Which Pregnancy Test To Buy & When To Take It

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.
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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

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