If you suspect that you might be pregnant confirm it as soon as you can. Pregnancy can be confirmed by a blood or urine test and by internal examination.

urine test

A urine test will detect human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) which is produced by your body from early pregnancy. They can be performed at the hospital, doctor’s surgery or family planning clinic. The local chemist may also have a testing service although you will usually have to pay a small charge for this. Many women choose to use a home pregnancy testing kit.

some tips on home pregnancy testing

Home pregnancy tests are generally reliable and easy to use. Usually the end of the stick should be dipped into your urine flow when you go to the toilet. Always read the instructions carefully and follow them to the letter for a reliable result. It is advisable to buy a double test pack if you can. Most recommend that you do a second test a few days after the first to confirm the result. This applies regardless of whether it is positive or negative. A twin pack of tests will be cheaper than buying two separately.

blood test

This will be performed by your GP. It also detects HCG but this time in your blood stream.

internal examination

This is a very reliable means of detecting pregnancy. It can be a little uncomfortable but it isn’t likely to be painful. Your doctor will be able to see that your uterus is enlarged and that the effect of the pregnancy hormones has tinged your cervix and vagina a purplish colour.