Which type of pregnancy test is best? Which type is most accurate? Can I get a false positive or a false negative test on a pregnancy test? If you are trying to figure out the answer to any of these questions, we’re here to help—and we have good news!

The good news is that many tests on the market right now are 99% accurate when taken correctly. (This means that you must follow the test’s instructions.) The majority of over-the-counter tests are looking for hCG, or human chorionic gonadotropin, the hormone that a woman’s body begins producing when she is pregnant. It appears about six days after ovulation when the fertilized embryo attaches to the walls of the uterus.

When should I take a pregnancy test?

It may be tempting to take a test early, but in general, home pregnancy tests are more accurate if you wait until after your missed period. If you test too early, you are likely to get a false negative because there is not yet enough hCG to measure. If your test is negative but you still think you might be pregnant, it is a good idea to wait a couple of days and then take another test.

The internet’s favorite pregnancy tests

Which brand of pregnancy test is best? They are all fairly similar when the test’s instructions are followed. You can get false negatives, and more rarely false positives, with almost any type of home pregnancy test. To get the most accurate results, it is recommended to wait to take a test until at least one day after your missed period.

In no particular order, here are three of the most recommended home pregnancy tests on the internet:

  • Early pregnancy test: First Response Early Result Pregnancy Test
  • Digital pregnancy test: Clearblue Digital Pregnancy Test with Smart Countdown
  • Best cheap pregnancy test: Wondfo Pregnancy Test Strips

If you think you might be pregnant and can’t afford a pregnancy test, give Thrive Women’s Clinic a call or schedule an appointment online now. All of our services, including pregnancy tests, are free of charge.  We also have trained advocates available if you need someone to listen and talk through your situation and options with no judgement.

From Oak Cliff to Garland and Mesquite to Park Cities, our four Dallas-area clinics offer a convenient option for you.

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