If your period’s late or you simply find yourself wondering if that broken condom has made you pregnant, there’s an easy way to find out. Taking a pregnancy test is a quick, accurate way to determine if you’re pregnant any time after you’ve missed your period. The team of physicians at Michigan Avenue Center for Health in Chicago’s South Loop neighborhood provides comprehensive pregnancy testing services, including the blood draw test, for patients in the Chicagoland area. To find out more, Call or request an appointment online today.
Michigan Avenue Center for Health offers two accurate methods to determine pregnancy: The urine-sensitive test and the blood draw test. Urine-sensitive pregnancy tests are free and available on a walk-in basis, with no appointment necessary, while blood draw tests require an appointment and carry a small fee.
Urine-sensitive pregnancy tests are 99% accurate when used after you’ve already missed your period. These tests are designed to detect a hormone in your urine known as human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG). Your body only makes HCG when you’re pregnant, and it’s released when a fertilized egg attaches to the lining of your uterus. Urine pregnancy tests provide immediate results; a positive result means that you’re pregnant.
Urine-sensitive pregnancy tests are most accurate when taken in the days following a missed period. If you think you may be pregnant but you’re not due to have your period for another week, the test is more accurate if you take it in the days after your period was supposed to arrive. Although you can take urine-sensitive tests just one day after your period should have arrived, you’re more likely to get accurate results when you use it seven days after your missed period. If your periods are irregular or infrequent, your results are more accurate if you take the test three weeks after having sex. In general, though, the earlier you know about a pregnancy the better: It gives you time to consider your options and begin getting the care you need to stay healthy.
Like the urine test, a blood draw test confirms pregnancy by measuring your levels of the pregnancy hormone HCG. A blood draw yields a numerical count for your HCG levels; in addition to confirming pregnancy, this count helps your doctor determine a range of possible gestation. Blood draw test results are usually ready in a couple of days.
If you take a urine pregnancy test after a missed period and it’s positive, you’re most likely pregnant. To be sure, though, you can wait a few days and take another test, or have a blood draw. Either way, a doctor or counselor can meet with you to discuss your results and your options, and to help you get the care you need.