ATTENTION FEMALES OF THE WORLD:
You know those over-the-counter home pregnancy tests? Those little sticks you pee on when you miss a period? Well guess what? Those are the exact same tests* that we use to test your pee when you come bustling into the Urgent Care, demanding a “more accurate” pregnancy test to “confirm” the 2-8 tests you’ve already done at home.
*Only difference is, we get to bill you/your insurance exorbitant amounts of money for the test supply and performance. Yay.
And don’t get me started on the “But, but, but I want a BLOOD pregnancy test!” blather. Yes, there is such a thing (it’s called a serum HCG test), but the only medically-useful one is the Quantitative HCG (which is used to determine HOW MUCH pregnancy hormone is in a pregnant woman, especially in cases of suspected miscarriage or ectopic pregnancy). The Qualitative HCG (“Yes” or “No”) is no more accurate than the urine HCG test that you already used — although it can be useful in situations where the urine HCG test is “inconclusive”.
TRANSLATION: YOU DO PEE TEST AT HOME, IT SAY “YES” OR “NO” PREGGO, YOU NO WASTE YOU MONEY AND MY TIME WITH SAME TEST IN CLINIC.