At the beginning of the pregnancy, the hCG levels are lower and more difficult to catch. That is why the tests may return false negative results. The good news is that home pregnancy tests are usually inexpensive.
You can find out if you’re pregnant or not with less than $10. If the test comes out negative but your symptoms continue, you should consult a doctor.
Similarly, if the test comes out positive but you have no other symptoms and your period continues, or you experience abdominal pain, abnormal bleeding, or cramps, you should check with your doctor.
2. Clinical Tests
As the category name suggests, these tests take place in a clinical environment. They are of two types: urine tests and blood tests.
Their accuracy is comparable to that of home pregnancy tests, but they save you the trouble of buying and following instructions.
The cost of a clinical pregnancy test is higher than that of a home pregnancy test. Therefore, you may want to check your insurance coverage and your budget before making the appointment.
The good news is that, if you perform the test at your doctor’s office, they will correlate the results with your symptoms and medical history and, thus, eliminate potential false results.
The bad news is that you’ll only receive the test results within a couple of days, so your patience will be put to the test as well.
Taken in a clinical environment as well, they involve testing your blood for hCG presence. They are of two types: quantitative and qualitative.
Quantitative tests check the quantity of hCG in your blood. The doctor correlates the results with the estimated age of the pregnancy and, if applicable, ultrasound findings to determine pregnancy stage and other parameters.
Qualitative tests only determine if your body produces hCG. They simply confirm or deny your pregnancy suspicions. Depending on the type of test you take, its results, and other health parameters, your doctor may order further testing.
They may ask you to repeat the pregnancy test several days later, have an ultrasound, or take other tests. You have nothing to worry about. It probably means that your pregnancy is a little more advanced or more recent than originally estimated.
Quantitative blood tests are the most accurate, as they detect even small traces of the hormone. They are also the most expensive and provide the latest results, some laboratories needing up to two weeks to process the samples and provide feedback.
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