How do I find out if I''m pregnant?

There are three ways you can go about having the same test, but all use the same basic urine pregnancy test. You can buy a home pregnancy testing kit, or you can go to your family doctor or local family planning clinic (FPC). A sample of your urine is tested to see if it contains a hormone called beta-hCG (human chorionic gonadotrophin); this is produced by the embryo. Using a sensitive pregnancy testing kit, it is possible to find out if you are pregnant as early as the day after your period is due. Ultrasound is not normally used to diagnose pregnancy in the first instance as you need to be at least ten days after your missed period.
How do pregnancy test kits work?

Pregnancy test kits require you to test a sample of your urine. The absorbent wand reacts if a hormone called hCG (human chorionic gonadotrophin), which is produced by the embro, is present in your urine. As a backup, many kits include a second test.

How to use a test kit Not all kits look like the one shown here, but they work in basically the same way. Remove the test wand from the cap or cartridge. Hold the absorbent sampler in your urine stream for a few seconds. Replace the wand into the cartridge. Wait as directed. If you are pregnant, both windows will show a color.

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