Pregnancy Testing Services
If you’ve been experiencing specific symptoms, you may be worried that you’re pregnant. Sometimes, women may experience pregnancy symptoms that aren’t related to pregnancy, meaning that the best way to know if you’re pregnant is to take a test.
Am I Pregnant?
While many women believe they’re pregnant by the time they’ve missed a period, there are some other signs to look out for that may indicate pregnancy. These include:
- Frequent urination
- Breast tenderness
Again, having these symptoms doesn’t necessarily mean you are pregnant, so the only surefire way to know is to get a test. Spero Medical offers medically verified pregnancy tests.
How Does a Pregnancy Test Work?
Pregnancy tests, whether blood or urine-based, work by detecting human chorionic gonadotropin, or hCG. This hormone is produced at the beginning of pregnancy and results in a positive pregnancy test when enough has been detected.
HCG assists in thickening the uterine lining to support the developing embryo, and it helps to halt menstruation. The embryo produces HCG, and its level continues to build in the body until about ten weeks of pregnancy, which is when it begins to level out and decline until the pregnancy is fully formed.
It is best to test for pregnancy on the first day of your anticipated period for the most accurate results. HCG levels are most concentrated in the morning, so you should test as soon as you wake up.
What If I’ve Already Taken a Home Pregnancy Test?
If you’ve already taken a home pregnancy test and it was positive, the best thing to do would be to have an obstetrical ultrasound to protect your health and safety. Ultrasound confirms essential details about your pregnancy, such as its viability, location, and gestational age. You will first be given a medically verified pregnancy test as this provides the indication for an ultrasound. Spero Medical offers diagnostic ultrasounds to better inform you on the health of your pregnancy.
What Do I Do Next?
If you’ve had a positive result and received an obstetrical ultrasound, the next step is to discuss your pregnancy options with a trusted professional. Weighing the pros and cons of each will help you make the best choice for you and your lifestyle. It’s essential to make an informed decision!