Well, can you take a pregnancy test while bleeding ? Yes. Home pregnancy tests measure the level of hCG, or human chorionic gonadotropin, in your urine. This hormone, only produced during a pregnancy, is also present in the blood. As long as you use the pregnancy test according to the instructions, the test should return an accurate result.
Ideally, you want to use a home pregnancy test without blood. However, if you’re bleeding, there could be three reasons. Let’s take a look at why blood could be appear in urine.
- Your Menstrual Cycle
You may not be pregnant; the blood in your urine may be the beginning of your menstrual cycle. The easiest way to determine if this is the case is to simply wait a few days; if the bleeding continues, becomes heavier, and seems like your regular cycle, it likely is.
- Implantation Bleeding
Implantation bleeding occurs in approximately 30% of pregnancies. After your fertilized egg attaches itself to the uterine wall, you may experience mild cramping and light bleeding. This bleeding typically resolves itself in short order—in about a week or less.
- A Miscarriage
Unfortunately, bleeding can also sometimes indicate a pregnancy loss. If you’ve been experiencing any signs of pregnancy such as nausea, fatigue, or moodiness and then experience bleeding, it may be time to call your doctor or midwife.
In cases of implantation bleeding and miscarriage, the home test should test positive because hCG levels will be present in your blood, just follow the procedures as closely as you can. You take a pregnancy test while bleeding, but once a home pregnancy test returns a positive result, you should schedule an appointment with your OB or midwife to confirm the results with a blood test. While home tests use hCG levels in the urine to confirm pregnancy, a blood test can measure more specific levels and determine if the levels are rising or falling over a series of tests taken over several days.