Taking a pregnancy test can be overwhelming. You want answers but you’re afraid to find out. We understand. At Open Door Pregnancy Center, we walk with you every step of the way. You don’t have to be alone. Plus, our pregnancy testing is free of charge. Here are a few tips to make sure you take your pregnancy test at the right time for the most accurate results.

How does a pregnancy test work?

When a woman is pregnant, her body produces a specific hormone, known as hCG. This pregnancy hormone begins to build up to help a fertilized egg attach to the lining of the uterus. A positive pregnancy test means hCG is detected in a woman’s urine. You can also take a blood test to determine if you’re pregnant, but urine tests are just as effective.

When should I take the test?

To get an accurate result, it’s important to wait a few days after your missed period. If your menstrual cycle is fairly regular (every 28 to 30 days), take a pregnancy test 4 or 5 days after your period should have started. If your monthly cycle is irregular, it’s important to wait at least a week after you think you should have started. The longer you wait, the more accurate your result will be.

I’ve already taken an at-home pregnancy test

Even if you’ve already taken an at-home test, confirm your results with our free pregnancy testing. At-home tests are accurate, but because a woman is anxious, they’re often taken too soon or incorrectly. As a result, if a pregnancy test is taken at the wrong time or the directions aren’t followed, there’s a chance you’ll get an incorrect result.

It’s positive, now what?

We hope to walk through the entire process with you. A positive test (including an at-home pregnancy test) is an indication of pregnancy, but not a confirmation. The test result should be confirmed by a limited OB ultrasound exam. We offer free confidential ultrasound scans.

If we confirm your pregnancy by ultrasound, let’s sit down and talk about your options. No one should have to face an unplanned pregnancy alone. Our doors are always open to you.