Pregnancy Testing

How Does a Pregnancy Test Work?

When you are pregnant, your body begins to release a hormone called hCG. Pregnancy testing works by detecting the presence of the hCG hormone in your urine. However, it takes time for hCG to accumulate in your system to a detectable level. Therefore, the longer you wait to take a pregnancy test, the more accurate it is.

I Took a Test at Home.
Why Should I Get Tested at Caring Hearts Pregnancy Center?

Home pregnancy tests have become more accurate over the years, but they still do not rival an in-clinic test. Our pregnancy testing is lab-quality and administered by a medical professional. Not only can you eliminate the user error of an at-home test, but our medical staff will discuss your unique situation and can advise if it is too early to detect pregnancy with a urine test. An in-clinic test may also help with important next steps such as Medicaid eligibility. Discovering you are pregnant it is a big deal. You want to be sure that you have accurate results with the paperwork you need before you begin making any decisions.

My Test is Positive. Now What?

After a positive pregnancy test, we may recommend confirming the test results with an ultrasound. An ultrasound exam determines how far along you are in your pregnancy, if there is a detectable heartbeat, and if the pregnancy is viable. At Caring Hearts Pregnancy Center, there is never a cost for any of our services, including ultrasounds. 

Make an appointment today for your free and confidential pregnancy test and determine if an ultrasound is right for you today!

Do I need an ultrasound?

Information is empowering. A first-trimester ultrasound provides very important information about your body and your pregnancy that may affect your options, including:

  • Location of the pregnancy to verify the embryo/fetus is in the uterus and not in the fallopian tubes (which can be a life-threatening emergency).
  • Does the embryo/fetus have a heartbeat?
  • Gestational age and estimated due date based on the size the embryo/fetus.

    There is no cost for your ultrasound. Your ultrasound will be performed by a registered nurse, or ultrasound technician who has undergone specialized ultrasound training. The information you learn in this appointment (such as how far along you are) will guide you further as you make your pregnancy decisions.

    You are welcome to bring a support person to your appointment with you. Your conversations with our staff and your medical history will be kept confidential.

    These ultrasounds are provided under the direction and supervision of a licensed physician for the purposes of determining gestational age, checking for heartbeat, and making sure it’s an intrauterine pregnancy.