At The Local Choice, we are passionate about the availability of quality healthcare within our communities. This includes reproductive health, family planning, and paediatric care. For this reason, we not only stock an extensive range of products but also boast selected locations that offer superb clinic services geared towards the whole family. Whether you are thinking of falling pregnant and growing your family, or if you already are expecting, we warmly invite you to pop in for advice on everything from nutrition during pregnancy to baby wellness. We also do pregnancy testing and will be there for you during every phase of your journey forward.
For more information on what this test entails, keep reading below.
How Pregnancy Testing Works
When a woman falls pregnant (that is, a fertilised egg implants itself into the uterine wall), her body begins to produce a hormone called human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG). After fertilisation, it takes about six days before hCG is produced, and thereafter, the amount found in the body rises and doubles every few days. Testing is available in two forms: a blood or urine test.
There are two types of blood tests when testing for pregnancy. One is a qualitative Beta-hCG test (or BhCG), which simply measures whether or not the hCG hormone is present in the bloodstream, indicating whether a woman is pregnant or not. The other is a quantitative test (also called BhCG) which checks how much of the hormone is present. The latter test is useful along with other tests to determine possible concerns or problems during pregnancy.
Urine tests, on the other hand, are remarkably more common, and many women choose to buy an at-home urine testing kit simply because it is faster and more convenient. This kit includes a test stick which a woman can hold under her urine stream or dip into a cup containing her urine. After a few minutes, a positive or negative result will form on the display. It is imperative, however, to follow the instructions. Accuracy also depends upon the sensitivity of the test, where you are in your cycle, and how soon after fertilisation you tested. False positives and negatives are also possible, and this might happen in the case of an expired testing kit, not following the instructions, testing too soon, or testing urine that is too diluted with other fluids. Diuretics and antihistamines can also influence the outcome.
Pay One of Our Clinics a Visit
Not only do we do pregnancy testing, but our reproductive health and family planning services have been developed to support you. We also have baby clinics at selected locations where you can bring your little one in for immunisations, vaccine administering, and advice on baby wellness. We assist valued customers with nutritional advice, Failure to Thrive (FTT) charts, and even emergency nebulising facilities.
Give your family the best chance at health and wellbeing by partnering with The Local Choice. For more information on our products and services, don’t hesitate to contact us.