- How accurate are your tests?
- Our pregnancy tests can determine as little as 20µ HCG (the hormone present during pregnancy) per cc of urine. This is the most accurate urine test available. It has the same accuracy as those used by any emergency room or clinic. First morning urine is more accurate since your urine is more concentrated at that time.
- If my urine test is negative, should I get a blood test?
- Only under rare circumstances would this be necessary. Since the pregnancy hormone doubles every 2 days you may wait 2 days and test again, avoid drinking large amounts of fluid and test your first morning urine.
- When can I get pregnant?
Generally, pregnancy takes place between 6 days before and 1 day after ovulation. For example, let’s say you have intercourse 3 days before you ovulate; if the mucous in your vagina was “friendly” to the sperm at that time (the correct thickness, and the proper pH), you are fertile, and sperm may be hanging around at the end of your Fallopian tubes just waiting for your egg to pop out of the ovary. When the sperm penetrates the outer covering of the egg, you are pregnant.
Pregnancy depends on many factors:
- Having the correct hormonol balance to allow ovulation.
- The state of your vaginal mucous (if it is too thick the sperm can’t swim).
- The pH (acidity or alkalinity) of your vaginal tract also contributes to whether sperm live or die.
- Normal sperm.
- Normal open tubes and a host of other factors including patience. If you have been trying to get pregnant for more than a year and have not had success, see your doctor. Fifty percent of all healthy women get pregnant in the first 6 months and 80% in the first year of trying.
If you are pregnant, the Pregnancy Resource Center has specially trained counselors who will sit and talk with you in a private setting and caring environment about all of your options. You have three options to think about: abortion, parenting, and placement for adoption. It is important to take your time, ask all your questions, and think carefully about your decision. Only you can decide which option is right for you.
- When do I ovulate?
Ovulation—your egg being released from the ovary—takes place 14 days before the menstrual cycle (period) begins.
If your cycle (the time which elapses between the 1st day of your period and the 1st day of your next period) is 28 days long, then ovulation occurs around day 14.
If your cycle is irregular it is still possible to pinpoint the time of ovulation by counting back 14 days from the onset of your period and that was when you ovulated.
Ovulation is accompanied by vaginal mucous which is thin and clear, this causes it to string into the toilet like egg whites would drip from an egg shell after you crack an egg. This is the time when ovulation is occurring.
Pay attention to your body’s signals:
You can keep track of when you ovulate by recording the first day of your period on the calendar. Count the number of days starting with day one of your period until the first day of the next period—this is your cycle length.
Watch for the thin clear mucous to be produced which is described above. If you are using a hormonal birth control method such as birth control pills or a patch, you will not see the thin clear mucous which is indicative of ovulation because hormonal birth control suppresses ovulation.
Ovulation is suppressed by hormonal birth control by fooling the body into thinking it is already pregnant thereby preventing ovulation.
Ovulation prediction kits may be obtained from any pharmacy. When used as directed, they are highly accurate in pinpointing exactly when ovulation (the egg leaving the ovary) is occurring.
- What are the early signs of pregnancy?
Some women notice early pregnancy symptoms while others do not. In any case, the hormones of pregnancy start showing up in the pregnant woman 5–7 days after fertilization occurs (the penetration of the ovum by a single sperm). These hormones initiate changes in the body even before the menstrual period is missed. Oftentimes women notice very early that something is different. Following are some of the symptoms that cause a woman to surmise that she may be pregnant:
- Feeling that the missed period is about to start.
- Mild cramping is common at the time the period is missed and for a few days afterward.
- Nausea, commonly called morning sickness, occurs at anytime during the day and can be vague and fleeting or sometimes result in vomiting.
- Changes in the breasts which result in a feeling of tenderness, fullness, or tingling.