Home Pregnancy Tests

The currently used method to confirm pregnancy depends on the detection of the hormone human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG), which is present in the blood and urine of a pregnant woman. The hCG hormone is produced by the placenta in increasing amounts within 10 days after fertilization. The home pregnancy test kit detects this hormone in the urine of the pregnant woman.

An absence of a menstrual period in a sexually active female is usually the first reason to do a pregnancy test. Many women may experience some symptoms and signs of pregnancy as early as 5 to 6 weeks after the first day of their last menstrual period, provided she has a regular menstrual cycle.  These may include:

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What you need to know about Urodynamic Studies

What is this test?

This is a test to assess bladder function and will involve the evaluation of the bladder during the filling, storing and emptying of the urine.

Why is it needed?

This test will provide information about your urinary problems and may help identify the cause. This will also help the doctor in choosing the best therapy for you.

How to prepare for the test?

You may eat or drink or take your regular prescribed medications prior to the test. The test is performed with a full bladder. There is no need to empty your bladder just before the test unless instructed by the nurse. Inform the nurse if you are unable to hold your full bladder any longer while waiting for your turn. The test can be done even if you are having your period unless it is very heavy on the day of the test. Please discuss this with your doctor. Please be punctual.

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