How Soon Can I Take a Pregnancy Test

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How soon to test?

When you are trying to conceive, the wait from ovulation to the time to take a pregnancy test can be brutal. Usually referred to as the “two week wait”, the two weeks between ovulation day and the day a woman is supposed to start her period can be full of wonder and worry. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

A woman might wonder if she is pregnant, and might even begin to think that she is already experiencing pregnancy symptoms. She might worry if she really is pregnant or not, and might long to know the answer once and for all. So, the question is, how soon is too soon to take a home pregnancy test?

The Experts Say

Most experts recommend waiting until a missed period to ensure the most accurate pregnancy test results. However, if you are a woman that has ever been through the brutal two week wait, you probably already know that waiting that long is easier said than done.

According to experts, it is highly uncommon for any woman to be able to obtain an accurate result on a home pregnancy test any day prior to six days past ovulation. Therefore, women should wait at least that long to test.

The amount of hCG that is needed for a woman to be considered pregnant is 5mIU/ml. The most sensitive pregnancy tests on the market can detect hCG levels of around 6mIU/ml, so there really is no way to tell if you are pregnant before that.

What’s The Best Time?

Of course, the optimal time to test is on the first day of a missed period, or later. However, some sensitive pregnancy tests, like the Clearblue Advanced Digital Response Test or the First Response Gold Digital Test can be used as soon as four days before a missed period, or six days before a missed period, respectively.

Just keep in mind that the longer you wait to test, the more accurate results you will have. It is possible to take a pregnancy test too early and not have enough hCG in the body to be detected. If you take a pregnancy test too soon, and think that you have gotten a false negative result, wait a few days and test again.

If the results still are not what you think they should be, you can always see a doctor and have a blood pregnancy test done for your peace of mind. Blood pregnancy tests can be done much sooner than home pregnancy tests.

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Dr. Christine Lee, MD
Dr. Christine Lee, MD | ConceiveEasy
Dr. Christine Lee earned her Ph.D. in Developmental Biology and Master of Science in Biomolecular Organization. Dr. Lee is Lab Director for ConceiveEasy and is board certified as a High Complexity Laboratory Director (HCLD).