First Pregnancy Test: What to Expect

First Pregnancy Test: What to Expect

Whether you’ve been sexually active for years or have only just begun, you may find yourself browsing the shelves at your local grocery or drug store in search of a quick and accurate answer to the question of whether you’re pregnant. The pregnancy test price may deter you from purchase, even if your symptoms and anxiety are going strong. Knowing you’re pregnant as early as possible can give you more time to thoughtfully consider your options.

Read on to learn more about how pregnancy tests can detect the earliest stages of pregnancy.

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How do first pregnancy tests work to detect early pregnancies?

Today’s pregnancy tests can accurately measure the levels of a certain hormone in your blood within days after implantation, giving you the answer to your pressing question as quickly as possible.

Most home pregnancy tests (as well as lab tests) work by measuring the level of human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) in your blood or urine. Once a fertilized egg implants into your uterus, your body immediately begins producing high levels of this hormone; in many cases, lab-quality pregnancy tests that are ultra-sensitive to hCG can give you a positive result several days after implantation, simply by using a few drops of blood or urine to measure this hormone.

However, most home pregnancy tests often aren’t as sensitive, and it may take up to a few weeks for these tests to produce a real positive rather than a false negative. Rather than spend your hard-earned money on multiple supermarket or drug store pregnancy tests, you may want to seek out a service that can provide you with free pregnancy testing while also offering support to guide you through how to handle an unplanned (or planned) pregnancy.

What are your options if the pregnancy test price is a turnoff?

Despite the myriad of brands and wide availability of at-home pregnancy tests, it can be tough to afford multiple versions, especially if you’re not sure you’re “late” enough to justify taking a test at the earliest stages of pregnancy. Depending upon the speed with which your body begins to produce hCG after becoming pregnant, over-the-counter tests may not detect your pregnancy until you’re a month or more along.

Avail NYC offers free, self-administered pregnancy tests and confidential pregnancy support services. Our team of compassionate client advocates can also help you evaluate your options so you can feel informed to make a confident decision about your future. Contact us today to make an appointment.


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Avail NYC exists to be a safe haven for women and men facing an unexpected pregnancy or seeking support after an abortion. We are not a medical provider.