How do I do a Pregnancy Test?

You questioned, “What is the procedure for doing a pregnancy test?” You need to relax and avoid the confusion you now feel. Continue reading to learn more about how to perform a pregnancy test.

  • How to do a pregnancy test: You can do a pregnancy test from the first day of your missed period or 21 days after you had unprotected sex. You can buy a test kit from a pharmacy or get one for free from your GP or a young people’s service. You pee on a stick and wait for the result to appear. Follow the instructions carefully.
  • How pregnancy tests work: Pregnancy tests detect the hormone hCG, which is produced around 6 days after fertilisation. A positive result is almost certainly correct, but a negative result may be inaccurate. Some medicines can affect the results. If you are unsure, repeat the test after a few days or see your GP.
  • What to do next: If you are pregnant and want to continue with the pregnancy, contact your GP or a midwife to start your antenatal care. You can also use the pregnancy due date calculator to estimate when your baby is due. If you are not sure about continuing with the pregnancy, you can discuss your options confidentially with a healthcare professional.
  • Where to get help: You can get accurate and confidential information and advice from your doctor or similar healthcare professional.
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