How to test for Early Pregnancy?


How to test for Early Pregnancy?

If you think you might be pregnant, the sooner you know, the better. This is because the first few weeks of pregnancy is crucial for fetal development. So the earlier you know of your pregnancy, the earlier you can start making important health choices for yourself and your baby. Early prenatal care is essential for a healthy pregnancy and baby's survival.

What types of pregnancy testing are available?

After the egg is fertilised, it travels to the uterus (womb) and implants itself in the uterine wall. At this stage, your body starts producing a pregnancy hormone called hCG. It is this hormone that is used to detect if you are pregnant.

Two main types of early pregnancy tests available:

1) Urine pregnancy testing

This is often the first choice for many women as it is fairly simple to be done. Urine tests can be done at home or in a clinic by your doctor. Some urine pregnancy tests that is available today are so sensitive that it is able to detect pregnancy up to 5 days before your expected period, before you even start to notice any bodily changes! It is also highly accurate to detect pregnancy, with very low rates for a false reading. However, if you are still unsure after a positive home urine pregnancy test, you can confirm your results by seeing your doctor, who can perform follow up tests.

2) Blood pregnancy testing

Like urine pregnancy tests, the blood pregnancy test also checks for the pregnancy hormone hCG. It is a test to be carried out by your doctor and is more accurate than the urine pregnancy test.

These tests can detect pregnancy earlier than a home pregnancy test, starting from a week after you ovulate (produce egg). However, unlike the urine pregnancy tests, the results isn't immediate. Results usually can be obtained within the day (if done early in the morning), or by the next day.

In fact, there are two types of blood pregnancy tests available:

1.) A qualitative hCG test

This simply checks to see if hCG is present. It gives a "yes" or "no" answer to the question of pregnancy.

2.) A quantitative hCG test

This test measures the exact amount of hCG in your blood, down to very low levels of hCG. This test also gives you a rough gauge of how many weeks along you are.

How do I use the urine pregnancy test at home?

The best time of day to take this test is when you wake up first thing in the morning, after your first early morning pee. Many tests instruct you to hold the stick in your urine stream and then place it on a flat surface for a certain number of minutes, although some may ask you to place the stick in a cup of your pee instead. Hence it is important to read and follow the instructions for your test carefully. Also, make sure the test has not passed its expiry date, as that may affect the accuracy of the results.

What if I have one positive and one negative urine test?

Many women undergo urine pregnancy testing multiple times, in order to confirm the presence or absence of a pregnancy.

If you have performed the test more than once, and the results don't match, visit us for proper evaluation and testing.

If you think you have are pregnant, and you to do an early pregnancy test, please visit our clinics during operating hours.

Comment on "How to test for Early Pregnancy?"

  1. Alina

    I am a lactating mother and I think I might be pregnant again. I have done home pregnancy test several times but I got irregular results. Could it be a false results but I experience some early pregnancy symptoms.

    • Dr. Kaarthig

      Hi Ms Alina,

      It is not impossible to get pregnant while lactating although we don’t see it often. Have you already started getting your menses after the delivery of your last child? A simple blood test will be a better indicator if you are indeed pregnant at this juncture. I suggest you see your healthcare practitioner and get that done to alleviate your concerns.

  2. Alice

    My last MP was Aug 30 (30 day cycles) So, I took two different UPT on Sept 24 afternoon and they both showed faint positive. This morning I repeat another UPT and it turns negative. I’m not sure if it was defective.

    • Dr. Kaarthig

      Hi Ms Alice,

      The fact that you have taken three different urinary pregnancy tests tells me you are indeed worried about being pregnant. A few factors can affect these tests including the time you took the test and the quality of the urine sample you provided for the test. In situations like this, I would advise that you do a blood test for HCG to confirm the pregnancy. You would need to be evaluated by your healthcare practitioner prior to it though.

  3. christine

    Im a mother of 3 children, i have had all of them a year a part.But none of the pregnancy test kit gave me accurate readings which i took for granted twice and am now left with a fourth possible chance of being pregnant, UPT negative. What are other methods i can do at home to find out if i am really pregnant??

    • Dr. Kaarthig

      Hi Ms Christine,

      There are many home kits available, some claim to be more accurate than others. Besides that, the time of day when you take the test, how far along you are in the pregnancy and the quality of urine sample provided for the test all affect its accuracy. I suggest you visit a healthcare professional for quantitive HCG testing to confirm your pregnancy status. That’s the most reliable thus far.

  4. Janice

    Hi Dr, i would like to know whats the best time to get a home pregnancy test done and also how would i know whats the best sample ??

  5. Tina

    Hi dr…..Can a fertility drugs or medication interfere with pregnancy test results?

  6. Archana Rajan

    Hi DR, i just got married recently on January and i’m very much interested to have a baby. I have done with home pregnancy test twice but the result just disappointed me by showing (-). Appreciate your advise on how can i get pregnant fast. Or is this a very early stage for me since i just got married a month ago.

    • Dr. Kaarthig

      When you got married has no indication on when you’re going to get pregnant. Multiple factors including both parties sexual health, hormonal status and even the way intercourse is had plays a big role in this. Please come in for a consultation and we can work through these respective issues.

  7. Li

    Hello Dr, when is the best date to have a pregnancy test, I have my period on 1 June and ended at 9 June, I have an intercourse just the penis head inside me for 1 second but I feel precum and push away my bf immediately on midnight of 13 June. I have taken the emergency contraception pill within 24 hours. Am I high risk of getting pregnancy?

    • Dr. Kaarthig

      No, you are not at high risk of pregnancy at all. I would say your intercourse and measures after that are good enough to prevent pregnancy in this case. Either way, its best to perform a pregnancy test (at home is fine) if you miss your next cycle

      • Li

        hello Dr, my period came at 29 of June and last at least 1 week but 10 of July I got a little spot and today it looks like the period come again. Is it the side effect of ecp?

        • Dr. Kaarthig

          Some spotting may be normal but I’d advise to keep a menstrual diary and look out for abnormal bleeding

  8. zakwan

    Hello DR. how much blood test is accurate ? 10 days after sexually intercourse? can accept the result or should waiting until she period?

    • Dr. Kaarthig

      10 days after sexual intercourse is a bit soon to check. I would suggest to wait for the next cycle of menses if you’re not actively trying to conceive

  9. zakwan

    she cycle is 28 days regular period. we sexually intercouse 13 june how soon pregnancy test urine and blood can detect? thanks Dr

    • Dr. Kaarthig

      Why dont you just wait for her cycle then? If she’s regular, then this is a good predictor.

  10. Tan

    hello doctor, can I get pregnant when my husband and I having sex through underwear on? We don’t want to have kid at this moment.

    • Dr. Kaarthig

      This seems highly unlikely. Im not even sure how penetration can happen with underwear on.

  11. Wilson

    Hello dr, do you think a woman can get pregnant with grinding? I just did grinding and sex with underwear on with my wife and we don’t plan to have child yet.

  12. Zaid

    Good day Dr.

    Please we have a very serious problem on our hands.

    My 25-year old girlfriend has a 44-day irregular cycle with a 7-day period. Her LMP was 29th of June, we had unprotected sex on 15th of July but in about an hour, she took one tablet of postinor 2 and the second one exactly 12 hours later.

    Two days afterwards, on 17th of July, we had another sex but I withdrew and ejaculated well outside but she still wanted to take postinor 2 just to be sure. She took the 2 tablets at once about 30 minutes after.

    On Friday 29th July, we got frisky and this time I got a pack of condoms but made a very big mistake of first having unprotected entry till I was almost done then put on the condom (only to find out during my search later that precum can also carry swimmers) even though I didn’t release till I continued with the condom and removed it after ejaculation.

    When I was done, she wanted more, so I carefully put on the second condom but it got torn during sex and I stopped without releasing (my fear here is the sperm on me when I removed the first one and put the second one may have seeped in a bit)

    Because of that fear, I asked to see her calendar and realised it was her fertile period just a day or two before expected ovulation.

    We immediately got postinor 2 and she took the first tablet about an hour after and the second one exactly 12 hours after the first.

    She got a bit of bleeding and spotting (brown) on 28th July which I read can come from side effects of postinor.
    It is now 4 days and she is constantly bleeding like her normal period (color and smell).

    Her expected next period is 12th August.

    Please, what is your analysis Dr. and what do you advise?

    • Dr. Kaarthig

      Wait for her expected period and if that does not show, proceed for pregnancy testing. Its too early to test for pregnancy now, and I doubt it has happened with the precautions that you have already taken.

      • Zaid

        Thank you Dr for your encouraging words. Hopefully, all will be fine. I also read that postinor 2 may change her cycle by making it sooner or later than expected. Nonetheless, we’ll be going for a test by 12th August.
        Which brings our question. Which test would you recommend by then; blood test or ultrasound?

        Also, her bleeding is now a full flow like normal period.

        Thank you so much Dr for your support and time. We probably may come down to your labs in KL for the test.

        Thanks once again & please bear with us as we keep seeking an understanding to this dilemma.

        • Dr. Kaarthig

          By the 12th, you can do either urine or blood testing. And yes, emergency contraceptive pills will cause the menstrual cycle to be slightly deranged.

          • Zaid

            Hello, good morning Dr, hope you had a stress-free weekend.

            As with our earlier communication, her period was to be yesterday, Sunday 12th but we decided to give one more day & test with the first urine this morning with the *Clearblue* digital which can tell the age of the pregnancy by number of weeks. The result is *NOT PREGNANT*

            We just want to be sure because she had bleeding for 13 days (from a day before ovulation 28th July to last friday 10th August) so we know the next period might be late or irregularly timed because she took postinor 2 three times within the previous cycle.

            Still, we would like to have a blood test probably by Thursday so we can put our minds finally to rest.

            Thank you Dr once again for all your help.

          • Dr. Kaarthig

            Sure, come on in and we can get the blood testing done. No worries there.

  13. Lim

    Dear Dr,
    My fiance and I were not managed to have baby yet. Usually we do not have sex but this time we both were wet and have contact on genital area with underwear on. It just happened one day after the period end. Is it possible to get pregnant throught this incident? Really appreciate.

  14. Wendy

    Dear Dr,
    I have grinding with my fiance one day of my period end, with underwear on and both of us were wet. Will I get pregnant from this incident cause we do not plan to have child yet. Thank you.

    • Dr. Kaarthig

      Its unlikely that sperm/ejaculate material passed through undergarments on both parties to result in a pregnancy in this case. I wouldn’t be too worried about that just yet.
      Either way, its advisable to continue monitoring your periods and look out for any signs of pregnancy.

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