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Think You Might Be Pregnant?

Even with the most effective birth control methods, there’s always a chance for error. After all, it takes just one sperm to fertilize the egg. Finding out whether or not that’s happened is as easy as taking an over-the-counter (OTC) pregnancy test.

How soon can you take a pregnancy test?

You should wait to take a pregnancy test until the week after your missed period for the most accurate result.

If you don’t want to wait until you’ve missed your period, you should wait at least one to two weeks after you had sex. If you are pregnant, your body needs time to develop detectable levels of HCG. This typically takes seven to 12 days after successful implantation of an egg.

You may receive an inaccurate result if the test is taken too early in your cycle.

The Best Time of Day

The time of day you take a pregnancy test does matter to a certain extent. You’re more likely to get an accurate result if you take the test in the morning. This is especially true if your period is not yet late, or if your period is only a couple days late.

However, you can still take a pregnancy test in the middle of the day, or even at night. You’re just more likely to get a false-negative, especially if your period isn’t that late, and especially if you’ve been drinking a lot of water and your urine is diluted.

When You “Feel” Pregnant

You may decide to take a pregnancy test because you’re having early pregnancy symptoms, including:

Breast tenderness

Mild cramps (sometimes called “implantation cramps”)

Very light spotting (sometimes called “implantation spotting”)

Fatigue

Sensitivity to smells

Slight morning nausea

The same hormones that cause pregnancy “symptoms” are present every month between ovulation and your period. Plus, many pregnancy symptoms can be caused by other things, like a cold, the flu, or even a few nights of poor sleep.

Before you reach for that early pregnancy test, carefully consider how you'll feel if the results are negative. If a negative test doesn't bother you, and you have the cash to spend on pregnancy tests, go ahead. If a negative result is going to make your heart ache or if you’d rather not waste money on extra tests, then wait until your period is late.

All Comments (23)
  • Corine Jones

    Corine Jones

    2019-07-05 04:00:00

    in all seriousness i might be pregnant 🤨🤨🤨🤨🤨

  • kitty.cat.sonia

    kitty.cat.sonia

    2019-07-05 04:00:00

    This sentence might be pregnant

    Its missing its period.

  • leaera Mattison

    leaera Mattison

    2019-10-22 11:52:31

    😂😂😂 comments are funny 😆

  • Bre Dunn

    Bre Dunn

    2019-10-22 23:54:04

    how do you know if you're pregnant or not I have been having early signs of pregnancy but I have my period but it is very light and my period has only gotten a little heavy but that is only when I'm asleep

  • Raven Slaton

    Raven Slaton

    2019-10-27 03:03:44

    not sure if I'm pregnant or not; all the test say negative. I have no symptoms (at the moment) and my period is two weeks late.

  • Justine Panzarella

    Justine Panzarella

    2019-10-29 03:31:39

    If you're going on or off birth control, it can mess up your cycle. If you're not on anything, I would talk to your doctor.

  • Justine Panzarella

    Justine Panzarella

    2019-10-29 03:34:21

    That's fine if it's light. Everyone's different. If you have your period, you're not pregnant. It would be more like spotting. It's normal for it to get heavy overnight. I don't know why. I have the same problem and end up with stained clothes a lot.

  • Justine Panzarella

    Justine Panzarella

    2019-10-29 03:35:50

    A lot of the symptoms during and even before your period can be the same as pregnancy symptoms.

  • Brianna Garcia

    Brianna Garcia

    2019-11-18 01:42:56

    ok so I been getting my period the same day for 2 months now and they lasted 5 days so now I'm supposed to get my period on the 19th of this month november,...wish me luck I hope I get it being on the medication I'm on and even birth control helps.

  • Mickey Leigh-Marie

    Mickey Leigh-Marie

    2019-11-20 19:44:34

    I'm only 2 days late but I swear I smelled pot roast cooking last night but when I woke up nothing was being cooked

  • Terri Smith

    Terri Smith

    2019-11-20 20:54:28

    I was a few days late so I took a test. it was negative. A week later I took another test. It was positive then 2 weeks later I started my period. Wth!!! Not sure what to think or do because I had my tubes tied 16 yrs ago

  • FMOIG@Jhada.Finesse

    FMOIG@Jhada.Finesse

    2019-11-24 03:30:09

    i had a period last month ? after not having one for 7 months ! i didnt have a period because of my birth control. removal (implanon) and i def been sexually active so i wonder whats to come this month.. my period supppsed to be here TOMORROW according to my period apps (Flo & Lunar) so wish me luck 😕 i also left out of during the time i was ovulating so maybe that was good and helped 😂 😅 .. soon as i came back we been at it and before i left we were at it.. when i was gon i was SUPER. nauseous but didnt really get to dry heaving or vomiting.. felt like a stomach virus comimg up the way the nausea was hitting back to back for like 3 days. but im fine now ! but yeah idk what the hecks going on.

  • Samantha Dillon

    Samantha Dillon

    2019-11-28 02:05:15

    Y’all I missed my period and get this I’m slightly bloated and tired all the time and certain foods make me sick especially the morning and my boobs hurt

  • Xbectega17

    Xbectega17

    2019-12-02 16:15:26

    I’m 8 days late. How long
    Should I wait to test? SOS

  • Xbectega17

    Xbectega17

    2019-12-02 16:16:01

    I’m going through the same
    Thing except I’m 8 days late

  • Jaylene Chavoya

    Jaylene Chavoya

    2019-12-03 02:38:58

    would it be okay for me to take a pregnancy test now because I waited 1-2 weeks for my missed period and I have not received it ?

  • melissa harris

    melissa harris

    2019-12-05 23:36:35

    Is it to early for me to take a test I’m 4 days late

  • Paula Jones

    Paula Jones

    2019-12-09 10:42:32

    I am 4 days late took 3 pregnancy test all BFN my Right side is hurting some don't know if I'm pregnant or not

  • Taye Denise

    Taye Denise

    2019-12-18 10:08:13

    So I had a period this month my period is normally 7 days but it only lasted for 4 days and I had no symptoms of my period coming normally tender breast cramps I had absolutely nothing . After the 4 days I started vomiting so I took a test it was negative but I’m still vomiting, fatigue, food cravings please help

  • Erica Cardenas

    Erica Cardenas

    2019-12-25 19:40:36

    am hoping to be pregnant but wean is a good time to do a pregnancy test

  • Liz Sucher

    Liz Sucher

    2019-12-25 19:49:04

    you could either be having a chemical pregnancy or you could actually be pregnant. thats how my test was. it was negative the first time and then positive the next two times i took one. sometimes when they tie your tubes they can miss a very very small section and you can get pregnant thats how my mom got pregnant with me she had her tubs tied and got pregnant with me. youd defiently have to see the doctor and go over options but you could be pregnany i would get a blood test done at the hospital. thats the most accurate

  • Lisa Wilson

    Lisa Wilson

    2019-12-25 20:35:52

    I'm found out I was pregnant on the 4th of December. but I keep all my pregnancy test. so the one I took on the 17th of November had a very very very fainted line.. Went to the doctor they said it's 2 early. but hcg levels 900 then after 2 days 4000 and after that 18000 is tht a lil 2 high.

  • Phatt Phatt

    Phatt Phatt

    2019-12-25 22:10:30

    I'm 29 days late

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