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...
For most women, missing a period is one of the first signs of pregnancy that women notice. For others, irregular periods make it difficult to know when a period should start and when it has been missed. There are, however, a number of early signs that can signal the need for a pregnancy test or a visit to the doctor. Missed period Most women begin wondering about pregnancy when they have missed their period. However, a number of women have irregular periods or do not keep track of their periods. For these women, some of the other symptoms may signal a pregnancy. Some women may experience spotting (explained below) or light bleeding, and mistakenly think they have gotten a lighter than normal period. Sore, swollen or tender breasts Initially, women may have a soreness or tenderness in their breasts similar to the feeling before they get their period and as days go on, the feeling increases. This can begin as early as when someone is one to two weeks pregnant. For some, thi...
Why it stinks:
1) Cancer’s not fair. “Hey–I don’t smoke, seldom drink, exercise regularly, eat right, and I get cancer? What’s up with that?”
2) When you have cancer, you feel your body has turned against you. It’s not like a virus or
bacterial infection, or something attacking from outside; it’s your own cells, attacking one another from within, creating an internal battleground.
3) Cancer can change your appearance. Big time. Not only does your topography change with a lumpectomy or mastectomy , your geography may change if you’ve had reconstruction–Wait a sec, that’s not where my belly button used to be! And of course, there’s the loss of your hair, which makes visible parts of yourself you may never have seen before (your naked skull), let alone revealed for all the world to see.
4) Cancer isn’t a disease you can easily forget. Your breast, whether all or part of it’s missing, is all it takes to remind you about cancer every morning in the shower.
5) Unless you have good he...
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