?" She was happy to have some good news over there.

  15. Julie says:

    I took two of them, thinking the first one might have been wrong… then went to the ER lol..

  16. I never took a home preg test, I just went right to the dr

  17. I took 3 just to make sure my eyes weren’t fooling me

  18. brandy says:

    i took like 5 tests before i was convinced


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