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How Soon Can I Take a Pregnancy Test?

Updated on February 27, 2017
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Marissa is the writer of ThePracticalMommy and owner of Mommy Knows What's Best. She is a stay-at-home mom to four and was a teacher.

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 Comfort Sure Design, Curved Pregnancy Test 3 count
First Response Comfort Sure Design, Curved Pregnancy Test 3 count

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
My favorite pregnancy books | Source

Best Wishes!

Sprinkling baby dust! Good luck!
Sprinkling baby dust! Good luck! | Source

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      Marissa 8 days 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 10 days 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 11 days 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 13 days ago from United States

      Patricia, you should wait.

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      Patricia 2 weeks 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 3 weeks 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 3 weeks ago from United States

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

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      Marissa 3 weeks 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 3 weeks 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 3 weeks 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 3 weeks 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 6 weeks 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 6 weeks 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 weeks 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 weeks 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 8 weeks 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 5 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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      N Kiddie 5 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 5 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 5 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 7 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 7 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 7 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 7 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 8 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 8 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 8 months ago from United States

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

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      Marissa 19 months 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 19 months 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 20 months 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 20 months 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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      harmony 2 years ago

      i had a Dnc on the 11th of july , and i have sex with my boy few days later and i have been discharging alot. Today is 2 of September and i have seen my period.

      i did an early pregnancy test and it show one red line and a very faint red by the side .please is it possible to get pregnant without seeing your period? please advise me on what to do.

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      Sarah L 2 years ago

      Wish I'd had something like this 40 years ago. Very handy.

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      natalie nichols 2 years ago

      I just had a baby but this is really good information!

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      Marissa 2 years ago from United States

      TM, it's probably time to take a pregnancy test. Best wishes!

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      Tm 2 years ago

      I think I might be pregnant my periods start on the 21st of every month and usually ends around the 25th or 26th and I haven't had a period since January

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      Marissa 2 years ago from United States

      Hi wishful thinking, it all depends when you ovulated. The discharge could either be a sign of impending menstruation or implantation. The only way to know for sure is to wait a few days and if your period doesn't show, take a test. Best wishes!

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      wishful thinking? 2 years ago

      Hi, my fiancée and I had sex on the 14th of February. We use the pull-out method (I know, I know. Not a form of birth-control). Well, we got carried away, and for the first time since we started being intimate, he pulled out a little late. We're pretty sure he deposited some before he pulled out. Now, I am always always regular. I have a 30 day average cycle length, and AF was expected today. I'm itching to take a test, but is eight days too soon to tell? I've been experiencing some symptoms, and C (the fiancée) keeps telling me they might be my head playing tricks. Yesterday, I started having a watery brownish discharge. Could that possibly be another sign I'm pregnant?

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      Marissa 2 years ago from United States

      Krnee, your period can be late for several reasons: change in weight, stress, illness, and other reasons. It could also be a sign of the onset of menopause. A visit to your doctor is a good idea to help determine what is going on. Best wishes!

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      krnee 2 years ago

      So the last time I was pregnant was in 2006, I have a lovely nine year old daughter the last time I had relations was 11/26/2014. My period came two weeks later on the 9th of december. Cycle average is 31 days and that's going all the way back to 2013 period came also in Jan on the 6th but really can't tell you how it was bc On the 7th I had my wisdom teeth pulled so I don't recall anything after that but I truly believe that it prob wasn't as heavy as B4. Feb 62015, I was supposed to get my period, It didn't come, Im now 9 days overdue for my period, 6 days till my next ovulation date and 41 days into this cycle. I have no symptoms other then my lack of period. Can you give me any guidance. Was gonna wait till the 26 to go to the doctor if it still didn't come, but then I read above after the 45 day of this cycle which will be thursday I should be going to see my doctor...... A lil concerned and worried

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      Marissa 2 years ago from United States

      Hi Richa, If you have missed your period and you have been actively trying, it's possible you're pregnant. The only way to know is to take a pregnancy test. Best wishes!

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      Richa 2 years ago

      hi,

      I missed my period 7 days passed. Im not sure if im pregnant, im trying to conceive..

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      Marissa 2 years ago from United States

      Ang Marie 3-26-99, apparently you could find out you are pregnant from an ovulation test, but a pregnancy test should always be used to ensure accuracy. In a pinch, I guess the ovulation test could give you the go ahead to get a HPT.

      That is a scary situation you had with the medication! If you are taking it under supervision it shouldn't be an issue, but if possible, it's always a good idea to be drug free before and during a pregnancy.

      Since it was a while you were on the implant, it may take a while for your hormones to regulate again. I'm not sure when you had the implant removed, but the usual time frame of ovulating or becoming pregnant after removal is about 6 months. It may be shorter, it may be longer. Some women report getting pregnant right away while for others it can take some time.

      I recommend intercourse every other day during your fertile days, more than twice. The more you try, the greater your chances. I also recommend a visit with your OB/GYN to discuss a future pregnancy. Best wishes!

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      Ang Marie 3-26-99 2 years ago

      Just curious, but I've heard that you could find out that you were pregnant being a positive ovulation test strip result long after any ovulation occurred. If that was the case, once the egg's been fertilized, wouldn't you just consistently have positive ovulation test result, thus knowing you were pregnant from day one? I have read in several places that in a pinch you can use an ovulation test strip & if it shows positive ovulation at a time that it should not be happening, it means you are pregnant. The thought process behind this was that because Lh & hCG were very similar-one article likened the 2 as "1st cousins"

      I had sex twice during my six fertile days this month, I have a clockwork 30 day cycle staying either the 5th or 6th of each month, lasting about 5-7 days.

      My daughters are 13 & 11, so my husband & I are gonna TRY to try for 1 more, he's looking for his boy (2 sisters, 2 daughters, & a wife...poor estrogen-surrounded man haha), I have that maternal itch now that the girls' social lives are as they say "OMG! Like, TOTES important!" Yes. They SAY OMG. AND totes (for totally) bahahaha gotta love em!!

      Now my problem is, I was on the Mirena implant for 10.5 years. I've only had a period for about a year since my 'after baby' period in June 2003. Could I have stopped dropping eggs because of being off my period so long? I've used TONS of Ovulation kits, and have NEVER EVER had one show up positive! Can i have THIS REGULAR OF A CYCLE AND BE BARREN?!? I pray my New Year's period due Jan 5th won't come & give DH & I a surprise extra special Christmas present!! I'm going to be 35 Aug 2015, & I know that our chances are just going to lessen.

      Also, my husband and I take the opioid drug Methadone, which i can stop if I become pregnant, but Could that be part of our baby making problem? We weren't street drug users or anything, we were unknowingly going to a crooked dr who was getting ins co. kickbacks for over prescribing. It was the only way. When I told the rehab & my new Dr what she'd given us, & BOTH said they were honestly surprised we survived!!! Scary!

      So, are we doing anything wrong with our attempts, could we be doing anything more? Is that OPK as a PT for real? Thanks!! I look forward to your input and advice! :)

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      Marissa 2 years ago from United States

      Ruhaab, the only way to tell is to take a pregnancy test. Spotting around the time of your period can usually mean one of two things: you are either getting your period or you are pregnant.

      I suggest speaking with your doctor for further evaluation. Best wishes!

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      ruhaab 2 years ago

      . had him rubbing there on eighthright after... Started spotting dark brown on 20 November lasted till 27 november and again had it rubbed and tried to have sex .. Took ecp again on 27.. My perids were due on 1st December... Bright red spotting started on 30 November and now its 2nd December.. I am not getting flow..

      Is everything normal??

      I am so afraid of pregnancy or ectopic pregnancy :(

      Please HELP

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      Marissa 3 years ago from United States

      Brittany, being that your cycles aren't regular, I can't quite give you an answer as to what is going on. I can only estimate. Based on your last period in February (and based on a 28 day cycles), your ovulation dates could have been around the last week of February. By the time you had intercourse in March, you would have been past ovulation and close to expecting your next period. The bleeding you experienced in March may have been just an irregular period. If it was implantation spotting, it probably would have been much less.

      If you were pregnant, you would most likely have a positive pregnancy result by now. Being that you have had cysts in the past, I strongly suggest that your see your doctor soon to determine what's going on. Best wishes!

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      Marissa 3 years ago from United States

      Calypso, best wishes to you! Thanks for sharing your story, and I hope everything goes well!

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      Brittany 3 years ago

      Hi, my cycles aren't always regular but I can give you a bit of info. I had a period on February 14 2014 it was normal had all the signs of pms which is normal for me sore breast, headaches, cramping. I had unprotected sex March 9th idk if I was ovulating or not, I started spotting on March 17th and it was light no heavy bleeding it was bright red for a few days got dark then red again it lasted for 7 days. On March 26th or 27th I spotted for 2 days then it stopped. I have took several hpt since than all negative. Today is April 23rd my period would have been due the 14th-18 and I have no pms signs or sore breast. Still no period my right abdomen is sore to touch I have had cyst on my ovaries in the past so idk if that could be what this is or not. Its been 45 days since I had sex i tested 43 days after negative pregnancy test. Please help.

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      Calypso 3 years ago

      Hi. Thank you for the post. I have a few questions, and I will be asking the doctor at my first appointment in a few days ... Approximately 9dpo, I took a home test. At first it said neg, but changed to a faint positive after an hour. I know it isn't accurate after ten minutes because it could be an evap line. Took another one the next day, and one each day up until yesterday, the day of my expected 'monthly visitor'. Each one of those tests showed sooner and darker faint pink positive lines. I also used different brands of tests. None of them are considered to be "early detection tests' and I took them all beginning a week before my AF! I guess what I am trying to say is that you don't have to pay extra for the expensive "early detection" tests, because the dollar store ones work just as well ... Unless of course, I either have 7 false positives or if I am carrying twins (which might be why my HCG levels are elevated and detected so early) I am excited but freaking out at the same time. :) I have had nothing but MC and heavy heart for the past 7 years, I hate to get excited about these positive results only to have my heart broken again. Anyway, thanks for listening. I am now officially one day late and I pray that this one sticks.

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      Marissa 3 years ago from United States

      shean, did you miss your cycle then? If you haven't had your period at all, then it's possible you may be pregnant but it may be too early to test. Wait a few more days and then test again if your period doesn't come. Best wishes!

      P.S. Most of my responses come within 1-2 days of seeing an email that I have a comment here on HP. You may not always get an immediate response. :)

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      shean 3 years ago

      Hi, I would like to ask if it is possible to get pregnant if i'll miss my period 4 days prior after my expected date of my mens? But got negative result after taking HPT. I got sex with my hubby on the days of expected fertilization,supposing 8-10 days co'z I'd usually 23 days cycle and it is normal since then. Hoping for your immediate response to lighten my worries. Thank you and more power!

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      Marissa 3 years ago from United States

      mhyles, the change in your cycle could be due to numerous things: illness, changes in activity levels, changes in hormone levels, stress, and of course pregnancy. It's possible that the stress of thinking of pregnancy could have caused the change in your cycle. You did, however, have intercourse during your ovulation days, which is the prime time to get pregnant. Being that it seemed normal to you even though it was a day off, it was probably just that: a normal period. If you were pregnant, you would have missed your period or it would have been very different. Usually, abdominal pain is not a sign of pregnancy, at least not until a pregnancy reaches 10 or so weeks when everything begins to stretch out. It's possible that all of your symptoms are the result of an illness or an infection. If these problems persist, you should speak with a doctor to see what's going on. Best wishes!

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      mhyles 3 years ago

      Hello, id like to know if is there a possible to get pregnant while having a period??? My 1st period is feb. 23, 2014 and end feb. 28 my normal period is 5 to 6days and i got 26cycle days my ovulation is march 7, 2014 me and my hubby got sex on march 1 to 8 2014 and now i got my period march 20, 2014 supposed to be on march 21 2014 and it took only for 4days the period was very normal. And i have these feelings abdominal pain,headache, and backache Thank you and i hope u can help me.

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      mhyles 3 years ago

      oHello, id like to know if is there a possible to get pregnant while having a period??? My 1st period is feb. 23, 2014 and end up march 1, 2014 my normal period is 5 to 6days and i got 26cycle days my ovulation is march 7, 2014 me and my hubby got sex on march 1 to 8 2014 and now i got my period march 20, 2014 supposed to be on march 21 2014 and it took only for 4days the period was very normal. And i have these feelings abdominal pain,headache, and backache Thank you and i hope u can help me.

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      Ruhaab 3 years ago

      I got my March cycle periods too on 7th March and those were too heavy... And I bled for 7 days.. I again took pregnancy test and came negative. Now I have experienced 2 cycles after meeting my BF.

      that's for sure na That I am not expecting????????????

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      Marissa 3 years ago from United States

      Ruhaab, you're welcome!

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      Ruhaab 3 years ago

      Thanks a lot :)

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      Marissa 3 years ago from United States

      Ruhaab, time to stop worrying. If your pregnancy tests and the blood test came back negative, you are most likely not pregnant.

      Best wishes!

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      Ruhaab 3 years ago

      Dear Hub,

      Ruhaab here, my blood test result came in Negative.

      Can I still be pregnant or Blood test might be unable to detect?

      Last time when my BF rub his penis on my vagina was January 29 2014?

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      Marissa 3 years ago from United States

      Ruhaab, no worries! I'd rather you ask me than to risk your health because you think you may be pregnant. A blood test would definitely be able to give you an accurate answer by now. Getting one will help relieve your fears. Best wishes!

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      Ruhaab 3 years ago

      That's Why I didn't take any medicine yet.. Yes you are right. I should have used C****... would blood test be able to diagnose pregnancy now...as its been a month?

      I am sorry as I know I am disturbing you again and again.

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      Marissa 3 years ago from United States

      Ruhaab, I see no reason why you should be taking that as it has no bearing on making sure there is no pregnancy. It can cause serious pregnancy issues and is not recommended for anything other than arthritis and ulcers. Being that you are most likely not pregnant, I do not recommend you take anything. If you are really that uncertain, go for a blood test, and please, remember protection! Also, I highly suggest you speak with a doctor about your concerns. Perhaps it's time to think about a safe form of birth control if you are not ready to have a baby at this time.

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      Ruhaab 3 years ago

      Thanks a lot Hub :) you are Love.

      okay one more question, Can i have 5 tblets of Cytotec just to make sure nt to be pregnant? twice a day? one morning and one evening? though I took test today too and that said negative again...

      Will it be safe?

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      Marissa 3 years ago from United States

      Hi Ruhaab,

      Chances are that if you already experienced your February cycle, you are not pregnant. You would have missed that period. All those pregnancy tests would have shown 'pregnant' if you were indeed pregnant. I would just wait for your March period to be certain. Best wishes!

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      Ruhaab 3 years ago

      Hi Hub,

      Please help me out.. I'm lost :'(

      okay my mensis came on 9th Jan 2014 and I have 7 days cycle. I met with my Bf on 29th Jan.. he just rubbed his penis on my vagina.. didn't discharge inside not near..on my belly he did.. though still em afraid of precum. I got my periods again on 10 February. I took a test before my periods and even after having 6 days bleeding though heavy and low flow was... and I took test thrice even after my periods with the gap of 4 days apart... All says Negative... I am not feeling any symptom of pregnency.. But still there is a doubt somewhere that may be I am...

      What should I do? Should I wait for my March Periods? or go for blood test?

      Please Help!!!!!!!

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      Marissa 3 years ago from United States

      TinHinzi, I'm going to ask your question on my Facebook page (find it on my profile page) later on today. Hopefully we can get you some helpful answers!

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      Marissa 3 years ago from United States

      TinHinzi, I think you're asking in the wrong place. This is an article about taking a home pregnancy test.

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      TinHinzi 3 years ago

      Hello, does anyone have any ideas about the most simple method to get their infant to sleep through?

      I have read many ebooks with ideas but I am still struggling.

      Thanks

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      Marissa 3 years ago from United States

      Liz,

      I don't know. If you had intercourse during your ovulation time, then you should be able to test right now. Being that 12/30 is already almost three weeks go, you may be able to get an accurate reading on a pregnancy test, but again, without knowing if you missed your period and when your last period was, I cannot give you an estimate of when you should take the test.

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      Liz 3 years ago

      Thank u

      But it's to early to determine of I am pregnant correct ?

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      Marissa 3 years ago from United States

      Hi Liz,

      Anytime you have unprotected intercourse there's a chance of pregnancy. Without knowing the dates of your last menstrual cycle, I cannot give you any clear time of when is right for you to take a test. If you missed your period, that is a good indication that you may be pregnant. Best wishes!

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      LiZ 3 years ago

      Hello me and my boyfriend had sex on 12/30 and we didn't use a condom he we did it before we went to sleep and when we woke up his sperm in me twice would it be chances I could be pregnant !!?? And I did a test on 01/19

      Is that to early to test ?

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      Marissa 3 years ago from United States

      Haley, based on my calculations, you would only be about 5 weeks along if your last period was on November 27th. It is possible that the accurate result is not showing up yet. I hope you get the results you're looking for from your blood test! Best wishes!

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      Haley 3 years ago

      I had sex on Nov 3 and my AF came the same day. I didn't think it would come until to 5th as my cycle is pretty normal with about a five day deviation. I continued to have sex and started again on Nov 27. I have never had a cycle twice in one month but didn't think much of it because It is still within the normal cycle period. However, December came and went with no AF at all. I took a test on Jan 2 but it showed negative. I don't really have any symptoms. The first thing that happened was I got a yeast infection. (I know TMI) the thing is, I only got yeast infections when I was pregnant in the past. On one occasion I felt nauseated from the smell of my favorite food but didn't actually get sick, I just couldn't stand the smell. In late December I had horrible cramping one night that felt like really bad gas but there was no bleeding. The pain was pretty bad as I do not get cramps when my cycle come and am not use to cramps. I have been eating more but I do that some times. My breasts have been larger but they are not sensitive to the touch. I have gotten a few evaporation lines but all the tests that I have taken have shown negative. I have a doctor's appointment in four days to get a blood test. I am so confused! What do you think is going on. In the past I always tested positive at around six weeks. But if I am now I would be anywhere from seven to nearly nine weeks. Any advise would be greatly appreciated.

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      Marissa 3 years ago from United States

      sana, any time you have intercourse, there's a chance of pregnancy. If you missed your period, you should take a test to find out. Best wishes!

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      sana 3 years ago

      i had sex with my boyfriend after the fifth day of my intercourse i had my normal period but i missed my period on my next month and facing a symptoms of frequent nausea only ...is any chance of preganancy

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      Marissa 3 years ago from United States

      ritaboo81, please read my comment from yesterday.

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      ritaboo81 3 years ago

      Hi i had sex the month of november on two of my fretile days then two weeks later came on my period then the month of december i had sex on two of my fretile day my cycle is 29 days im due for my period on the 18th of this month can i be pregnant and when should i take a hpt anything would be helpful thanks just need some help.

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      Marissa 3 years ago from United States

      Hi ritaboo81, sorry I wasn't able to respond to all of your comments earlier. If you're due for your period on the 18th, then you can wait until then to see if your period comes. If it doesn't come, then try taking a test. If it's negative but still your period isn't there, then wait another day or so and test again. I don't recommend testing before your missed period. While some tests claim that they can detect the hCG early on, it's only true for a small percentage of women. A much higher percentage of women will get accurate results either on the day of their missed periods or several days after their missed period.

      Best wishes!