Can You Get a Positive Pregnancy Test One Week After Sex?

Is It Possible to Get a Positive Pregnancy Test One Week After Sex?

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Technology is improving constantly and it is becoming easier and easier to learn if you are pregnant soon after you conceive. Many women are looking for ways to discover if they are pregnant even faster than before and pregnancy tests have been able to provide answers before a missed period. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

However, for those who are trying to become pregnant, it is tempting to attempt to take a pregnancy test very soon after having sex. After all, you’ve worked so hard at tracking your ovulation, whether you were taking your basal body temperature daily, taking ovulation predictor kits (OPKs), or used a fertility app. Then you and your partner worked hard at timing intercourse to ovulation, careful to assume the best sex positions for pregnancy. And now you have to wait… Unfortunately, the results that you will see one week after having sex will not be accurate. Most pregnancy tests offer a 99% accuracy reading after a period has been missed.

While it is possible to take a pregnancy test early, the accurate results are greatly diminished before a period is missed. The reason for this is that the hormone that signals the pregnancy test to provide a positive reading, increases as the pregnancy progresses. Because of this, there may not be enough of it present early on in a pregnancy to trigger the positive reading.

When you think that you may be pregnant, it is best to wait the specified amount of time, according to the directions for the pregnancy test, before using it. This way you will know that you are receiving accurate results and not a false positive.

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Monica Scott, BS, RN
Monica Scott, BS, RN | ConceiveEasy
Ms. Scott joined ConceiveEasy after working in prenatal obstetrical care for two years in a private practice before being promoted to Director of Nursing. She has a strong interest in women's health with an emphasis on promoting fertility awareness.