Most women’s pregnancies are confirmed by testing a urine sample for traces of the hormone, human chorionic gonadotrophin (HCG), that is released by the developing embryo. You can take this test at home, at your doctor’s consulting rooms or at a Family Planning Clinic.

A positive home pregnancy test taken after you have missed a period means that you are pregnant. There is no need for any further testing to confirm this.

If you suspect that you are pregnant but the pregnancy urine test was negative you can repeat the test a few days later. You are more likely to get an accurate result if you take the test first thing in the morning when your urine is most concentrated.

For a tiny number of women, urine testing will give a false negative response i.e. you are pregnant but the test says you are not. If you have other signs and symptoms of pregnancy, but keep getting a negative response from urine testing, you can visit a doctor who will arrange for a blood test to confirm pregnancy.


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