Pregnancy Testing

How does Naples Women's Center test for pregnancy?

There are two types of pregnancy tests available. One uses a blood sample to test for pregnancy, and the other uses a sample of urine. Both types of tests determine pregnancy by testing for a hormone called hCG (human chorionic gonadotropin). This hormone starts to produce the placenta soon after the embryo attaches to the lining of the uterus. The presence of hCG means the woman is pregnant. The rapid production and increasing amount of this hormone is what tends to trigger pregnancy symptoms.

“If you suspect you may be pregnant, you should schedule an appointment with an OB/GYN as soon as possible. Although many home pregnancy tests are accurate, there is always a chance of receiving a false positive or false negative result. To find out for sure if you are pregnant, and to get more in-depth information, you need to be tested by an OB/GYN. Seeing the doctor early in your pregnancy will help you and your baby stay healthy.”

Early signs that you might be pregnant include spotting, vaginal discharge, cramps, breast changes (sensitivity, soreness, and color changes), and missing your period. Of course, noting the last time you had sex without using contraception properly can also help indicate whether or not you might be pregnant. When these signs occur, most women opt to use a home pregnancy test before starting care with an OB/GYN MD or certified nurse midwife. Pregnancy tests are easy to use and readily available for purchase over the counter at drug stores.

Birth control options include:

  • A thorough physical exam and review of your medical history.
  • An ultrasound to confirm your due date at six or more weeks.
  • Blood work and standard cultures for chlamydia and gonorrhea.
  • A pap smear, unless you’ve had one recently.
  • Arrangement to consult with a specialist (if certain risk factors are present).
  • A request to see your old medical records (if needed).

Our experienced team of physicians and nurse midwives at Naples Women’s Center deliver comprehensive, compassionate preconception, pregnancy, and post-partum care to our patients and their families in a comfortable environment close to home. Schedule an appointment to meet with a physician today.