The best time to take a pregnancy test is a the week after a missed period. Some tests may detect pregnancy 1-2 weeks after intercourse, but the body needs time to increase its levels of HCG. Testing before a missed period can increase the risk of a false negative result.
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.
Here are some signs that you should take a pregnancy test.
1. You’ve missed your period
One of the first and most reliable signs of pregnancy is a missed period.
If you don’t track your cycle closely, it might be hard to determine whether or not you’re late. Many women have a 28-day menstrual cycle. Consider taking a test if it’s been more than a month since your last period.
2. You have cramps
Implantation can also produce a feeling similar to menstrual cramps. In early pregnancy, you may feel this discomfort and think your period is just around the corner, but then it never comes.
3. Your breasts hurt
Your breasts may feel tender and appear bigger due to increased blood flow. Your nipples might hurt and the veins might look darker under the skin.
Because many women also experience breast discomfort in the days leading up to their period, this symptom isn’t always indicative of pregnancy.
4. You’re feeling different
Along with cramps and sore breasts, early pregnancy can cause:
- food aversions
- frequent urination
When in doubt, test!