When Can I Take a Pregnancy Test?

on Jul 21, 2012

by Monica Scott

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There are lots of pregnancy tests available, so, if you believe you might be pregnant, don't hesitate to get one to find an answer fast.

Most people agree that pregnancy tests are some of the greatest inventions ever, as they provide a quick answer to an extremely crucial question: are we going to be parents? Some are anxious to see the two pink lines, because they have been waiting for a positive result for a long time. Others may be scared, because a child was not what they have planned for now. For either case, a pregnancy test will determine quite accurately, until you get to see your doctor, whether you should start looking for a baby crib or not. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here!

Am I pregnant?

Did you miss your last period/periods?
Do you feel tired?
Are you experiencing nausea?
Are you experiencing soreness or enlargement of breasts?

If the answers to the questions above are yes, then you need to buy a home pregnancy test. For accuracy, you need to wait until you have missed a period, but sometimes it feels like it is going to take ages. If you cannot wait that long, then count 14 days from the moment you think you have conceived. The latest tests are more sensitive and they can provide an accurate answer without having to wait for so many days.

How do pregnancy tests work?

Pregnancy tests can be performed using urine or blood samples. There are special markers that react to these fluids and can tell you if you are pregnant or not. However, with home tests, you can only use urine samples and you need to follow the instructions correctly to prevent false negatives or false positives. Of course, after taking the test at home, it is advisable that you check it with your gynecologist. He will perform more tests, such as obstetric ultrasonography or other laboratory tests, based on blood samples.

Home pregnancy tests – easy, cheap, & private

The mechanisms behind pregnancy tests are simple. They detect the presence of a hormone that appears inside the women’s body as soon as the newly formed embryo attaches to the uterus. Some people doubt the accuracy of the urine tests, but they need to know that these tests are around 97% accurate if all the instructions are followed correctly. More than that, they are popular because:

you can use them at home;
you get more privacy than going to the doctor;
the result is fast;
they are extremely easy to use.

Blood pregnancy tests

Blood pregnancy tests are even more efficient than urine tests. They can show the results earlier than the urine test, within 10 days since fertilization. They can also detect certain pregnancy related problems. On the other hand, they are quite expensive and need to be done in a clinic.

False positives / False negatives

Even if they are highly accurate, sometimes, the results of these tests can be false positive or false negative. A situation like this can occur:

if there are some chemical interferences due to medication;
due to an early miscarriage;
if the test is not used properly.

There are lots of pregnancy tests available, so, if you believe you might be pregnant, don’t hesitate to get one to find an answer fast.
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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.

  • m

    Hi, My last menstrual period started on 11/11/2012. My cycle is usually 28-29 days long. It’s been shorter and longer but it generally stays at the 28-29 level and is pretty regular. I believe I ovulated on 11/24/12 or 11/25/12 based on the ovulation kit. My question is; when would a Quantitative blood pregnancy test be positive? I’m very confused by all of the conflicting information on the web concerning Ovulation, Fertilization and Implantation. Thanks.

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  • Jamie_Harrington

    I believe you can do blood tests 10 days after fertilization – sooner than at-home tests. I just ordered the ConceiveEasy Kit with the free tests, so I am excited to try! I think with those ones you have to wait until you have missed a period or at least 14 days for accurate results.

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  • Bianca Harvey92

    Hi I’m wondering, my last period was Jan 14 so I was ovulating end of Jan and I had sex then. I did a pregnancy test on Sunday and was negative, I’ve missed period and I have sore breast, back ache, little discharge, tired and I’m wondering could I be pregnant and when should I test? I worked out I would be 4 weeks and 4 days if I was pregnant. anyone help?

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  • Dr. Prabha Sahgal, MD

    There is a possibility that you are pregnant since you have missed your period and you are experiencing a lot of pregnancy symptoms. The negative pregnancy test result is probably due to the amount of hCG not being high enough for a positive result. You may want to have a blood test done in order to accurately tell the result as blood tests are more sensitive and can detect hCG in your bloodstream as early as 6-8 days after ovulation. You can have this test done from your doctor or from a hospital lab.

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  • Monica Scott, RN

    Blood pregnancy tests are more sensitive than urine test thus; it can accurately detect pregnancy as early as 6 to 8 days after your ovulation cycle.

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  • MoeLove

    * Hey I really need to know whats going on with me im only 19 and a senior in school and i haven’t seen my period since Oct. 4, 2013 and its now Nov. 20, 2013 I need to know whats going on with me.

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  • tyl

    Hi, My husband and I have been trying to have another child for the past 5 years. This is the first month that I am late. I am on a 24 day cycle, or at least have been since August. I was supposed to start on Friday and today is Sunday. I usually start early in the morning almost every month, so it would be thursday going into friday. Anyhow, I have not yet started. I feel “different” this month, and I did take a test yesterday and it came back negative. I would like to know when should I test for a more accurate result? I do not want to keep taking tests if I can just have a better time as to when to wait to take one. Thank you.

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  • Lettey Olive Guzman

    I had my last period on April 9,2014 . I’ve been taking fertility supplements since March . I’m almost a week late took one pregnancy test last week and it came back negative.i have all the signs of being pregnant .i don’t wanna go to the doctor to ask for a blood test and it comes back negative .i will look silly.

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  • becky

    Hi the last time I had a period was June 8 I get a period every 8th its been regular no surprises until now I took a test July 6 and its negative today is the July 8 is it too early the symptoms I have is nausea I’m nauseated all the time

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  • carol138

    Hi I recently went of birth control. I have been off the pill for a month and a week however, have not gotten my period. Usually I am very regular but do know that women who go off the pill may experience amenorrhea. I am a few days late according to my usual birth control cycle and test negative for pregnancy. However, I don’t know if I should test again or does this confirm I am not pregnant? My husband I want to conceive but I know this is early but I am confused and overwhelmed on the available information regarding this issue. Thank you.

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  • priya

    I met ma bf on 30th sep.2015… My periods got over on 29th sep2015..we dint eject… Is there any chances of pregnancy and when shud i gets pregnancy test..

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  • Hnky

    God I hope not …please don’t breed

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  • A

    Hello my last menstrual period started on 13/5/2016 and tried to convience a pregnant last ovulation period. In this month no menstruation and used the pregency test but only light line in pregency test and double dark line at ovulation test. It may be pregnant?

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