I'm curious about pregnancy tests. Are there tests that shouldn’t be used or tests that are better to use? When should you take a pregnancy test?
When it comes to pregnancy tests, brands don’t matter because all at-home pregnancy tests work the same way: they test your pee for the presence of a hormone called human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG). Any at-home pregnancy test you buy from a drugstore is going to be FDA approved and 99% effective, if you take it at the right time.
Tests become more accurate once you’ve reached the date of your next expected period. So, it’s a good idea to take the test once you’ve already missed your period. Some pregnancy tests can tell you if you’re pregnant a few days before a missed period. Be sure to check the label on the box to see when the test is most effective.
Your doctor or nurse can also determine if you’re pregnant by testing your blood. But blood pregnancy tests aren’t done very often. A pregnancy test you take at home is just as effective as the urine test your doctor gives you. Hope that helps!
—Chelsea @ Planned Parenthood