The double line, the blue line ... these are the happiest moments! But how do home pregnancy tests work? Essentially they detect the presence of hCG (human chorionic gonadotrophin) - the pregnancy hormone that your body starts producing as soon as a fertilised egg has implanted itself in your uterus.

When you’re looking for an at-home test, make sure you look for one that asks you to take it on the first day your period is due. Tests that detect lower hCG levels (mIU/mL) are more sensitive, so more accurate earlier in your cycle.

If you get a negative result, it may still be worth testing again or visiting your doctor too - especially if you’re not sure about your cycle or have recently stopped using your contraceptive. If you wait or re-test a week past your due period date, you should get a more accurate result.

For other tips about what pregnancy tests to take or to have a chat about your symptoms, feel free to give me a call, email or live chat.

Until next time, good luck!
- Deb