The accuracy of pregnancy tests depends on a few factors, including how long you’ve been pregnant and what kind of test you are using. Urine tests can be very accurate, but their accuracy is reduced if you take them more than a few days before your expected menstrual period. Taken at the right time, however, a urine test is more than 99% accurate at detecting whether you are pregnant.
At Northtown Pregnancy Center we offer nurse-administered urine pregnancy testing free of charge. You may also qualify for a free ultrasound. With an ultrasound we will be able to confirm your pregnancy and estimate the date of conception based on how developed your baby is.
Pregnancy tests are occasionally incorrect, but this is almost always because they were taken too early. If you take the test too early it could result in a false negative - a situation where the test says you aren’t pregnant when you really are. If you do get back a negative pregnancy test but keep experiencing symptoms related to pregnancy, you may want to take a second test. Sometimes it takes a few days for a detectable level of HCG hormone to build up in your bloodstream.
Much less common is a false positive, when the test says you are pregnant but you actually aren’t. False positives only happen in very rare circumstances, such as when you take a pregnancy test after recently miscarrying or if you are on hormone therapy to help increase your fertility. However, if a pregnancy test is read incorrectly, or left to sit on the counter for too long, the result may be interpreted as positive, when it is actually negative. Also, a positive pregnancy test does not necessarily indicate a viable pregnancy (a pregnancy which is capable of developing normally under normal circumstances). Only a limited obstetric ultrasound can tell if your pregnancy is viable.
Do you think you might be pregnant? Are you experiencing early pregnancy symptoms? A pregnancy test is the best way to determine whether or not you’re pregnant and if you should begin considering your different pregnancy options. To schedule a free pregnancy test, call 716-800-2306 today.