Have you experienced any pregnancy symptoms? We’ve already covered the earliest and most common pregnancy signs in a previous post.
As explained in our post, if you’re experiencing breast changes, cramping and spotting, your period has delayed, and you have morning sickness, you might be pregnant.
The best way to confirm if that is the case is through a pregnancy test. But there are several types of tests available, each with its pros and cons. Which one should you take? That’s for you to decide, but we’ll provide the necessary information below.
Types of pregnancy tests
As you may already know, there are two main types of pregnancy tests available: home pregnancy tests and clinical tests. Let’s review both categories and see what taking each of these tests involves.
1. Home pregnancy tests
As the category name suggests, you can take these tests in the comfort of your home. They are usually accurate after two weeks from conception, but some provide accurate results even earlier.
They detect the presence of the hormone called hCG (human chorionic gonadotropin) in your urine. Your body secretes this hormone only during pregnancy. The test usually includes a stick or a strip dipped in a chemical. When the chemical comes into contact with the hormone, it changes its color.
All tests come with instructions on how to take them. Finding out whether or not you are pregnant will take less than 10 minutes. Some test manufacturers recommend repeating the test, especially when performing them early.
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