This is a common question for women in the childbearing age and it involves a lot of physiological details that i will try to simplify in the rest of this article.
Answer: A woman can do a pregnancy test from the first day of her missed period.
Concept: Pregnancy tests will measure the presence of pregnancy hormone known as Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (hCG).
Methods: There are two ways of doing a pregnancy test - home pregnancy test and blood pregnancy test. Home pregnancy test will be done using a sample of urine which is collected immediately after waking up in the morning. This is because hCG hormone will be present in its highest concentration. Blood pregnancy test will depend on testing the amount of hCG in blood, which is more accurate and can be used to assess the viability of the fetus.
Results: Blood pregnancy test will be an accurate test and will show whether pregnancy occured or not. Urine pregnancy test may have 2 possibilities:
- Positive test. - Negative test. In this case an another test should be done one week later. 50% of early pregnancies may be missed if a woman depends on this home pregnancy test.
Beside joy and happiness, knowing that you are pregnant can be of medical significance to your baby. During the first 3 months, it is highly recommended that a pregnant woman does not take any drugs (except after consulting her physician) and should avoid being exposed to radiation (eg; x-rays) as both can lead to congenital anomalies.
At last, i would like to thank you for reading this article. Please comment if you had a positive pregnancy test and share with us your experience.