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FAQ | Pregnancy Questions and Answers

How soon can I test to find out if I’m pregnant?

This depends on two things – your personal cycle and the type of pregnancy test you use. Some pregnancy tests can detect pregnancy before the date that you are due to begin your period (as early as 7-10 days after ovulation) but, most available home test kits specify that you test one day or more after a missed period. The testing strength of each home pregnancy test differs from brand to brand, so be sure to read the instructions on the packaging of the pregnancy test and select your preferred choice. Home pregnancy tests are urine tests and these measure the amount of human chorionic gonadotropin (hcG), the pregnancy hormone, in your body.

Blood tests, as performed by your doctor, are able to detect even smaller levels of hcG in your bloodstream and are thus able to detect pregnancy much earlier than urine tests. Blood tests can only be performed by a medical professional, and this is why the home pregnancy test is the preferred first stop for anyone eager to confirm a pregnancy.

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