At the end of this week, mother nature should be knocking on your door, but this time around, you didn’t get your period. And you certainly have noticed symptoms similar to those of PMS, like fatigue and irritability. Everything indicates, however, that you’re pregnant!  

Any woman can go into a pharmacy, buy a pregnancy test, and take it the day after her period is late. Since there are plenty of options in the market, read the labels attentively, and make sure to follow the steps provided by the manufacturer. 

Ideally, you want to use the first urine of the day. Because it is the most concentrated form of urine, the test might detect even the smallest quantities of human chorionic gonadotropin hormone (hCG), which is produced by the placenta when you’ve been pregnant for approximately ten days. Most pregnancy tests will have you pee directly on one end of the stick and wait a couple of minutes. Generally speaking, you know you’re pregnant when two vertical lines show up on the test. 

If the urine test is negative and your period remains irregular or still late, it’s worth repeating the at-home test after a couple of days. In any event, try to schedule an appointment with your OB-GYN. Over-the-counter tests tend to be pretty precise, but the urine exam your doctor will request and send to the lab will confirm the presence of the hCG hormone in your urine.  

There are two different types of blood tests to confirm your pregnancy: the qualitative, which detects the presence of hCG, and the quantitative, which measures the concentration of hCG and allows the doctor to have a better idea of when your gestation began.