If you suspect you’re pregnant, taking a pregnancy test is your first step. A positive result indicates a potential pregnancy and can help you decide whether to have a sonogram (which medically confirms the pregnancy and provides key details).

It is crucial to understand the difference between blood- and urine-based pregnancy tests and how they work. Staying informed can help you make sound decisions as you navigate this time.

Embrace provides no-cost, lab-quality urine pregnancy testing. Schedule an appointment today to learn more.

Which Type of Test Should I Have?

Blood and urine-based tests both perform the same function. They can confirm a potential pregnancy by detecting hCG in your body. This hormone is present during pregnancy and rises rapidly during those first few weeks.

However, many women opt for at-home pregnancy testing, which is always urine-based. This type of test is self-administered, and most brands are 99% accurate if used correctly.

Timing is crucial with an at-home pregnancy test. To increase your chances of an accurate result, you should take the test several days after a missed period or a few weeks after sexual intercourse. This allows any hCG in your body time to build.

Blood-based pregnancy tests, however, are available in a doctor’s office, clinic, or hospital. A small sample of blood is collected from a vein in your arm.

These tests are more sensitive because they can detect smaller levels of hCG in your body. They can also detect how much of the pregnancy hormone is present, which isn’t something urine pregnancy testing can do.

Blood-based tests may detect pregnancy 7-10 days after conception. However, they’re typically done in special circumstances, such as if you’ve had fertility issues or your provider thinks there is a medical issue.

They’re also more expensive than at-home tests.

You Need Answers

You may think you’re pregnant if you’re experiencing classic symptoms like a missed period, nausea, or fatigue. Or you may not have any symptoms but have recently had sexual intercourse.

Taking a pregnancy test can help you get that initial answer.

You’ll be offered a limited sonogram if you receive a positive result at Embrace. This scan can determine whether your pregnancy has a heartbeat and is progressing, its location, and how far along you are.

Embrace will help you confirm your pregnancy and learn your next steps. Schedule a no-cost, confidential appointment today.