Pregnancy tests are receptive to a hormone called human chorionic gonadotropin, or hCG for short. Following conception, this hormone begins to build quickly in the body.
Once accumulated, it can be detected in urine or blood tests. If the test shows a positive result, it is considered a positive pregnancy test because this hormone is present.
What Is hCG?
HCG is a hormone exclusive to pregnancy and has the important job of assisting uterine walls in thickening to nurture a pregnancy. This hormone is also responsible for signaling menstruation to stop as the body begins to shift towards maintaining a pregnancy.
According to Clearblue, a pregnancy test manufacturer, “HCG levels rise quickly and exponentially, usually doubling every 2 days in the first weeks before reaching a steady level (plateau) around week 10; after which time they slowly decline.”
When Is The Best Time To Test?
It’s usually best practice to test on the day of your expected period. Waiting this time allows hCG levels to accumulate and be detected by a pregnancy test in urine.
Testing first thing in the morning can also be helpful. Usually, this is when urine is most concentrated, and hCG levels are strongest. However, you can take a pregnancy test any time of the day, just be sure not to dilute your urine.
If you test too early, you may receive a false negative. If you suspect you may be pregnant, you should speak with a trusted provider or pregnancy clinic. By discussing the best time to test and confirming your results with a quality pregnancy test and ultrasound, you can be sure of the results and begin planning your next step.
Where Can I Get Testing At No Cost?
Here at Palm Beach Women’s Clinic, we offer no-cost testing and limited ultrasound for your convenience. All appointments and services are no-cost and confidential.
Confirming your pregnancy through testing and ultrasound is important to understand your options and to protect your health and wellness.
Reach out to us today so we can assist you in receiving clear answers you can trust!