When Is the Pregnancy Test Positive

When Is the Pregnancy Test Positive

When can you get a positive pregnancy test?

The only time you can get a positive pregnancy test is after implantation. The fertilized egg implants in the endometrium about nine days after ovulation. At the time of implantation, the placenta is formed. The placenta then begins to produce hCG, the pregnancy hormone, and sends it throughout the blood stream. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

Once those hCG levels get high enough to be detected by a pregnancy test, that is when the pregnancy test will show up as positive. Usually, you can get a positive result on a blood pregnancy test within 3 to 4 days of implantation, and you can get a positive result on a home urine pregnancy test a little later.

An at home pregnancy test usually doesn’t show up as positive until it is time for a woman to miss her period. This is because it takes that long for the hCG to build up in the body to a point that it can be detected by a home pregnancy test.

How to tell if a pregnancy test is positive

There are several different pregnancy tests out there, and each one works the same, but they do display results in different ways. There are digital tests, which are very easy to read. They simply tell you “pregnant” or “not pregnant”, easy as that. There really isn’t any guesswork involved. Other tests, however, can be a bit more tricky to figure out.

Some tests use “lines” to tell you if you are pregnant, as in, one line for not pregnant, two lines for pregnant. Some tests use a plus or minus sign to tell you if the test is positive or negative. The important thing to remember is to read the instructions very carefully so you know what sort of result you are looking for. Make sure that you understand your test so you can understand the results.

What ifs?

There are many “what ifs” that surround pregnancy tests, and there is a lot of room for error. The most important thing to remember, as mentioned before, is to really pay attention to what you are doing and read the instructions.

Also, remember that even if the lines, plus sign, or pregnancy symbol shows up very faintly, it is still a positive. Also, remember the timing. If you get a negative test and you still think that you might possibly be pregnant, wait a few days and test again.

Your body might not have had enough time to build up the hCG in your body, and you might need to give it more time. Of course, if you ever have questions about whether or not a test is positive, it might be a good idea to see your doctor and get some advice from him or her.

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Maureen Stephens, BS, RN
Maureen Stephens, BS, RN | ConceiveEasy
Ms. Stephens has spent over twenty years in the healthcare world, specializing in obstretical and medical/surgical nursing. She joined ConceiveEasy as she has a strong interest in educating and empowering women and promoting fertility awareness.