Take a Pregnancy Test

There are two kinds of pregnancy tests that can be taken, including home pregnancy tests and blood tests taken at a doctor's office. Find out how pregnancy tests look for the presence of HCG, or human chorionic gonadotropin hormone, with help from a labor and delivery nurse in this free video on pregnancy symptoms.

Part of the Video Series: Pregnancy & Childbirth

Video Transcript

My name is Josie Minks and I'm a labor and delivery nurse in Austin, Texas and I'm here to talk about how to take a pregnancy test. So there are two kinds of tests you can take. You can take one at your doctor's office, which is a blood test, and you can take that six to eight days after you have conceived to determine if you have HCG which is human chorionic gor...gonadotropin, a hormone that is, is in pregnancy. Or you could take a home pregnancy test which would take about a week and a week after your missed menstrual cycle and it also has that HCG, the human chorionic gonadotropin hormone. And you would buy it from the drug store, and you'd pee on the test and it would either show it's positive that you are pregnant, or negative, and you're not pregnant, and that is how you take a pregnancy test.

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