How Soon Can I Take a Pregnancy Test?

Updated on February 27, 2017
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How Early Can I Take a Pregnancy Test?

How early can I take a pregnancy test?
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When Can I Take a Pregnancy Test?

"Am I pregnant? What are the pregnancy symptoms? When can I take a pregnancy test?"

When you are trying to conceive and have a baby, you might constantly imagine you're experiencing pregnancy symptoms. You start to feel the best-known pregnancy symptoms first: nausea, bloated belly, bigger breasts, the urge to use the bathroom every 5 minutes, etc. You may even develop cravings for certain foods. You might look in the mirror and know, just know, that a baby is growing inside.

Truth is, it might be all in your head.

You won't know for sure until you take a pregnancy test. When you're trying to conceive, one of the hardest things is waiting to take the home pregnancy test (HPT) and see a positive result, but you must wait 2 or 3 weeks from the time of ovulation. This can seem like forever, especially if you have been trying for awhile.

Below, I've gathered some facts and figures to give you something to do while you're waiting. Here, you will learn:

  • how early you can expect to take a pregnancy test,
  • how pregnancy tests work,
  • and when you can expect accurate results based on your menstrual cycles.

How Early Can I Take a Pregnancy Test?

Ovulation Cycle

When Will I Ovulate?

In order to know when you ovulate, you must know how long your menstrual cycle is. The average cycle lasts about 28 days but of course, there's a wide range of normal (anywhere from 23 to 35 days), so you can find out how long your cycle is by counting from the first day of one period to the first day of the next period.

Most women with regular periods ovulate sometime between the 11th and 16th day of their cycle. That means they may ovulate anywhere between 11 to 16 days after their last period started.

Starting about 4 or 5 days before ovulation, a woman‘s peak fertile time lasts about 5-7 days although there are only 1 or 2 days when she is most likely to become pregnant: the day prior to and the day of ovulation. But since the egg might be viable for 12-24 hours and sperm can live in the woman's body for 3-5 days, her most fertile time is considered to be about 5-7 days. Most ovulation charts stop at ovulation but you should continue trying to fertilize that egg for up to 24 hours after it's been released.

But still, if you're trying to get pregnant, these numbers provide quite a wide and imprecise time frame. Plus, for many women who do not have regular periods, trying to figure out the dates of ovulation can be frustrating. What can you do?

  • Take and chart your basal body temperature
  • Take careful records of the length of your menstrual cycles
  • Track your cervical mucus changes
  • Use ovulation urine tests available at many stores to identify the LH surge

Do You Track Your Cycles?

Track your cycles to know when you ovulate and when you can test for pregnancy. It can be done on a basic calendar like this or even on an app on your cell phone!
Track your cycles to know when you ovulate and when you can test for pregnancy. It can be done on a basic calendar like this or even on an app on your cell phone!

Free Android Apps for Tracking Ovulation and Periods

  • My Days--Period & Ovulation (Christian Albert Mueller) (this is the one I use)
  • Period Tracker (GP International LLC)
  • Pink Pad Free (Alt12 Apps)
  • Period and Ovulation Tracker (Tom Gustafson)

I Have an Irregular Cycle! Now What?

If you have an irregular cycle, you may need to use an ovulation kit to determine when your best chances for conception are. You can also speak with your doctor about how to determine your ovulation dates and how to help get your cycles on track.

When Is the Best Time to Get Pregnant?

Once you've narrowed down your time of ovulation (see above), then you have a better idea of when your egg is viable and ready to be fertilized by the sperm.

To better your chances of becoming pregnant, it is recommended that you have intercourse every other day around your time of ovulation. (If instead of using the other ovulation tests mentioned above you're relying on just your calendar records to figure out when you're fertile, that means after day 11 of your cycle you should have intercourse every other day, up until the 17th day.)

Why every other day? Why not every day for everyone? Once the sperm is released during intercourse, it takes nearly a full day for the man's body to replenish the sperm supply. If you have intercourse every day, it decreases the chances that there will be enough quality sperm that will be strong enough to reach the egg. This is not true for all, of course, but it should be considered.

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How Soon Can I Take a Pregnancy Test?

After intercourse, many women want to take the pregnancy test immediately. They may even feel all the symptoms I mentioned above, hoping they have a little bun in the oven.

Unfortunately, it is not that easy or quick. Let’s consider the cycle again. You probably ovulated sometime around day 11-16, so that means it will be about two weeks until your next expected period. Two weeks of waiting, wishing, and hoping…

When can you/should you take the test? Here’s the kicker: not for another two to three weeks.

Three weeks? You ask. When did it change to three?!? If you miss your period after waiting two weeks for it to appear, that’s great because the missed period is usually the first sign of pregnancy. Many women, though, who test on that very day will get a negative result on their ever-so-glorious pee stick, a.k.a the home pregnancy test.

Why?

What Hormone Do Pregnancy Tests Detect? What are mLUs?

Pregnancy tests detect the hormone hCG, or human chorionic gonadotropin. It is measured in mLus.

An mLu is a measurement of the hormone hCG as it is in urine. It stands for mili International Units. It is the standard way to measure hCG per milliliter of urine. Simply put, it is a measure of the concentration of hCG in the urine.

How Does a Pregnancy Test Work?

Home pregnancy tests, HPTs, rely on one thing: the hormone hCG. HCG, or human chorionic gonadotropin, is the hormone used to detect a pregnancy. It is emitted by an embryo (a ball of cells that becomes a baby) after it attaches or implants itself to the uterine wall (where the baby will grow inside of you). When does that happen? Approximately 6-12 days after the date of conception.

So let’s look at our calendar again. 6 to 12 days after conception, which happened around the date of ovulation, hCG is emitted from the embryo, which should be the date of your expected period. So why wouldn't you get a positive result on that day?

HCG is emitted in small increments which increase as the embryo and its placenta grows. At first, right after conception, these increments of the hormone are so tiny that they will not be detected by a HPT. The amount of hCG grows more and more as days and weeks pass, but still may still not be enough to detect on the day of (or a few days before, as some tests proclaim) your expected period.

HPTs vary in the amount of hCG that can be detected. Some tests boast that they can detect as little as 10mlu of hCG to 25mlu of hCG, which means they might be able to detect a pregnancy as early as 7-10 days after conception. Those tests tend to be the ‘early response’ brands—ones you can use before an expected period—that cost a bit more than the average test. Other tests detect 25mlu-50mlu or more. These tests are better at detecting a pregnancy after a missed period.

So why is it better to wait three weeks to use a HPT? You are more likely to get a positive result from the test if you are indeed pregnant since your hCG levels will be higher.

If you test before your period and it’s negative but you still miss a period, you’ll retest again in a few days, using another test. What is that going to cost? Well, it depends on the brand, type of test, and how they are packaged. For one generic test at a dollar store, you’ll spend—you guessed it—a dollar. For one generic test at a supermarket, pharmacy, or a Target/Walmart, you’ll spend up to $3-$4. For name brand tests, you’ll spend around $5-$6. Sometimes, generic and name brand tests are packaged in twos and threes and cost anywhere from $10-$15. There are even some packages with four or five tests in them, costing upwards of $20-$25. Of course the manufacturers don't mind if you buy more tests so they can make more money.

Bottom line, if you start testing too soon, you’ll go through at least two tests, if not more. Just remember: don’t be obsessive about taking the tests. If you test negative one day, wait a few days and then retest, which will give your body time to build up the hCG if you are pregnant. If you insist on testing every day, you might end up spending a lot of money and causing yourself a lot of unnecessary confusion.

Early Result Pregnancy Tests

First Response Early Result Pregnancy Test, 3 Count (Packaging & Test Design May Vary)
First Response Early Result Pregnancy Test, 3 Count (Packaging & Test Design May Vary)

These were my favorite tests to take. They are easy to use, compared to some of the cheaper tests out there, and have clear results. I was able to test three days before my expected period with these and got accurate results. Note that it won't be the case for everyone. (affiliate link)

 

What to Do While Waiting to Take a Pregnancy Test

If you’re trying to conceive, waiting to take the test can seem like a lifetime. But there are some things you can do in the meantime. Until three weeks have passed, act as if you are already pregnant: get plenty of sleep, stay hydrated, take your vitamins (especially those with folic acid), stop taking harmful medications (i.e. ibuprofen, etc.), and refrain from drinking alcohol and smoking.

How Many Weeks Do You Have to Wait to Get a Positive Result?

If you've been reading, you'll know that you may not be able to get a positive pregnancy result until you have missed your period. At that point, you may be considered four weeks pregnant, since pregnancy is dated from the first day of your last menstrual period, which is usually four weeks prior.

Some women may not get a positive pregnancy result until after their fourth week or later, depending on how the hCG builds up in their bodies.

Reading a Pregnancy Test

Read the directions of the home pregnancy test carefully!
Read the directions of the home pregnancy test carefully! | Source

Doctor's Advice on Pregnancy Tests

What if the pregnancy test is false?

False negatives are common with home pregnancy tests, so you should prepare yourself for an incorrect result. If you feel like the result is not accurate, wait a day or so and test again.

My Positive Pregnancy Test

My positive pregnancy test result!
My positive pregnancy test result! | Source

Faint Positive Pregnancy Test

Two examples of faint positive results on a pregnancy test
Two examples of faint positive results on a pregnancy test | Source

When Can I Get a Positive Pregnancy Test?

Here’s where I can be pleasantly vague and say it’s different for every woman and it’s different with every pregnancy. Knowing when the best time for you to test depends on a few factors:

  • Do you have a regular period and have you been tracking everything—periods, ovulation, intercourse—on a calendar? If this is you, you can probably, potentially test the day of your next expected period and get a positive result if you are pregnant. With my first pregnancy, I had been very, very regular with my menstrual cycles—always 25 days for 13+ years—and I had been tracking everything so I knew the day I missed my period that I was pregnant without even having any other symptoms. The moment I used the HPT, I saw a positive result. With my fourth pregnancy, I tested three days early and got a positive result. Is it like that for everybody? No, but it is possible.
  • Do you have fairly regular periods but have not been very faithful about tracking everything? If this is you, I would wait until a few days after your missed period to take the test. If you’re not sure exactly when you might expect your period, go back to the last time you had your period and count about 30 days. If it has been more than 30 days, go ahead and take a HPT.
  • Do you have irregular cycles? This is a tricky one, since there's no regular pattern to guide you. If this is you, I would suggest waiting for at least 35 days or more after your last period to take a HPT. Why so long? Sometimes women with irregular periods can have longer menstrual cycles, just as they can have really short cycles.
  • Have you already taken a test after waiting a week after your missed period, but it’s negative? This is where it might get frustrating for women. If you have missed your period (assuming it’s at least fairly regular) and waited a week but still get a negative result, you may have to wait even longer. Sometimes, it takes longer for the hCG to build up. I know and have read about women who didn’t get positive results until after they were two months along or even further! I myself experienced this with my second pregnancy. I missed my period, took a test after a week, and was disappointed when it was negative. More than two weeks later, still having no period, I took another test, and lo and behold, I was indeed pregnant. At that point, I was nearly two and a half months along!
  • Did you get your period but you still feel as if you may be pregnant? It does happen, believe it or not, that some women will experience bleeding in the first few weeks (or months!) of their pregnancy and still be pregnant. The bleeding isn’t actually a period; it is often the result of implantation or some other bleeding not directly related to the pregnancy. This may be a judgment call for you. You have to decide whether or not the 'symptoms’ you are experiencing are from a pregnancy, regular pre-period fun, or just a bug. If the symptoms seem more like you are just sick and pass after two-three days, you’re probably suffering from a stomach bug or virus. If the symptoms persist more than a few days and you do not get a period, you may be pregnant. Your best bet? Wait until the absence of a period, and go from there. Or if you can't wait, take a test. If it is negative but you still feel as if you might be pregnant, contact your doctor.

Other Reasons for a Missed Period

On the other hand, you may have missed a period or are experiencing a delayed period for other reasons: stress, increased amounts of exercise, an illness, hormonal imbalance, change in birth control, etc. This happened to me after stopping birth control, so I know how frustrating it can be! If you continue to get negative results but have still missed a period after 45 days, contact your doctor. He/she may want to see you for an exam and do blood work to see what is going on.

Sources

Much of this information comes from my own experiences, but I also did my homework. Here's a list of the books I read when I was trying to conceive my kids:

Your Pregnancy Week by Week by Glade Curtis

What to Expect When You're Expecting by Heidi Murkoff

Your Pregnancy and Childbirth Month to Month by the American College of Gynecologists

Please note I am not a medical expert and can only give educated answers to any questions you have. Please seek proper advice and treatment from your doctor.

Best Pregnancy Books

My favorite pregnancy books
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Best Wishes!

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Sprinkling baby dust! Good luck! | Source

Questions & Answers

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      Marissa 1 minute ago from United States

      Kemi, if you are talking about the emergency contraceptive pill, it can throw off your cycles, making your period late.

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      Marissa 2 minutes ago from United States

      Taahaa, if you are late that it is time to take a test.

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      Kemi salaufunmilayofp@gmail.com 7 hours ago

      Hi, I had unprotected sex a day to my period but used contraceptives ,two days later... It was indicated contraceptives that it can still work after seventy two hours but I think I took mine with forty eight hours. And now my period is five days later. I'm worried and I don't want to be pregnant yet.

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      taahaaa 35 hours ago

      I'm 8 days late am I pregnant?

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      Marissa 2 weeks ago from United States

      Shelly, it only takes 'a little' to cause pregnacy. You are still in your fertility window, so you wouldn't be able to test for pregnancy for another 2 to 3 weeks.

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      Shelly chand 2 weeks ago

      If I have 28 day cycle n have my unprotected sex on 20th day dat means I have my period on 14 march n have sex on ,2april can I get pregnant coz only 8 days left for my period cud u pliz tell me

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      Shelly 2 weeks ago

      Hi I want to know whether I am pregnant coz I have my period on 14march n have unprotected sex on 2nd April n I have 28 n 29 day cycle so wat shud I expect my hubby said only little went inside

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      Marissa 3 weeks ago from United States

      Faith, anytime you have sex you can become pregnant. That being said, usually pregnancy does not occur when you are closer to your period, but it is not unheard of for a woman to become pregnant close to her period.

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      Faith 3 weeks ago

      I had sex 4 days before my mestration,can I possibly be pregnant

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      Marissa 4 weeks ago from United States

      lindi, I suggest taking a test.

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      lindi 4 weeks ago

      My last period was January and i see my period march but for 2 day am i pregnant or?

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      Marissa 5 weeks ago from United States

      Sabeen, maybe you should take a test.

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      Sabeen 5 weeks ago

      My last period date Was 11febuary.today is 12 March but i have no period what does it means?

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      Marissa 5 weeks ago from United States

      Subha, unfortunately, the only advice I can give you is to speak with your doctor.

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      Subha 5 weeks ago

      Hi Marrisa

      I have thyroid pblm and now it's 3.5. I was in regular cycle till last November 2017. After that my cycle changed to 20days. And I took tablets for reducing thyroid and prolactin hormone. My last period was Feb 5th 2018. Today I'm 36th day no period sign. I have severe lower belly pain and creamy white discharge. I took blood test on 31st day and urine test on 36th day. Both negative. Can u please advice me something and hoping for pregnancy.. I'm so disappointed

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      Marissa 6 weeks ago from United States

      Alicia, I suggest taking a test first. If it is negative, speak with your doctor.

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      Marissa 6 weeks ago from United States

      Sarah, if you suspect that you are pregnant, take a test.

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      Alicia83 6 weeks ago

      I'll be 35 years old this year I had a very different period Last month it was very light it only seem to appear when I was wiping it wasn't enough to fill a tampon and was light when I switch to a pad and this month I am 35 days from the last day of my last period and still have not received it so I'm pretty late I have talked to you a couple of older friends of mine who have told me I may just be going through changes due to my age but I'm trying to find out if I should take a pregnancy test or make an appointment to see my doctor I haven't really had any other symptoms of pregnancy other than using the restroom more than often any thoughts that would help would be kindly appreciated thank you so much

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      Sarah doll 6 weeks ago

      I am highly sexually active with my partner and have recently had a period on the 13th of Feb, we have been trying for almost three years to have our first child and i ended up bleeding shortly after I had my period ended on the 17th. I had light bleeding on the 1st and its just ended today, it wasn't like my normal periods as I tend to get really intense pains in my breast and strong pains. I also get blood clots which is normal to me as well, it got my attention that I did not expect to be bleeding for another 11 days before I started bleeding. I track my periods which are irregular but I'm always late by a week. And this is the first time I started a really early bleed that wasn't heavy at all. When should I test myself?

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      Marissa 7 weeks ago from United States

      Nayys, if you missed your period you should take a test.

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      Nayys 7 weeks ago

      Hello me and my mate are trying to concieve. We have sex on the 9th of feb off and on until I ovulated on the 11th Nd also had sex, also the 12th and the 14th . My period was suppose to come on the 25 and it is now March 1 and still has not come . Should I wait to take a test

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      Marissa 7 weeks ago from United States

      Sammy, any time you have sex there's a chance of pregnancy. You still have another week before you can take a test.

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      Sammy 7 weeks ago

      Hi, my last period was on February 5th, I had sex with my husband on the 19th which was supposed to be the day of my ovulation with a condom but it broke. (He did not ejaculate in the condom). But I've been feeling extremely tired, and nasueas with a headache. What are the chances that I am pregnant? & When should I take a pregnancy test?

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      Marissa 7 weeks ago from United States

      Daz, those symptoms can be from ovulation as well. I suggest waiting until you miss your period to take a test.

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      Daz 7 weeks ago

      Hi, so my boyfriend and I had unprotected sex 2 days after my period, he pulled out intime, (11th Feb to 15th feb) for the last week and a half I have had a bloated stomach and cramps, and the last 3 days tender breasts and wanting to throw up. I have also been emotional the last 2 days for no reason, when I am not that emotional. I have read s a lot and it’s too soon to take a test, I have another 12 days till my Period. What’s the best thing to do? Can I take a test next week?

      Thank you in advance

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      Marissa 2 months ago from United States

      Eli, you can take a pregnancy test 7 days after conception, which usually takes place during ovulation. That is about 3-4 weeks after a period. Being that you had sex during your least fertile time, there is less of a chance that you are pregnant.

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      Eli 2 months ago

      I had unprotected sex a day before my period and he ended up finishing in me. This happened on the 7th and then the 8th i got my period. I just took a test and it was negative, only because i read you can take a test 7 days after conception. I really don’t know what to think being that this happened a day before my period. Is it still possible to get pregnant since my eggs “aren’t fertile”? I need feedback please :(

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      Marissa 2 months ago from United States

      Andy123, it does take your body a while to get back to normal after a miscarriage. The tiredness and discharge can be normal as it takes the body a while to regulate hormones. After I had a miscarriage and D&C, it was a few months before I considered anything a regular period. Of course, pregnancy can still happen during that time. If you are not looking to get pregnant yet, I suggest using another form of birth control as the pull out method is not always a reliable method. If your symptoms continue, I suggest speaking with your doctor.

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      Andy123 2 months ago

      Hello,

      I had a miscarriage November 13 2017. I then had my D&C procedure on the 15th November. 1st period was back on the 3rd January until the 7th January. On the 9th January I had unprotected sex inside and a few times after but he pulled out. I then had 2-3 days of brown spotting around my ovulation date 19th January. My next period due end of the month and came on the 3rd February it had been very light brown discharge for around 7-8days, no menstrual cramping which I usually suffer really really bad from, I did a pregnancy test on Sunday which was negative. I have been feeling tired but no other signs.. I’m not really sure what to do. I know your body can take a while to get back to normal.. just need some help/advice

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      Marissa 2 months ago from United States

      Mimi, if you are still experiencing those symptoms, you should take a test.

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      mimi 2 months ago

      my last period was on 10 January and I had unprotected sex on 17, 24 and 25 since then I have been experiencing constant urination, stomach biting I go to toilet in a day 3 times I mean stool. but the problem I have is that my period is irregular does it mean

      am pregnant because am confuse thank u God bless ur wisdom

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      Marissa 3 months ago from United States

      Lee, if you have missed your period for 4 months, it could be pregnancy or something else. I highly suggest being with your doctor.

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      Lee 3 months ago

      i have not been on my parents for 4 months now i'm spotting for three days

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      Marissa 3 months ago from United States

      Babez, based on your last period, you conceived sometime in the middle of December. Don't forget that the withdrawal method is not a reliable birth control method. My guess is that your boyfriend is the father, but as I am not a medical professional, I cannot say that with certainty. Only a paternity test will give you the actual answer. I suggest speaking with your doctor.

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      babez 3 months ago

      Please help .. Me and my BF use to get withdrawal every time we had sex ,, my last period was on December 1st, this January 1 i had intercourse with someone and he cum inside me and I expected my period come at the same time, but it didn't 11 days delayed now ,can you help me who's the father this unborn baby because I toke pregnancy test and it was positive

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      Marissa 3 months ago from United States

      Christina, according to the website I use, your fertility window may have been between December 7th through the 17th. With that information, I would guess that Guy #2 might be the father. As I am not a medical professional, this is just a guess. I highly suggest you seek the advice of your doctor.

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      Christina 3 months ago from Mesquite

      I was curious on your opinion. I had my last period November 27th and it ended on November 30th morning. Around midnight December 1st I had intercourse with guy # 1 . My period tracker app said I would ovulate between the 6th through the 12th of December. I had intercourse with guy # 2 on the 16th of December. I was supposed to start my period on December 25th but didn't. So I took a test that night and it came out positive. What do you think would be my chances on who the father would be the number one or die #2?

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      Marissa 3 months ago from United States

      Kristy, it might be too soon to test. Wait a few more days and test again.

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      Kristy 3 months ago

      Im one day late, having cramps, back pain and constipation. I tested and got a bfn. Does that mean im out?

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      Marissa 4 months ago from United States

      May, without knowing when your last LMP was, I can't make an accurate guess. It's possible your period is just late. Keep in mind that the withdrawal method isn't always effective.

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      May 4 months ago

      Me and my couple having sex last nov 25 and he taking only withdrawal my expecting period december 2 but until now i dont have period. Is it going pregnant?

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      Marissa 4 months ago from United States

      Amanda, sometimes the other symptoms of pregnancy don't show up for a few weeks. If there is a chance you could be pregnant, it is time to take a test.

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      Amanda 4 months ago

      Okay so my period is six days late,i constantly look bloated, and my nipples are extremely sensitive,but i haven’t had any morning sickness or anything else to suggest I’m pregnant. Just kinda needing advice right now on what to do. Please help?

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      Marissa 5 months ago from United States

      Linda, if you got your period, chances are pretty good that you are not pregnant at this time.

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      Linda 5 months ago

      My husband touched me with very little precum on his hands. Only external contact. I did get my period on time and the 2 tests I have taken so far (2 days and 5 days after my period) have turned up negative. But I am still a little paranoid. I there a basis to my worry?

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      Marissa 5 months ago from United States

      Shagufta, it is possible the anemia is causing a delay in your period. Please speak with your doctor.

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      shagufta 6 months ago

      I'm not getting period but i haved tested pregnancy test kit at home it was negative.. on 9th day of missing period i've done the test .. but today is my 20th day there is no period what should i do now ..... I'm suffering from anemia also so this is the reason for not getting period? Pllzzz help me out

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      Marissa 6 months ago from United States

      Nancy, it's possible your period is delayed.

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      nancy 6 months ago

      I have period crumps no periods negative test

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      Marissa 6 months ago from United States

      Niley, since you have irregular cycles, I can't say when or if to test again.

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      Nile 6 months ago

      My periods are delayed for 19 days now although I experience delay in my periods most of the months but this time it’s delayed for more than ever expected I did all the tests including urine,blood and ultrasound it all showed negative results of pregnancy what could be the reason

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      Niley 6 months ago

      best Article cleared all the doubts and confusions which I have been thinking about and getting frustrated about thank you so much for this article. My cycle is irregular at times but mostly I get my periods one or two days late but this time it has delayed for 16 days now I did home test twice and it showed negative I also took a blood test and also did the pelvis scan it showed negative should I wait more?

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      Marissa 6 months ago from United States

      Patricia, you should wait.

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      Patricia 6 months ago

      My period is two weeks and my pregnancy test are negative and idk what I should do or how longer should I wait

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      Marissa 6 months ago from United States

      Jalen, many women get cramps around ovulation time. It also seems that you had a bit of a stomach bug or a reaction to the few food you ate. Unfortunately, you would have to wait until the time when your next period is due to take a test.

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      Marissa 6 months ago from United States

      Jia, if it will make you feel more comfortable, you can take a test.

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      Marissa 6 months ago from United States

      Melinda, there are times when women ovulate later than usual. This might have been the case for you. I suggest speaking with your doctor about it.

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      Jalen 6 months ago

      Hey, me and my bf had unprotected sex a day after my period. sept. 15&16. he pulled out but im afraid some went in anyway. Now I am 2 days into being fertile. still haven't hit my ovulation date and now im getting cramps in my lower right abdomen. i am burping alot. i use the bathroom alot and one day i woke up nauseated. I had cramps and back pain once before when i was fertile ready to ovulate so I'm thinking maybe that's just in. im thinking the burping and bathroom can be from wendy's i ate late at night. and the stomach pain could be from when i tried to do too much situps but idk. my stomach is fat and my parents said i look pregnant but i could be just fat. could i be pregnant? i won't know if i miss my period until next month and that's too long too wait.

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      Jia 6 months ago

      I had sex on the day of ovulation I'm not exactly trying to get pregnant but if it happens it happens ... anyway my period came 3 days early and was more painful than usual should I still take a test ?

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      Melinda 7 months ago

      I took at test yesterday (20th also roughly day MP due) which was positive. My LMP was 21st August. I had ic on 13th (1 week before test showed positive). It it possible this could show up on a home clear blue hcg test?

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      Hart 7 months ago

      I went off birth control in April (after 10 years) and have not had a period since. I took a pregnancy test each month to be sure. My last memory of a test was July 18....I thought I took one in august but don't have proof. I took a test September 2 and got positives across the board. Has this happened to anyone before!? I have no idea how far along I could be and it's a freaking holiday weekend so I can't get in touch with my doctor

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      Judith 7 months ago

      Hie was wondering if I could be pregnant July I had my period twice from 8th until 12 and the end of the month ,so August month a had unprotected sex on a Saturday morning and I got my period Sunday night on the 13th that's like a day before cld I be please help

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      Ashley 7 months ago

      If my expected period was Aug 22 but came on the Aug 16 and was a lot different from a normal period will I have gotten a positive test by now on Aug 30?

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      AmyD12 7 months ago

      I stopped taking birth control pills 6/4/17 and had a cycle 7/12/17. Asnof 8/24/17 I am 15 days late. I keep getting negative results on preggo test. Could I be pregnant or could it be the birth control pills messing my body up? When should I test?

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      Corie 7 months ago

      My boyfriend and I had unprotected sex the day after I started ovulating. Could I be pregnant? When should I test? My cycle is due to come on September 5th..

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      Marissa 8 months ago from United States

      Kitty, you could be experiencing the effects of the implant. If those symptoms continue, take a test to be sure.

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      Kitty 8 months ago

      Hello I was just wounder me and my boyfriend have had unprotected sex and I'm on the implant but I do know it's ready to be taken out and all off a Sudden Iv never had it befor and Iv been on my period for about a week and half and I'm getting brown discharge and getting a bit off cramp in my belly could anyone help me please thankyou.

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      Shauna 8 months ago

      Hey Marissa I'm coming to you because I hope that you can help me. So I had my last period on April 4th and it ended April 6th or 7th before I got pregnant. Me and my boyfriend had sex maybe the 8th or 9th of April then again around the 12th or 13th. But I then slept with someone from the 17th until the 21st of April and found out I was pregnant on the 28th of April a few days before my next period . Is there a possibility that my lover is not the father ?

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      Marissa 8 months ago from United States

      Mama, the last 'period' you experienced may have been implantation bleeding. If there's a chance you could be pregnant, take a test to find out.

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      mama 8 months ago

      Hi

      me and my bea we last had sex on the 15 of June and on 21 of June i had my periods which was watery with no blood clots then i continued having some symptoms like feeling stomach cramps,bloated,waist pain,gassy,slight headache ,fatigue,frequent urination and craving for food each time but to my surprise i had my periods again on the 21 of July for which this time it was brownish then light red again brownish atlast with no blood clots then this time even my breasts are hurting and sensitive when touched am done with my periods but the symptoms have continued what could be going on this time am lost is there anyone goin through the same

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      Marissa 9 months ago from United States

      Lateesha2004, I'm not sure why you might still be getting high readings on the ovulation test. A pregnancy test will let you know whether or not you are pregnant.

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      Marissa 9 months ago from United States

      Hi Sharon, if you think you might be pregnant, take a test. Since you have irregular cycles, I can't really say anything else.

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      lateesha2004 9 months ago

      hello, i had my period on the 19th of June and I got my solid smiley face on the 3rd of July which is 14-15 of my cycle. I had sex and was charting my temperature and 2 days ago it went up and this post ovuation, I decided to take an ovulation test to use them up just for fun and I got another high peak estrogen surge. I have read that some people used the ovulation test as pregnancy test, but I still have another week before i could test for pregnancy. Is the ovulation test giving me an early reading for pregnancy? why did I get a high estrogen level so far after i gave already stopped ovulating, PLEASE HELP

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      Sharon 9 months ago

      Hey, i normally have irregular mentrals and it always skips a month. But, this time it didnt skip a month. My last mentral was May 8th (last day). I havent got a menstral yet. But, i go to the bathroom alot, my breast is bigger & tender, & i sleep alot. Please talk to me.

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      Marissa 9 months ago from United States

      MIMI, yes, it'd be too early. It's best to wait until your expected period to test.

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      MIMI 9 months ago

      My period is not due for another 12 days but i noticed some discharge like colustrum from my breast both actually...my son is 20 months and he stopped breastfeeding at 7 months...i have been feeling quite fatigue and nausiated these past few days..is this to early to test?

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      Marissa 9 months ago from United States

      Confused, it seems that something affected your hormones, whether it be pregnancy or something else. It wouldn't hurt to take a test when it's over. Definitely mention it to your doctor, just in case.

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      Confused 9 months ago

      2 weeks ago I started experiencing nausea and some vomiting(extremely rare, usually only get sick when I habe food poisoning) and now hate the smell of some of my favorite foods. I'm on birth control so I'm extremely regular. I got my period a day early and I usually have lighter flows to begin with but this one's darker. Should I wait for the flow to end before i do an at home test or go to the doctors?

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      Marissa 10 months ago from United States

      DD, according to the pregnancy calculator I use, if you are pregnant, you would be 3 days past your expected period. Does that seem right? Based on that alone, by now, you may be able to get a positive if you are pregnant. If your cycle is actually longer this month for some reason, you might have to wait longer to get an accurate test.

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      DD 10 months ago

      Hello - I have a question, my last period was May 14th, and I did ovulation tests every day once it finished, and didn't ovulate until June 5th, 22 days after my period started. My average cycle is 30 days long, meaning I should have started my period now but haven't, yet I am getting negative PG tests. Is it even possible for me to get pregnant with such a short luteal phase? And also, is it still possible for me to get a positive, or is it too early to know? Thank you.

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      Marissa 10 months ago from United States

      Warda, it could be a sign of pregnancy. In a few days you can take a test.

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      warda 10 months ago

      i have creamy discharge 1 week 6 days and back pain no other sign and my next period still 4 days is this sign of pregnancy

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      Marissa 11 months ago from United States

      Kiddiecreations, I can't give a definite answer, because implantation bleeding can happen at different times and sometimes doesn't happen at all. If a person thinks it is implantation bleeding and it's just a few days before an expected period, I'd say taking a test would be okay.

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      Nicole Kiddie Granath 11 months ago

      Hi there! Great hub! Thanks for sharing. I have two boys, ages 3 years and 6 months old. I just wanted to add that you don't have to spend a lot of money on pregnancy tests. The ones at the regular grocery store can cost $10 and up, but it's not necessary at all to buy those. You can purchase tests for $1.00 at Wal-Mart and also the 99 cent store, and they are guaranteed to be 99% accurate. I don't know if you already mentioned that, but I didn't see it when I was reading through so just thought I'd mention it ;) Also, I was wondering, how soon after implantation bleeding can you test?

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      Marissa 11 months ago from United States

      Lexi, your cycles can change for any number of reasons, including stress, lack of sleep, change in activity levels, change in eating habits, and more. Stressing now might make you feel differently than usual. Wait until your expected period, and try not to think about it (I know it's hard). If your period is late by a few days, then it may be time for a test. Even though you're having protected sex, pregnancy can still occur. I think it's time to have a mature talk with your parents or your doctor. It's better to talk about it now than to wait and spring a surprise on them later. You may want to discuss a form of birth control that is right for you at this time. Having a baby is a huge responsibility at any age, but especially at a young age. I'm glad you have been smart about it so far; it shows that you are beginning to mature. Don't be afraid to talk to your parents or your doctor. Best wishes.

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      Lexi 11 months ago

      hi.....I'm not wanting to say how old I am but my boyfriend and I have been having protected sex for a few months and thankfully haven't gotten pregnant. I'm getting worried now because it's coming time for my period and I'm not cramping or showing any signs like I normally do. I don't want to tell my parents rn since I'm not for sure and I don't know if I should tell my boyfriend to go get a test yet or not. Can you plz help me

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      Marissa 13 months ago from United States

      Hi Teri83, I'm so sorry to learn about your miscarriage. As far as taking a test, it's hard to say. After I had my miscarriage, my doctor told me to wait a full cycle to try again. That way he would be able to accurately determine if and when I'd get pregnant based on an actual period. Without knowing if you had a period yet, I couldn't give any suggestion as to when to take a test. If you continue to feel pregnancy symptoms, I suggest speaking with your doctor.

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      Terri83 13 months ago

      Hi I need some advice I had a miscarriage on the 1st Feb and started having sex again with my partner just under 2wks. 2wks later I started spotting for 2days and then was light for a day and then back to spotting for one more day but was light in colour with a few cramps. For the past wk I've been feeling like I'm pregnant again with cramps, back ache, mood swings and headaches and feeling tired. Ive done quite a few tests and it's came back negative. When do you think will be the best time to do a pregnancy test it's now been 15days since I've spotted. Any suggestions would help please

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      Marissa 13 months ago from United States

      Hi, that may have been your period, even though it was different. Since the test was negative, I'd say wait until your ovulation time and try again. Best wishes

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      Yomi 13 months ago

      Hi Marissa. So I am a little confused. My cycle is 28 days long in January. I had intercourse at the time of ovulation in February. And I was suppose to start my period 14 days later. However, it didn't happen that way. Instead my 28 day cycle turn into I 36 day cycle for February. When I did start bleeding it was pretty weird.. it's was pinkish red.. and floated. It lasted 3 days.. 5 days later I take a test but negative.. I'm guessing I should wait longer or just wait and see if my period will come this month.

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      Marissa 14 months ago from United States

      Hi Brit, it could be your hormones trying to get back to normal, or if you had unprotected sex, it could be pregnancy. It wouldn't hurt to take a test to find out.

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      brit 14 months ago

      I had nexplanon for 2.5 years I got it taken out jan13. ive never received my period in which they say some people get prego before they get one.my nipples are very sore and tingly and im always hungry especially after I eat a meal. ANY SUGGESTIONS?

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      Marissa 14 months ago from United States

      If you missed your period, you can take another test now. Best wishes

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      Marissa 2 years ago from United States

      Hi Jane, it's possible that you could be pregnant if you noticed a change. I suggest taking a test to know for sure. Sometimes a period could just be different for other reasons, like stress or a lack of sleep etc, so keep this in mind if the test is negative.

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      Jane 2 years ago

      Hi so I had sex January 30 unprotected and about 10 days later I got my 'period' on the day I was supposed to. I usually have a normal period but this time it was extremely light and I spotted brown. Could I be pregnant?

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      Marissa 2 years ago from United States

      Hi Eliza, if you have had intercourse and have not been using birth control, it's possible it could be pregnancy, but it could also be a late period due to other things, like hormonal changes, lack of proper sleep, weight loss, change in activity level, etc. Since you're getting BFNs, I'm afraid only your doctor could tell you for sure what's going on after some tests. Best wishes!

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      Eliza 2 years ago

      I had a baby nearly 5months ago. In never got my January period. I had two 28day cycles and I believe one 31day cycle. I am now 11days late and have taken several test. I thought and felt pregnant from back acts to cramping and tingly boobs. I thought nothing of it although I been very emotional and hormonal. I really don't understand why my period isn't here and I really just want it to come down since I'm getting bfn. I'm afraid I may have something more serious instead I have a docs appointment for netted Tuesday the 16th which will make me 17days late if no period.

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      Dorothy Boucher 2 years ago

      this is such a great article you have here, I love that women can come here and talk about this subject freely and get direct questions answered,,

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      Alison Gibb 2 years ago

      I am 50 years old! Good Lord, I hope I am not pregnant!! LOL! This is some great information for the young ladies that need it!!

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      Marissa 2 years ago from United States

      harmony, if there are two lines on the test, chances are you are pregnant. It's possible to still ovulate even if you don't see your period. I highly suggest making an appointment with your doctor to confirm. Best wishes!

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