The most common signs of pregnancy include a late period, increased urination, breast tenderness, nausea, and vomiting. The only sure way of knowing if you are pregnant is to get a pregnancy test. It is done to determine the presence of human chorionic gonadotrophin (hCG) in the blood. The body will start producing this hormone approximately 6 days after fertilization. If you are doing a pregnancy home test you should check the instructions carefully first because various tests have different requirements.
If the pregnancy test is positive and you wish to continue with the pregnancy, continuous monitoring the levels of hCG ensures that it is increasing adequately. You can either be referred back to a general practitioner for further observation or manage your pregnancy in private with our clinic. If the pregnancy is something you do not want to continue with, you can discuss your options with our GP.
A missed period is the most reliable and first sign of a pregnancy. This is especially true if your period is quite regular. There is also a good chance that you are pregnant if you have had sexual intercourse and your period appears to be much shorter and lighter than is usual for you. Sickness and nausea is another early sign of a pregnancy. However, these symptoms usually start around 6 weeks or more after your last period.
A blood test can be used to determine the presence of beta hCG in your body. This test gives a conclusive negative or positive result and a precise indication of how far along you are in your pregnancy. If you are pregnant, the beta hCG level in your body doubles every few days. As such, some women prefer to be tested several times in early pregnancy.
It is always preferable to have a pregnancy test done by a doctor to ensure it is correct. Although a positive test result done at home is almost always accurate, false negatives can also occur. (Some home testing kits are easier to read than others.) Visit our doctor if your home test result is negative but you still have not started your period. Time is critically important if you do not wish to continue with the pregnancy.
Most pregnancy tests can be done shortly after your missed period. If you are not sure when your period ends you should do the test at least twenty-one days from the time you had unprotected sexual intercourse. We will take a blood sample from you at the clinic for testing for a precise result. The result will be then sent to you via email as soon we received it from the laboratory. The interpretation of the results by a GP however is not included in the cost as the results are easy to understand, so you have no need to worry and they are completely accurate.
The levels of HCG in the body can be detected through a blood test approximately eleven days after conception. The hCG levels double every 72 hours and reach their peak in the first eight to eleven weeks of pregnancy. It will then decline and stabilize for the remainder of your pregnancy.
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