When Do Pregnancy Tests Work Best?

You’ve missed your period, and you don’t know what to do. Or, you are nauseous, and your breasts hurt, and you’re wondering what is going on. 

The best first step is to take a pregnancy test. The medical team at the Women’s Resource Center of Hancock County can provide you with a free pregnancy test.

Sometimes, symptoms can be deceiving. Contact us today to schedule a confidential appointment.

When Is the Best Time to Take a Pregnancy Test?

First, let’s learn how pregnancy tests work. When a woman becomes pregnant, her body begins to produce a hormone called human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG).  

When urine pregnancy tests detect hCG, they show a positive result. However, it can take some time for the body to produce enough of the hormone to be accurate.

Wait until you have missed a period to ensure you have enough hCG for the test to be correct. Otherwise, you could risk having a false negative. 

HCG is most concentrated first thing in the morning. As the day passes, it becomes diluted by consuming fluids. 

Is it Important to Follow the Test Instructions?

To achieve an accurate result, it is crucial to follow the instructions. The package will list how to use the test and the proper timing.

If you take the test and look at the result too early or late, improper timing can lead to a false result. When performed accurately, urine tests can be 99% accurate.

However, be careful about tests that claim to deliver early results before your missed period. The accuracy percentage is often lower but becomes more accurate as you approach the day of your expected period.

What Is Your Next Step?

If you think you might be pregnant, we want to give you the answers you need. Our medical staff at WRC will administer the pregnancy test, assuring an accurate result. 

If your test is positive, we can also schedule a free ultrasound and provide information on all your options. 

At WRC, we are here to help. Call, text, or walk in today for a free appointment.