Pregnancy tests

What is a pregnancy test?

Do you think that you might be pregnant? A pregnancy test can be taken after your first missed period or as early as 20-24 days after suspected contraception. Pregnancy tests are performed by checking for levels of the pregnancy hormone (hCG) in a blood or urine sample. This test is performed in the office and the results are available in less than twenty minutes. Keep in mind that the levels of the pregnancy hormone are easier to detect the longer after conception you perform your test. Therefore, while it is possible for the levels to be detected (test is positive) as soon as 20-24 days after conception, tests are more likely to be accurate after your first missed period. 

If you think you might be pregnant, read on to learn about the symptoms. 

What are the early symptoms of pregnancy?

The following symptoms are most common:

  • Missed menstrual cycle
  • Nausea
  • Breast swelling or tenderness
  • Increased urination
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Feeling more or less hungry than usual
  • Having new food aversions or preferences


Patient First offers convenient pregnancy tests at our urgent care centers. You can visit any Patient First center from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., any day of the week – no appointment is needed.