you think you’re pregnant, but you don’t know for
testing can provide the answer to your question if
experiencing signs of pregnancy. A pregnancy test works by measuring
the levels of a hormone called human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) in
your urine. This hormone is first produced once a fertilized egg has
implanted in your uterus, which generally occurs about six days
following fertilization. The levels of hCG present in your
bloodstream will then rapidly rise over the next few weeks at a rate
of about twice the amount every two days. Approximately a week after
you would normally expect your menstrual cycle to begin, you should
be able to detect hCG in your urine with pregnancy testing.
test is very simple to use. Depending on the test you
choose, you may need to collect some of your urine in a cup and dip a
test strip into the collected urine, or even urinate on a test stick.
Additionally, each test displays results differently. Some may
indicate a result with a pink or purple line and others may display a
plus or minus sign. Most tests will show results within 5 to 10
you receive a negative result from a pregnancy test, this should not
be taken to mean that you are not pregnant. If your normal menstrual
cycle does not begin within a few days, it is recommended that you
take another test or consult a medical professional to confirm
whether you are pregnant or not. It may also be possible to obtain a
false positive from a test, which can be caused by a
pregnancy”, which is a term for a fertilized egg that began
producing hCG but then failed to continue developing for some reason.
In any case, the best results from a test can be obtained from
testing first thing in the morning, to ensure the highest
concentration of hCG in your urine.
addition to pregnancy testing, there are several common signs of
pregnancy that can give an additional confirmation of your pregnancy,
breasts become tender and swollen. This is a result of increased
Progesterone levels rise during pregnancy and changes in your body as
it adapts to pregnancy can cause you to feel more tired than normal.
and/or vomiting. Morning sickness affects most women about a month
following conception and usually stops by the end of the second
urination. Extra fluids produced by your body presents
more of a load
for your kidneys to process, as well as the pressure of the growing
baby on your bladder.
sensitivity to odors. You may notice that certain odors can cause you
to feel sick or trigger a gag reflex, even if they normally
do so. This may be caused by increasing levels of estrogen in your
testing has returned a positive result and you are
experiencing any of the common signs of pregnancy, you should contact
your medical professional to confirm that you are pregnant, as well
as to arrange necessary prenatal care during your pregnancy.