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Worried you may be pregnant? If you’re sexually active, there’s always a chance you could experience an unplanned pregnancy. The only way to completely avoid a positive pregnancy test is to not have sex — yes, even if you use birth control and take precautions.

If you think you may be pregnant, you might be asking yourself, “Well, when should I take a pregnancy test?”

In short, it’s important to wait at least a week until after your missed period to take a pregnancy test. Read on to learn why this is true and how to receive quick, accurate testing through your local pregnancy clinic.

When should I take a pregnancy test? 

As we said, you should wait at least one week after a missed period when taking a typical at-home pregnancy test.

Pregnancy tests measure for the hormone called hCG (Human Chorionic Gonadotropin), which doubles roughly every 2-3 days in the first 30 days of pregnancy. If a woman takes a pregnancy test too early, she may receive a false negative due to low amounts of hCG present in the urine. 

For fast, early, and free pregnancy testing, visit Pathways Clinic. Our pregnancy testing is medical-grade and performed by a medical professional to avoid any potential user error.

Signs of Early Pregnancy

A missed period isn’t the only symptom of early pregnancy. Additional signs that may point to pregnancy include…

– Breast tenderness

– Headaches

– Tiredness 

– Nausea and Vomiting

– Food cravings/aversions 

– Sensitivity to smells 

– Mood swings

It’s important to note that experiencing these symptoms does not necessarily mean you are pregnant and you may also not experience any of these symptoms despite being pregnant. With that said, in order to truly confirm a pregnancy, you’ll need to receive pregnancy testing, followed by an ultrasound scan.

Pathways Clinic provides pregnancy testing, ultrasound scans, options counseling, and more! If you’re experiencing an unplanned pregnancy or have concerns about receiving affordable, quality healthcare during this time, we are here for you each step of the way.

Schedule your free appointment today at Pathways Clinic!

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