How Soon Can I Take a Pregnancy Test?

Updated on October 5, 2019
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I spent over two years trying to conceive, used a lot of pregnancy tests, and also researched how all the tests worked.

I Had Unprotected Sex - Am I Pregnant?

If you are trying to get pregnant (or even if you just think there is a chance you might be pregnant after having unprotected sex), and you are wondering when would be the earliest date that you can take a pregnancy test and get an accurate result, then there are a number of factors that you need to take into account before you can decide the answer to this.

How Soon After Sex Can I Take a Pregnancy Test?

Can and should are two very different verbs here. You can take a test whenever you like. However, if you want accurate results, it's best to take the test at least eight days after you've ovulated. 8 days is the very bare minimum though and you often won't get a positive test until maybe 3-4 days later.

Waiting until 14 days after ovulation is a much better time frame. That means that taking a test immediately after sex won't give you any viable results. Here's why you want to wait:

  • Pregnancy Isn't Immediate: Pregnancy doesn't start the moment after you have sex. It can take up to six days for the sperm and egg to join.
  • Chemical Pregnancies: According to this study by J. Clin Med Res, "[o]ne of the possible outcomes of the pregnancy test is a biochemical pregnancy; where the initial pregnancy test is positive but does not progress into a clinical pregnancy." A chemical pregnancy is where the sperm and egg meet, but the body naturally miscarries before the person knows they are pregnant. The same study goes on to note that "between 50% and 60% of all first-time pregnancies are thought to end in miscarriage—a large majority of which can be attributed to biochemical pregnancies."
  • Test Sensitivity: Not all tests are created equal. Some are much more sensitive (meaning they can register lower amounts of hCG) than others. So, you potentially will get a false negative if you use an insensitive test early when your body hasn't had time to build up hCG. Waiting reduces the chances of this—but doesn't eliminate the chances entirely.

If you do not know when you ovulated but the only thing you know is when you had unprotected sex then you should really wait 18 days for a conclusive result. The reason for this is that you can get pregnant by having sex up to 4 days before ovulation. Then the hCG may not show up on the test until 14 days after that (although the likelihood is it will show up a few days sooner) so that gives a possible timescale of 18 days until you can get a positive result in some cases.

In the majority of situations, however, you should get an accurate result around 10-14 days after having unprotected sex.

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How Quickly Can I Take a Pregnancy Test and Get an Accurate Result?

Firstly, if your period is already a week late, then you can already take any of the home pregnancy tests that are on the market. You should get an accurate result. I say you "should get"' because obviously there are always exceptions to the rule, and it may depend on how regular your cycles are. The reason most doctors and sources, including AmericanPregnancy.org, recommend waiting until you miss your period is because your body needs time to build human chorionic gonadotropin, more commonly referred to as hCG. HCG is only present in the body when you're pregnant, and that's what most tests test for. It does start building up in your system after fertilization but may not reach sufficient levels to show up on a test until later.

Also, you really need to have regular periods to know when your period is a week late!

So the main factor you need to think about when considering if your period is a week late is:

Do You Know When You Last Ovulated?

If you are monitoring your cycles because you are trying to get pregnant, then you may well know the answer to this question—but if you are not necessarily trying to get pregnant or just not trying and not preventing, then you may well not be aware of when you ovulated.

If you do not know when you ovulated, then you can calculate your estimated ovulation date using your period—although it may not be totally accurate! If you have regular-length cycles, then it is reasonably common to ovulate 14 days before the first day of your period, so you could take that as a rough guess. This may only cover 2/3 of the population though, so may not be that accurate.

So if you think that your period is due on the 20th of the month, then the most common time of ovulation would be around the 6th of the month.

If this sounds a bit confusing and overwhelming, FirstResponse (who produces one of the most sensitive and accurate pregnancy tests) made this handy calculator that helps you estimate when you may have gotten pregnant.

Which Pregnancy Test Is the Most Sensitive?

FirstResponse seems to be the most sensitive according to many clinical tests, including Clin Chem Lab Med's study of the product's efficacy.

There are different pregnancy tests available that pick up the pregnancy hormone, hCG, at different strengths. The most sensitive test picks up hCG levels of about 10 in your urine. Other tests pick up hCG at levels of 20, 25 or 50. So the higher the level of hCG is picked up by the tests, the later you will be able to use that test as the hCG builds up in your system.

That said, not all tests are created equal. J. Am Pharm Assoc. researched the sensitivity and accuracy of over-the-counter pregnancy tests, concluding that "First Response Early Result had an analytical sensitivity of 6.3 mIU/mL, which was estimated to detect greater than 95% of pregnancies on the day of missed period. The sensitivity of Clearblue Easy Earliest Results was 25 mIU/mL, which indicated detection of 80% of pregnancies."

I used the One Step pregnancy tests because they balanced price and accuracy, in my experience. Everyone on a forum I used to frequent would recommend these test strips because they were so cheap, showed a positive test pretty early on, and were really sensitive (10mlU). For some reason though, they didn't seem to sell these ones in the shops. They only seemed to be available online, so I would stock up on them so I could use them the next month. The cheapest ones I could find in the shops were much more expensive than these, so it was worth ordering them online. I also learned somewhere along the way that these are the ones that are used by doctors and hospitals. I don't know how true this is, as I don't have any evidence to prove this.

Cheap pregnancy test strips can show a positive from 10 DPO
Cheap pregnancy test strips can show a positive from 10 DPO

When Can I Test?

So, the question is, how soon can you use each type of pregnancy test strip? Well, your body would have had to built up certain levels of hCG for the test to show a positive line. The standard levels of hCG differ according to where you look, but wikipedia reports the following levels:

HCG Levels Timeline

Weeks Since Last Missed Period
HCG Level
3
5 - 50 miU
4
5 - 426 miU
5
18 - 7,340 miU
6
1,080 - 56,500 miU

If you break this down to a more detailed level—based on the pregnancies that I have observed through many friends on a pregnancy forum (not scientific, but you see a lot of stats on there over a year or so)—then you can generally expect tests to show positive according to these levels:

  • 10 days past ovulation - should see a faint line on a 10 miU test strip
  • 12 days past ovulation - you may see a faint line on a 20 or 25 miU test
  • 14 days past ovulation - you may see a positive on a 50 miU test

So this is where it is more important that you know which day you ovulated on last, as there can be a big discrepancy in whether you see a positive or not. Also, of course, some people have a later implantation (the time when the hCG starts to build up), so their levels will not rise until later. Also, bizarrely, there are some people who do not show a positive on a pregnancy test until 6 weeks or later.

So the basic answer is that a lot of pregnancies will show a faint positive (on the right test) between 10-14 days after you ovulated, which would be up to four days before your period is due.

What If My Period Is Already Late?

If your period is already late, then you should be able to test with pretty much any home pregnancy test these days. The most accurate ones are the digital tests that show you a "pregnant" or "not pregnant" in the window to avoid any doubt.

If you get a "not pregnant" or other negative result (but still believe that you might be), wait a week and test again. Or at least wait a few days, especially if you have irregular cycles because that could mean that your ovulation date may be later than you thought.

Also, stress can make your period late (even underlying stress that you don't realize you have), so there is always the chance that worrying about being pregnant is the reason your period has not turned up yet.

Does it automatically mean I'm pregnant if I miss my period?

Not necessarily. There's a litany of reasons why you might miss your period or why it might be a few days late. Dr. Mark Trolice weighs in on the subject, giving understandable, helpful advice.

Some tests will say 'Pregnant' or 'Not Pregnant' just to make things really clear.
Some tests will say 'Pregnant' or 'Not Pregnant' just to make things really clear. | Source

Ensuring That You Don't Get a False-Positive

What is a false-positive pregnancy test?

A false-positive pregnancy test is exactly what it sounds like: a test gives you a positive result when you're not actually pregnant. False-positives can happen for a number of reasons, including:

  • letting the test sit too long before checking it
  • an expired test
  • being on medications that effect your hCG levels
  • experiencing a chemical pregnancy (where you are technically pregnant because implantation has happened but miscarry shortly thereafter)
  • a recent miscarriage or abortion (hCG levels take quite some time to dissipate)
  • a user error (some test's indicators are not quite clear and/or have confusing instructions)

How common are false-positives?

There doesn't seem to be a lot of research answering this question, so I don't have a clear answer. In "Strips of Hope: Accuracy of Home Pregnancy Tests and New Developments," a study by C. Gnoth and S. Johnson, they found that at-home pregnancy tests were generally far less sensitive than they claimed to be. It perhaps stands to reason then that false-positives wouldn't be all that common. There's not evidence that I could find to back up my claim one way or another.

What should I do if I think I got a false-positive?

  • Test again: Try a different brand of test or a different type, and see if you get the same results.
  • See a doctor: A doctor's second opinion could help you get more information. Your doctor also might be able to help you explore any other factors that might have led to a false positive.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

© 2012 Jackie Grant

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    • Butterfly67 profile imageAUTHOR

      Jackie Grant 

      2 weeks ago from UK

      Hi Alice, there is only a very small likelihood I would say - and it would be more likely if you have a cycle that is shorter than 28 days as you are likely to have ovulated earlier. If your cycle is usually 28 days and your period 4-5 days then the chances are really pretty slim indeed.

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      Alice 

      2 weeks ago

      I had unprotected sex on the last day of my period. What’s the likelihood I’m pregnant?

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      Jackie Grant 

      5 weeks ago from UK

      Hi, ac2019, as I understand it, yes, it is possible to get pregnant in the first week after implant removal.

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      ac2019 

      5 weeks ago

      I had my implant removed the same day I was supposed to ovulate. I had unprotected sex a few hours before getting it removed? Is it possible to get pregnant within the first week?

      My periods weren’t consistent when I had my implant, but I kept my tracker/app updated and my ovulation days wouldn’t change much?

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      Tony 

      3 months ago

      We have been having unprotected sex constantly since August 18th (when I was at medium chance according to my app). Period was expected last wednesday, still late (8 days). Took a test yesterday and it was negative. When should I test again?

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      Jackie Grant 

      3 months ago from UK

      Hi Cailey yes there is a chance. If you are unsure of when your period is due then I would take the test 2-3 weeks after having unprotected sex. Good luck.

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      Cailey 

      3 months ago

      Hey so I’ve been off the depo shot for almost 3 months now and I’ve recently started bleeding again and last night me and my partner had unprotected sex and so I don’t have to say more then that. Is there any chances of me getting pregnant since I started bleeding again? I’m kinda excited because I’m really hoping I am. And when should I take a test?

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      Jackie Grant 

      3 months ago from UK

      Hi Hannah, sorry for some reason I only just saw your comment. I expect you probably know either way by now but for anyone else who might ask, if the only time you have sex is on day 3 of your cycle then the chances of getting pregnant are extremely small, barring some very exceptional circumstances.

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      Hannah 

      4 months ago

      Help me plz!!!! So on July 22 I had sex and I started my period the 20th so I had sex on my period can I be prego!!???i took a pregnancy test on August 4th and it wasn’t negative but I just feel different and think I am help me?

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      Jackie Grant 

      5 months ago from UK

      Hi Peace, that depends on how long your cycle is normally, but really you should expect to have had a period by now (unless you have some kind of underlying condition like PCOS). Have you taken a pregnancy test?

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      Peace 

      5 months ago

      Hello i saw my period 1st of April and end 6th of April. when should i expect it. am confuse plsss help out

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      Jackie Grant 

      5 months ago from UK

      Hi Aditi, that depends on how accurate you are with your cycle. It is very unlikely that you could be pregnant, not only because you used a condom, but also you would have to be pretty much 2 weeks off with your cycle.

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      Aditi 

      5 months ago

      Hi my period was due on 5/6.... On 4/6 we had sex..though my partner was using a condom ....but I didn't get my period on 5/6....are there chances on me getting pregnant?

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      Jackie Grant 

      6 months ago from UK

      Yes!

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      Jade 

      6 months ago

      I’m almost 7 days late should I take a test?

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      Jackie Grant 

      8 months ago from UK

      Hi Frida, there are a few reasons why you may have missed a period, including weight changes, hormone changes, stress, if you are older this may happen when you hit the peri menopause. it may be an idea to get your doctor to check your hormone levels.

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      Frida 

      8 months ago

      My period is one month late, U should have my period on 24 feb but not, still my period not come yet it 13 Mar now I tested yesterday and it get negatives results, is something wrong with my cycle?

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      Tiffany 

      8 months ago

      my period was 2/12 to 2/15 & i had sex 2/21 and took a plan b 3 days later then came on my period again 3/01 to 3/04. I took a pregnancy test and came out negative. Any chance i could be pregnant?

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      Jackie Grant 

      9 months ago from UK

      Hi beth yes if you have unprotected sex while ovulating there is a chance you could get pregnant. it may be worth checking with your doctor as to how soon they might be able to do a blood test for you.

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      beth 

      9 months ago

      Hi, I had unprotective sex 9/3/19 and that's when I started ovulating is there a chance I am pregnant and if I am I need to know as soon as because I have epilepsy

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      Jackie Grant 

      9 months ago from UK

      Lande, you will need to wait 2 weeks after last having unprotected sex before taking a test.

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      Jackie Grant 

      9 months ago from UK

      Hi Yashna, I would advise waiting 2 weeks to take a test after having unprotected sex.

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      Lande 

      9 months ago

      Hi my period doesn't come at the right time every month..I had it on the 25 of Feb it usually last 4 days and the 5 day is the last drops of it...my boyfriend came in me on the 4th day then on the 6th day after it ended..on the 7th day. I'm trying to find out if I am pregnant

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      Jackie Grant 

      9 months ago from UK

      Hi Jerii64, there are a few reasons this could be. It is impossible that the positive test is from sex 2 days ago so it must be from another time prior to that. That level of HCG would indicate a pregnancy of about 4-5 weeks gestation (i.e. sex around 3 weeks ago) so perhaps the period you had recently was actually early pregnancy bleeding (which can be quite common). The best thing to do is to get a second HCG test 2 days later (ie now if possible) and see if the HCG is rising at the correct rate.

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      Jerii64 

      9 months ago

      I have a positive pregnany test and beta hcg of 482 only 2 days after sex and 9 days after period.. how is this possible?

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      Jackie Grant 

      9 months ago from UK

      Hi Jasmine, no that is too early and it also depends on when you ovulated. You should test only at a minimum 10 days after ovulation or 2 weeks after unprotected sex.

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      Jackie Grant 

      9 months ago from UK

      Hi Riri I would have thought that they would have checked you weren't pregnant before putting in the implant.

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      Riri 

      9 months ago

      Hi it’s been like 16 weeks since unprotected sex and I got a negative blood test last week .. But I also got implant birth Control 5 weeks ago but I’m just hoping the birth control didn’t affect my blood test result

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      jasmine 

      9 months ago

      Hi can i do a test one week after sex

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      Jackie Grant 

      9 months ago from UK

      Hi Annie, yes it definitely sounds possible. You should probably wait until the 14th at the very earliest but even that could be too early sometimes so if you want a definitive result then test after 18th.

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      Annie 

      9 months ago

      My last menstrual period was on th 20th of Jan, ovulated on the 4th but had se on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th is it a possibility that am pregnant? And please when do I check it

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      Jackie Grant 

      9 months ago from UK

      Hi Annie, yes there is a chance for sure. If you have been trying for a while (in the UK they say over a year if you are under 35 years old) then you may want to contact your doctor to start some tests off but if it has not been that long then all you can do is keep trying each month. Good luck.

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      Annie 

      9 months ago

      Hello I had unprotected sex 2days pro to my ovulation day and even had sex on my ovulation date, is it possible that am pregnant? Because I rili need a baby

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      Jackie Grant 

      10 months ago from UK

      Hi Andrea, sorry I am very confused. Cyred is used to prevent pregnancy but you are saying that you are trying to get pregnant. But yes, if you forget to take 3 pills in a row there is a small chance that you could get pregnant depending on when you had sex.

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      Andrea 

      10 months ago

      I’m getting a little worried because I’m trying to get pregnant but I don’t want to get my hopes up. I recently started birth control (Cyred) and on my first week I had unprotected sex twice and on week 2 I forgot to take 3 pills in a row. I know it may be a little early to hope but could there be a chance or pregnancy?

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      Jackie Grant 

      10 months ago from UK

      Hi adriiadrii, plan B is pretty effective if (like you did) it is taken within 24 hours. Also, if you did ovulate on 27th and have sex on 29th then the likelihood is that you did not get pregnant as the egg can only survive for 24-36 hours. But if you ovulated then the chances are that plan B should have worked effectively as you have not given the egg a chance to fertilise or implant. So I would take the test around the 10th if you can wait that long so that you get a definitive result and don't worry about having tested too early!

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      adriiadrii 

      10 months ago

      im driving my self crazy ☹ any suggestions would really help. im sorry if igive to much detail. i had sex with my husband on jan. 29. took plan b the next morning(about8hours later) my period tracker said i ovulated jan.27. last period was from jan. 9-13. not sure if it matters but originally i had for my period to start from the 3rd tothe 7th but i started about6days later. my next period is said to start from feb. 10-15th. today i bought one of those pregnancy tests that say "test 5days sooner" how soon do you recomment i take the test?? i read online that if you take plan b AFTER you ovulate, the pill is pretty much useless.

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      Jackie Grant 

      10 months ago from UK

      Hi Jammie, firstly you cannot get pregnant if you only have sex 7 days before you ovulate as sperm cannot last that long. However, that assumes that you are certain when you ovulated.

      It is not too early to test if you are already past the date that your period is due.

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      Jammie 

      10 months ago

      i had sex on December 31st, my ovulation day was January 7th. I was suppose to get my period January 26, Is it too early to take a Pregnancy test?

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      Jackie Grant 

      10 months ago from UK

      Hi Brandi, yes for sure you should.

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      Brandi 

      10 months ago

      I had sex on jan21 and took a test today and it was negative should I wait another week?

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      Jackie Grant 

      10 months ago from UK

      Hi Robin, there is not necessarily anything wrong - it could be late for a number of reasons - hormone changes, stress, weight loss or gain, or if you are getting older (e.g. late thirties) your cycles are likely to change a bit. If you are worried then speak to your doctor.

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      Jackie Grant 

      10 months ago from UK

      Hi Raina, yes pretty much so.

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      Robin 

      10 months ago

      I'm 11 days late never been this late before my tubes has been clamped for 9 years. I took a pregnancy test yesterday and it was neg what could be wrong ?

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      Raina 

      10 months ago

      Do dollar tree preg tests work just like the expensive ones ?

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      Jackie Grant 

      10 months ago from UK

      Hi Shelby, both of these things can happen around ovulation so that may be the reason.

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      Shelby 

      10 months ago

      Hi,

      I just had sex yesterday and I’m in my fertile window (at least that’s what an apps telling me) and i was having egg whitish discharge. About 7 hours after having sex I started getting cramps like I was about to start my period but that isn’t due for another 2-3 weeks. Also this morning I had very very light brownish discharge when I wiped. What could this mean?

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      Jackie Grant 

      10 months ago from UK

      Hi Rebecca I would say then that the test should be pretty accurate.

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      Rebecca 

      10 months ago

      *31 that’s when I ovulated the 31 of December

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      Rebecca 

      10 months ago

      I ovulated the 32

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      Jackie Grant 

      10 months ago from UK

      Hi Rebecca. If you ovulated around the time you had sex then that should be enough time but if you ovulated later (up to 4 Jan), or don't know when you ovulated, then you should probably take another test in a week to make sure.

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      Rebecca 

      10 months ago

      Hi I had sex on the 31 of December and I took a test the 17 of January it came back negative, and I took three tests all negative is that a great enough time frame to get an accurate reading

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      Jackie Grant 

      10 months ago from UK

      Hi Hileni, the answer is yes.

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      Hileni 

      10 months ago

      After day 13 i feel pain like period coming breast pain too until tday 15

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      Hileni 

      10 months ago

      Hi, my period was on 2 january and i play sex on friday 12jan nite ad morning on13jan my circle is 27-28 is there any chance.for me to get pregnant.

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      Jackie Grant 

      11 months ago from UK

      Hi ivy corpuz, pregnancy tests are usually right but there is a chance that the 'hook effect' may be in force and to check this isn't the case you should dilute your urine and test again. Otherwise the only way to tell for sure is to see your GP and possibly get an ultrasound.

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      ivy corpuz 

      11 months ago

      my last menstruation is october 17 and i have sex that month also is october 23 so on and so fort,,.then i never have menstruation from that month till now...then i took a home pregnancy test once but the result is negative..but i have a some signs of pregnancy..am i pregnant?

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      Jackie Grant 

      11 months ago from UK

      Hi Brittany, if that is the only time that you had unprotected sex then I would say it is extremely unlikely that you are pregnant. Taking a test almost 2 months later would certainly come up positive if you were.

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      Brittany 

      11 months ago

      I had sex on Oct 17 and i did a test Dec 14th it came back negative. My periods are not normal could i be pregnant

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      Jackie Grant 

      11 months ago from UK

      Hi Sian, the best thing to do to get peace of mind either way is to go to your doctor for a blood test. It is possible you had a chemical pregnancy or there could be something else happening with your hormones but multiple tests are not usually wrong.

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      Sian 

      11 months ago

      Really need help I feel pregnant have all the signs but every test is negative I had sex on November 10th had slight bleeding on the 23rd nov and have spent a fortune on first response test every week since but every test is negative am I going mad please or is it possible the test won't detect my period was due around the 27th November but as they aren't regular I assumed it was that I am going mental trying to find story's similar to mine to get clarification I'm starting to think it could be a phantom pregnancy As my boobs are swollen I have cramps a lot of the time and never have before lower back pain and nausea all I want to eat is sugar can any help me make sense please

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      Jackie Grant 

      12 months ago from UK

      Hi Rianmay13, although it is unlikely that you would get pregnant on day 19 of your cycle if you have a 28 day cycle, it is possible that your ovulation may have been delayed for some reason which means that you could have got pregnant. If you did ovulate on day 19 then your period would still be 3 days late now so you could certainly take a test to see if you are pregnant. Otherwise there could be other reasons for your period to be late e.g. stress, worry etc

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      Rianmay13 

      12 months ago

      Hi, I had my period started Nov 6 ended on Nov 10

      Then I had unprotected sex on Nov 24 but it only last like 5 mins. Then I had unprotected sex on Nov 28 and Nov 30 but he never cum inside of me. I was supposed to get my period on Dec 4 but I was already 7 days late now Could I be pregnant?

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      Jackie Grant 

      12 months ago from UK

      Hi Asabea, according to the manufacturers " If you don't have your menstrual period within 7 days of when it is expected, you should have a pregnancy test done." as there is a slim chance that it has not worked for you.

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      Asabea 

      12 months ago

      Hi I had my period on 7 last month n had sex in 13 I took levon2 as preventive measures, it 10 this month n I haven't had my period

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      Jackie Grant 

      12 months ago from UK

      Hi Hileni, you need to wait until at least 10 days after you ovulated (preferably a bit longer) to take a test. So if your cycle is 27-28 days then you will most likely ovulate on day 13-14. So you should test no sooner than 24 days after your period started (not sure when that was) - although if you have not had your period by now then it is probably worth testing again if you have not done recently.

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      Hileni 

      12 months ago

      I test after 4days

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      Hileni 

      12 months ago

      Hi Jack

      My cycle is 27-28 my period was end up on 21-22oct l play on 23-25 oct on 29i take pregnant test by it was negatively after 5days I feel cramping white spotting breast pain is it possible to hve pregnant within those day I play or mayb next period on way

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      libra_24 

      12 months ago

      jackie grant_thank you..

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      Jackie Grant 

      12 months ago from UK

      Hi purple love, if you are worried you should see a doctor.

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      Purple love 

      12 months ago

      I also get headaches.

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      Purple love 

      12 months ago

      Okay, so period like cramping and feeling sick is normal even though your not due for your period yet?

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      Jackie Grant 

      12 months ago from UK

      Hi libra_24 - you have obviously given yourself a good chance to get pregnant. With the most sensitive tests you can test 4 days before your period is due

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      Jackie Grant 

      12 months ago from UK

      Hi Purple love - your cycle will likely change after having a baby and cramping and feeling sick can be normal when not pregnant.

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      Purple love 

      12 months ago

      Question!!

      I had my baby the beginning of September. Had intercourse on October 3rd. Got my period October 9th for a week. Got my period again November 9th for 5 days (I wouldn’t say it was light but it wasn’t heavy) - after that period I’ve been experiencing cramping since then. I’ve taken numerous of pregnancy tests and I even got a blood test on November 15th and it was negative. However not sure why I’m cramping and feel sick sometimes. Help!

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      Jackie Grant 

      12 months ago from UK

      Hi jennifer0321, if the most recent test is negative (and was taken recently) then it is possible you are having what is termed as a chemical pregnancy which is basically a very early miscarriage. You can find out more info here https://wehavekids.com/having-baby/Chemical-Pregna...

      If you have not tested recently then it is worth testing again now to see if you get a positive.

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      jennifer0321 

      12 months ago

      Had unprotected sex on October 28th during my ovulation. Period was due on the 11th of novemeber. I had spotting start on the 8th. I know it wasn't my period because I had none of my usual horrific cramps, I lost my appetite and usually I'm eating non stop plus it wasnt a heavy flow. I took a equate test comparable to first response and got a faint positive. Got a faint positive with a dollar test as well. Took a clearblue test and it was negative. Am I just testing too soon?? I'm just so impatient.

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      Jackie Grant 

      12 months ago from UK

      Hi Isa, the morning after pill can mess with your cycles so, if you took it correctly, it is extremely unlikely that you are pregnant.

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      Jackie Grant 

      12 months ago from UK

      Hi Googy, there are some reasons why your period could be late and you are not pregnant, stress and worrying about being pregnant is one reason! But it is unlikely that tests would come out negative a month after unprotected sex if that were not the correct result. Missing periods or just spotting can be due to hormone changes, weight loss/gain etc. You could get checked out with your doctor if you are worried.

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      Isa 

      12 months ago

      I had unprotected sex over a month ago and I took the morning after pill, after that my period came 3days early and very light than usual only lasted two days and this Monday my period was supposed to start but it's been three days now and nothing did the home test twice and it was negative, have period cramping but no period, could I be pregnant

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      Googy 

      12 months ago

      Hi, I had unprotected sex on 20th October. He pulled out so didn't think anything of it. I was due on my period around the 9th November, but instead I have only had a few days of spotting which came on 4th November. I took tests on 8th Nov, then again on 13th Nov, 16th November and again on Monday 19th Nov. They were all negative and I used Clear blue.

      I don't want to be pregnant, so I am very stressed about the situation. I feel like I have bloating and tender breasts. Could there be any other explanation?

      Should I take another test. Thanks

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      Jackie Grant 

      12 months ago from UK

      Hi Vicky that depends on whether 29th October was the beginning or end of your menses. It also depends on how long your cycle is. However, as it has been 16 days you should be able to test now and find out.

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      Vicky 

      12 months ago

      Hi my last mens was on October 29 and had unprotected decir on the 5 of November what is the chance of being pregnant

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      Jackie Grant 

      12 months ago from UK

      Hi Crystal, yes for sure stress can definitely cause your period to be late so that may well be the reason. The tests should be pretty accurate as you took them more than 2 weeks after unprotected sex so it is unlikely that you are pregnant but if your period has not arrived in another week it may be worth taking another test.

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      Crystal 

      12 months ago

      I had unprotected sex Oct 31. My period was due on Nov 16th but it still hasn’t come yet. I’ve been feeling crampy and bloated but still no period. I took a first response test on the 16th and 17th and both were negative. What are the odds I’m pregnant? I’ve been super worried about getting pregnant from this and also very stressed from work so maybe that’s why it’s late.

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      Reyna Mua 

      12 months ago

      No I only had unprotected sex oct 20th and oct 26th that was it tho . I took a pregnancy test 3 days ago and said negative .. I just hope I’m not pregnant .

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      Jackie Grant 

      12 months ago from UK

      Hi Reyna Mua, you can take a pregnancy test any time. it sounds unlikely that you will get a positive test (unless you have had unprotected sex since 26th October) as you have had a period and a negative blood test.

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      Reyna Mua 

      12 months ago

      Hello if I had unprotected oct 20th and October 26th .. I took plan b October 26th about an hour of unprotected sex .. I bled November 2nd through November 6th . I also got a blood test done November 2nd and came out negative . I’m just wondering when I can take a pregnancy test and he pulled out those both times as well I also have a 27 day cycle

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      Jackie Grant 

      12 months ago from UK

      Hi Hileni, the egg will only survive for about 24 hours after ovulation so once this time is passed it is not possible to get pregnant.

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      Hileni 

      12 months ago

      Hi Jack is it possible to get pregnant after ovulation after a week to period

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      Jackie Grant 

      12 months ago from UK

      Hi Shinaya, if you take a test any time after your period is due then it should be a pretty accurate result. I would give it maybe 3 more days and then test again to make sure.

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      Shinaya 

      12 months ago

      My first day of last period is 12 of oct nd my cycle length is 28 days...when will i can take pregnancy test ? As my other dates of period were 16 aug then it was 14th sep nd last were 12th of oct... So i was expecting that my period on 10th of this month so i take pregnancy test at morning of 12th but it shows negative result...i am not sure that i am pregnant or not. So when i can pregnancy test for the accurate results ?

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      Jackie Grant 

      13 months ago from UK

      Hi Jessie lynn, congrats. I'm not sure what you mean when you say it wasn't really your period on 10-13th. If you ovulated on 24th then that would be about right and you would be classed as being pregnant since the first day of your last period - so that would be just over 4 weeks if that was your period on 10-13th October.

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      Jessie lynn 

      13 months ago

      Hi so when I got my period on the 10-13th it really wasn’t my period I waited and my ovulation was I’m guessing on the 24 of oct. the my period missed on the seventh.. so then last night I bought the pregnancy test double pack and it said I was pregnant and I took one this morning it said I was positive so both of them were.. I didn’t know I was pregnant till lastnight/this morning. I’m not sure how many weeks I’ve been pregnant for..

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      Jackie Grant 

      13 months ago from UK

      Hi Purple love I would never categorically say that you won't get a positive test because it is impossible for me to know your circumstances and in any case I am not a doctor :-) But if you ONLY had unprotected sex more than a month ago and the tests are showing up negative now I would be EXTREMELY shocked if it were to turn out that you were pregnant from sex on that occasion. The only way to categorically know is to get a blood test from your doctor if they are prepared to do one.

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      Purple love 

      13 months ago

      So there’s no possible way a test would show up positive right now? Right? Just making sure

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      Jackie Grant 

      13 months ago from UK

      Sounds like you should be off the hook then!

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      Purple love 

      13 months ago

      Okay! The only unprotected sex I had was on October 3rd and to this very day, the tests are negative

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      Jackie Grant 

      13 months ago from UK

      Yes I guess you have a right to be paranoid! Yes periods will be irregular after having a baby so it is difficult to know when to expect them. If you have had a period after having unprotected sex then in theory you should be OK. If you are still worried then maybe take a test a week after the last one. If it gets to 3 weeks after you have had unprotected sex and you are still getting negative on the tests then you really should be clear.

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      Purple love 

      13 months ago

      Hi Jackie, I guess I’m just extremely paranoid because I just had a baby. I still haven’t gotten my period for this month (in which it’s still early and I also heard after having a baby periods can be irregular)?

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