ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

All About Pregnancy Tests

Updated on April 8, 2013
Photo:  rjkimpeljr, Flickr
Photo: rjkimpeljr, Flickr

If you suspect you may be pregnant, there are ways to find out for sure. Some tests require you to see a doctor, while others can be done at home. Online ordering may help to keep your suspicions private.

hCG Test

This is the most common and widely used pregnancy test because of it's convenience and accuracy. hCG is a chemical found in a woman's blood or urine after an egg has been fertilized and implanted itself into the uterine wall. Implantation occurs about 6 - 12 days after ovulation. Menstruation occurs approximately 14 days after ovulation. Therefore, once a woman's period is late, it's likely that hCG will be detectable if she is in fact pregnant. However, a test done too early can result in a false positive result. If you think you're pregnant, but get a negative result, you may want to do the test again in a few days.

Because it can be found in blood or urine, either can be tested. However, the urine test is often able to detect hCG sooner than the blood test. The ‘pee on a stick' test you'll find at your local grocery store or online is accurate when used correctly. It can be done at home, but is also used by many health care professionals.

EPF Detection

EPF, or Early Pregnancy Factor is a protein that is present in a woman's blood plasma soon after one of her eggs has been fertilized. EFP testing may identify this protein in as little as 48 hours after fertilization. Because this test can detect this protein before implantation, it can tell if a woman is pregnant the earliest. However, it is expensive, time consuming, and must be conducted by a lab. This type of test is not often used even in a doctor's office. It is more useful in cases of infertility where a specialist is trying to get precise information about early pregnancy losses.

Paranoid Woman's Tip: If you find yourself constantly wondering if you're pregnant and shelling out $8 - 15 at Walgreens every other month, there's a better way. A lot of dollar stores carry pregnancy tests for - you guessed it - $1. Beware, these may not be the super convenient stick variety. Some come with a small cup to collect urine in. Then you have to use a dropper to put the pee in the test. It's worth it for peace of mind however.

More Pregnancy Test Q & A



Submit a Comment

  • FOREX NINJA profile image


    7 years ago

    Quite informative and educative.I love this article and really gained a lot from it.

  • profile image


    7 years ago

    hiya all, im wondering if anybody can help... i had the implant in for 4 years me and my partner have now decided we are ready for our 2nd child and have been trying for 4 months now. my periods seem to be poping up when they feel like it and have no real pattern to them, which as you can imagen is very confuseing when ttc. do you think the implant is too blame? if my period is suppose to be every 28days then i should of come on today... and i havent!! i did take a test last week, which came out negative, i no i did it b4 i was due on(because i couldnt wait, even tho i no im not suposed to untill ive actually missed my period)should a believe that negative test? ive also been very tired and my waist is sensitive, im much more emotional then normal and i have a dull ache in the front of my stomach, but different then period pain. me and my partner have enjoyable sex twice or sometimes 3 times a day... is that to often? please help.... xx

  • MadelynFinley profile image


    8 years ago from United States

    Great tip about the cheap pregnancy tests! You can go broke if it takes a while for you to get pregnant just buying pregnancy tests!

  • bettiegurrl profile image


    10 years ago from Portland, Or

    Ive found generic ones to be just as good as name brands.

  • Lela Davidson profile imageAUTHOR

    Lela Davidson 

    10 years ago from Bentonville, Arkansas

    According to my research, there is no conclusive evidence of differences between brands. Some claim to be more sensitive than others, but this is probably mostly marketing. You don't necesarily get what you pay for. Personally, I've used all different types - and they've all turned out to be accurate, whether positive or negative!

  • Whitney05 profile image


    10 years ago from Georgia

    Hm... What's the tip of knowing which is the best? Or are they really all about the same?

  • MoralsEthics1960 profile image


    10 years ago from Florida

    Very informative


This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

Show Details
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)