If you think you may be pregnant, verifying the pregnancy with a health care professional is your first step. At Sira, we offer free, private medical pregnancy tests, and trained client advocates you can talk with about your pregnancy options.
A medical pregnancy test will detect a hormone called Human Chorionic Gonadotropin or hCG, a hormone secreted by the placenta during pregnancy. The pregnancy test measures the amount of hCG in a woman’s urine to determine if she is pregnant. Pregnancy tests are calibrated at different levels, so some are able to detect lower levels of hCG, allowing earlier determination of a pregnancy.
By 7 days post ovulation a pregnant woman can have up to 50 mlU/ml of hCG in her blood. A test that is highly sensitive (20mlU/ml) will be accurate for most, but not all women, by 7-10 days after ovulation.
We typically test either after a missed period or 10 days after possible conception to better ensure an accurate test result.