Think you may be pregnant? Obria Medical Clinics offer FREE pregnancy testing.
What are some common indicators of pregnancy?
A missed period is the most common indicator that you may be pregnant, but not the only one. Here are some other common symptoms:
- Frequent urination
- Change of appetite
- Breast tenderness
- Thinking you may be pregnant
Why should I take a pregnancy test?
Early Detection: Pregnancy tests are designed to detect the presence of the hormone hCG in urine, which is produced during pregnancy. Testing early can help you know sooner rather than later, allowing you to make informed decisions and take necessary steps promptly.
Health Planning: Knowing whether you’re pregnant or not is crucial for your health. If you are pregnant, it’s essential to start prenatal care early, which can significantly impact both your health and the health of the baby.
Peace of Mind: Uncertainty can be stressful. Taking a pregnancy test can provide peace of mind by giving you a clear answer, allowing you to move forward with certainty and address any necessary changes or preparations.
Decision-Making: Whether you’re hoping for a positive or negative result, knowing your pregnancy status helps you plan for the future. It gives you the opportunity to consider your options, inform your partner and make decisions that align with your goals and values.
Preparation: If the test is positive, it gives you time to prepare emotionally, financially, and practically for the changes ahead. On the other hand, if it’s negative, it might prompt you to explore other potential reasons for any symptoms you’re experiencing.
How does pregnancy testing work?
Both urine and blood pregnancy tests screen for the presence of a hormone called hCG, or human chorionic gonadotropin, that is only present during pregnancy. This hormone is produced by the placenta, which develops to support the growth of a fertilized egg.1 For this reason, hCG it is sometimes referred to as the pregnancy hormone.
When should I take a pregnancy test?
Home pregnancy tests can differ in how soon they detect a pregnancy. The most accurate test results will be after you have waited to take the test until the first day of a missed period. If pregnancy tests are taken too early, it is possible to get a false negative. That being said, there are home pregnancy tests on the market that can detect pregnancy up to ten days after conception.
What type of pregnancy testing does Obria offer?
Obria Medical Clinics primarily offers FREE urine pregnancy testing and ultrasound.
Learn more about the different types of pregnancy testing that exists by exploring the below.
Urine Pregnancy Testing
This type of testing looks for elevated levels of hCG in your urine using special strips. At a 97 – 99% level of accuracy, urine testing offered within medical clinics is similar to the home pregnancy tests on the market.1
The benefit of taking a urine pregnancy test at a medical clinic is that it increases the likelihood that the test will be performed correctly and decreases the margin of error and false results.
If you choose to undergo clinical urine pregnancy testing, a staff member will obtain a sample of your urine and test it with a dipstick. If hCG is present in your urine, antibodies on the strip will become active and deliver a positive result.2
Blood Pregnancy Testing
Your practitioner will use their fingers to find an accessible vein, request that you make a fist, and draw an appropriate amount of blood to a lab for testing. Your results returned within hours to days.1
Though costlier, the benefit of blood testing is that it can detect very low levels of hCG in the blood, making the results (only) slightly more accurate. Your practitioner can also detect the amount of hCG present within your blood which may be useful for women having difficulty becoming pregnant or undergoing fertility treatments.
Ultrasound Imaging Confirmation
Obria Medical Clinics offer FREE ultrasounds.
Click here to learn more about our ultrasound services.
If you are determined to be pregnant, Obria Medical Clinics also offer Pregnancy Verification – an official document for proof of pregnancy.
Pregnancy Verification is an official document that serves as proof of pregnancy for insurance companies, community agencies who provide services, and employers.
Some doctors or other clinics require pregnancy verification before allowing you to make an appointment with them regarding your pregnancy, making this important documentation for you to obtain. The pregnancy verifications we offer are determined by the date of your last menstrual period (LMP).
If you think you might be pregnant or need pregnancy verification, schedule your confidential appointment today.
If you think you could be pregnant, book a FREE pregnancy test at an Obria clinic today.
Book your pregnancy test with us today.
1. Professional, C. C. Medical. (2022). Pregnancy test: When to take, Types & Accuracy. Cleveland Clinic. https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/diagnostics/9703-pregnancy-tests
2. Unknown. (2023). Urine pregnancy tests vs. blood pregnancy tests. Doctors Urgent Care. https://www.yourdoctorsurgentcare.com/care-services-offered/urine-pregnancy-tests-vs-blood-pregnancy-tests.html