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Early Pregnancy Tests Effectiveness

Women often ask us, "Do early pregnancy tests work?" They are anxious to find out the results and waiting for a few more days is so difficult! Some pregnancy tests claim to provide accurate results as early as four days before a missed period, while others are more accurate when taken after your missed period.

Most pregnancy tests work by indicating whether your urine contains hCG, a hormone that a woman's body produces after a fertilized egg attaches to the wall of the uterus. If this hormone is elevated, the pregnancy test will show that you are pregnant. Other tests detect H-hCG and these tests detect pregnancy quicker.

If you test too early, the hCG or H-hCG in your urine may not be high enough for the test to detect. So, if you test negative on the test and still don't start your period, wait a few days and retest.

Please understand that early pregnancy tests assume you have a 14-day luteal phase. Your luteal phase is the time between ovulation and your period. If your luteal phase is longer or shorter than 14 days, you need to test on a different day.

How accurate are early pregnancy tests? Recent studies indicate that early tests are between 46% to 89% accurate.

Blood tests can also detect levels of hCG and blood tests are more sensitive to lower levels of the hormone. Blood tests can detect pregnancy 6-8 days after ovulation. Most doctors will not offer you a blood test until after you have missed your period.

If you need an accurate pregnancy test, we offer them free of charge at all of our Colorado Springs locations.
Central Location
3700 Galley Rd.,
Colorado Springs
Call: 719-591-2724

Westside Location
3925 Centennial Blvd.,
Colorado Springs
Call: 719-623-2870

Fountain Location
97 Widefield Blvd,
Colorado Springs, CO 80911
Call: 719-591-5221