Reasons for pregnancy testing

Carol RoachStarred Page By Carol Roach, 12th Jun 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Becoming a mother can be the most amazing thing in the world, or it can also be one of the most devastating as well. There are Montreal women who plan to have children and then there are women who don't. Either way it is better to know as soon as possible whether or not a baby is on the way.

Lack of menstruation

Some Montreal women don't menstruate, but are still not pregnant

If the woman is pregnant, there are different things going on in the body that will give an indication, such as a lost period. However, women can cease to menstruate for various reasons. Women will low body wait such as athletes or women suffering from medical conditions such as anorexia nervosa may not have a period.

Signs of Pregnancy

Signs of pregnancy

Hormone fluctuations will cause other early signs besides the missed period which include tender breasts, vomiting, dizziness, and vertigo.
If any of these signs occur it would be wise to get a pregnancy test right away, so that if the woman wants to keep the baby she will begin a healthy regime under the care of a doctor. If she does not want to keep the baby and is deciding on aborting it the sooner the procedure is done the better for all concerned.

Paternity testing

Paternity testing

Sometimes Montreal women want to keep the baby but have been with several partners and it would require that the males in question take a DNA paternity test to determine the father.

Again, it would be important for the male partners to get a paternity test if the woman is single and is planning on keeping the baby since she will want child support. Men, who are uncertain that they are the true fathers of the baby, may refuse testing claiming the baby is not theirs or they may demand testing to assure that the baby is theirs before they agree to support the child.

Sometimes certain men may not believe the woman is pregnant at all. They may believe she is just trying to manipulate them into marriage. This may occur in situations where they men are rich or in high profile positions. They too might ask for a pregnancy test before entering into a premature marriage.

Surrogacy and pregnancy tests

Surrogacy and pregnancy tests

In terms of surrogacy the family who cannot conceive will often require a pregnancy test to determine legitimacy of the pregnancy. Home pregnancy tests are easy and affordable. The better quality home pregnancy tests can indicate a pregnancy the day after sexual intercourse. If the woman tests positive she will need to be seen by a doctor.

On the other hand, if the pregnancy test is negative; yet, the surrogate is experiencing some symptoms of pregnancy, again she must see a doctor to determine if the pregnancy test was erroneous or she has some other undiagnosed medical condition. Often time especially in the case of surrogacy the legal parents to be will require a professional pregnancy test done at a hospital or DNA test center just to make sure the surrogate is really pregnant and they are not wasting their time nor their money.

How pregnancy tests work

How pregnancy tests work

Regardless of the type of pregnancy test (lab versus home) they all are looking for the same thing. They are looking for a special hormone found in the urine. This hormone is called chorionic gonadotropin (kohr-ee-ON-ihk goh-NAD-uh-TROH-puhn), or hCG, or by its common name, the pregnancy hormone.

Chorionic gonadotropin is produced about six days after the egg and sperm unite, and the it will imbed in the placenta; however in some cases it could take longer. In 10 percent of women, the hormone could appear only after the first day of a missed period. As the pregnancy continues, chorionic gonadotropin continues to build up in the body as well.

Types of Pregnancy Tests

Types of pregnancy tests

The pregnancy can be determined by a urine test for the woman, or a blood test. Urine tests can be done at home, but the blood test is done in a medical facility. Blood tests will pick up the chorionic gonadotropin hormone about eight days after the woman ovulates. There are two types of blood tests as well.

Quantitative blood test

A quantitative blood test will use monoclonal antibodies to detect the amount of chorionic gonadotropin present in the blood stream.

Qualitative blood test

A qualitative blood test is just looking for the presence of chorionic gonadotropin in the blood stream and can accurately pick up even the tiniest amounts. This particular test does not have as much information as the quantitative blood test, it will just give a yes or not answer.

Waiting time and ovulation variances

Don't be over zealous and try to test the results too soon as you might not get a proper reading, wait at least 10 minutes for the most accurate results.

Testing first thing in the morning when the chorionic gonadotropin hormone is strongest is the preferred time. Also though pregnancy tests claim to be 99 percent accurate, they are not always successful in determining a pregnancy in the earliest stages. They are most effective one week after a missed period.

Ovulation variances

Women ovulate at different times, and to make it even more complicated, the fertilized egg will implant in the uterus at different times of the month as well. The chorionic gonadotropin hormone is only present after the first day of a missed period. The10 percent of women who get pregnant at a later time, will need to wait at least one week after a missed period to check for accuracy of pregnancy results.

Even the brand of home pregnancy tests make a different. Let's face it like everything else in life some brands are better than others.

Best Brands

Best Brands

Regardless of the instruction time wait 10 minutes for results for the most accurate reading

First Response Early Result Pregnancy Test
Clearblue Easy Digital Pregnancy Test
ClearPlan Easy Ovulation Test Pack

When to see a doctor after using a home pregnancy test

If your home pregnancy test indicates a pregnancy see your doctor immediately for a confirmation. The laboratory tests are more sensitive and will be accompanied by a pelvic exam and other indicators of pregnancy. It also important to get followup treatment after the pregnancy is confirmed by your doctor.

Can pregnancy tests be inaccurate?

Yes, if you test too early they may not pick up on the pregnancy because they are not sensitive enough to detect the chorionic gonadotropin hormone. Always take a second test about a week later, just too make sure.

Drugs or medication

Normally drugs or medication do not produce a false negative on the pregnancy test, but drugs that do have the chorionic gonadotropin hormone will be more likely to create a false negative, these drugs are fertility drugs.

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author avatar Lady Aiyanna
12th Jun 2015 (#)

Only a whore would be a single mother not a decent woman and she will officiate her offspring with hatred not love as she is left with the burden of her right to conjugal life because there is no love just the duty to make a baby.

None the less, I am one proud mama of my child born within wedlock and proudly named after the Sun too. Yes, within the Sun, Moon, Stars too. Oh its the same with my mother who is now a widow after over 25 years of marriage and we are all born within wedlock not bastard kids aka god knows who the father is kids.

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author avatar Lady Aiyanna
12th Jun 2015 (#)

We are all legally wed wives. Not of the modern day co-habitation and reproduction like rabbits and move to the next, it is only seen in brothels.

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author avatar Lady Aiyanna
12th Jun 2015 (#)

It happens when immoral mums tell their teenage unwed daughters its okay to experiment with boys and then end up becoming grandmums at 26. Well truth is when they are born in brothels they are raised as such even they are outside them living in mansions because horsing around is their way of life.

I would never do that to my teenage daughter if I had one, but would sex train her from a young age. I know I trained my child at age 6 and I am not the typical single mum, am still married just living apart.

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