Pregnant or Not

Pregnant or Not?

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Pregnancy test stick Don't put it off any longer. Find out if you are pregnant or not so that you can get the help you need, when you need it. A pregnancy test will let you know.

What is a pregnancy test?

Most common pregnancy tests involve testing your urine (pee). They check for a hormone in your urine called Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (HCG), which is only produced if you are pregnant. Pregnancy tests can tell you if you are pregnant as early as a few days after a missed period.

Pregnant or Not

Where can I have a test done?

You can go to your doctor, a family planning clinic or a pregnancy counselling service, to have it done. This means you can get help and support quickly no matter what the result. If you or your family have a medical card or GP card, your doctor will not charge you for the test. Pregnancy counselling services will not charge for the test but there may be a fee for the test at family planning clinics. You will be asked to bring a sample of that morning's urine in a small clean container or to provide one while you are at the clinic or surgery. You will usually get the result there and then.

Doing your own test.
  • If you really want to do one yourself you can buy one in the chemist.
  • Young women reading a pregnancy test
  • It is very important to read the instructions very carefully a couple of times so that you know exactly what to do. Do try to have someone with you to give you some support.
  • There are different kinds of tests available.
  • Some are plastic sticks which may need to be held in your urine as you pee, or dipped in your urine which you have collected in a container.
  • Other kinds are small flat squares of plastic with little openings where small drops of urine are dripped with a dropper.
  • Most tests will have small windows which show lines or crosses or some other sign which tells you whether you are pregnant or not.

Are the tests always accurate?

The first urine of the day is likely to give the most accurate result. Most modern tests give a true result when used properly. It is however possible, though not very common, to get a false negative result (a test showing you are not pregnant when you really are). This could happen if you take the test too soon or maybe if you have drunk a lot of fluid before taking the test. If the result is negative and you still think there is a chance that you could be pregnant a second test can be done in a few days. If you choose to do the test yourself get the kind with two in the pack so you can repeat the test if you want.

Doctor and young female patient Your doctor can help.

If you do a home test it really is wise to go to your doctor to have the test results confirmed. You will get the chance to talk about any questions or worries you might have and your pregnancy care can be started as soon as possible.