Start with a pregnancy test if you’re questioning whether you truly are pregnant. Over-the-counter pregnancy tests are reliable if you follow the directions carefully. Or visit us for a free and confidential urine pregnancy test.

It seems like it should be easy enough, but there are rules to follow. Experts recommend doing the following:

  • Take the test at the correct time of the month. Your body needs time to build up the pregnancy hormone human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG). Consider taking the test after the first day of your missed period when it can detect hCG.
  • Take the test first thing in the morning when your urine is most concentrated. HCG will then be easier to find.
  • Check the expiration dates. Although a drug store should not sell outdated pregnancy tests, sometimes, a few slip through.
  • Check the results of the test at the correct time. Follow the directions for the amount of time.

Experts also recommend taking more than one test because getting a false result on the first test is possible. Different pregnancy tests have different sensitivity levels, so one test can detect hCG earlier than another.

Maybe You Are

A false negative test result means your test indicates you’re not pregnant when you really are. This could be because you took the test too early for hCG to be detected or didn’t follow the directions carefully.

Maybe You Aren’t

False positives are rare, but they are possible. A false positive indicates you are pregnant when you actually aren’t. For instance, you can get a false positive result if you miscarried early in the pregnancy. Studies estimate that up to 26% of pregnancies end early due to miscarriage.

It takes your body time to return to pre-pregnancy hormone levels, which means you can receive a positive result even after miscarrying.

It could also mean you have an ectopic pregnancy. The test says you’re pregnant, but the pregnancy is located in an unsafe area, which could lead to life-threatening health conditions.

Make an appointment or stop by for your free, confidential pregnancy test at Aggieland Pregnancy Options. We know how important it is to get accurate results and answers.

We’re here to help you. Contact us today.