A pregnancy test is an important tool. Knowing you are pregnant early on can help you make decisions that are right for you. We offer two types of pregnancy tests in our clinic: urine and blood. A pregnancy test checks your blood or urine for a hormone called human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG). This is a hormone produced by the placenta (the placenta carries oxygen and nutrients from your blood to your developing baby throughout pregnancy). Blood and urine levels of hCG rise sharply during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy, then drop to low levels for the rest of the pregnancy.
Urine Pregnancy Test
We offer quick and easy pregnancy testing at our clinic, which can be as simple as a urine test. We will test your urine for a hormone called human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG). HCG is released when a fertilized egg attaches to the lining of the uterus. HCG is only found in a woman’s body if she is pregnant. You will be asked to urinate in a plastic cup. Plastic cup or something similar. We will then test the urine using a kit that may look like a home pregnancy test kit.
Blood Pregnancy Test
We can do a blood test for you as early as 11-14 days after ovulation. For a blood test, we will draw blood from a vein in your arm. The blood is sent to a laboratory for testing. Most blood test results take at least a few days. The laboratory then informs the clinic of the results. Blood test results are about 99 percent accurate and can detect lower levels of hCG than urine pregnancy tests. The two main types of blood pregnancy tests include:
Quantitative blood test – measures the exact amount of hCG in the blood and can give you an estimate of how far along the pregnancy has progressed.
Qualitative blood test – only checks for the presence of hCG. Since this test doesn’t measure the exact levels of hCG, it can’t offer an estimate of gestation.