Not sure if you’re pregnant and looking for the best pregnancy test? Stop here and give us the opportunity to give you some advice about the different types of pregnancy tests and the accuracy of each one.
To begin, lets go over the basics. There are typically two types of tests, urine and blood. Both are intended to detect a hormone called Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (HCG), which is produced by the placenta and is found only in blood or urine when you are pregnant.
Which Is The Best Pregnancy Test?
So which type is the best pregnancy test? The good news is both blood and urine pregnancy tests are 99% effective. The difference in the tests comes down to how quickly each is effective and the convenience of doing your test at home.
A pregnancy blood test can be performed about 10 days after fertilization, even before your date of menstruation.
With a urine test you need to wait a little longer. The hormone takes a little bit longer time to appear in urine than in blood, and typically can be detected between five to eight days after your period delay, taking into account you have regular cycles.
If you are not sure when your next period is due, you can do a pregnancy test 21 days (three weeks) after you last had unprotected sex.
If you need results sooner rather than later, the blood test may be best for you. However, if you’re more concerned with convenience you may want to do an at-home urine test. The blood test is done with your doctor and in a laboratory. On the other hand the urine test can be performed by yourself in the comfort of your home.
In conclusion, either a blood or urine pregnancy test will be able to give you accurate results as long as you take them at the appropriate time.
With any pregnancy test you perform, if you confirm your pregnancy the most important next step is to focus on taking care of your diet and your health.
There are several reasons why your period may be late, but if you really are not pregnant, is very likely that there is a miscalculation on your period. Try our free ovulation calculator to learn more about natural fertility.
Another fun thing to look forward to is making the announcement to everybody. It is a great pleasure to communicate that you’re expecting a wonderful addition to your family. See my pregnancy announcement tips for creative ideas!