If you have been trying to conceive, you are understandably anxious to test for a pregnancy as early as possible. Medical professionals advise that it is best to wait a week after a missed period to test in order to get an accurate pregnancy result.
However, there are certain tests that you can take that could detect pregnancy as soon as days after conception, but even those are not 100% accurate. In fact, most manufacturers recommend that home pregnancy tests are to be taken two times.
Below listed are the types of pregnancy tests that will determine whether you are pregnant or not.
Over The Counter Pregnancy Tests
Over the counter pregnancy tests are the most convenient type of pregnancy test. There are a variety types and they are urine based. If you are unsure of which brand to buy, talk to the pharmacist to help you make the decision. Some brands may help you find out whether you are pregnant quite soon after conception, but they are more costly. Only you can make that determination about what test is right for you. Patients can run these tests by themselves. The over the counter pregnancy kit contains with a stick as well as a urine cup.
The way it is done is quite easy. All you have to do is pee in the cup, and then submerge the stick into the urine for a specific amount of time. The kit’s instruction booklet will clearly state the instructions. However, if the conventional way makes you uncomfortable, you can also make the determination by putting the stick in the streaming urine while you are going to the bathroom.
The stick will determine the presence of the hCG pregnancy hormone (human chorionic gonadotropin hormone), which is the indicator of an early sign of pregnancy.
Homemade Pregnancy Tests
Even though over the counter pregnancy tests are more accurate than these homemade ones, they have been used since ancient times and are still known to be accurate. If anything homemade strikes your fancy, you can try these natural pregnancy tests if you suspect that you are pregnant.
The Dandelion Leave Recipe
This test consists of using dandelion leaves by taking and removing them from the stem of the dandelion. Afterwards, take the leaves and place them on a piece of plastic wrap. After that place it on the ground and be sure they are not directly under sunlight. Then after that is set, urinate on the leaves or urinate in a cup and pour it on them. Be sure they are saturated and leave it for 10 minutes. If red blisters form on the leaves, it is a sign that pregnancy has been achieved.
The Pine Sol Method
You can also use pine sol in order to detect a pregnancy. When you think of pine sol, you are going to understandably think about a cleaning product. However, it can also be used as a homemade pregnancy test. Go get some Pine Sol, and mix it with some of your urine. Watch for any immediate changes in color because that may be a sign that you are pregnant.
In order to use bleach to test whether you are pregnant or not, take some bleach and put it in a cup, and then urinate in it. It is best to urinate in another cup and pour it onto the bleach instead of peeing in the bleach filled cup because you don’t want to take a risk with splashing any of it on your very sensitive area! Either way mix it up.
If the mixture fizzes or frothy, then there is a chance that you are pregnant.
Again keep in mind that none of these homemade tests are 100% accurate, as they can be used as a guide. If you want to find out if you are pregnant once and for all, then you will really need to go to the clinic.
Clinical Blood Pregnancy Tests
Some women prefer not to bother with taking a home pregnancy urine test, and don’t believe in any kind of homemade pregnancy test, and go right to the clinic to get tested instead. The fact of the matter is that blood tests to detect pregnancy are more accurate and reliable. That is because they are performed by trained professionals, and are blood sample based. This form of pregnancy assessment is built on the determination of the presence of the hCG pregnancy hormone.
In fact, blood based tests held in clinics have many advantages and many women know this. As a matter of fact they can be done within a week of possible conception because some of the hCG levels can be detected by then. They also give very accurate identification of hCG, which in turn gives correct evaluation of a woman’s fertility.
This particular blood pregnancy test is called the Qualitative hCG blood test, which checks to see if there is any hCG being produced. In other words, this test will tell you whether you are pregnant or not.
Once pregnancy is confirmed then you will continue to have more pregnancy tests called the Quantitative hCG blood test. This particular test measures the hCG levels in the blood.
Through this test, there is the ability to determine whether there are any complications or problems in pregnancy by evaluating hCG levels. If levels are increasing too slowly, then there may be an indication that the pregnancy could end in a miscarriage. If levels are increasing too quickly, then this can be an indication of twins, or perhaps complications with the embryo such as Down Syndrome.
You will have to go through additional tests throughout the pregnancy, especially during the first trimester by your OBGYN.
Complete Blood Count (CBC)
In fact this is the initial blood test recommended during the first trimester of pregnancy. A CBC test helps in determining whether or not a pregnant woman has enough hemoglobin. This is one of the main components needed for supporting pregnancy. Not to mention anemia can be tested this way which must be avoided. This test also checks for Rh factors, screen for hepatitis B, antibodies to rubella and chickenpox, and possible birth defects.
Sexually Transmitted Disease Test
This particular blood test is recommended for checking if the woman has HIV, gonorrhea, chlamydia, and syphilis as these STD’s can potentially harm the unborn child.
This test determines if there is presence of cancer cells in the cervix or potential risk for developing one.
Taking a pregnant woman’s blood pressure is a standard test to make sure the blood pressure remains within normal values during the pregnancy. High blood pressure level can interfere with the growth and development of the fetus.
There are many urine tests that are done during early pregnancy and they check for a protein and/or sugar presence. The presence of protein can indicate possible signs of preeclampsia, and the presence of too much sugar can indicate gestational diabetes. There are also going to be blood and bacteria test for checking urinary tract infections.
An early ultrasound, approximately 8-10 weeks into pregnancy, is used for the determination of the age, the rate of growth, heart rate, the position of the baby, and whether a woman is carrying multiples. Another ultrasound is done around 20 weeks to determine the health, growth and even gender of bab, if so desired.
There are additional pregnancy tests in unique circumstances as well. However, if you suspect you are pregnant, there are many ways to find out whether to buy a home test from the pharmacy. You can also make your own or just go to the clinic to get a clear answer.
Once a pregnancy has been confirmed, then you will go for additional tests to monitor the pregnancy. That being said, a test to show whether you are pregnant or not is just the start of many once there is a confirmation.