How to Take a Pregnancy Test
Asking yourself, “Am I pregnant?” Find out the best time of the month to take a home pregnancy test, how to read the results, and what to do next. Plus, are you experiencing any of these early signs of pregnancy?
How Home Pregnancy Tests Work
All home pregnancy tests, available over the counter, basically work the same way, by detecting pregnancy hormones in your urine. The chemical strip on the dipstick detects human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG), which the body starts producing after an embryo implants. Some tests also detect a variation of this hormone, known as hyperglycosylated hCG (H-hCG), which starts being released some time after fertilization and can be detected before hCG, indicating a pregnancy even earlier.