Although there are a bunch of birth control methods, whether it be a pill, IUD or even a condom, there’s always a chance for them to fail. If you believe there’s a chance you’ve become pregnant, you may wonder “When can you take pregnancy tests?”
First, you should be aware of some of the early signs of pregnancy, some symptoms include:
- Missing a period (one of the most obvious signs)
- Abnormal Fatigue
If you don’t get periods often or they happen in irregular cycles, it’s best to take a pregnancy test about 3 weeks after any unprotected intercourse.
Generally, after a period is missed is the best time to take a pregnancy test to ensure maximum accuracy.
Types of pregnancy tests
There are two different types of pregnancy tests – a blood test and a urine test.
Blood tests involve going into a doctor’s office and having them draw a sample to check for any pregnancy hormones in the blood. This method isn’t used as often, however, it can detect pregnancy earlier and provide higher accuracy. The only downside is it make take longer to get any results.
The more common and widely used form of testing is a urine test. These can be done at a doctor’s office or even bought over-the-counter at a pharmacy, drugstore, and a number of other places.
If you’re buying a test over the counter, taking the test is made simple and can provide results quickly.
How to take a Pregnancy Test?
Taking an over-the-counter urine test can provide up to a 99% accuracy and is best done early in the morning during the first time you urinate. The first time you urinate in the morning has the highest concentration of nutrients and other hormones. This helps improves the test’s accuracy in detecting pregnancy hormones.
Using a urination test is easy, most tests have the same kind of steps:
- Put the test-stick into your urine stream
- Collect urine in the cup provided
*FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS/INSTRUCTIONS PROVIDED ON THE PREGNANCY TEST*
After you’ve followed the instructions provided with the test-kit, simply wait for the results. They will be clearly labeled in the instructions provided with the pregnancy test.
If the results come back negative, you’re in the clear, but if you’re unsure of the results you can test again or visit a doctor’s office.
Don’t worry if you are indeed pregnant, there are a number of resources available to assist you.
In the Event of Pregnancy
If you’ve found out you’re pregnant, you’ll definitely want to visit a doctor’s office or a family planning clinic. In most states, a Planned Parenthood Health Center is available for free. While pregnancy can be an extremely stressful situation to deal with, these are all options to help you, go over and discuss what to do next. You’ll have 3 options – either parenting, adoption or abortion.
Depending on your situation, sometimes going about an unplanned pregnancy can be easy or it can be difficult. Whatever the case, there are options to help you through it.