When to Take a Pregnancy Test

on Aug 09, 2012

by Prabha Sahgal, MD

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When to Take a Pregnancy Test

Trying to conceive? Anxious to take a pregnancy test? Find out when is the optimum time to take a pregnancy test based on these 4 early signs of pregnancy.

The prospect of having a child is a major step in a couple’s life, and most of the time it comes with great excitement. Whether you are trying to have a baby, or you are simply worried that you might have gotten pregnant, you will want to know right away. If you are not sure when to take a pregnancy test, these are the 4 major signs that can indicate your pregnancy. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

Missed period

First of all, you will miss your period. This is the first sign that will make you wonder. However, when the fertilized egg gets implanted into the uterus, there might be some bleeding, called implantation bleeding. Implantation bleeding is usually seen as light spotting, but can be misconstrued by many women as a false period. Women who are actively trying to conceive may not wait until a period is missed, as today’s early-result pregnancy tests can detect pregnancy up to 5 days before a missed period.


Another very common sign of pregnancy is nausea. Often called morning sickness, you may find yourself feeling very nauseous all the time, not just in the mornings, and you will perceive smells more intense than before. The cause of the nausea is not entirely known, but it is believed to be brought about by the hormonal changes taking place or by an imbalance in blood sugar.


Another sign that it may be time to take a pregnancy test is fatigue. You may feel tired all the time, yet you will not feel much perkier even after you rest. Fatigue is a very common symptom, and if you feel tired for no apparent reason, you should consider the other signs of pregnancy and perhaps buy a pregnancy test. The sheer exhaustion is caused by the increased levels of the hormone progesterone, which literally can put you to sleep while at the same time, lower blood sugar levels, lower blood pressure and increased blood production together drain your energy.

Breast tenderness

Finally, if your breasts feel sore, if they hurt or they seem swollen, this is another sign that you might be expecting. The reason for breast tenderness are the changes beginning to take place in your breasts to produce breastmilk upon birth.

Even if you have noticed some signs that you might be expecting, the best thing is to wait for your period to pass. If you take a pregnancy test sooner than your missed period, the result may give you a false negative, leaving you wondering whether you are truly pregnant or not, causing a possibly unnecessary emotional upheaval for the trying to conceive woman which can be alleviated simply by being patient on taking the pregnancy test.

You can find pregnancy tests in any pharmacy or drug store. Generally, pregnancy tests show the human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) hormone in your blood or urine. The ones you use at home check for the hormone in your urine, so there are no needles involved. They are very easy to use and the results are 95-99% accurate. Regardless of the result, you should make an appointment with your healthcare provider, to verify the results.

You may also try our handy Pregnancy Test Calculator in order to determine the most optimal days to take a pregnancy test.

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Dr. Prabha Sahgal MD, is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology and subspecialty board certified in reproductive endocrinology and infertility. Dr. Sahgal holds a B.S. degree from MIT in molecular biology and currently serves on the ConceiveEasy board of directors.

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  • AmyTins

    I fertile days where on 9th march and i had sex with my boyfriend, am now feeling some pregnancy symptoms. Is it too early to get tested?

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  • Dr. Renee Hanton, MD

    The best time to take a home pregnancy test is after you have missed your period. Waiting at least 12-14 days after possible conception is the best time to get the most accurate results. If your cycles are irregular or you don’t chart your cycles, I wouldn’t take a test until you’ve past the longest menstrual cycle you usually have. You may also opt for a blood test administered in a doctor’s office or lab can be taken a bit earlier, but again waiting until after a missed period will give the most accurate results.

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  • danini

    I have irregular periods. But i havent seen a period since oct 2013 and here it is two days before christmas. I took a pregnancy test but it was neg. I have the symptoms including wat i thougjt was implantation bleeding. What i want to kno is could i pregnant

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  • JodyMceary

    Hi my name is jody i wanted to ask a question i got my tubes tied in 2009 my son i 4yrs old and i was wondering it is 2014 and i came on in january but i did’nt come on in febuary and march and i been having pregnancy symptoms my breast is really sore my tummy be itching breast be itching breast tender what should i do go to the doctor or hospital pregnancy test came out negative.

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  • Chikondi

    Morning Dr, I had a myomectomy in October and had my periods last month which started on 15th and my next period was supposed to start on 13. I had sex with hubby but used a condom. what are the possibilities of me being pregnant?

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  • marialo

    I took 4 pregnancy tests all positive but how do i know if its false since im taking conceive easy

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  • courious

    I was suppose to get my period on march 1. Never came. I was having feelings for throwing up, smells were bothering me and very tired. On march 4 I took a clearblue pregnancy test and it said pregnant. 6 days later I had dark brown spotting and following day heavy period and next day very light period. What does this indicate ?

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  • Angel Helms

    I am on the pill Mononessa and have been for several months. About a week and a half after my last period my husband and I had unprotected sex and I forgot my pill that night. I have taken it regularly since then. Lately I have been having slight cramping but it’s almost unnoticeable most of the time. Since the cramping began i have been more tired than usual and now my period is 2-3 days early and extremely light compared to normal. Should I be concerned? If I do take a pregnancy test should I worry about a false positive?

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