How Early can I do a Pregnancy Test?

Dear Kindara,How Early Can I Do a Pregnancy Test?-Sarah23Portland, OR

Hey Sarah,

Pregnancy tests work by measuring human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) which is a hormone produced during pregnancy. According to the A.D.A.M. Medical Encyclopedia, the earliest HCG can be detected in a woman’s urine and blood is 10 days after conception, but it also depends on the sensitivity of the test. For a blood test you would need to go into a doctor’s office to have your blood drawn and sent to the lab. For a urine test you can buy an at-home pregnancy test from the drugstore.

Remember, the at-home tests need higher amounts of HCG to get a positive than do blood tests. Taking the test in the morning, when your urine is the most concentrated, is recommended. Be sure to avoid any online pregnancy tests, as they are extremely unreliable. And be glad you don’t have to use the old-school type of pregnancy test, which actually involved killing a bunny rabbit. Makes peeing on a stick seem like a pretty good time.

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