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If you’ve seen any number of TV Shows or movies that feature a pregnant character, you know this scenario all too well: A nervous woman paces and picks up a pregnancy test off the counter, reads the results and almost instantly experiences a life change.
While being pregnant certainly is life changing, determining pregnancy in real life is way different than in the movies. At-home pregnancy tests that you can buy drug store are a good first indicator. However, it’s important to be realistic about the process. At-home tests are now incredibly accurate, but can still provide incorrect results. If you believe you might be pregnant, the most reliable way to find out the truth is through a lab grade pregnancy test and ultrasound.
Every home pregnancy test is designed to detect a hormone called human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) that your body releases as soon as a fertilized egg implants in the uterus. At-home pregnancy tests pick up on the amount of hCG in your urine. If your urine contains hCG in a certain concentration, you’ll get a positive result.
Each test is different – some have different color lines, some a plus symbol or a happy face, and other tests will even say the words “pregnant” or “not pregnant”.
Regardless of the test you take, you can get a false positive (or false negative result) if:
If you have a positive result, visit a clinic or physician that can confirm your pregnancy. If you are pregnant, it’s important to establish that you are healthy and not experiencing early complications.
The HOPE Center provides free pregnancy tests. No matter your result, we can provide resources that will help your situation. We are proud to provide women who come to The HOPE Center guidance without judgement.