Health Care

Is an Ultrasound Better Than a Home Pregnancy Test?

In order to confirm a pregnancy, most women go for a home pregnancy test kit. This test kit looks for the pregnancy hormone called human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) in the woman’s urine to confirm a pregnancy. However, the home pregnancy tests are not as accurate as a blood test or an ultrasound test done by a doctor.

What is an Ultrasound?

 An ultrasound exam or ultrasonography test, also called the USG test, is a diagnostic test that can be used to confirm a pregnancy. The USG test uses high-frequency sound waves to produce images of the internal organs on a computer screen. Using this, the doctor can view the embryo inside your uterus.

Why is USG better than a Home Pregnancy Test?

 A USG test is better and much more accurate than a home pregnancy test. Sometimes, home pregnancy tests may not give accurate results if the amount of hCG in the urine is not high enough to detect a pregnancy. In addition, the qualitative home pregnancy tests can only confirm a positive or negative result for pregnancy. It cannot determine the age of the embryo or tell you if it is a normal uterine pregnancy.

The USG can accurately confirm a pregnancy. It can also confirm the age of the embryo and whether the pregnancy is a normal uterine pregnancy or an ectopic one. It can also give you an expected due date based on the foetal growth and age. Hence, an ultrasound is much better than a home pregnancy test to confirm that you are pregnant.

How is the Ultrasound Done?

 An ultrasound exam to confirm a pregnancy is usually transvaginal. This means that the ultrasound wand is inserted into the vagina to take pictures of the inside of the uterus and the embryo. You will have to lie on the examination table and bend your legs. The technician will place a protective cover on the ultrasound wand and apply warm lubricating jelly to it. She will then insert it about 2 to 3 inches into your vagina to take images of the uterus and the baby inside. The images are visible on a computer screen next to you, and the technician may point out the image of the embryo to you if you are pregnant.

How to Prepare for the Ultrasound?

 You should wear loose-fitting clothes that give easy access to your pelvic area. The technician will inform you in advance whether your bladder needs to be empty or full. You may need to empty your bladder before the test or drink water and refrain from passing urine until the test is done depending on the technician’s advice. This test is not painful, though it may cause minor discomfort. The procedure takes 15 to 30 minutes and the results are available within 24 hours.

When Do You Need Us?

 If you think you may be pregnant and want to confirm that via an ultrasound exam, Portea can help you take the USG test at home. Our trained technicians and medical professionals will come to your house at a time that is convenient to you and do the ultrasound exam. You can book the test online or via phone. The results will be emailed to you within 24 hours.

How Can We Help?

 If you do not want to go to a hospital and wait interminably in queues, use Portea’s home health care and at-home lab services to book a pregnancy ultrasound test. You can even request a female doctor or technician if you prefer. Our services are affordable and help you undergo the USG test at home, where your partner can also be present.

Summary

 A pregnancy ultrasound is much more thorough and accurate than a home pregnancy test to confirm a pregnancy. The ultrasound can determine whether the pregnancy is healthy and you can even view the image of the embryo on the computer screen. Use our at-home lab services to take the pregnancy ultrasound test in the comfort of your own home.