Pregnancy tests

Thinking that you might be pregnant could raise hopes or possible fears. Making sure you have the correct information one way or another as quickly as possible is crucial. Even though pregnancy tests are available at the store, one administered at a doctor’s office is a more accurate way to confirm your news. Although home pregnancy tests are usually accurate, confirming the results with a medical professional is important. Encino Commons will not only verify your results, but give you knowledgeable and trustworthy information about all your options on how you can proceed. For a more accurate urine or blood pregnancy test, see our caring staff at Encino Commons Urgent Care that provide a safe and comfortable environment for all our patients. We’re available seven days a week for all your health needs. No appointment is necessary. Walk-ins welcome. Check our online portal to book an appointment ahead of time and avoid wait times.

Types Of Pregnancy Tests


Pregnancy tests measure a hormone called human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG). The body starts producing HCG roughly six days after an egg has been fertilized. After that, the amount of hormones in the body will double about every two or three days.


Urine Test – A urine sample is taken for this type of test. Each brand and type is different and be aware that some may be more accurate than other ones. Follow the directions on the packaging. Taking more than one urine test is advised for more accurate results.


Blood Test – A blood sample is taken. This type of test is only available at the doctor or medical office. 

Pregnancy Symptoms 


Though everybody’s body is different, the symptoms that begin to appear if you are in fact pregnant can vary from person to person. Symptoms may include but are not limited to:


  • Missing a period

  • Fatigue

  • Cramps

  • Frequent urination

  • Nausea

  • Breast tenderness

How Soon Do Pregnancy Symptoms Appear?


It can take up to two weeks for the pregnancy hormone (HCG) to be detected.

Most pregnancy tests are fairly effective after a missed period, though waiting at least two weeks before testing will ensure the most accuracy. Taking a test too soon could give you a false negative and have you believing you aren’t pregnant when you may be.

That’s why seeing us at Encino Commons Urgent Care is important so we can perform blood tests that can detect the pregnancy hormone even before a missed period. Blood test may be your best option if you need early answers.


There are also early pregnancy tests that can be performed at home. Although generally accurate, these early-detection pregnancy tests can produce false results due to human error. It’s advised to have a second home test to confirm results. 


False Results


Though most tests are accurate, false readings are possible. This means that it may indicate that you are pregnant when you are not or vice versa. There are many reasons why you may get false results. These may include:


  • The test or test kit may be expired/too old.

  • You took the test too soon. Wait at least 14 days to do an at home pregnancy test

  • Directions were not followed carefully.

When Do I Take A Pregnancy Test?


It is recommended that you take pregnancy tests about a week after you miss a period. This is believed to be the best time in order to get more accurate results.bSince your HCG (pregnancy hormone) levels are at their highest first thing in the morning, this is usually the best time to take a pregnancy test. It’s commonly recommended that you take the test first thing in the morning because that’s when there is greater buildup of HCG in the urine. Avoid taking the test too early in your cycle because it can take up to two weeks after conception for the pregnancy hormone (HCG) to kick in. Ideally, you should wait at least two weeks after a missed period.

Our Staff Is Kind And Trustworthy


Encino Commons Urgent Care professionals are available every day of the week, including holidays, to provide fast, reliable urine and blood pregnancy tests. Our dedicated staff will help you get accurate results in a comfortable, supportive environment. If you’ve taken a pregnancy test and you want to confirm the results, it’s time to see a physician. You can get a blood test and urine test from our office that will measure your HCG levels fast and efficiently. No appointment is necessary. Walk-ins welcome. Check out our online portal to book an appointment ahead of time and avoid wait times. At Encino Commons Urgent Care, you’ll get pregnancy test results provided by our knowledgeable experts, along with professional medical advice. And there’s no long wait for a doctor’s appointment, either!

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