Home pregnancy tests have become commonplace. A woman can find out if she is pregnant within minutes and anytime of the day or night. Some tests boast they can detect a pregnancy the first day of a missed period. But how accurate are these tests? Can you really know if you are pregnant the day you should have gotten your period? Two Types of Pregnancy Tests There are two basic types of pregnancy tests: blood tests and urine tests. Both tests determine pregnancy by detecting the presence of human chonrionic gonadotrophin (hCG), the hormone that is present in a woman only after an embryo attaches itself to the uterine wall. Once this happens, hCG levels rise quickly and continue to rise each day. Blood tests must be completed by a doctor and are typically more accurate than urine tests. Blood tests can normally detect pregnancy as early as six to eight days after ovulation. This is because blood tests can detect a very small amount of hCG. A quantitative blood test will measure th...
This past weekend, the New York Times published an article
by Pamela Paul called “ With Child, With Cancer .” I had to set it aside for several days before
I could bring myself to read it. When I finally did, I was very moved, equally
surprised and left with many unanswered questions.
I did not enjoy being pregnant. I was plagued with constant, low level
nausea, heartburn and crushing fatigue for the duration of my pregnancies. I
was also affected by what I later learned was ante-natal depression (this
lifted almost immediately upon giving birth. My spouse swears that my first
post-partum words were, “I’m so happy not to be pregnant anymore!” He exaggerates only slightly). I also found
myself to be in a constant fog (not unlike the effects of chemotherapy) and
that coherent thought was often just beyond my reach.
During those periods, deciding what to eat for breakfast was
a challenge. I cannot imagine having to deal with the...
HIV hasn't disappeared. The numbers are still haunting. Half of all new HIV infections occur in people under the age of 25. This equates with 2 new infections every hour of every day in this population. The good news is that early detection of the disease will make treatment more successful, and testing is a relatively easy and cheap (often free) process. By testing yourself now, you not only help yourself, you also protect those around you from becoming infected. Should I Get Tested? In a lecture on AIDS, an infectious disease specialist was asked how he determined whether to test a patient for HIV. The specialist replied, "My policy is, if they have a sexual organ, I test "em." In other words, everyone who has sex is at risk of getting HIV. You should consider getting tested if you: Are sexually active, regardless of your sexual orientation or number of partners Have ever used intravenous drugs or shared needles Have ever had a blood transfusion, particularly if ...
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