Waiting to take a pregnancy test when you think you may be pregnant can be stressful. If you’ve recently had sex and think you might be pregnant, you probably want to know as soon as possible.
Before you make any plans, we can provide lab-quality pregnancy testing for you at our center in Decatur, IL – free of charge.
When Should You Take a Pregnancy Test (For Best Results)?
Option 1: Before You Miss Your Period
The earlier you take a test, the less accurate it will be. Taking a test before you miss your period or less than two weeks after sex can cause a false negative. Some women take a test too early and assume they are not pregnant. This can be especially confusing if a woman spots or bleeds during her first trimester, making her believe she had her period.
We see clients who are already entering their second trimester by the time they notice more obvious pregnancy symptoms and are shocked to find out they are pregnant.
Option 2: Two Weeks Later
Many women test according to the “two weeks” rule. This can provide accurate results for women with a predictable 28-day cycle and who ovulate once at a regular interval.
However, some women’s cycles are not as predictable, or medications such as birth control and antibiotics can change their cycle and ovulation date. Stress can also cause interruptions in a regular or typically predictable cycle.
Option 3: After You Miss Your Period
The best time to take a pregnancy test is when your period is supposed to start or after you realize your period is late. Make an appointment with us at our Decatur, IL office, and know for sure.
If the test is negative, but you still think you may be pregnant, wait a few more days and retest with us again. HCG nearly doubles about every two days in early pregnancy.
Next Step: Confirm Your Pregnancy
Even if you have taken a home pregnancy test, you should have your pregnancy confirmed by a professional. That’s where we come in. We provide pregnancy confirmation appointments. At your pregnancy confirmation appointment and options consultation, we can determine if the pregnancy is viable and how far along you are. We will also share accurate medical information on all your pregnancy options, including abortion, adoption, and parenting.
A home pregnancy test is an indicator of pregnancy, not a confirmation. That’s why you need an ultrasound to verify an intrauterine pregnancy.
Whether you are considering an abortion or are looking for pregnancy services, we are Decatur’s go-to resource for options, answers, and support.
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All our services are free of charge and we do not benefit from any decision you make.