Are You Sure You Are Pregnant?

That may seem like a funny question when your period is late, and you’ve taken a home pregnancy test. But you can have a change in your menstrual cycle for many reasons, and although rare, it is possible to get a positive result on a pregnancy test and not be pregnant (false positive).

We provide free, self-administered, medical-grade pregnancy tests. If you are wondering if you took your home pregnancy test correctly, why not take one more from Sycamore House Pregnancy and Family Life Center?

How Does a Pregnancy Test Work?

There are two basic types of pregnancy tests: blood and urine. Most women take a urine pregnancy test. A pregnancy test detects a pregnancy hormone known as human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) in your urine.

HCG is only present in your body during pregnancy.

When Should I Take A Test?

The hCG hormone begins building once the fertilized egg attaches to the lining of your uterus. The level of hCG rises rapidly and can usually be detected around 11 days after you get pregnant.

Some at-home tests are more sensitive than others, meaning they can detect hCG in your urine earlier. Experts suggest waiting a day or two after your missed period for the most accurate results.

Is A Positive Result All I Need?

We recommend you get an ultrasound to confirm your pregnancy accurately. Ultrasound provides you with essential information you cannot get otherwise.

Experts estimate over one in four pregnancies end in a miscarriage. Depending on when you take your test, there is a slight possibility you are no longer pregnant even though you got a positive result. Ultrasound can tell you if you’ve miscarried.

How Do I Know What To Do?

What to do about an unexpected pregnancy is a big decision, probably one of the hardest decisions you will make. We can give you information on all of your options. Your visit with us is safe, confidential, and free. You don’t have to face your pregnancy alone.