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When Should I Take a Pregnancy Test?

The timing of when to take a pregnancy test can be crucial for accurate results. Generally, it’s best to take a pregnancy test after you’ve missed your period. 

Contact us to receive no-cost medical-grade pregnancy testing at Ava Health and first and second-trimester limited ultrasounds performed by registered nurses with specialized training. 

Early Pregnancy Symptoms

Determining the right time to take a pregnancy test can be challenging, as early pregnancy symptoms are often ambiguous.

Here are a few of the early symptoms you may experience:

  • Missed period
  • Nausea (with or without vomiting)
  • Fatigue
  • Frequent urination
  • Mood changes
  • Tender, sore breasts
  • Constipation
  • Food aversions
  • Cramping
  • Nasal congestion
  • Bloating

It’s also good to remember that many of these signs aren’t unique to pregnancy. Your best first step to check is pregnancy testing.

Should I Take This Test at Home?

The majority of home pregnancy tests boast a 99% accuracy rate when used on the first day of a missed menstrual cycle. Pregnancy tests function by identifying the presence of human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG), a hormone produced by the body during pregnancy.

However, accuracy depends on taking it correctly and at the right time. Also, it’s not uncommon to get false positives & negatives. We recommend getting medical-grade pregnancy testing with us at Ava Health.

Confirming Your Pregnancy With An Ultrasound

If you get a positive result, your next step should be to get an ultrasound. This is the only way to confirm if you have a viable pregnancy. 

An ultrasound also gives you key details about your pregnancy that you’ll want to know, such as:

  • Pregnancy gestational age: This is essential as it dictates what options are available to you. For example, medical abortion is only FDA-approved if your pregnancy is through 10 weeks gestation. 
  • Pregnancy location: On rare occasions, a pregnancy will develop outside the uterus. This is an ectopic pregnancy and is a potentially life-threatening emergency that always requires medical intervention. 
  • Pregnancy viability. It’s estimated that roughly 26% of pregnancies will end in miscarriage, and often, a miscarriage doesn’t present with immediate symptoms. 

Get The Answers You Need

Confirm your pregnancy with free testing at Ava Health. We can set you up with a no-cost limited ultrasound if you receive a positive result. Our professional and experienced medical team is here to ensure you get the answers you need.

Schedule an appointment today.

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