Pregnancy tests are usually simple urine tests that show if a woman is pregnant. They test for a hormone called human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG). HCG is released when a fertilized egg attaches to the lining of the uterus. HCG is only found in a woman’s body if she is pregnant.
You can either take a home pregnancy test or go to a health care provider for one. Home pregnancy tests are sold in most drugstores .
If you take a home test, it’s important to follow all of the instructions in the package of the home pregnancy test. The results will be either positive — meaning pregnant — or negative — meaning not pregnant.
Health care providers can also test if you’re pregnant by testing your blood. But blood pregnancy tests aren’t done very often. This page focuses on urine pregnancy tests.
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