Today’s over-the-counter urine pregnancy tests are very accurate. However, they can be expensive. Our office offers free pregnancy tests. If the results are inconclusive, or if further information is needed, a blood pregnancy test, pelvic exam, or sonogram can also be offered at minimal cost. For any of these services, please call our office for an appointment.
Signs You Should Take a Pregnancy Test:
- If it has been over a month since your last period.
- You experience cramps but your period does not occur.
- Your breasts begin to appear bigger or feel tender.
- Feelings of nausea, food aversions or increased urination.
- The condom breaks during intercourse or if you skipped a dose of birth control.
When Should I Get a Pregnancy Test?
Even if you have used protection or the most effective birth control, there is always a chance that you may have become pregnant. If you test positive using an at home pregnancy test, it is important you follow up with an obstetrician/gynecologist (OB/GYN) to confirm the results.
Our Doctors can follow up with a blood test in order to detect the hormone called human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG), which is developed by the placenta shortly after the embryo attaches to the lining of the uterus.
If you test positive for pregnancy and choose not to continue with the pregnancy, it is best you schedule an appointment to meet with our doctor right away. Our gynecological office can provide a sonogram to determine how long you have been pregnant, and help discuss your abortion options.
How Soon can a Gyno Detect Pregnancy?
A gyno can detect pregnancy as early as the day after a missed period, but the accuracy will vary for each women. Pregnancy tests detect the hCG hormone which is produced when the fertilized egg attaches to the uterus. This process usually happens 6 days after intercourse.
There are several ways we can detect pregnancy. This includes urine/blood tests, sonograms and pelvic exams. A blood or urine test will look for the hCG hormone, while the pelvic exam requires the doctor to measure the size of the ovaries, fallopian tubes and uterus.
Other Reasons for a Missed Period:
The majority of women will have between 11 and 13 menstrual periods each year. It is also common during the first few years of menstruation to experience irregularity while the hormones begin to balance out. Although pregnancy is the most common reason for a missed period, the following reasons may also be the cause:
- If you are breastfeeding
- Under high emotional stress
- Poor diet
- Eating disorders
- Consumption of illegal drugs
- The onset of menopause